Moun­tain re­treat calls to ‘flat­landers’

Well-kept se­cret of Can­more now home to project ideal for lock-and-leave set

Calgary Herald - Calgary Herald New Condos - - New Condos - AN­DREA COX

If liv­ing on the edge stirs your soul, then a closer look at Ver­sant at Ste­wart Creek in Can­more is def­i­nitely in or­der.

This bou­tique col­lec­tion of 48 ex­clu­sive town­homes rims the es­carp­ment at the gate­way to Ste­wart Creek Golf Course and of­fers awe-in­spir­ing panoramic views — west to Cas­cade Moun­tain and east to the ma­jes­tic peaks of the iconic Three Sis­ters Range.

The moun­tain-themed de­vel­op­ment, spear­headed by Can­more res­i­dents John Third, Keith Brown and Richard Brem­ner, weaves to­gether all of the high-end must-haves with an eye to sus­tain­abil­ity, stel­lar de­sign and of course breathtaki­ng views.

“Ver­sant is the French phrase for the es­carp­ment or the edge of the rock at the pin­na­cle of the tree line just as it comes into the rock,” ex­plains Third, who wears the hat of project man­ager. He’s lived in Can­more for more than 19 years, orig­i­nally set­tling in the area to de­velop Sil­ver Tip Re­sort. Third knows the area in­ti­mately, rais­ing his fam­ily in the moun­tain town of 12,000 and en­joy­ing all of the ben­e­fits of this world-class out­door play­ground.

“It’s an in­cred­i­ble place to live, raise your chil­dren and en­joy the splen­dour of the moun­tains,” he says, adding Can­more is still a well-kept se­cret. “It’s a fab­u­lous place to re­lax, un­wind and recharge your bat­ter­ies.”

That’s one of the rea­sons emp­tynesters Duane and Bev Smith pur­chased a three-bed­room, two-storey, 1,900-square-foot stacked town­home at Ver­sant.

“We liked that it wasn’t a huge project. We wanted a small, tight de­vel­op­ment that was a bit re­moved from it all, with the ex­panse of the moun­tains yet still close to the ameni­ties of fine din­ing and as­pects of a com­mu­nity,” says 50-year-old Duane, who is gear­ing up for re­tire­ment.

He re­cently sold his company but stayed on as the CEO and plans to cy­cle be­tween pe­ri­ods of work and play for the next few years.

He and Bev live in Swift Cur­rent, Sask., but of­ten find them­selves in Cal- gary, where their two univer­sity-age chil­dren live.

“Be­ing flat­landers, we al­ways like to get the moun­tain fix. We re­ally like the feel of Can­more and the prox­im­ity for us com­ing from Swift Cur­rent is great.”

The cou­ple plans to use their moun­tain home at least once a month, en­joy­ing time with fam­ily and friends.

“We re­ally liked the ex­panse of the space. It gives us lots of room for en­ter­tain­ing and cook­ing, but we didn’t want it too big, be­cause we wanted to be able to lock-and-leave,” says Duane, noth­ing they also spend va­ca­tion time at their home in Hawaii. “It’s re­ally the best of all worlds. Hav­ing homes in three lo­ca­tions cre­ates a great life­style.”

The cou­ple’s moun­tain home of­fers two bed­rooms on the main floor and a loft-style owner’s re­treat on the sec­ond floor.

“The views are amaz­ing. We have this great big wrap­around ter­race that takes in ev­ery­thing,” says Smith, adding that for he and his wife, get­ting away to the moun­tains is about re­lax­ing. “It’s re­ally all about just turn­ing on the fire­place and en­joy­ing.”

Third says many of Ver­sant’s pur­chasers, like the Smiths, are ei­ther buy­ing pre-re­tire­ment with an eye to even­tu­ally set­tling in the quaint moun­tain town or are pur­chas­ing as a sec­ond home. He adds the mix of buy­ers is drawn from across Canada.

The project, de­signed by Mar­shall Tit­te­more Ar­chi­tects, fea­tures ex­te­ri­ors that speak of moun­tain majesty with heavy fir beams and rich cedar sid­ing, while the in­te­rior spa­ces are very con­tem­po­rary with bright, open con­cepts that in­clude clean lines and stun­ning fin­ishes cho­sen by Cal­gary de­signer Lynn Donaldson. Keep­ing the process sim­ple, buy­ers can choose a turnkey pack­age or cre­ate a cus­tom­ized in­te­rior in col­lab­o­ra­tion with Donaldson.

Two styles of town­homes are avail­able — chalet-style town­homes and lodge-style stacked town­homes. Floor plans range from 900 to 1,900 square feet with one, two and three-bed­room con­fig­u­ra­tions. Ver­sant will un­fold over a three-year build-out, with 16 homes be­ing re­leased to the mar­ket each year.

The first oc­cu­pan­cies will take place next spring. Homes start in the high $300,000s and in­clude a heated park­ing stall.


Homes in the Ver­sant at Ste­wart Creek de­vel­op­ment in Can­more of­fer won­der­ful panoramic views of the area’s moun­tains.


“The views are amaz­ing. We have this great big wrap­around ter­race that takes in ev­ery­thing,” says town­home owner Duane Smith.

Flat­lin­ers can get their moun­tain fix in Can­more.

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