Buy­ers warm­ing up to vil­las in Fire­side

Peo­ple at­tracted to lock-and-leave life­style

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It’s been an early bulls-eye for the tar­get mar­ket of a new villa project by Cal­bridge Homes in Cochrane. A sales cen­tre for the Clear­brook Vil­las in the com­mu­nity of Fire­side opened re­cently with much of the early in­ter­est coming from snow birds.

“It’s the de­mo­graphic that we’re go­ing af­ter,” says area man­ager Todd Terry. “The peo­ple who have been ask­ing for this are fi­nally get­ting it.”

Clear­brook Vil­las is a 28-unit, at­tached bun­ga­low project that Terry de­scribes as a “lock-and-leave” devel­op­ment — an ideal choice for buy­ers who want to es­cape to sun­nier climes dur­ing the win­ter.

“They don’t have to worry about snow re­moval or land­scap­ing,” says Terry.

Re­tirees who pur­chase a smaller home to avoid the up­keep of a larger house are of­ten called down­siz­ers — but Todd says in this case, it would be right-siz­ing.

“Peo­ple think they have to sac­ri­fice on qual­ity and ser­vice to af­ford Scotts­dale or wher­ever they want to go for the win­ter,” says Terry.

But with this project, “they’re get­ting very good qual­ity — some­thing they’re used to.”

That in­cludes high-end fin­ishes avail­able in four pack­ages that are colour co-or­di­na­tor by pro­fes­sional dec­o­ra­tors, says Terry.

“We find peo­ple really like this be­cause you don’t have time to go to 18 dif­fer­ent ven­dors. Here, you can walk in and it’s done,” he says.

The vil­las are of­fered in three models, in­clud­ing the 1,418-square-foot Ash, 1,246-square-foot Fox­tail and 1,372-square-foot Wil­low.

All three models come in one-bed­room and one-and-a-half bath­room lay­outs. They have ei­ther full base­ments, walk-outs that back on to a nearby park, or “sun­shine base­ments” with four-foot-tall win­dows and plenty of nat­u­ral light.

The base­ments have enough space to add an­other two bed­rooms, along with a bath­room and a me­dia cen­tre, says Terry.

The vil­las can also be devel­oped to in­clude a loft.

The sales and ex­pe­ri­ence cen­tre is lo­cated at 3 Fire­side Gate. Fire­side is a com­mu­nity master planned by La Vita Land.

Cal­bridge Homes has an­other villa project called Arte­sia in De Win­ton just south of Cal­gary.

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A draw­ing of the en­trance to the neigh­bour­hood as seen in 2011.

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