New town­home com­plex shows High River’s re­siliency

Af­ford­able hous­ing to meet needs of strong econ­omy

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

A Cal­gary builder and de­vel­oper have brought one of the first ap­proved res­i­den­tial projects to High River since the floods last June.

Sales have launched on a town­home com­plex by Slokker Canada West and Rosetree De­vel­op­ments on Stone­house Cres­cent at High River’s north­west end. The de­vel­op­ment is com­prised of 51 units rang­ing from the $240,000s to the $280,000s, in­clud­ing tax.

“There is a de­mand in High River for af­ford­able houses,” says Peter Paauw, Slokker Canada West’s pres­i­dent, adding the site for the new de­vel­op­ment was not touched by last sum­mer’s floods. “With the site ready to go, we can of­fer hous­ing re­lief by the end of Oc­to­ber. It is as quick as that,” he adds.

Slokker has built town­home de­vel­op­ments in other com­mu­ni­ties, in­clud­ing Tara Lake in Cal­gary, Jump­ing Pound Ridge in Cochrane and Ravenswood in Air­drie. Rosetree De­vel­op­ments is the de­vel­oper be­hind Jump­ing Pound Ridge. Its work also spans to Ca­vanagh Ridge in Ed­mon­ton and Cop­per­view in south­east Cal­gary.

“We look at our­selves as a small, but im­por­tant part of the rebuild down here in that we’re able to of­fer so­lu­tions to hous­ing needs for people,” says Ge­orge Rose­boom of Rosetree De­vel­op­ments. “I think all Al­ber­tans want to see this place strong again. As a com­pany, we def­i­nitely have a soft spot for the com­mu­nity at this point.”

The town­homes are three storeys with a sin­gle-car garage. The floor­plans in­clude the Her­itage A model, which spans 1,263-square-feet and in­clude two bed­rooms and two-anda-half bath­rooms. Then there’s the Her­itage B, with three bed­rooms and two-and-a-half bath­rooms mea­sur­ing 1,396-square feet. Its Her­itage C plan is 1,351-square feet with three bed­rooms and one-and-a-half bath­rooms. The small­est unit is an 1,175-square-foot model with two bed­rooms and one-and-a-half bath­rooms called the Her­itage D.

These homes in­clude nine-foot ceil­ings, a large open-con­cept kitchen with an is­land, ex­tended eat­ing bar and a six-piece ap­pli­ance pack­age.

“There’s a lot of jobs in and around High River,” says Paauw. “With the steady in­crease in house and rental prices in Cal­gary, there’s a group of people be­ing squeezed. In High River, it’s a lit­tle bit more eco­nom­i­cal, so we think even for in­vestors if they’re in­ter­ested in a rental unit, it’s an ex­cel­lent op­por­tu­nity to own some­thing.”

Slokker Canada West

The three-storey town­homes in High River by Slokker Canada West range in price from the $240,000s to the $280,000s, in­clud­ing tax.

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