GHOST: Huge com­plex

Calgary Herald - Calgary Herald New Condos - - Recre­ation & In­vest­ment Prop­er­ties -

“We have tied ev­ery­thing to lot sales, and so we move for­ward with­out debt.”

The recre­ation cen­tre is a huge, year-round com­plex that will in­clude a swim­ming pool, sauna, whirlpool, li­brary, ex­er­cise and weight room, show­ers, laun­dry fa­cil­i­ties, gen­eral store and com­mu­nity kitchen.

It will be started as soon as the com­pany has reached 100 sales. A sports court and bar­be­cue area are planned for around it — and it sits on a gen­tle hill­top with spec­tac­u­lar views of Ghost Lake and the moun­tains be­hind.

“This is per­fect tim­ing for us,” says Sten­gler. “The trades(peo­ple) in the com­mer­cial sec­tor are look­ing for work right now, so prices for that con­struc­tion are awe­some — and we’ll share that cost sav­ings with builders.”

That, in turn, means even bet­ter deals for buy­ers.

The devel­op­ment al­ready has many of the other ser­vices in place.

The beach area, for ex­am­ple, is al­most f in­ished.

It in­cludes an ex­pan­sive sandy area be­low the club­house with a f irepit, along with a boat launch area and pri­vate dock, as well as a pic­nic area.

An­other part of the com­mu­nity has a beach vol­ley­ball court and com­mu­nity gar­dens and, sev­eral tot lots and play­grounds as well, are either in place or are planned.

The lots, them­selves, are large at 50-to 55-feet wide and 100-to 200-feet deep.

The size of the cot­tages is re­stricted to 600 square feet on the main floor with a 350 square foot loft.

Be­cause the lots are so large, an­cil­lary build­ings are al­lowed on each site as well.

These can be 400 square feet on the main floor with a 250-square-foot loft.

These ar­eas can be used for any­thing from a stu­dio for arts and crafts to a guest cot­tage, stor­age, or even a garage for the boat or car.

The devel­op­ment started with just one builder, Timko De­vel­op­ments of Cochrane, but it has since at­tracted many more builders.

As well as Timko, the Cot­tage Club builders are West­wind In­dus­tries, an acreage builder pri­mar­ily in Rocky View; Gallery Homes from Cal­gary; Bow View Homes, build­ing in Can­more and In­ver­mere; WoodPecker Homes of Cochrane; An­der­son Fisher Con­struc­tion; and

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“Peo­ple can still bring in their own builder as well,” says Sten­gler. “But they would have to ad­here to our ar­chi­tec­tural con­trols. We do of­fer an $8,000 in­cen­tive if you use one of our builders.”

A to­tal of 350 lots will be built by com­ple­tion.

There is a two-year time limit for build­ing the cot­tages and the in­tent of the area is to keep it recre­ation-based and not for full-time homes.

The area is fenced and gated for se­cu­rity, the home­own­ers have a wa­ter and sewage treat­ment plant on site, and f ire hy­drants are around the prop­erty.

“There are many green el­e­ments in the devel­op­ment,” says Sten­gler.

“Forty per cent of the area has been left green and some of it is pro­tected by perime­ter fenc­ing to pre­serve the na­tive veg­e­ta­tion. The land­scap­ing cri­te­ria are strict — nat­u­ral land­scap­ing is manda­tory.

“As for f ire pro­tec­tion, in ad­di­tion to the hy­drants, we use ma­te­rial that has been used in fed­eral parks for years to hin­der f ire spread­ing.”

Five kilo­me­tres of trails are through­out the devel­op­ment.

“It has at­tracted so many peo­ple who want this life­style,” says Sten­gler.

“The f irst buy­ers tended to be those in the 50 to 58 year age group, 80 per cent of whom owned their own busi­ness. Now, even younger age groups are com­ing out — peo­ple who will want to use all the ameni­ties and peo­ple who want to be sur­rounded by fam­i­lies of all ages.

“We’re also get­ting some peo­ple who are buy­ing to­gether, fam­ily or friends.

“The com­mu­nity is very, very fam­ily-ori­ented.”

The ob­vi­ous at­trac­tion is the prox­im­ity Cal­gary, but there’s also the prox­im­ity to the rest of the area that has brought peo­ple to the project, he says.

“It’s a great place for fam­i­lies and it is just 10 min­utes from Waiparous, 20 min­utes to Kananaskis and 10 min­utes to Cochrane,” says Sten­gler. “The Ghost River is one of the rivers run­ning into the lake and peo­ple can kayak or ca­noe two kilo­me­tres up it.”

Pho­tos, Leah Hen­nel, Cal­gary Her­ald

The size of homes in the de­vel­op­ment have been re­stricted to 600 square feet on the main floor, with a 230-square-foot loft.

A dock and boat launch lead to Ghost Lake near the pro­ject.

Leah Hen­nel, Cal­gary Her­ald

At 50-to 55-feet wide and 100-to 200-feet deep, the lots within the de­vel­op­ment are large.

Cour­tesy, La­mont Land Inc.

An artist’s ren­der­ing of the re­cre­ation cen­tre, which will be built once 100 sales of lots is reached.

Leah Hen­nel, Cal­gary Her­ald

Buy­ers can bring in their own builders to con­struct their homes.

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