Buy­ers see light at Sun­set Ridge

Cou­ple get best seat in the house with view of Rock­ies in Cochrane

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JOSH SKAPIN

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.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

PRO­JECT: Du­plexes in Sun­set Ridge. BUILDERS: Land­mark Homes and In­no­va­tions by Jay­man. DE­VEL­OPER: Mel­cor De­vel­op­ments. AREA: Sun­set Ridge is a com­mu­nity in Cochrane. PRICES: Homes start in the low $300,000s. HOURS: 2 to 8 p.m., Mon­days through Thurs­days, and noon to 5 p.m. on week­ends and hol­i­days. IN­FOR­MA­TION: Visit livein­sun­set ridge.ca

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.

Adrian Shel­lard/for the Calgary Her­ald

Nate and Christina Northridge with daugh­ter Kins­ley in the Brook­side III by Land­mark Homes. The cou­ple bought the model in Sun­set Ridge in Cochrane.

Pho­tos, Land­mark Homes

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.

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