COM­PLEX: ‘Easy walk’

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“We of­ten shopped in Oko­toks, so it was an easy tran­si­tion for us and the com­plex here is a nice, easy walk to ev­ery­where.”

That res­onates with Ann and Mel Hills, who were the first res­i­dents to move into the com­plex.

The re­tired cou­ple moved into a suite in De­cem­ber 2006.

“This is the fullmeal deal,” says Mel. “We wanted a place where we could walk ev­ery­where and here it is. It’s by Safe­way, Tim Hor­tons, the se­niors’ club. There’s even a funeral home right around the cor­ner. It’s all here,” he says with a laugh.

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The path­way sys­tem through­out Oko­toks runs along the Sheep River banks just be­hind the com­plex. The hockey arena also has a walk­ing track that res­i­dents can use in win­ter.

The cou­ple has a re­sort prop­erty and a de­sire to travel.

“We’re never home,” says Ann. “It re­ally suits our life­style.”

The lock-it-and-leave-it fea­tures of Cal­vanna Vil­lages are a plus for the ac­tive adult life­style, says Paul Funk, who looks af­ter the Cal­vanna Vil­lage de­vel­op­ments for The Swan Group un­der pres­i­dent Richard Li.

“It’s one of the fea­tures of Cal­vanna Vil­lages that ap­peals to that de­mo­graphic,” says Funk. “We’ve had a lot of de­mand for our com­plexes that are ori­ented to the 50-plus life­style. Peo­ple want an en­vi­ron­ment where they can have their kids and grand­chil­dren visit, but they don’t want to live in a com­plex where there are kids liv­ing be­cause of the noise and dis­rup­tion.

“And they want a place that has all the ameni­ties that ap­peal to that de­mo­graphic ... all within walk­ing dis­tance.”

That’s where Cal­vanna ex­cels.

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The com­plexes have grown in rep­u­ta­tion be­cause of the ameni­ties of­fered within the com­plex — and the lo­ca­tion, which has been se­lected be­cause it has ameni­ties within walk­ing dis­tance.

Cal­vanna Vil­lage Oko­toks is the ninth that has been built in and around Cal­gary and just five units are left in the project.

All are built and ready for pos­ses­sion.

Three of the units are two bed­rooms, while two are onebed­room units rang­ing from 750 to 962 square feet.

Reg­u­lar prices are from $199,900 to $259,900 with GST, but this week­end only, prices will be dis­counted an ad­di­tional $10,000 per unit.

Homes come with fea­tures that in­clude in-floor heat­ing, along with an in-suite laun­dry with washer and dryer.

They also have a stove, fridge and dish­washer, maple cup­boards in kitchens, and one un­der­ground park­ing stall.

For even more con­ve­nience, the show suite can be pur­chased with or with­out fur­ni­ture.

“Oko­toks is a big draw for this com­plex,” says Funk.

“It’s such a nice lit­tle town with that small-town feel, yet it’s just 15 min­utes from Shaw­nessy and 20 min­utes from SouthCen­tre Mall, where all the shops and ser­vices are lo­cated.

“It’s also close to the new hos­pi­tal on the south side that’s now un­der con­struc­tion.”

A big part of the draw is the so­cial at­mos­phere that’s cre­ated due to liv­ing in a com­plex where every­one is about the same age, with many of the same life­style needs and wants. The Smiths en­dorse that. “This is such a good lo­ca­tion,” says Jean.

“And we have an ex­cel­lent so­cial com­mit­tee, so we have re­ally good events here. We like the ca­ma­raderie so much that we have to plan our lives so we don’t miss an event.”

The com­plex has a club­house for mem­bers to use and “it is well used,” says Funk.

The Oko­toks’ se­niors’ cen­tre ad­ja­cent to the com­plex is ac­tive as well, he says. “We en­rol all of our res­i­dents there and pay for their first year of mem­ber­ship.”

Dean Bicknell, Cal­gary Her­ald

Above, the ex­te­rior of the over-50 life­style de­vel­op­ment. Left, Ann and Mel Hills were the first res­i­dents in the build­ing.

Kathy McCormick, Cal­gary Her­ald

Dean Bicknell, Cal­gary Her­ald

The bed­room of the show suite in Calvanna Vil­lage-Oko­toks.

Kathy McCormick, Cal­gary Her­ald

The func­tional, el­e­gant kitchen within the show suite.

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