Nat­u­rally spec­tac­u­lar

Sage­stone de­vel­op­ment is per­fect for first-time home­own­ers, down­siz­ers

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As new­ly­weds, Josh and Khara Tait moved to Cochrane in 2006 so Josh could at­tend school at the lo­cal sem­i­nary.

“We just fell in love with the town,” Khara says. “It has that small, home­town kind of feel. We just re­ally en­joy it. We’re 30 min­utes from the city, and 45 min­utes from the moun­tains. It’s a per­fect lit­tle spot for us.”

They set­tled in close to down­town. To­day, Khara is the stu­dent, study­ing nurs­ing at Mount Royal Univer­sity, while Josh works at Hun­ter­wood Tech­nolo­gies and is the chap­lain for the

GX fire depart­ment, where he is also a part-time fire­fighter. They have two large Weimaraner dogs, Te­gan and Ti­tan, whom they love to walk along the lo­cal trails.

When they learned of the plans for a new town­home de­vel­op­ment by Slokker Canada West in Cochrane, they went to see the lo­ca­tion in the Jump­ing Pound Ridge com­mu­nity, in the town’s south­west.

“As soon as we saw the view from the ridge there, we just re­ally fell in love with that area and that piece of land,” Khara says.

“It fits all of our needs. We’re first­time home­own­ers, dou­ble-in­come, no-kids kind of fam­ily. They al­low big dogs, so it fit our needs per­fectly. For our first home and for get­ting into the mar­ket, that’s what got us.”

The Taits have bought a Sage­stone model town­home, with a two-car garage and about 1,600 square feet. It’s an end unit and of­fers a walk­out base­ment. They have three bed­rooms and two bath­rooms up­stairs, with the main liv­ing space on the main floor. They plan to de­velop the walk­out base­ment as a rec room.

Given the eco­nomic base price, the Taits were pleased they were able to make many up­grade se­lec­tions with­out go­ing over budget, such as quartz coun­ter­tops over gran­ite.

“It’s more durable and we liked it bet­ter for our de­sign plans,” Khara says. “We are not go­ing with hard­wood (floor­ing), but with lam­i­nate be­cause of the dogs. We up­graded our ap­pli­ances.”

Jump­ing Pound Ridge Town­homes will have 155 town­houses on four hectares of land.

There will be 32 build­ings on the site, with be­tween four and eight units per block.

“A sub­stan­tial por­tion (of land) will be ded­i­cated to en­vi­ron­men­tal re­serve and mu­nic­i­pal re­serve, so it’s very spa­cious on the edge of the town of Cochrane,” says Peter Paauw, pres­i­dent of Slokker Canada West.

“It over­looks the Jump­ing Pound Creek, for units on the edge. Truly spec­tac­u­lar.”

In con­junc­tion with the land de­vel­oper next to Jump­ing Pound Ridge Town­homes, one cor­ner is des­ig­nated as mu­nic­i­pal re­serve with spe­cial plans.

“We have com­mit­ted funds to cre­ate a re­ally nice play­ground there,” says Paauw.

The de­vel­op­ment will ap­peal to down­siz­ers who have grand­chil­dren who like to visit, as well as to first­time home­buy­ers, he says.

“The unit mix is geared to that with the Her­itage plans, which are very pop­u­lar for starters, as well as Sage­stone, which have proven to be equally pop­u­lar with starters as with down­siz­ers,” Paauw says.

The Her­itage of­fers a mix of two bed­rooms plus den and three-bed­room con­fig­u­ra­tions.

The Sage­stones are three-bed­room units, with many of these of­fer­ing walk­out base­ments. Units range in size from about 1,137 square feet to 1,405 square feet. Pre-con­struc­tion pric­ing ranges from the $250,000s to the low $300,000s.

“For those people with a lot of pa­tience, the last phase will be rich lots. They have a spec­tac­u­lar view of the moun­tains,” Paauw says.

Pos­ses­sions are ten­ta­tively Jan­uary 2015, with the first build­ings break­ing ground be­tween April and June this year.

“The lo­ca­tion is unique,” says Paauw. “It’s in an es­tab­lished neigh­bour­hood and all that Cochrane has to of­fer, in­clud­ing schools, the down­town gro­cery stores.”

Walk­ing paths lead from the com­mu­nity to down­town, which ap­peals to the Taits.

“Cochrane over­all has an amaz­ing view, and the town has a good at­mos­phere with friendly people, and a nice, small, home­town feel to it,” Khara says. “I think we’ll be here for a while, raise a fam­ily. It’s a good place for that, es­pe­cially for young fam­i­lies, there’s a lot go­ing on.”

CALGARYHER­ALD.COM COM/ COM/ HOMES WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

PROJECT: Jump­ing Pound Ridge Town­homes DE­VEL­OPER/ BUILDER: Slokker Canada West LO­CA­TION: On Ge­orge Fox Trail at Jump­ing Cochrane PRICE: Pre-con­struc­tion pric­ing ranges be­tween $250,000 and the low $300,000s. DI­REC­TIONS: On Ge­orge Fox Trail at Jump­ing Pound Ter­race IN­FOR­MA­TION: town­home­scal­gary.com

ABOUT

THE BUY­ERS

Josh and Khara Tait AGE: early 30s BACK­GROUND: Josh works for Hun­ter­wood Tech­nolo­gies, and Khara is train­ing to be a nurse. They have two Weimaraner dogs, Te­gan and Ti­tan. Af­ter hav­ing set­tled in Cochrane in 2006, they are now ready to buy their first home. They fell in love with Jump­ing Pound Ridge Town homes, for their space and de­sign, as well as for their lo­ca­tion with a view.

Adrian Shel­lard/For the Cal­gary Herald

Josh and Khara Tait en­joy the win­ter scenery that sur­rounds the Jump­ing Pound Ridge com­mu­nity in Cochrane.

Slokker Canada West

The in­te­rior of a Her­itage model town­home, which will be one of the lay­out choices at Slokker Canada West’s Jump­ing Pound Ridge Town­homes.

Slokker Canada West

Above: The open kitchen of a Her­itage model town­home, one of the lay­out choices at Jump­ing Pound Ridge Town­homes. Bot­tom: An artist’s ren­der­ing of the rear ex­te­rior of a se­ries of Sage­stone model town­homes at Slokker Canada West’s Jump­ing Pound Ridge...

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