Buy­ers make nat­u­ral choice

Cou­ple trades home within Cal­gary for moun­tain views in Cochrane


Mov­ing to Cochrane will mean a bit more time be­hind the wheel, but Liz Kor­naga says she’s look­ing for­ward to it.

She and Ste­fan Gud­mund­son, both in their early 30s, cur­rently live in a house in the in­ner-city com­mu­nity of Bow­ness. It is a con­ve­nient 15-minute drive from the Foothills Med­i­cal Cen­tre hos­pi­tal, where she works as a lab tech­ni­cian.

The cou­ple re­cently bought a town­home in Cochrane, which will make her drive to and from work longer — but para­dox­i­cally, more re­lax­ing.

“For me, per­son­ally, it’ll just help me de­com­press,” she says.

The drive west of Cal­gary will also mean trad­ing in time spent in traf­fic for ad­mir­ing the nat­u­ral beauty on the way to Cochrane, in­clud­ing the Rocky Moun­tains.

“The view: ev­ery time we’ve driven down there, you get the moun­tain view as you’re driv­ing,” says Kor­naga.

“The other thing I like is that I’m not re­stricted to one ma­jor road to get in or out. I have High­way 1A, I have High­way 1 and there’s High­way 22 as well.” She and Gud­mund­son bought a three-bed­room unit at The Range by Birch­wood Prop­er­ties in Cochrane.

The Range fea­tures 17 four­plex build­ings in the com­mu­nity of Heart­land de­vel­oped by Apex Land. Its front el­e­va­tion fea­tures a his­toric farm­house de­sign.

Birch­wood’s other mul­ti­fam­ily projects are Bris­tol Town­homes and Boule­vard Townes, both in the south­east Cal­gary com­mu­nity of Quarry Park.

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At The Range, homes start in the $199,000s and all con­tain floor plans of 1,140 square feet.

They come in three stan­dard plans, but all three fea­ture a kitchen and a great room on the main floor. The dif­fer­ence is in how the bed­rooms are spread out on the sec­ond and third floors.

Gud­mund­son and Kor­naga picked a plan with a mas­ter bed­room and en­suite on the top floor and two sec­ondary bed­rooms on the sec­ond floor. One of the sec­ondary bed­rooms will be used as a home of­fice.

But in another floor plan, this is re­versed. The third plan has two mas­ter bed­rooms — each a large bed­room with an en­suite — lo­cated sep­a­rately on the sec­ond and third floors.

“I liked the op­tions that were avail­able and I liked how they were laid out,” says Kor­naga. “It was pretty much ex­actly what you need — with a lit­tle bit more.

“We can have a whole floor ded­i­cated to the mas­ter suite, so you have your (own) space, which was pretty at­trac­tive.”

The town­homes can come with a fin­ished 252-square­foot de­vel­oped base­ment. The cou­ple went with an un­fin­ished op­tion, but it won’t be that way for long.

“It’s a blank slate for me,” says Gud­mund­son, adding he’s got big plans for that space.

“I’m big into au­dio, that’s my hobby/ob­ses­sion. I am mak­ing it as much as I can into a func­tional, ded­i­cated au­dio room, so it’s go­ing to be pretty cool.”

Town­homes at The Range come in a choice of four de­signer colour pal­ettes.

For floor­ing, there’s ce­ramic tiles at the en­try and in the bath­rooms, plank lam­i­nate else­where on the main floor and 45-ounce car­pet with a six­pound un­der­lay.

Stan­dard spec­i­fi­ca­tions in­clude lam­i­nate coun­ters in the kitchens and bath­rooms, and a stylish sub­way-tile back­splash un­der the cab­i­nets in the kitchen.

There’s also the op­tion of black or white ap­pli­ances, in­clud­ing a ceran-top, self-clean­ing range. There are also green fea­tures, such as a high-ef­fi­ciency fur­nace, pro­gram­mable ther­mo­stat and en­ergy-ef­fi­cient win­dows.

First pos­ses­sions on th­ese homes are slated for this fall.

While the shift from a home close to down­town to a smaller cen­tre out­side Cal­gary will be a change of pace, the cou­ple says they’re ex­cited.

“Cochrane has ev­ery­thing,” says Kor­naga, adding it’s close enough to Cal­gary for any­thing else they might need.

“I re­ally like the shops and the peo­ple,” says Gud­mund­son. “The more I see it, the more I like it.” The cou­ple lives in Bow­ness and re­cently bought a town­home in Cochrane. They bought a three­bed­room floor plan. Gud­mund­son plans to turn the base­ment into an au­dio room. The cou­ple looks for­ward to all that Cochrane has to of­fer, in­clud­ing its many charm­ing shops. They’re also fans of Cochrane’s nat­u­ral beauty and like that they’ll have a view of the Rocky Moun­tains when they drive home from work in Cal­gary each day. PROJECT: The Range BUILDER: Birch­wood Prop­er­ties DE­VEL­OPER: Apex Land AREA: Heart­land in Cochrane PRICE: From the $199,000s IN­FOR­MA­TION: Visit birch­wood prop­er­

Don Molyneaux/For the Cal­gary Her­ald

Liz Kor­naga and Ste­fan Gud­mund­son are mov­ing from Bow­ness in Cal­gary to Cochrane. They bought a town­home at The Range by Birch­wood Prop­er­ties.

Birch­wood Prop­er­ties

Homes at The Range con­tain floor plans of 1,140 square feet and come in three stan­dard lay­outs.

Don Molyneaux/ For the Cal­gary Her­ald

Buy­ers Liz Kor­naga and Ste­fan Gud­mund­son in Cochrane.

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