A superb fit for an active family
Redstone’s duplex lineup packed with modern features at an affordable price
As the Smalling family wrapped up a visit to a duplex show home, something the sales manager said caught their attention.
The sales manager noted the price for the duplexes included popular standard features such as granite and tile — it still made sense.
“We were about to leave and she was like, ‘oh and the garage,’” recalls Aldin Smalling. “We stopped and were like ‘Oh. That’s a pretty good price.’”
Aldin, Simone and their three children, aged four, eight and 17, have put down roots in the northeast community of Redstone.
They’ve been there for just more than a month after moving from a rental in the northwest.
Redstone is a community master-planned by seasoned land developer Qualico, located off Metis Trail.
It offers a wide variety of housing options including duplexes, townhomes and singlefamily homes.
The Smallings decided on a model named the Middleton, built by Pacesetter by Sterling Homes.
“They only had three left at the time and we were still a couple of weeks from actually making the move,” Aldin adds. “So we thought it’s probably not going to happen but if it does, that would be nice.”
One week later, there were two homes left in the model they had their eye on.
The Middleton is a 1,421-square-foot home with three bedrooms, two-and-a-half bathrooms and a two-car, rear detached garage. The standard plan has a U-shaped kitchen on the back end of the main level, a central nook and front-facing great room. Upstairs are two front-facing secondary bedrooms and a large master bedroom along the back wall.
“We got it for less than $400,000 which we thought was a great deal,” Aldin adds. “A 20-by-20 (foot) garage, tile, granite, all the good stuff. We went from there and it’s been great.”
The Middleton is one of two duplexes by Pacesetter in Redstone. Its other is a 1,407-square-foot plan dubbed the Pinehurst. Along with Pacesetter, Innovations by Jayman, Broadview Homes and NuVista Homes also offer duplexes in Redstone. There are currently 11 quick possession duplexes in the community.
Townhomes in Redstone include Arrive at Redstone by Partners Development Group and Kintalla by Streetside Developments.
Kintalla is the first townhome project in Redstone. Comprised of 73 three-level townhomes, they come in two- and threebedroom orientations. Arrive at Redstone is a followup to a similar complex by Partners Development in the neighbouring community of SkyView Ranch. These homes are certified by Built Green Canada and range from 1,173 to 1,590 square feet.
Townhomes in Redstone are priced from the high $200,000s.
“It’s a really good place for people who are looking for a starter home,” says Maribeth Janikowski of Qualico. “They have the option of getting a beautiful home at a great price point.”
Janikowski says there’s the added benefit of living in close to major traffic arteries, mak- ing it easy to reach other ends of the city. Redstone is also close to Calgary International Airport, convenient for people who travel regularly.
When the Smallings turned to Redstone, Aldin says he was familiar with the developer’s other work and was a fan of what he’d seen.
“We like Qualico developments because we like what they did in (Evanston),” says Aldin. Other Qualico communities include Dressage in Silverado and Ravenswood in Airdrie.
“We came to Redstone and we liked it because we liked how they gave it an urban feel,” says Aldin. “There were lots of different colours in the houses so not everything looks exactly the same. We kind of liked that.” He adds they also appreciate that the back lanes are paved.
From their new home, the drive to their jobs is a workable distance. Simone’s commute to downtown is about 20 minutes, she says. Aldin used to work in the southeast so he took the ring road for the first couple of weeks after moving.
Aldin and Simone Smalling, with Sayvian, Shaydin and Chantelle, bought a Pacesetter by Sterling Homes duplex in the northeast community of Redstone.
The northeast community of Redstone offers several duplex options.
This kitchen option from Innovations by Jayman is sleek.
The master bedroom in one of Pacesetter’s duplex show homes in Redstone.