Smaller and BET­TER

Calgary Herald - Calgary Herald New Condos - - & Recreation Investment - MARTY HOPE CAL­GARY HER­ALD

In spite of an econ­omy that has de­railed many of B.C.’s recre­ation hous­ing de­vel­op­ments, Preda­tor Ridge con­tin­ues to steam ahead.

The golf re­sort, which is lo­cated on 480 hectares of rolling hills near Ver­non, has con­tin­ued work on a $10-mil­lion golf course that will open next July. It has also spent $250,000 on ex­pan­sion of its trail

sys­tem as well as mak­ing plans for a con­fer­ence fa­cil­ity and small com­mer­cial area — and it is re­tool­ing its mix of hous­ing styles.

“We are repo­si­tion­ing our real es­tate of­fer­ings to in­clude more sin­gle-storey, easy-to-main­tain ranch­ers (bun­ga­lows), says Kevin Lay­den, pres­i­dent and CEO of Wes­bild Hold­ings Ltd., which is de­vel­op­ing the mas­ter­planned golf re­sort com­mu­nity.

The change in hous­ing fo­cus came fol­low­ing a se­ries of in-depth fo­cus groups that re­vealed a strong de­sire for smaller homes.

“It re­veals a long­ing for sim­plic­ity and a stronger fo­cus on fu­ture per­sonal well-be­ing,” says Lay­den from his Van­cou­ver of­fice.

From a hous­ing per­spec­tive, the find­ings of the var­i­ous fo­cus groups are that bun­ga­lows are gain­ing pop­u­lar­ity be­cause of their smaller foot­print and re­duced level of main­te­nance.

Cour­tesy, Preda­tor Ridge

Homes at Preda­tor Ridge near Ver­non, B.C.

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