Luxury villa with a view
Downsizing Calgary couple embraces lock-and-leave lifestyle at Vistas of Tuscany
The vistas to the west are long — over the treed Bow River valley below and beyond to the mountains.
The opportunity for such a relaxing view, along with lock-and-leave convenience, resonated with Calgary couple Terry and Debbie Hagen.
Now that their two sons are grown and have left home, the couple, who own and operate an oilfield fluid company, found their family home in Signal Hill was just too large for the two of them.
“We live in a two-storey house and there are just the two of us. We use a floor and a half,” Debbie says. Terry had only one stipulation — to not remain in the community.
“If we were moving, my husband wanted to not stay in the same area — let’s really move,” Debbie says.
In their search for a new home, they discovered the Vistas of Tuscany and toured the show home for the 14-home enclave of luxury villas by Albi Homes in the northwest community of Tuscany.
The bungalows, grouped in twos and threes, line a cul-desac topping a ridge outcropping at the edge of Tuscany, one of the last corners left to build in the popular community.
“We loved it. Then we went back four or five times before we put an offer in. We then went away for a month,” Debbie says.
When they returned from their travels, they toured the show home again and knew they had made absolutely the right decision without a twinge of buyers’ remorse.
“It was time to do something. We looked at renovating our house once again, but decided it would not be worth it,” Debbie says. “The Vistas were something that really caught our eye and just met our lifestyle. We like to pack up and be able to go. Moving into a place like this, you can lock the door and go and don’t have to worry about shovelling your walks or cutting your grass.”
The new community will feel different, they expect.
“We’re in Signal Hill, so we have Sunterra Market and restaurants right in our area,” Debbie says.
“That will probably be the biggest miss that we’ll have when we move over there because that area is not developed with the restaurants and so on that we have here. But that’s not a big selling point for us.”
The Hagens love that their Terry and Debbie Hagen AGE: 50s BACKGROUND: Terry and Debbie Hagen own and operate their own business. Now that their two sons are grown and have left home, they wanted to downsize to a different part of the city. The couple bought a villa at the Vistas of Tuscany by Albi Homes. new home will back onto green space.
“We like that we have no backdoor neighbours. We can look out to see the mountains,” says Debbie.
“Anybody who has lived in an acreage setting or against a golf course or an open green space, this appeals to them so much,” says Diane Chambers, community manager for Albi Homes. The units are grouped in twos and threes, each sharing a 10-foot stretch of wall against the laundry rooms, or laundry rooms and stairwells. The short contact allows for greater flow of natural light through the homes.
“The Vistas are so different than any other multi-family because with most other multifamily, you have people beside you and behind you,” Chambers says. “We have these lovely privacy walls on our outer decks so that nobody ever looks at them. They really feel like they’re in their very own home.”
The Hagens bought a home with 3,270 square feet of developed space.
It features one bedroom on the 1,817-square-foot main level, and two bedrooms and an office in the 1,462-square-foot developed walkout basement.
The main floor centres around an open concept living space with 10-foot ceilings and a large kitchen and island facing the great room and dining area. The master bedroom offers elegant details such as a tray ceiling, a large master ensuite and dressing room. The lower level also includes a media room, bar, exercise room and an exterior covered patio. The home’s design and high-end standard finishes fit with the couple.
“It’s the first time we’ve been able to pick finishes and build from the ground up, so that part was really quite exciting,” Debbie says.
“We loved the floor plan. We’ll be able to use the whole place.”
The size of the home means they can still entertain and there is room for guests or family to stay over while visiting.
The Vistas of Tuscany is finding a great connection with people in their mid-50s to mid-60s who own their own businesses, are retired or semiretired.
Eleven units are under construction, while the last three are going to start into the ground in the next month or so. Half of the units are sold and possession dates range from immediate possession to the end of next summer.
“What I love about this location is that it’s a private enclave with only 14 homes,” says Chambers.
The show home is located at 347 Tuscany Estates Rise N.W. From Nose Hill Drive, turn north on Tuscany Hill, then west on Tuscany Estates Drive. Turn right at the T-intersection at Tuscany Estates Rise and follow around to the entrance to the Vistas of Tuscany. INFORMATION: vistasoftuscany. com
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ABOUT THE AREA
East Village is a master-planned community under the direction of the Calgary Municipal Land Corp. The plans include the redevelopment of 20 hectares of land along the Bow River between historic Fort Calgary and downtown’s business centre. Three phases of RiverWalk, a pedestrian and bike path on the banks of the Bow River, have opened. East Village will be home to the National Music Centre around the site of the King Eddy Hotel. Visit evexperience. com
Debbie and Terry Hagen, at Albi Homes’ Vistas of Tuscany sales centre in northwest Calgary, bought one of the 14 bungalows that will overlook the Bow River valley.
The spacious great room, above left, and the luxurious soaker tub in the master ensuite in the Vistas of Tuscany show suite by Albi Homes. Below, an artist’s rendering of the private enclave.