Ting a house on a lot. id­ing a life­style

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canals and ponds, thought­ful cul­tural con­sid­er­a­tions (com­mu­nity cen­tres and di­verse shop­ping op­tions) and more fea­tures that fur­ther the de­sire for to­geth­er­ness.

One of the key things the com­pany looks for when it’s in the mar­ket to pur­chase land is the abil­ity to ser­vice it, says Ste­fa­niuk.

“Does the land have a feel to it? Can we do some­thing spe­cial with the land? Does it have some nat­u­ral fea­tures that we can in­cor­po­rate into the fu­ture com­mu­nity?” he says. “I think one of the things that Gen­e­sis pays par­tic­u­lar at­ten­tion to is what I call the third di­men­sion ... So we try and take ad­van­tage of lit­tle hills, and ridges, and things like that to en­sure that if we can put a nice view for homes we’ll try our best to do that. The Cal­gary area’s gor­geous in that it’s very hilly in a lot of the ar­eas and we look to take ad­van­tage of that by pro­vid­ing walk-out lots with the right ori­en­ta­tion. Set­ting up back­yards with nice views.

“We look for op­por­tu­ni­ties CON­TRIB­UTED

to put in wa­ter fea­tures. Cal­gary’s re­ally a prairie city and wa­ter on the prairie is a mag­i­cal thing. It’s a re­ally good place to be by. We’ve no­ticed that wher­ever we have wa­ter fea­tures, when­ever we put lots up around that, those are the first ones that go.”

Pedes­trian move­ment and green space lo­ca­tion are also im­por­tant ini­tia­tives Gen­e­sis un­der­takes for fu­ture land de­vel­op­ment. Ste­fa­niuk says a pedes­trian-friendly net­work to get peo­ple mov­ing is a way for them to in­ter­act with their com­mu­nity.

“What we strive for is a life­style. It’s not just about get­ting a house on a lot. It’s about pro­vid­ing a life­style,” he says.

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