Family heads for the Hills
Buy second home in Panorama Hills at Elements by Cedarglen Living
Rick Qi and his family are no strangers to what makes Panorama Hills special.
The family of four has lived in the established northwest community for two years — and their time in Panorama Hills is set to continue. They will be moving into their second home within the community at The Elements, a new condo project by Cedarglen Living.
“It’s got parks and is really close to shopping,” says Rick on why the community is an appealing, longterm fit for his family.
Rick is a realtor who works in northeast Calgary. He calls the development “a great opportunity” considering the townhome complex is in one of the last phases in the community.
Panorama Hills is a subdivision master-planned by Genstar Development Co. on a 365-hectare site off Country Hills Boulevard.
The Qi family have two children ages six and seven.
When they saw the project, a number of things stood out, including its location. “There’s a big playground right in front of the project,” says Rick.
The Elements consists of 107 townhomes that range from 1,200 to 1,425 square feet. These homes start in the $325,000s, including GST.
A sales centre is located at 195 Panatella Square N.W.
This is the first project by Cedarglen Living, the multifamily arm of veteran singlefamily home builder Cedarglen Homes.
Sales manager Ward Haggins calls Panorama Hills “an extremely desirable community,” adding it’s close to Stoney Trail and Calgary International Airport, with easy access to downtown through direct bus routes.
The development’s 1,200-square-foot plans come with a single-car garage and the rest come with a double-car garage. Getting a double-car garage was important, says Rick.
“I liked the double garage. Lots of places have a single garage, but not many places have a double-car garage,” he says.
Townhomes at The Elements have three bedrooms or a double-master bedroom orientation and all come with twoand-a-half bathrooms.
“Your main floor is going to be completely wide open,” says Haggins.
“There will be no interior walls all the way from the nook through the great room. That was to create that open concept that everyone is looking for.”
The units have stainlesssteel appliances, as well as continuous hardwood flooring throughout the main floor.
There is granite or engineered stone for all counter- tops, including the bathrooms. Kitchens come in an L-shape or a galley design.
The townhomes will all have an EnerGuide 80 certification, which is a federal program that rates a home’s energy efficiency.
“These will help keep energy bills lower,” says Haggins.
The green-minded features include instant hot water tanks, triple-glazed windows, spray foam around the door and window openings. “Just trying to seal the house correctly so none of the air is getting out of there,” adds Haggins.
The development includes “all the finishings that a lot of builders will throw in as upgrades,” says Haggins. The development’s exterior will boast a James Hardie fibre cement siding.
While this is Cedarglen’s first multi-family project, Haggins says homebuyers will notice the same commitment to quality the company is known for in its single-family homes.
“It’s the same mentality,” says Haggins.
“Our goal is to build a home that we don’t have to service. It’ll be done right the first time.”
He expects the project to break ground on construction this August and first posses- sions to be late February in 2014. The development should be complete by January 2015. Rick and Tiffany have lived in Panorama Hills for two years. They’ve become fans of the community’s amenities, including shopping facilities, a rec centre and school sites. When they were ready for a new home, they didn’t want to leave, so they bought a townhome at a new project by Cedarglen Living called The Elements. They liked that the unit includes a spacious two-car garage. It was also appealing that the site is across the street from a large playground.
Tiffany, Ethan, Yvonne and Rick Qi at a park near The Elements, a new townhome project in northwest Calgary’s Panorama Hills by Cedarglen Living.
An artist’s rendering of the front elevation of The Elements by Cedarglen Living in Panorama Hills.
Pathways and natural amenities are luring people to the area.
The Qi family enjoy a park near the development.