New townhome complex shows High River’s resiliency
Affordable housing to meet needs of strong economy
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.”
The three-storey townhomes in High River by Slokker Canada West range in price from the $240,000s to the $280,000s, including tax.