JEWEL: ‘Con­ve­nient’

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“We’ve al­ways wanted to buy out there. It’s qui­eter out there — not quite as busy as the In­ver­mere area,” says Hu­bert.

For­est Crowne is a Kim­ber­ley sub­di­vi­sion of more than 565 hectares that of­fers both higher-end, sin­gle-fam­ily homes and the strata (condo) cot­tage sec­tion for those who want a moun­tain get­away or a full-time res­i­dence.

Large sin­gle-fam­ily lots start at $100,000 and buy­ers can bring in their own builders.

The Rom­mens visit the area of­ten and love us­ing the Rails to Trails bike path that links Kim­ber­ley to Cran­brook along an old rail­way route.

“Right off of For­est Crowne, there’s a na­ture park with hik­ing and bik­ing,” says Hu­bert.

“That’s what we’re into: bik­ing and hik­ing — and in Kim­ber­ley, you have ac­cess to 18hole golf cour­ses. We also en­joy that you can sit out on your deck and not get eaten by mos­qui­toes.”

Kim­ber­ley, which has a ski hill, is also near Fernie’ s great pow­der ski­ing and chal­leng­ing snow­board ter­rain, and it’s close to many chal­leng­ing golf cour­ses.

“We could have bought an acreage and built a place, but then we’d have the wor­ries of sewer and wa­ter. Now we’re on city ser­vices, so it’s con­ve­nient,” Hu­bert says of the main­te­nance con­cerns that come with own­ing a recre­ation prop­erty.

The Rom­mens hope to use the cot­tage for a few ex­tended week­ends each month, as well as for some longer vis­its.

They bought it as much for its lo­ca­tion — a four-hour drive to Cal­gary and five hours from the farm — as they did for the area’s great ameni­ties. This way, they can just pick up and go if the weather’s right to leave the farm, or if there’s a break in work or school for the two chil­dren in Cal­gary.

The el­dest son, Ken­ton, is a doc­tor do­ing his res­i­dency at the Foothills Med­i­cal Cen­tre, while his younger sis­ter, Ash­ley, is study­ing medicine.

The mid­dle son, Scott, stud­ied com­merce and now helps run the farm.

“We could have bought in the States some­where, but this way, we don’t have to be plan­ning flights,” says Patti.

The Rom­mens bought the Elk floor plan mea­sur­ing about 1,150 square feet with a main-floor mas­ter bed­room.

“It’s a nice cosy lit­tle place,” says Hu­bert.

The great room fea­tures a gas fire­place, the kitchen has gran­ite coun­ter­tops and the main floor con­sists of hard­wood.

The mud­room, as well as both the mas­ter en­suite and main bath­room on the lower level, has ce­ramic tile with heated floors for ex­tra lux­ury on those cold days.

A car­port off the side of the home gives shel­ter from snow and rain while un­load­ing the car.

“We fin­ished the bed­rooms in the base­ment, so each kid has a bed­room if they were all out at the same time,” says Patti.

“We look out onto the moun­tains out the front and in the back. We have a pie-shaped lot. It’s treed, so it will be pri­vate.”

The home is cur­rently at the fram­ing stage and will be ready for the fam­ily to take pos­ses­sion by the end of Jan­uary.

The home will end up cost­ing about $425,000, in­clud­ing

C MVisit our web­site un­der the head­ing, ‘Rec Prop­er­ties,’ for more pho­tos and sto­ries. lot, HST, land­scap­ing and ap­pli­ances. For­est Crowne de­vel­oper United Com­mu­ni­ties bought the land in 1997 from Teck Min­ing Co.

Tyee Cus­tom Homes has been build­ing larger homes in the sub­di­vi­sion for a few years and re­cently took over the cot­tage de­vel­op­ment.

“We came up with a few new de­signs with our tim­ber-frame trade­mark,” says Carl Lau­ren, co-owner of Tyee Cus­tom Homes.

The Elk, Ea­gle and Griz­zly are three new floor plans in the 1,100-square-foot range geared to­ward first-time home­buy­ers.

There are about 20 cot­tages left to build in the area, with some walk­out lots avail­able.

“We have four cot­tages in there now,” says Lau­ren.

Hav­ing re­cently sold its orig­i­nal one, Tyee is build­ing a new show home. “We’re pro­vid­ing a fairly af­ford­able prod­uct with a high qual­ity,” he says.

For­est Crowne makes the most of the moun­tain town’s lo­ca­tion. “It’s up on a plateau, so there are great views of the Rock­ies and tons of sun­light,” says Lau­ren.

The cot­tages are con­structed to BuiltGreen’s gold stan­dard and has an En­erGuide rat­ing of 80-plus. One of the cot­tages was a re­cent fi­nal­ist for the pro­vin­cial BuiltGreen awards.

The Rom­mens are look­ing for­ward to tak­ing pos­ses­sion of their cot­tage in the new year.

“I’m look­ing for­ward to hav­ing a nice place where we can re­lax with the fam­ily away from the farm,” says Hu­bert.

“Here, I try to take a week­end off, but it’s pretty tough when you’ve got a mil­lion things go­ing on. When I’m out there, I feel like I can lay­back and re­lax and re­ally en­joy it.”

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