PARK: ‘Fell in love’

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Boule­vard Townes is a town­home project now sell­ing its fourth of four phases, which are lo­cated on Quarry Park Boule­vard. The de­vel­op­ment fea­tures a front ex­te­rior in­spired by a clas­sic French neigh­bour­hood.

“We got out and pretty much in­stantly fell in love with the way these were de­signed,” says Rhonda. “We ap­pre­ci­ate when it’s a job well done, so we liked what we saw there.”

The cou­ple toured one of the de­vel­op­ment’s show homes.

The project is slated to con­tain 125 units in two- and three­bed­room floor plans.

They range from the 1,540-square-foot Abbey model to the 1,732-square-foot Madi­son.

The homes come with a num­ber of fea­tures, in­clud­ing nine-foot ceil­ings on the main floor, a gas fire­place with a fully-tiled, floor-to-ceil­ing man­tel, gran­ite or quartz on kitchen coun­ter­tops and the is­land, and a stain­less-steel ap­pli­ance pack­age.

“We went away from it for about a year, but kept go­ing back to it about once ev­ery four to six weeks,” says Rhonda. “It be­came our ad­dic­tion.”

At the time, the cou­ple had a place in the com­mu­nity of Ram­say that they had no in­ten­tion of ever leav­ing. But they were swayed by Quarry Park.

“We fell in love with what Quarry Park has to of­fer,” says Rhonda.

Town­homes start in the mid-$460,000s within the Boule­vard Townes in Quarry Park by Birch­wood Prop­er­ties.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

PROJECT: Boule­vard Townes. BUILDER: Birch­wood Prop­er­ties. DE­VEL­OPER: Rem­ing­ton De­vel­op­ment Corp. AREA: Quarry Park is a com­mu­nity in south­east Cal­gary. PRICES: Town­homes start in the mid-$460,000s. HOURS: Mon­days through Thurs­days, 2 p.m. to 8 p.m., and noon to 5 p.m. on week­ends and hol­i­days. IN­FOR­MA­TION: Visit birch­wood prop­er­ties.ca

“We like the fact that you can walk 10 min­utes to get to a gro­cery store. You’ve got re­ally nice restau­rants there. The river’s right there.”

Quarry Park is on a prop­erty next to the Bow River. It’s slated to even­tu­ally in­clude two ponds and 15 kilo­me­tres of path­ways.

“It’s in an ex­cel­lent lo­ca­tion, so we thought long and hard about it — and two years later, we have signed on the dot­ted line,” says Rhonda.

The Gwynns are now ren­o­vat­ing their home, pre­par­ing it for sale prior to mov­ing into their new town­home in Au­gust.

When pick­ing the model, the cou­ple had a check­list of what they wanted. One of the top must-haves was a kitchen ideal for en­ter­tain­ing their friends.

“I love to en­ter­tain and I love to cook, so the kitchen sit­u­a­tion is fan­tas­tic,” says Rhonda.

The Gwynns up­sized their kitchen is­land so that it’s now 10 feet long. Rhonda calls the kitchen “well ap­pointed.”

“You can still be cook­ing while talk­ing with peo­ple who are sit­ting in the liv­ing room — or in the case of a meal that I do once a year where I cook 11 cour­ses,” says Rhonda.

At Christ­mas­time each year, Rhonda hosts her sin­gle friends for a meal that takes a week to pre­pare, and six hours to cook and serve.

“I’m a very lucky man, by the way,” says Cory of his wife’s knack for cook­ing.

Rhonda says her cur­rent kitchen in Ram­say is closed off from the rest of the house, which shuts off the chat­ter be­tween the cook and guests.

The new kitchen cre­ates a much more so­cia­ble at­mos­phere. “Ba­si­cally, it’s a gi­ant party room when you walk in the front room,” says Rhonda.

The town­home also has a spa­cious, two-car garage, which means plenty of stor­age.

“It’s fan­tas­tic,” says Rhonda.

“We have large hob­bies and are very out­doorsy. We do a lot of kayak­ing and camp­ing, so there’s a lot of gear that goes with that.”

The base­ment also has its perks, says Cory. “There’s enough room to de­velop the down­stairs, as well the sur­round-sound sys­tem that the man re­quires,” he says, laugh­ing.

Boule­vard Townes is the sec­ond of two de­vel­op­ments by Birch­wood Prop­er­ties in Quarry Park. The other is a com­plex called the Bel­mont Town­homes.

The builder is ex­pected this sum­mer to open its Bris­tol project, its third de­vel­op­ment in the com­mu­nity.

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Pho­tos, Michelle Hofer/for the Cal­gary Her­ald

Stairs pro­vide some vis­ual sep­a­ra­tion be­tween the great room and the kitchen in a show home.

Pho­tos, Michelle Hofer/for the Cal­gary Her­ald

Cory and Rhonda Gwynn were look­ing for Slurpees in Quarry Park when they found their new home at Boule­vard Townes.

The en­suite in a unit in­cludes a van­ity with two sinks.

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