COUPLE: Lush island
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.
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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.”
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.
Leslie Roberts and Mike Mcgeough in a show suite at Spring Creek Mountain Village.
The beauty of the Rocky Mountains surround the project.
The kitchen and great room of one of the live/work units.
Developer Frank Kernick relaxes in one of the show suites.