Af­ford­able units have at­trac­tive de­sign

Calgary Herald New Condos - - New Condos -

For many peo­ple start­ing out, it’s about price first — but that doesn’t mean value has been for­got­ten.

The first-time buyer needs a home that will be durable, prac­ti­cal and con­ve­nient.

That’s where Rock­ford De­vel­op­ments has made its mark in the north­east quad­rant with its lat­est com­plex there — Red Wil­low.

The 48 homes that make up Red Wil­low are group­ings of at­tached town­homes that have curb ap­peal from any an­gle.

The light­coloured sid­ing is com­ple­mented by river rock around strate­gic spots on the bot­tom of the build­ings, and the back­yards have half fences separat­ing them from neigh­bours on each side to of­fer pri­vacy.

Each home has its own en­trance and a park­ing space out front. Each home has its own pa­tio out back.

And a stone and beam fea­ture wall at the en­trance to the com­plex has a play­ground with equip­ment for the kids as a cen­tre­piece of the de­vel­op­ment. Ma­ture trees and land­scap­ing through­out add to the am­bi­ence.

Lo­cated in the far north­east, the homes are just a short drive to the new ex­ten­sion of Stoney Trail that will even­tu­ally ring the city, so com­mutes will be quick and easy. It’s also near the air­port for those who work there or are fre­quent trav­ellers.

The ex­pand­ing shop­ping at Sad­dle­town Cross­ing is con­ve­nient as well. But back to price and value. The homes — just a dozen are left — are value-priced at just $167,900 plus GST.

That trans­lates into monthly pay­ments that could well be be­low a typ­i­cal rental pay­ment, says Bill McFar­lane, se­nior sales man­ager for Royal Bank.

With a five-year mort­gage rate of ap­prox­i­mately 4.5 per cent, GST, CMHC fees, a five per cent down pay­ment, and a 35-year amor­ti­za­tion, “that should work out to $797 a month for prin­ci­pal and in­ter­est,” he says.

“The to­tal pay­ments would then only have the monthly taxes to add and any condo fees,

Kathy McCormick, Cal­gary Her­ald

The liv­ing room in­cludes plenty of win­dows to let in the light.

Kathy McCormick, wwCal­gary Her­ald

The ex­te­rior of the units in the last phase of the Red Wil­low project.

Pho­tos cour­tesy, Rock­ford De­vel­op­ments

The open, func­tional kitchen in one of the show suites in­cludes an is­land with dou­ble sinks.

Cour­tesy, Rock­ford De­vel­op­ments

The bed­room demon­strates the level of fin­ish­ing in the de­vel­op­ment.

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