Cranston fits bill for global cou­ple

Cal­gar­i­ans split time be­tween Malaysia and River­stone of Cranston in Cal­gary

Calgary Herald - Calgary Herald New Condos - - Front Page - JOSH SKAPIN

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

Brook­field Homes

An artist’s ren­der­ing of Mo­saic River­stone by Brook­field Homes. Units start in the mid $400,000s.

Cal­gary Her­ald/File

Home de­signs in Cranston in south­east Cal­gary take full ad­van­tage of the area’s nat­u­ral beauty.

Don Molyneaux/For the Cal­gary Her­ald

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.

Brook­field Homes

Mo­saic River­stone in River­stone of Cranston in­cludes mod­els with a cen­tre kitchen op­tion, open­ing the space up to en­ter­tain­ing.

Cal­gary Her­ald/File

The com­mu­nity of Cranston is near Fish Creek Pro­vin­cial Park.

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