Wil­low stands above crowd

Young cou­ple drawn to stylish, spa­cious Sher­wood town­home

Calgary Herald - Calgary Herald New Condos - - Front Page - JOSH SKAPIN

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.

Adrian Shel­lard for the Cal­gary Her­ald

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.

Pho­tos: Avi Ur­ban

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.

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