Sagestone development is perfect for first-time homeowners, downsizers
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.”
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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
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.
Josh and Khara Tait enjoy the winter scenery that surrounds the Jumping Pound Ridge community in Cochrane.
The interior of a Heritage model townhome, which will be one of the layout choices at Slokker Canada West’s Jumping Pound Ridge Townhomes.
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...