COU­PLE: Lush is­land

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But that search for a va­ca­tion home turned into a search for a per­ma­nent place.

“I work from home and it would only take Mike 40 min­utes to get from Can­more to his (oil in­dus­try) job down­town,” says Roberts, owner of the na­tional on­line en­tre­pre­neur train­ing pro­gram, Go­for­thin­sti­tute.

That de­ci­sion agreed upon, the cou­ple cast the net fur­ther and it led them back to Spring Creek, which they had also con­sid­ered as a pos­si­ble week­end des­ti­na­tion.

“The lo­ca­tion can’t be repli­cated … we can walk every­where, leave the car in the garage and snow­shoe to get gro­ceries if we want to.”

The Spring Creek de­vel­op­ment is ris­ing just off Can­more’s main street on a lush forested is­land be­tween two creeks sur­rounded by the moun­tains.

Frank Ker­nick — a third- gen­er­a­tion Can­more res­i­dent whose grand­fa­ther started the Ker­nick Dairy on the land that will com­prise the Spring Creek de­vel­op­ment — has helped de­velop other projects in the re­gion, in­clud­ing Canyon Close, Grotto Moun­tain Vil­lage and Ea­gle Ter­race in Can­more and Lake­view Mead­ows in In­ver­mere, B.C.

But Spring Creek, tucked away in a se­cluded area just off down­town Can­more, is his legacy project – “this is my fam­ily her­itage.”

And that legacy, Ker­nick says, will be a unique neigh­bour­hood in the Rocky Moun­tains. At build-out, the 28-hectare de­vel­op­ment will in­clude the full gamut of com­mu­nity life­style – in­clud­ing lux­ury condo and villa homes, ho­tels, and as­sisted liv­ing/ex­tended care res­i­dences.

C MVisit our web­site un­der the head­ing, ‘Rec Prop­er­ties,’ for more sto­ries and photo gal­leries.

Spring Creek is sur­rounded by the Po­lice­man and Spring Creeks, with 2½ kilo­me­tres of path­ways dot­ted with benched spaces to rest and en­joy spec­tac­u­lar views of the moun­tain ranges that en­close the de­vel­op­ment on all sides. The de­vel­op­ment in­cludes: Run­dle Cliffs Lodge — Al­ready com­pleted, this build­ing al­lows for full-time res­i­dence or place­ment of the condo in an op­tional rental pro­gram. There are 59 lux­ury con­dos, with only eight left for sale.

Glacier Rock Lodge — No rentals; 50 units are sold with two live/ work units avail­able.

Mo­raine Ridge Res­i­dences — 45 units of 40plus adult liv­ing units. One condo and one live/ work unit are still avail­able. Cam­brian Stream­side Vil­las — two six­plexes are un­der con­struc­tion, with half al­ready sold. Prices range from $889,000 to $1.1 mil­lion and are 1,900 to 2,200 square feet. These are the first creek­side town­homes and the sec­ond build­ing will be ready for pos­ses­sions in the spring.

Creek­stone Vil­las — This phase was just launched, with seven vil­las be­ing built, at the same prices as the Cam­brian vil­las. The du­plex units are sold and there are three left in the five­plex. Pos­ses­sions are ex­pected next fall.

Creek­stone Moun­tain Lodge — A 56-unit lux­ury condo apart­ment project. Pre-sales are cur­rently tak­ing place with 10- per-cent off pre­con­struc­tion pric­ing. Prices are from $340,000-$1 mil­lion. There are 360 de­gree views, es­pe­cially on the third and fourth lev­els of the build­ing. Other plans in­clude: A joint-ven­ture project for se­niors’ in­de­pen­dent and as­sisted liv­ing units. Ker­nick says there is a gap in Can­more for this type of res­i­den­tial of­fer­ing, de­spite high de­mand. The part­ners have ap­plied for grants and hope to have the hous­ing op­er­a­tional within two and a half years.

One hun­dred and twenty ho­tel rooms, spread over three dif­fer­ent projects: a con­fer­ence ho­tel; a fam­ily ho­tel and an adult-only ho­tel/spa. Ker­nick ex­pects these phases will come on stream over the next five to 10 years.

Eight sin­gle fam­ily lots. A showhome is be­ing built.

0. 12 hectare lots at $600,000 to $900,000 per lot. Ameni­ties in­clude un­der­ground park­ing, do­mes­tic water, geo­ther­mal heat­ing and air-con­di­tion­ing and all build­ings will be to gold or plat­inum en­vi­ron­men­tal “green” stan­dards (LEED).

The live/work units pro­vide op­por­tu­nity for ev­ery­thing from art gal­leries to wine stores.

Ker­nick says 70 per cent of buy­ers are com­ing from Cal­gary, most of them baby boomers in­tend­ing the homes for re­cre­ational use or re­tire­ment.

“I see a lot of Cal­gar­i­ans who are buy­ing here and then are also buy­ing in Ari­zona,” he says.

Other buy­ers are com­ing from Ed­mon­ton, as well as the U.S. and United King­dom.

Be­cause Ker­nick’s goal is a strong com­mu­nity, the Spring Creek de­vel­op­ment will have a min­i­mum 50 per cent of res­i­dents who have the Can­more homes as their pri­mary res­i­dence. “Yes, we will have week­enders, but the goal is to have lights on … to have a strong com­mu­nity.”

The de­vel­op­ment al­ready has a com­mu­nity as­so­ci­a­tion and a replica of the his­toric Can­more Opera House is be­ing built on site for use as a com­mu­nity cen­tre.

Five per cent of the units in the de­vel­op­ment are also avail­able as af­ford­able hous­ing for the com­mu­nity, at half price, in­clud­ing for own­ers in an ex­ist­ing on-site mo­bile home park that will be closed in about nine years.

Roberts and Mcgeough, who hope to move into their villa next sum­mer, have fallen in love not only with the com- mu­nity of Can­more, but with the Spring Creek project.

“We were at­tracted by the ar­chi­tec­tural de­sign and the con­trols that will sup­port our prop­erty val­ues,” says Roberts. “And Frank is a very im­pres­sive in­di­vid­ual with his phi­los­o­phy of a sus­tain­able com­mu­nity.”

Pho­tos, Barb Liv­ing­stone, Cal­gary Her­ald

Spring Creek Moun­tain Vil­lage is ris­ing just off Can­more’s main street on a forested is­land be­tween two creeks.

Na­ture is lit­er­ally on the doorsteps of the de­vel­op­ment.

Large win­dows bring in the sur­round­ing moun­tain views.

Craig Douce for the Cal­gary Her­ald

Les­lie Roberts and Mike Mc­geough in a show suite at Spring Creek Moun­tain Vil­lage.

Barb Liv­ing­stone, Cal­gary Her­ald

The beauty of the Rocky Moun­tains sur­round the project.

Barb Liv­ing­stone, Cal­gary Her­ald

The kitchen and great room of one of the live/work units.

Barb Liv­ing­stone, Cal­gary Her­ald

De­vel­oper Frank Kernick re­laxes in one of the show suites.

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