Customization at an affordable price
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.
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.