Moun­tains beckon at Spring Creek

Calgary Herald New Condos - - Recreation & Investment Properties - JOSH SKAPIN

Kathie James was on the look­out for a place to es­cape to on week­ends when ad­vice from a friend paid off.

James is a wed­ding show pro­ducer based in Cal­gary. Her friend bought a sec­ond home at one of the first build­ings in Spring Creek, a mas­ter-planned com­mu­nity a quick stroll from down­town Can­more. The de­vel­op­ment stretches across a 28-hectare piece of property that’s bor­dered by two springfed creeks.

Im­pressed by the qual­ity of her friend’s home, James looked into what was avail­able for her­self. She found a fit at Creek­stone Moun­tain Lodge, the lat­est de­vel­op­ment at Spring Creek.

“When I found out they were do­ing the new one, I thought ‘OK, this is an op­por­tu­nity,’” says James. The new de­vel­op­ment is com­prised of 54 units, in­clud­ing one-bed­room plans from the $349,000s and two-bed­room units start­ing at $599,000.

There are also three-bed­room con­dos from $999,000.

James’ new place has one bed­room and a den.

“It’s just the right size,” says James. She was im­me­di­ately im­pressed by the qual­ity of the de­vel­op­ment, adding the, “work­man­ship and fin­ish­ing is so nice. The floor­ing is top­notch, there’s gran­ite coun­ter­tops, the fire­place — it had a lot to do with the qual­ity of the whole look of it.”

The homes boast de­signer gourmet kitchens, spa-in­spired en­suites, fire­places sur­rounded in real rock, hard­wood floors and in-floor heat­ing. The de­vel­op­ment also has heated un­der­ground park­ing and additional stor­age.

Stan­dard one-bed­room units are 946 square feet while one bed­room and a den mea­sure 1,028 square feet. Two-bed­room units are 1,325 square feet and two-bed­room plus den plans are 1,363 square feet. Three bed­room suites span 1,747 square feet.

James’ unit is on the top floor of the de­vel­op­ment and fea­tures large win­dows.

“Be­ing on the fourth floor, it will have a great view,” she adds. The project in­cludes a num­ber of on-site ameni­ties, in­clud­ing an ex­er­cise room, res­i­dent’s lounge, hot tub and out­door court­yard.

Frank Ker­nick is the pres­i­dent of Spring Creek, de­vel­oper of the com­mu­nity. He was born and raised in Can­more.

The land where Spring Creek

The land where Spring Creek sits has been in his fam­ily since 1927.

Ker­nick’s com­pany isn’t just de­vel­op­ing the project, but is also in charge of the build­ing.

He says this al­lows him to roll out a “con­sis­tent vi­sion.” Other projects in the com­mu­nity in­clude Ori­gin at Spring Creek, a de­vel­op­ment for people aged 65-plus. It has 56 ful­lown­er­ship con­dos and 54 rental suites. There’s also Run­dle Cliffs Lodge, Cam­brian Stream­side Vil­las, Creek­stone, Creek­side Vil­las, es­tate home sites and Glacier Rock Lodge.

Build­ings on Spring Creek Drive, the com­mu­nity’s main road, are four storeys while the ones closer to the creeks are two-and-a-half storeys.

“That is to cre­ate more of an ur­ban feel in the cen­tre, the commercial, the roads — but as you get on to the creek trails, lower build­ings, more room, more quaint,” says Ker­nick. “We worked on a streetscape but also build­ing de­sign el­e­ments that sup­port the moun­tain ar­chi­tec­ture we want to keep through­out the de­vel­op­ment.”

The over­all de­sign of the com­mu­nity was cre­ated around view­sheds, he adds.

“Wher­ever you look, we try to get dif­fer­ent ori­en­ta­tions around view­sheds of Can­more,” notes Ker­nick, adding this in­cludes tak­ing ad­van­tage of sight­lines of the scenic moun­tain­scape nearby.

“You de­sign a build­ing and think it’s go­ing to have good view, but when you ac­tu­ally get in there and look at the views, it blows your mind.”

Green space and other places to en­joy the out­doors are a key part of the plan at the com­mu­nity, says Ker­nick.

“As we build out, we’ll have all these won­der­ful creek­side trails and bridges that are con­nec­tions to the rest of town,” Ker­nick adds. A board­walk trail ex­tends through a wet­land, cre­at­ing a 10-minute walk from the de­vel­op­ment to Can­more’s Main Street.

“We’re so for­tu­nate to be lo­cated a block or two from Main Street Can­more,” he adds. James agrees. “The lo­ca­tion is fab­u­lous be­cause you can walk right down­town.”


Pho­tos: Spring Creek

Spring Creek is a mas­ter-planned com­mu­nity on 28 hectares of land, a quick stroll from down­town Can­more.

An artist’s ren­der­ing shows Spring Creek’s lat­est res­i­den­tial de­vel­op­ment, Creek­stone Moun­tain Lodge.

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