EVANSTON: Amenities, connectivity are perks
The subdivision is in northwest Calgary, off Symons Valley Road, and master-planned by Qualico. Dossani says the area was a selling feature for her.
“I really liked that it was a little bit newer but it’s a bigger area and has been established for a while,” Dossani adds. “It seemed like a nice, quiet neighbourhood.”
When deciding where to live, time behind the wheel between home and work is an important consideration for many home buyers and Dossani is no different.
“It’s about a 15-minute drive from here, which is really nice,” says Dossani, a registered nurse, who works at the Foothills Hospital.
Another benefit to buying in Evanston is the built-in amenities. It’s near the shops and services of Creekside Shopping Centre, Beddington Towne Centre and Country Hills Towne Centre. Within the community, there’s open space, playgrounds and a gazebo. Evanston even has two new schools approved for construction.
“For first-time buyers, that’s a great opportunity for them to get into the neighbourhood from a ground-up level,” says Maribeth Janikowski of Qualico.
Qualico’s northeast Calgary community of Redstone also boasts a wide range of duplex options.
“If buyers enjoy it and like being there, there are lots of opportunities to move up and go from there,” says Janikowski of Evanston, which also offers laned and move-up homes.
Another valuable perk is the community’s connectivity, says Janikowski. It’s easy to reach the city’s major arteries.
“There’s great access to Deerfoot and Stoney Trail,” she adds. “They also have access to the airport. It makes it quite a convenient location.”
All homes in Evanston are constructed to the developer’s water conservation standards, including low-water usage faucets and toilets, insulated hot water taps and Energy Star dishwashers and washing machines.
A new show home parade featuring duplex options is under construction in Evanston and expected to be open in the second half of 2014. While the first duplex show home parade is closed, builders are selling duplex options out of single-family show homes in the community.
Dossani picked the Claremont, one of four models Broadview offers, based on seeing it as a show home in the first duplex show home parade in Evanston.
“I fell in love with it,” says Dossani. “I was looking for something that was really openconcept and had lots of natural light which is why I picked the lot that I picked,” she notes. “It’s got a ton of sunlight which is nice and it’s got great floor-toceiling windows on the main floor. That’s something that really attracted me to it.”
Dossani took possession of her home late last summer, so she hasn’t had the opportunity to take full advantage of her yard. But when the snow melts, that will change.
“I love to garden, so I’m pretty excited about spending the summer outside,” she adds. PROJECT: Duplexes in Evanston. BUILDERS: NuVista Homes, Pacesetter by Sterling Homes, Trico Homes and Broadview Homes. AREA: Evanston is a master-planned community in northwest Calgary. DEVELOPER: Qualico. PRICES: Duplexes are available from the low $400,000s, including lot and GST. DIRECTIONS: To get to Evanston, take Beddington Trail to Symons Valley Road and turn right on Evanston View. INFORMATION: Visit qualicocommunities.com
Salma Dossani AGE: 26 BACKGROUND: Dossani is a registered nurse who works at the Foothills Hospital. Last year, she decided to buy her first home and found what she was looking for in Evanston. She liked the affordable yet spacious options in the community’s line of duplexes. She bought a Claremont through Broadview Homes. She gives top marks to the home’s openconcept and bright design. Dossani likes to garden and looks forward to the weather improving so she can make use of her yard.
The great room in Salma Dossani’s duplex by Broadview Homes in Evanston.
Within the community, there’s open space, playgrounds and a gazebo.