Easy liv­ing within Reach

Lock-it-and-leave life­style part of Riverreach pro­ject in Cochrane

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When Debby Stu­art and hus­band Ke­van drove down the hill into Cochrane’s new RiverReach pro­ject, “there it was, our dream come true.”

The day af­ter the Jay­man MasterBuil­t pro­ject re­cently opened for sales, the Stu­arts bought a villa on the spot.

The re­tired nurse and her city em­ployee hus­band were look­ing for a lock-it-and-leave life­style that would make travel to their other home in Arizona worry-free.

That is what they found in RiverReach, a 41-unit com­plex of bun­ga­low vil­las and two-storey manors to be lo­cated along the Bow River.

“For many years, we have been look­ing around — and then we found it that day, re­ally by ac­ci­dent, driv­ing down the road,” says Debby.

The pro­ject is in the Riviera phase of the River­Song neigh­bour­hood by Ta­mani Com­mu­ni­ties. Thir­teen of the units will back onto en­vi­ron­men­tal re­serve; the other 28 will back onto the river.

The builder is al­ready see­ing some spe­cific buy­ers for the pro­ject, says War­ren Saun­ders, sales man­ager for Jay­man MasterBuil­t.

The re­tired or semi-re­tired are look­ing at the bun­ga­lows; while other in­ter­est is com­ing from par­ents tran­si­tion­ing to a dif­fer­ent life­style as their uni­ver­sityage kids leave home, but they still want some room for when their chil­dren come back, he says.

Po­ten­tial buy­ers have been split evenly be­tween Cochran­earea res­i­dents and those from Calgary look­ing for the condo life­style in a pre­mium lo­ca­tion, says Saun­ders.

“You will not find this kind of lo­ca­tion, at this kind of price, in the city,” he says. “This is a on­cein-a-life­time op­por­tu­nity to live on the river.”

Buy­ers can also be con­fi­dent they won’t see flood­ing like what was re­cently ex­pe­ri­enced in Calgary.

The wa­ter on the Bow River at its high­est level dur­ing the flood was well be­low the lux­ury RiverReach lo­ca­tion, says Co­rilee Keryluk, area sales man­ager for the de­vel­op­ment.

“The (sur­round­ing) com­mu­nity of Riviera is well above the flood­way and was de­signed, en­gi­neered and con­structed to with­stand the 100-year flood,” says Keryluk.

As part of the 10-build­ing pro­ject, units avail­able in the first phase of three build­ings in­clude the 2,020-square-foot, two-storey Westwynd Manor back­ing onto the nat­u­ral re­serve at $490,300; the Westwynd, with a walk­out onto the Bow River at $552,700; or the 1,502-square-foot Edge­wa­ter Villa bun­ga­low, with a walk­out onto the Bow River for $566,000. All prices in­clude GST.

The first-phase bun­ga­lows on the na­ture re­serve have al­ready been sold. There will be four more avail­able in the other phases.

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When com­pleted, there will be 28 units with walk­out op­tions split be­tween bun­ga­lows and two-storey units.

There will be two types of base­ment de­vel­op­ment: en­ter­tain­ment style, with a bar, two bed­rooms and large, open leisure area and a bath­room; or a base­ment that in­cludes a bed­room and a fit­ness room, along with a bath­room and stor­age area.

The whole Riviera com­mu­nity is to be built to BuiltGreen Gold stan­dards un­der a pro­gram that pro­motes the con­struc­tion of en­ergy-ef­fi­cient and en­vi­ron­men­tally-re­spon­si­ble homes.

In the play­ground ad­ja­cent to the RiverReach pro­ject, there are wind­mills that sup­ply power to the path­ways that are part of the four kilo­me­tres of walk­ing/ cycling paths in nearby River­Song. There are 40.5 hectares of nat­u­ral re­serve in the over­all neigh­bour­hood.

From Riviera, there will be an eas­ily ac­cessed pedes­trian bridge that crosses into down­town Cochrane.

For the Stu­arts, the move is timely, with their adult son mov­ing out into his own home and the cou­ple look­ing for a more lock-it-and-leave condo life­style.

They will move from the bun­ga­low they have lived in for 17 years in north­west Calgary.

