Lux­ury villa with a view

Down­siz­ing Cal­gary cou­ple em­braces lock-and-leave life­style at Vis­tas of Tus­cany

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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

Adrian Shel­lard/For the Cal­gary Her­ald

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.

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