GHOST: Huge complex
“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.”
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.
At 50-to 55-feet wide and 100-to 200-feet deep, the lots within the development are large.
An artist’s rendering of the recreation centre, which will be built once 100 sales of lots is reached.
Buyers can bring in their own builders to construct their homes.