Moun­tain magic part of back­yard

Win­dows have 120-de­gree views of Rocky Moun­tains in Cochrane

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JOSH SKAPIN

From Sher­wood Park in the Ed­mon­ton area to Air­drie isn’t a quick scoot.

It’s about a three-hour trip one way. That’s not a con­ve­nient dis­tance for fre­quent vis­its from grand­par­ents Gary and Elaine Buss.

So when the re­tired cou­ple was ready to down­size, they looked for some­thing closer to their then-lone grand­child.

It started with Air­drie, fol­lowed by a look around Cal­gary, fi­nally end­ing west of the city in Cochrane. “It’s nice to look out the win­dow and all you see is 120 de­grees of Rocky Moun­tains on a clear day,” says Gary from the great room of the cou­ple’s condo apart­ment.

He is a former mem­ber of the RCMP and Elaine is an ex-nurse. They’re now spend­ing their re­tire­ment years fac­ing the nat­u­ral beauty of the nearby moun­tain­scape in a com­plex called The Vil­lage.

Cre­ated by Cal­bridge Homes, it’s in a com­mu­nity called Sun­set Ridge.

Vis­its to the grand­kids now only take an hour for a round trip and the cou­ple is there ev­ery Tues­day.

“It’s handy,” says Gary of Cochrane’s con­ve­nient lo­ca­tion, which in­cludes a 15-minute drive to Cal­gary. But Elaine says Cochrane it­self of­fers plenty for buy­ers.

“It’s not a small town any­more,” she says. “Look at all the growth around here. It’s crazy.”

Elaine en­joys mak­ing good use of the town’s shops and ser­vices, which are ameni­ties she didn’t re­al­ize Cochrane had un­til the cou­ple con­sid­ered it as a place to live.

“We never stopped down­town,” says Elaine. “We al­ways just went through on our way to the moun­tains. But we never dis­cov­ered down­town and now we both just love it.”

When Gary and Elaine found out about The Vil­lage, Cal­bridge Homes was pro­mot­ing its up­com­ing project out of a small in­for­ma­tion cen­tre, but the com­pany wasn’t in sell mode.

Three months later on the open­ing day of sales, the cou­ple was ready.

“We were the first ones in the door, so I think we were the first ones to buy in this whole com­plex,” says Gary.

A top floor cor­ner unit with two un­der­ground park­ing stalls, along with the square footage they were look­ing for, was too good to ig­nore.

Elaine ad­mits that when she pic­tured her re­tire­ment years, she thought the cou­ple would be set up in a villa or du­plex. She didn’t ex­pect an apart­ment.

“(Gary) promised me that we would be out of here in a year if I didn’t like it,” says Elaine with a smile. “That’s not hap­pen­ing.”

On March 15, the cou­ple hit the three-year mark in the condo.

“We ab­so­lutely love it,” says Gary. “We wouldn’t go any­where else. Even though we’ve al­ways lived in sin­gle-fam­ily homes, this just felt like home when we moved in here.”

Buy­ing in the pre­con­struc­tion phase also al­lowed the cou­ple to pre­pare for their tran­si­tion.

“We had to down­size our fur­ni­ture,” says Elaine. “We did a fair amount of plan­ning and had help from our daugh­ter in-law, who is an in­te­rior de­signer. She was very help­ful with what size to buy.”

Once com­plete, The Vil­lage will in­clude 129 condo apart­ments spread across three four-storey build­ings. The first build­ing is sold out and the project is on its sec­ond phase of devel­op­ment.

The build­ings are decked out in vi­brant colours, in­clud­ing stone and col­umn de­tails, along with spa­cious bal­conies and over­sized win­dows.

The win­dows make good use of the sur­round­ing views, says area man­ager Gwenn Uti­gard. As with the Buss

THE BUY­ERS

Gary and Elaine Buss BACK­GROUND: The re­tired cou­ple from Sher­wood Park looked to the Cal­gary area af­ter both their son and Gary’s fa­ther moved to Air­drie. Gary is a former mem­ber of the RCMP and Elaine was a nurse. They were swept away by the views of Cochrane, es­pe­cially the tow­er­ing Rocky Moun­tains. Their new apart­ment at Cal­bridge Homes’ The Vil­lage has over­sized win­dows giv­ing a great look at the Rock­ies. Gary and Elaine were among the first pur­chasers at The Vil­lage, a four­build­ing project with spa­cious one and two-bed­room apart­ments. fam­ily, that’s a big at­trac­tion for a num­ber of buy­ers at the devel­op­ment, she says.

“Ba­si­cally, there are panoramic moun­tain views,” says Uti­gard. “Ev­ery day they’re dif­fer­ent, so it’s like hav­ing a pic­ture hang­ing on your wall and it changes ev­ery day for you.”

There are cur­rently nine floor plans avail­able, eight of which have two-bed­room con­fig­u­ra­tions. The one bed­room, one bath­room model is 893 square feet.

The largest two-bed­room plan is 1,407 square feet, while the small­est two-bed­room lay­out is 1,071 square feet, so they’re spa­cious and feel even big­ger than they ac­tu­ally are, says Uti­gard.

“When most peo­ple walk in, they ask: ‘And how big is this?’” she says.

“They can’t be­lieve it. They say it’s laid out so well that it just feels so much big­ger than what they imag­ined.”

The apart­ments in­clude nine-foot knock-down ceil­ings. The kitchens have a stain­less-steel ap­pli­ance package and raised gran­ite eat­ing bars.

Pho­tos, Cal­bridge Homes

Condo apart­ments have spa­cious decks look­ing out at the moun­tains as one of the ameni­ties of The Vil­lage com­plex by Cal­bridge Homes in Cochrane.

The kitchen in a model by at the Vil­lage by Cal­bridge Homes in Cochrane.

Pho­tos, Cal­gary Her­ald/files

Cochrane res­i­dents get to en­joy nat­u­ral ameni­ties such as the nearby Glen­bow Ranch Pro­vin­cial Park.

Horses at the park are a re­minder of Cochrane’s his­tory as an im­por­tant cen­tre for ranch­ing.

Wil An­dr­uschak/for the Cal­gary Her­ald

Elaine and Gary Buss in the great room of their condo apart­ment in The Vil­lage by Cal­bridge Homes in Cochrane. They down­sized from a home near Ed­mon­ton.

E- FOL­LOW CALHERALDHOMES. LIKE CALHERALDHOMES Wil An­dr­uschak/for the Cal­gary Her­ald

The bath­room in­cludes this large van­ity. Elaine and Gary Buss en­joy the kitchen in their new condo apart­ment.

Pho­tos, Cal­bridge Homes

The great room in a model in The Vil­lage in Cochrane. There are cur­rently nine floor plans avail­able in the project.

The master bed­room in one of the show suites within the devel­op­ment.

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