CHEF: Large bal­cony

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The de­sign in­cludes a sec­ond­floor washer and dryer.

“We looked at sim­i­lar lay­outs at new de­vel­op­ments in the city,” says Urquhart. Af­ter hear­ing about the pro­ject in an ad, she checked out the com­pany’s web­site for more de­tails and saw the homes were well within the cou­ple’s price range.

“We were re­ally in­ter­ested in look­ing at this one be­cause the price point was a lot cheaper,” she says.

Town­homes at this pro­ject start in the $230,000s, not in­clud­ing tax.

The units are of­fered in two stan­dard styles — the three­storey Her­itage and the two­s­torey Sage­stone. There are four ver­sions of the Her­itage, which comes in two- and three­bed­room de­signs.

The lower level of the Her­itage in­cludes a den and an at­tached garage. On the main floor, there’s a din­ing area flanked by a great room on one side and a gal­leystyle kitchen on the other.

The kitchen steps out to a bal­cony, which Urquhart says makes it con­ve­nient to bar­be­cue. “It has a pretty large bal­cony for a town­house,” she says.

The Sage­stone has an un­de­vel- oped walk­out base­ment and its at­tached garage is off the main floor.

Its main floor in­cludes a Ushaped kitchen with an ex­pan­sive eat­ing bar. The Sage­stone has three bed­rooms on its top floor.

One rea­son buy­ers are turn­ing to the town­homes are its slate of fea­tures, says as­sis­tant de­vel­op­ment man­ager Ste­fan Slot.

“Our stan­dard specs are high,” says Slot. They in­clude soar­ing nine-foot ceil­ings on the main liv­ing ar­eas, colour pal­ettes se­lected by a de­signer, over­sized cas­ings and base­boards, and a high-ef­fi­ciency fur­nace.

The kitchens have six ap­pli­ances, a full-height ce­ramic tile back­splash and full-height up­per cab­i­nets.

Since sales opened on the town­homes, many of the pur­chasers have been first-time home buy­ers such as Urquhart and Ryan, says Slot, adding there are also move-down buy­ers.

“We see a re­ally good mix. It’s about 50-50,” says Slot, adding the town­homes are a great fit for down-sizers who “have a sec­ond some­where in the States that they can go to some­where in the win­ter so they can lock and leave.”

The com­plex is close to a num­ber of ameni­ties, in­clud­ing Kingsview Mar­ket and a recre­ation cen­tre called Ge­n­e­sis Place, which in­cludes six swim­ming pools, in­door field houses and a 13,000-square-foot fit­ness cen­tre.

There’s also a French im­mer­sion school un­der con­struc­tion in the neigh­bour­hood.

Slot says the pro­ject is on land that is one of the high­est points in the neigh­bour­hood. “Our Sage­stones come with great moun­tain views.”

Urquhart says the cou­ple is mov­ing from a home in Bed­ding­ton in the city’s north­west end. She says they looked at Air­drie af­ter hear­ing from a friend who lives in the city to the north.

“I was open to any­where in the north,” says Urquhart. “That’s where most of our friends and fam­ily are. We wanted to stay in this end of town.

“We have a friend who lives in Air­drie and sug­gested look­ing in Air­drie also. He loves it.

“We like liv­ing in the city, but some­times it can be busy, so we’d be open to a smaller-town feel with­out be­ing too far away.” The first-time home­buy­ers wanted to live in Calgary’s north end, where most of their friends and fam­ily re­side. But a friend who lives in Air­drie sug­gested they con­sider that city just north of Calgary, where there is plenty of es­tab­lished ameni­ties and it’s a quick drive to Calgary’s north side. The cou­ple liked the value they saw in Air­drie’s Ravenswood Town­homes by Slokker-West and bought a twobed unit.

Michelle Hofer/for the Calgary Her­ald

The sales cen­tre for the Ravenswood Town­homes in Air­drie.

Slokker Canada West

An artist’s ren­der­ing show­ing the in­te­rior of a Her­itage style unit.

Slokker Canada West

Fenced yards add pri­vacy for own­ers at the de­vel­op­ment.

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