Buy­ers get help­ing hand

Calgary Herald - Calgary Herald New Condos - - New Condos - JOSH SKAPIN

Apart­ments by an award­win­ning builder in north­west Cal­gary are now avail­able through a pro­gram that aims to help mid-level in­come earn­ers af­ford a home.

A pro­gram through At­tain­able Homes Cal­gary Corp. of­fers en­try-level hous­ing for mid­dle-in­come home­buy­ers who qual­ify for a mort­gage and have a down pay­ment of $2,000.

The pro­gram now in­cludes 28 apart­ments at Evanston Square by Street­side Devel­op­ment Corp., a com­plex in the com­mu­nity of Evanston.

Street­side Devel­op­ment was named Multi-Fam­ily Builder of the Year at last year’s Cal­gary Re­gion SAM (Sales and Mar­ket­ing) Awards.

“We ex­pect the units at Evanston Square to sell very quickly, so we are en­cour­ag­ing peo­ple to act fast so they don’t miss out,” says At­tain­able Homes Cal­gary Corp. pres­i­dent and CEO David Wat­son.

Apart­ments range from 620 to 953 square feet and come in one- and two-bed­room ori­en­ta­tions. The rest of Evanston Square has sold out.

“We iden­ti­fied a com­mon goal in a de­sire to in­crease the op­por­tu­nity of home own­er­ship,” says Lisa Feist, Street­side’s vice-pres­i­dent of multi-fam­ily devel­op­ment for southern Al­berta.

“The avail­abil­ity of these homes will open the op­por­tu­nity for more home own­er­ship op­por­tu­ni­ties and cre­ate great neigh­bours.”

An open house for the Evanston Square apart­ments will run from noon to 2 p.m. to­day at 115, 2300 Evanston Sq. N.W.

Wat­son says the ad­di­tion of apart­ments at Evanston Square has come at the right time be­cause rent hikes in the city have turned peo­ple on to home own­er­ship.

“We saw sig­nif­i­cant in­creases in web­site reg­is­tra­tions, phone calls, show suite view­ings and sales in the sec­ond half of 2013 and we ex­pect the high level of in­ter­est to con­tinue through­out 2014,” says Wat­son.

At­tain­able Homes Cal­gary Corp. added 192 homes to its in­ven­tory over the past year, in­clud­ing units in three north­east Cal­gary com­mu­ni­ties.

The pro­gram picked up town­homes at Ar­rive at Red­stone by Part­ners Devel­op­ment Group and apart­ments at SkyWest by Tru­man Homes in SkyView Ranch.

Town­homes by Mat­tamy Homes in Cityscape were also ac­quired late last year.

The first devel­op­ment built on land owned by At­tain­able Homes Cal­gary, West­bury Park by Tru­man Homes, also broke ground in 2013.

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