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As­to­ria Cus­tom Homes of­fers a blend of old and new with daz­zling re­sults.

Show­cas­ing an ex­cit­ing blend of ex­traor­di­nar y fea­tures, As­to­ria Cus­tom Homes finds cre­ative bal­ance in the heart of Water­mark at Bearspaw. Host­ing smartly de­signed spa­ces that are ideal for home, work, and play, As­to­ria cap­tures mod­ern func­tion and con­ve­nience for an ac­tive home of inim­itable ap­peal.

Built with pride and pas­sion, As­to­ria Cus­tom Homes is a bou­tique builder of lux­ury homes, pro­vid­ing their own mea­sure of qual­ity that ex­ceeds the stan­dard in cus­tom de­vel­op­ment. A fam­ily-owned and op­er­ated com­pany that un­der­takes only a few new build and ren­o­va­tion projects per year, cus­tomer care, qual­ity, and de­sign are their prime fo­cus. “At As­to­ria, we love what we do. Our in house team takes care of ev­ery­thing from con­cept to com­ple­tion to en­sure that our clients have an ex­cel­lent cus­tomer ex­pe­ri­ence when build­ing their dream home,” shares part­ner Lisa Stin­son. “What sets us apart is that we take the time to get to know each of our cus­tomers and strive to un­der­stand their Dream Home vi­sion.”

Guided by their own­ers, James and Lisa Stin­son are per­son­ally in­volved with each build, hav­ing earned ex­cep­tional lev­els of cus­tomer sat­is­fac­tion rat­ings along with nu­mer­ous in­dus­try awards. “Our ded­i­ca­tion to the art of home­build­ing re­de­fines home-build­ing ex­cel­lence by craft­ing time­less, el­e­gant homes. Many of our trades have been with us since we be­gan in 2001, build­ing As­to­ria lux­ury homes with un­com­pro­mis­ing qual­ity and crafts­man­ship,” says Lisa.

De­sir­ing for their show home, The Man­hat­tan, an in­no­va­tive de­sign with in­spired liv­ing spa­ces, As­to­ria opted to ap­peal to a pro­fes­sional fam­ily with a home that could of­fer a lot of flex­i­bil­ity. Host­ing over 3,500 square feet above grade and over 1,500 square feet of lower level liv­ing ar­eas, it fea­tures two bed­rooms with en­suites up­stairs, the mas­ter on the main, and two ad­di­tional bed­rooms on the lower level where a games room, juice bar, me­dia room, and yoga stu­dio ex­tend re­cre­ation.

Fea­tur­ing pro­lific nat­u­ral stone, wood fin­ishes, and abun­dant sun­light, mod­ern glass rail­ings are paired with the warmth of rus­tic wood floors. “We love blend­ing styles through­out our homes,” af­firms Lisa. “Ev­ery mem­ber of our team con­trib­uted to the Man­hat­tan and we gath­ered in­put from our cus­tomers who look for nat­u­ral fin­ishes, lux­ury, and a main­te­nance free life­style.”

The heart of the home fea­tures a large two-story liv­ing area, with a gourmet kitchen that flows into the open din­ing area all within view of the full height fire­place. “We wanted some­thing unique from this de­sign and crafted a well or­ga­nized, flex­i­ble home that is

con­vert­ible into a bun­ga­low ver­sion. In ad­di­tion to the large, open liv­ing spa­ces, abun­dant cab­i­nets af­ford a clut­ter and stress-free ex­is­tence,” shares James.

“The Man­hat­tan of­fers a more con­tem­po­rary look and feel with warmer el­e­ments that in­clude wood fin­ishes and rus­tic pieces and our cus­tomers are lov­ing the com­bi­na­tion,” shares Lisa. The La Cor­nue dual-fuel range with its black, sil­ver, and gold vin­tage look was part of this in­spi­ra­tion of pair­ing old with new, dis­play­ing rus­tic warmth with sleek styling.

Want­ing the home to be unique, func­tional, and ap­peal to a wide de­mo­graphic, they are hum­bled by all of the pos­i­tive com­ments that lead them to be­lieve that they have hit the mark. “At As­to­ria we dream big­ger and are de­lighted that our vi­sion res­onates with our show home visi­tors,” ad­mits Stin­son. “We con­tin­u­ously hear ‘wow’. They love the look and would feel equally at home bak­ing cook­ies or hav­ing a glass of wine with friends.”


Louis XIV white oak hard­woods an­chor main floor flows, where the open lay­outs host an eye-catch­ing maple stair­case that fea­tures 10 ml. glass in­serts with stun­ning over­look views. The nat­u­ral wal­nut fire­place fea­tures large-for­mat pol­ished Cala­catta mar­ble on the sur­round.

An al­lur­ing com­bi­na­tion of cedar ac­cents, El­do­rado Stacked Stone, and black me­tal clad win­dows pro­vide a mem­o­rable views­cape with ex­posed ag­gre­gate and Mid­night Black as­phalt shin­gles.

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