Cranston fits bill for global couple
Calgarians split time between Malaysia and Riverstone of Cranston in Calgary
Making a decision on a new home can be a time-consuming task at the best of times.
Imagine doing it from across the world.
That’s what Dwayne and Arden Wight were faced with when deciding where to buy in Calgary from their home in Malaysia more than 13,000 kilometres away. Lucky for them, their daughter, Courtney Bordush, was on the case.
“My dad’s specific request was five minutes from a Tim Hortons and 10 minutes from us, so you see where we fall in line,” says Bordush, laughing. That meant southeast Calgary, where Bordush has a home.
Arden wanted something in a nice community, but at a smaller project. Maintenance-free living was also a must. Dwayne’s job is overseas, so the couple would only be at their home in Calgary half the time.
Bordush’s scouting landed the Wights at Mosaic Riverstone by Brookfield Homes. The project consists of 64 bungalow townhomes in Riverstone of Cranston in southeast Calgary.
Thee homes are available from the mid-$400,000s, not including tax.
The show homes are to be open in January, but a sales centre is currently located at 4 Cranbrook Dr., S.E.
“It’s such a unique site,” says sales manager Kelly Halliday, adding the views are “fantastic.” They include expansive vistas of the Bow River and green bluffs.
“When people call and inquire about the development, our area sales manager really encourages them to come down. Coming down when the sun is setting, it’s just such a beautiful experience,” says Halliday.
The design of the homes takes full advantage of the area’s natural beauty. Large balconies mean owners can step out into the fresh air and enjoy Riverstone’s surroundings.
“One thing we loved was the (balcony). It’s huge,” says Bordush.
“The unit my parents bought, the patio looks out onto the valley, like (Fish Creek Provincial Park) — then from their bedroom, they can see the mountains and the river.”
Bordush says the community’s scenery made an impression on her the moment she arrived.
“I said to my parents as I drove down the hill that it’s like entering another world.,” she says.
Units at Mosaic Riverstone come in three plans, including the 1,612-square-foot Olive II, the 1,413-square-foot Slate II and the Hunter, which is a new 1,413-square-foot design.
Versions of the Olive and Slate have been used in previous projects by Brookfield, including Mosaic Mirage in McKenzie Towne.
“We took some client feedback on the smaller Slate and Olive models and it was suggested that we maybe create a centre kitchen option, so we were able to do that,” says Halliday. The result was the Hunter floor plan that features a kitchen that opens to a space for entertaining.
“Typically in the Olive and the Slate, we have more of a galleystyle kitchen, which has been very popular — and is popular in all of our developments — because it is a very functional kitchen,” says Halliday.
“Here, we have done more of a centre kitchen opening up to the great room. It’s a very different concept, so we’re excited about that one.”
The kitchens have full-height cabinets with soft-close drawers, along with stainless-steel appliances, including a built-in dishwasher, microwave/hood fan and a 23-cubic-foot fridge. They also feature granite counters and ceramic tile backsplashes.
“These homes are wellappointed,” says Halliday.
The high-calibre standard spec is part of what’s attracting downsizers who need a smaller space, but don’t compromise on the features they’re familiar with, says Halliday.
“One thing I really liked was that the (standard) level of esthetic stuff, like the flooring and tiling, is actually what would be considered an upgrade in some lower level homes, so it’s the luxury finishing which is nice,” says Bordush.
But the interest hasn’t ended with downsizers. For some potential buyers, the project serves as a move-up home.
“We’re also seeing people moving up from homes in the area, or starter product in Cranston and Auburn Bay, coming to check us out,” says Halliday. “We do expect to have some families here, but a lot of the traffic we have seen so far are those younger couples starting out.”
In Cranston, outside of Riverstone, Brookfield is building the Harvest Mosaic townhome development and Side-by-Side Homes, along with single-family houses. [email protected]ALD.COM TWITTER. COM/ CALHERALDHOMES FACEBOOK. COM/ CALHERALDHOMES
An artist’s rendering of Mosaic Riverstone by Brookfield Homes. Units start in the mid $400,000s.
Home designs in Cranston in southeast Calgary take full advantage of the area’s natural beauty.
Courtney Bordush at the sales centre for Mosaic Riverstone. She found a home for her parents — who also live in Malaysia — at the Brookfield Homes project.
Mosaic Riverstone in Riverstone of Cranston includes models with a centre kitchen option, opening the space up to entertaining.
The community of Cranston is near Fish Creek Provincial Park.