Cus­tomiza­tion at an af­ford­able price

Calgary Herald - Calgary Herald New Condos - - New Condos - MARTY HOPE CAL­GARY HER­ALD

If there is such a term, the lat­est multi-fam­ily project by Ur­ban Es­capes by Tru­man is about “pre-built cus­tomiza­tion.”

That’s the idea be­hind the com­pany’s Rain­bow Falls de­vel­op­ment in Ch­ester­mere.

Lo­cated a 15-minute drive east of Cal­gary, The Cas­cades of Rain­bow Falls is an 80-town­house neigh­bour­hood that re­sponds to con­cerns about af­ford­abil­ity.

“There are a lot of peo­ple who want to move from Cal­gary to Ch­ester­mere — but for some of them, af­ford­abil­ity is an is­sue,” says Ge­orge Trutina, pres­i­dent of Tru­man. “We think this project will an­swer that con­cern.”

While each of the town­houses is built on the same 1,224-square­foot foot­print, con­sumers have their choice of front el­e­va­tion styles and main-floor and up­per­floor looks.

De­pend­ing where you are on the tri­an­gu­lar piece of prop­erty, prices range from $248,000 to $268,000. Condo fees are $174 per month.

The front el­e­va­tions are ei­ther Colo­nial or Crafts­man styles and each style comes with or without ve­ran­das.

In­side, there are three choices to the main floor.

On the up­per floor, choices of- fered are a three-bed­room/one bath lay­out, two-bed­room/ loft/ two-bath look, two-bed­room/ two-bath and three-bed­room/ two-bath de­sign.

“The Cas­cades of Rain­bow Falls al­lows you to tai­lor your home to match your per­sonal sense of style and in­di­vid­ual needs,” says Trutina.

The units — which are be­ing con­structed in pods of four, five and six — are built so that most have a view of the park at the rear of the com­plex.

There are no garages, but there are as­signed park­ing pads.

While constructi­on is go­ing on, the first 15 homes have been re­leased. Al­though the four show homes won’t open un­til the first week­end in De­cem­ber, Tru­man cus­tomer li­ai­son Bernie Perry says six have al­ready been sold, with pos­ses­sions start­ing in Jan­uary. When they do open, the show homes will be an ac­cu­rate pic­ture of what is avail­able in all homes, says Trutina. “What you see is what you get.”

The ex­te­rior of the town­houses will be Hardie board with cul­tured stone. Roof­ing will be 30-year as­phalt-fi­bre­glass shin­gles.

In­te­rior spec­i­fi­ca­tions in­clude hard­wood floors on the main level, lam­i­nate in the bath­rooms, and car­pet in the bed­rooms and stair­way.

There will also be tile back­splashes and lam­i­nate coun­ter­tops in the kitchen and bath­rooms, maple cab­i­nets with a choice of four stains, and four ap­pli­ances.

Then there is what Trutina calls the “dessert menu” — ad­di­tional up­grades for con­sumers to con­sider.

They in­clude speaker rough­ins, a built-in vacuum sys­tem, gran­ite in kitchens and bath­rooms, a stack­able washer and dryer, and base­ment de­vel­op­ment.

Pho­tos, Marty Hope, Cal­gary Her­ald

Town­houses by Ur­ban Es­capes by Tru­man within The Cas­cades of Rain­bow Falls in Ch­ester­mere.

Ge­orge Trutina, pres­i­dent of Tru­man Homes, at the foun­da­tions for some walk-out town­houses mak­ing up part of the de­vel­op­ment.

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