First-time buyer to en­joy Chalet

Pur­chases unit in Cop­per­field within south­east Cal­gary

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JOSH SKAPIN master-planned by Hopewell Res­i­den­tial Com­mu­ni­ties.

A pris­tine body of water called Cop­per­pond, green space, and shops and ser­vices within a few blocks were added draws when Gert­ner was de­cid­ing on Cop­per­field.

She even­tu­ally set­tled on Chalet No 4 by Sa­bal Homes. She bought a two-bed­room unit within the town­house project, whose ar­chi­tec­ture is in­spired by Euro­pean chalets.

“I was drawn to Chalet,” says Gert­ner, who had been rent­ing.

Prices at the project start in the low $290,000s. Con­dos fees are $178 per month.

The project has two show homes — one is 1, 464 square feet and the other is 1,520 square feet — lo­cated on Cop­per­pond Boule­vard.

“Once I went into the show homes there … it was just really what I was look­ing for,” says Gert­ner.

Be­yond its floor plans, she saw Sa­bal Homes as a builder she could trust.

“The few peo­ple I know in Cop­per­field all dealt with Sa­bal,” she says. “Ev­ery­thing sort of fell into the right spot.”

Out­side the town­homes are spa­cious decks and an at­tached garage with a ful­l­length drive­way.

In­side the units, features in­clude knock-down tex­tured ceil­ings and large win­dows — even win­dows in walk-in clos­ets and pantries. The main floors fea­ture nine-foot ceil­ings and ex­pan­sive kitchen space.

The kitchen was part of what caught Gert­ner’s eye.

“I love to cook and I love to bake so I wanted a large kitchen,” she says. “The kitchen lay­out is ex­actly what I was look­ing for.”

The kitchens come with stain­less-steel ap­pli­ances, large pantries, lam­i­nate hard­wood floors, and spa­cious cen­tre is­lands and coun­ter­tops.

The unit of­fers gal­ley-style and L-shaped kitchens. Gert­ner’s is gal­ley-style.

When peo­ple see the kitchen plan Gert­ner picked, their faces “light up,” says area man­ager Syd­ney For­man. “It’s about the best en­ter­tain­ing kitchen I think I’ve ever seen.”

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Gert­ner’s unit also has a den, giv­ing her space for a home of­fice. “I usu­ally work from home a cou­ple days out of the week. That was a really nice op­tion for me,” she says.

Over­all, For­man says most buy­ers at the devel­op­ment are like Gert­ner — “young sin­gle pro­fes­sion­als and young pro­fes­sional cou­ples.” But there are also down­siz­ers. “They’re look­ing ahead a lit­tle bit and if they want to take off for a cou­ple of months of the year they have a place that re­quires no main­te­nance,” says For­man.

Part of the lure for many buy­ers is the ben­e­fits of liv­ing in Cop­per­field. “I get a lot of traf­fic from peo­ple who were just driv­ing around, so I’m as­sum­ing they just want to see Cop­per­field,” says For­man.

Sa­bal Homes also builds laned homes and front-at­tached garage homes in the com­mu­nity.

“This whole cor­ner of the city is amaz­ing in­vest­ment,” says Gert­ner, adding Cop­per­field has great con­nec­tiv­ity to other parts of Cal­gary, along with a num­ber of schools, “which is a huge bonus from a re­sale point of view.”

The Chalet project in Cop­per­field is set to con­tinue with a fifth phase. Chalet No 5 is cur­rently in its plan­ning phase and is slated to be built next to Chalet No 4.

Adrian Shel­lard/for the Cal­gary Her­ald

Hu­man re­sources worker Jen­nifer Gert­ner bought her first home in Cop­per­field be­cause she likes the ser­vices and ameni­ties in the south­east neigh­bour­hood.

Pho­tos, Sa­bal Homes

The ex­te­rior looks like a chalet in a Euro­pean moun­tain­side town.

The full bath­room in one town­home in­cludes this tub/shower.

The din­ing area, left in photo, is near the open-con­cept kitchen.

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