Mountains beckon at Spring Creek
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.”
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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.