“We’re part of those baby boomers who want to re­tire and have some­one else do the (land­scap­ing and shov­el­ling) work so we can travel,” says Debby.

RiverReach will also of­fer the “city-folk” cou­ple their dream of liv­ing the quiet coun­try life­style while be­ing close to the city, she says.

“It is not easy to find a com- mu­nity where you will be able to look out your liv­ing room and see for­est, and then turn your chair around and look out the front door to the river,” says Debby. “That’s what we are go­ing to have.”

The first build­ing of four res­i­den­tial units in RiverReach will be com­pleted by the end of Oc­to­ber. Show homes will open in the first build­ing.

Condo fees will be $205 per month and will in­clude ex­te­ri­ors, win­dows and doors. The pro­ject is fully land­scaped and in­clude sprin­klers and 20- to 22foot rear yards that are main­te­nance-free. The units come with decks and there will be stamped con­crete pa­tios on the walk­outs.

The build­ing ex­te­ri­ors will con­sist of Hardy board sid­ing and come in three dif­fer­ent ar­chi­tec­tural styles — Arts and Crafts, Shin­gle, and Rocky Moun­tain.

Jay­man MasterBuil­t has con­structed more homes in Co- chrane than any other builder — it has 30 per cent of the mar­ket — and it is com­mit­ted to the com­mu­nity, says Saun­ders.

Its condo arm, Jay­man modus, is build­ing in Sun­set Ridge and Jay­man MasterBuil­t also has show homes and lots in the sin­gle-fam­ily sec­tion of Riviera.

Saun­ders says there has al­ready been great in­ter­est in the new lo­ca­tion, — and “that will only grow as we get more fully de­vel­oped and the show homes open.”

For the Stu­arts, who ex­pect to move at the end of this year or early 2014, their new home will give them the quiet, na­ture set­ting they have been seek­ing.

“And maybe Ke­van will ac­tu­ally get to use that fly-fish­ing rod that’s still in the box. He will just have to walk across the street,” says Debby.

Take High­way 1 to the 22X exit, then turn right onto River­heights Drive and fol­low the signs that di­rect you through River­Song down to Riviera. The RiverReach pro­ject is at the bot­tom of the hill. There are cur­rently no show homes (they are sched­uled to open in Oc­to­ber), but there is a sales cen­tre. IN­FOR­MA­TION: Visit jay­man.com/ riverreach


Debby and Ke­van Stu­art. AGES: In their 50s. BACK­GROUND: Debby is a re­tired nurse and Ke­van is an em­ployee of the City of Calgary. They were look­ing for a lock-an­dleave life­style that would make travel to their other home in Arizona worry-free. They are also soon to be empty nesters who did not want the up­keep of a sin­gle-fam­ily home. They bought an Edge­wa­ter Villa bun­ga­low on the nat­u­ral re­serve in the Jay­man MasterBuil­t RiverReach pro­ject in Riviera — the lat­est phase of Cochrane’s River­Song neigh­bour­hood.


One of the largest builders in Al­berta, Jay­man MasterBuil­t has been con­struct­ing homes for more than 30 years. The com­pany was co­founded in 1980 by chair­man and CEO Jay West­man and his late fa­ther, Al. It has been hon­oured as Builder of the Year at the an­nual Calgary Re­gion SAM (Sales and Mar­ket­ing) Awards eight times, the last time in 2011. Visit jay­man.com.

Jay­man Masterbuil­t

An artist’s ren­der­ing of homes in the RiverReach pro­ject. It’s in the Riviera phase of the River­Song neigh­bour­hood by Ta­mani Com­mu­ni­ties in Cochrane.

Ta­mani Com­mu­ni­ties

The Bow River as seen from near the site of the RiverReach pro­ject within Riviera in River­Song.

Pho­tos, Ta­mani Com­mu­ni­ties

Above, RiverReach is close to the Bow River. The pro­ject was de­signed to with­stand flood­ing. Left, the en­trance to Riviera.

Adrian Shel­lard/for the Calgary Her­ald

Buyer Debby Stu­art en­joys a park within the com­mu­nity.

Nat­u­ral beauty sur­rounds the neigh­bour­hood.

An artist’s ren­der­ing of some of the homes.

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