Fam­ily heads for the Hills

Buy sec­ond home in Panorama Hills at Ele­ments by Cedar­glen Liv­ing

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JOSH SKAPIN

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.

Don Molyneaux/for the Calgary Her­ald

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.

Cedar­glen Liv­ing

An artist’s ren­der­ing of the front el­e­va­tion of The Ele­ments by Cedar­glen Liv­ing in Panorama Hills.

Gen­star Com­mu­ni­ties

Path­ways and nat­u­ral ameni­ties are lur­ing peo­ple to the area.

Don Molyneaux/for the Calgary Her­ald

The Qi fam­ily en­joy a park near the de­vel­op­ment.

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