Buyers see light at Sunset Ridge
Couple get best seat in the house with view of Rockies in Cochrane
In most cases, ridge lots with a view are saved for a certain type of home.
Usually, the best seat in the house goes to a large, two-storey, singlefamily home with a front-attached garage.
So when Nate and Christina Northridge visited Sunset Ridge in Cochrane, they were taken aback by what they saw on land with an unobstructed view of the Rockies.
Sunset Ridge is a 133-hectare com- munity master-planned by Melcor Developments that’s now in its 12th phase. It offers move-up and semiestate homes, along with townhomes and duplexes.
The duplexes are by Innovations by Jayman and Landmark Homes.
“The first thing that stuck out to us was the location,” says Nate, a wedding photographer. Christina is a stay-at-home mom. “There’s a set of them that essentially look out into the mountains which is very rare for duplexes,” he says.
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Usually, houses get that, he says.
“So when we drove in there, we said: ‘There’s nothing behind these.’ There’s a fence, the highway and then a clear-on view of the Rocky Mountains.”
There are four duplex showhomes in Sunset Ridge. Innovations by Jayman has two models — a 1,552-square-foot model called the Solstice; and the Meridian, which contains 1,704 square feet. Both have three bedrooms and two-andhalf bathrooms.
The Meridian is one of the builder’s newest designs, and this is the first time it’s being displayed as a show home. It has a larger front-facing bonus room and spacious bedrooms on the second level, plus an open-concept floor plan on the main level. The main floor features a bright and airy rear-facing great room and dining room.
“It offers everything,” area sales manager Steven Doiron said in a March interview.
The Solstice has been offered in other communities and is considered one of the company’s best-selling plans, added Doiron.
It has a spacious second-floor bonus room and an open-concept main floor featuring a large galley-style kitchen.
Landmark Homes has a model called The Brookside III, that starts in the $312,000s plus GST. It starts at 1,319 square feet and comes in three-bedroom and two-bedroom-plus-loft orientations.
The Northridges made the three-bedroom version of Landmark’s Brookside III plan their first home purchase.
They’re currently renting a home in the northwest Calgary neighbourhood of Tuscany. “We really wanted to get out of the city to a smaller community where it is a bit more familyfocused,” says Nate. “It’s a bit slower moving than the big city.”
The couple has friends who already live in Cochrane, and Christina’s parents also live in town, making the move west a natural fit.
There was plenty to like about the floor plan in the Brookside III, says Nate.
“The master bedroom is great,” he says. “It’s really big. Some of the smaller duplexes and condos and whatnot, you cannot get a king-sized bed in those spaces, so that was a feature for us.”
Nate says the couple is also a fan of the model’s second floor laundry unit.
“Especially if you have a ninemonth-old child, you don’t have to lug your laundry around,” he says. “We do lots of laundry with a young child.”
Landmark Homes offers a variety of housing types and in all of its offerings, energy efficiency is part of the package. That green approach made a difference for the Northridges when they were in the process of picking their first home.
“I’m a big fan of building green — and the fact that Landmark is a big supporter of building green, that was the first time it clicked and we said: ‘Let’s look through this thing,’ ” says Nate.
The home boasts a number of energy-efficient features, says marketing manager Stuart Wen, including spray foam insulation.
“This is a single, one-time only cost that will forever provide value for the homeowner because spray foam acts as an air barrier as well as just normal insulation,” says Wen. “You know what it’s like on a cold, winter day around windows and doors — you always feel lots of drafts and lots of heat loss, and this really helps prevent that.”
Other features that prevent heat loss include triple-pane, coated low-E windows. The E stands for emissivity, a measure of heat loss. Nate is a wedding photographer and Christina is a stayat-home mom. The couple has a nine-month-old daughter. Friends and family living in Cochrane led a young family to look to the town west of Calgary for their first home purchase. The Northridges initially had their eye on a singlefamily home — but the combination of price and location of duplexes in the 12th phase of Sunset Ridge gave them a change of heart. The duplexes boast a scenic view of the nearby Rocky Mountains. The couple then fell for the energyefficient features in Landmark Homes’ Brookside III model. They bought the three-bedroom version of the floor plan.
Nate and Christina Northridge with daughter Kinsley in the Brookside III by Landmark Homes. The couple bought the model in Sunset Ridge in Cochrane.
The great room the Brookside III by Landmark Homes. The house is available in different floor plans.
The front exterior of the show home in Sunset Ridge in Cochrane.