Willow stands above crowd
Young couple drawn to stylish, spacious Sherwood townhome
A stylish townhome development in southeast Calgary gave Nick Ye and girlfriend Jennifer Lam their first glimpse of what developer Avi Urban could create.
The young couple has since bought at one of the latest projects by the award-winning builder in Sherwood, a masterplanned community by Melcor Developments in Calgary’s northwest end.
Ye and Lam visited sales centres across the city to research the best fit for their first home purchase. While in Walden, they spotted Avi Urban’s complex called Edison.
“We were just driving by and we noticed that their project is just different from everybody else’s. I guess that’s what caught our eye,” says Ye. “We were wondering who built that and found out it was Avi.”
That’s when they were told what Avi Urban had in the works on the other end of the city. Willow at Sherwood is a new 83-unit development featuring three-storey townhomes planned for Sherwood Boulevard.
These homes boast an attached two-car tandem garage and the opportunity to park a third car in the driveway.
Like the attractive exterior that grabbed Ye and Lam’s attention at Edison, Avi Urban made striking architecture a priority at Willow.
“The homes at Willow are about authentic architecture mixed with cool modern forms,” says marketing manager Chris Pollen.
The development uses a colonial design and finishes such as oversized windows, James Hardie siding and brick.
Willow is a kilometre or so away from The Post, another development by Avi Urban, in the nearby community of Nolan Hill.
“Based on the feedback and excitement of our purchasers there, we decided it would be best to build upon the same product concept but also enhance it to better integrate with the rich community character inherent within Melcor’s Sherwood,” says Avi Urban president Charron Ungar.
“For those who loved The Post, we have retained the colonial architecture including the extensive brick and painted trim details.
“You will also see a change to the colour palette, bringing in deeper and richer colours to the exterior cladding.”
At Willow, there’s the chance for buyers to select from a range of options, including the colour of their front door. The couple went with red.
They chose the three-bedroom Carmine floor plan. Ye says the plan is to have a master bedroom, along with a guest room and home office.
“It’s nice to have that space,” Ye says.
He adds the couple also liked the balcony at their new home, which he calls, “a good size.”
At Willow, decks and main floor patios are accessed through double French doors.
Other f l oor plans are named Auburn, Iris, Jasmine, Saffron and Scarlet. They range from 1,100-to1,400-square-feet and start in the $300,000s.
Willow has been a popular choice for buyers since it opened sales earlier this summer.
“It’s about exceeding expectations for our homebuyers,” says Ungar. “From our exterior detailing to the functionality of our floor plans we look to enable our customers to find the perfect home for how they want to live.”
These townhomes have nine-foot ceilings, Kohler vessel sinks and Moen faucets in the bathrooms and environmentally friendly features, such as programmable thermostats and 92 per cent efficient furnaces.
Outside the building, there are reasons for residents to stay and enjoy the site.
On warmer days, residents can enjoy the fresh air at any of three landscaped social spaces slated for the development.
Pollen says Willow is rooted in a “great location,” adding it offers, “easy access to Calgary’s best parks and amenities.”
Location was part of the draw for Ye and Lam.
Many of the couple’s family members and friends live in communities near Sherwood. Nearby shopping at commercial hubs such as Beacon Hill Shopping Centre is a benefit as well, adds Ye.
New homebuyers Nick Ye and his girlfriend Jennifer Lam bought their first home together in Willow by Avi Urban near this park in Sherwood. The 83-unit development features three-storey townhomes planned for Sherwood Boulevard.
Willow townhomes are recognizable by their colonial design and finishes. They are painted in rich colours.
The townhomes at Willow will be equipped with spacious, modern kitchens. Other features include programmable thermostats.