River­stone of­fers old-world el­e­gance

Calgary Herald - Calgary Herald New Condos - - New Condos - AN­DREA COX In­for­ma­tion: live­brook­field.com

For the Cal­gary Her­ald Look­ing for a boldly el­e­gant, lock-and-leave life­style on the edge of na­ture, yet just min­utes from all of the ameni­ties?

Then the homes at Mo­saic River­stone in River­stone of Cranston are def­i­nitely worth a look. It’s an uber-stylish en­clave of 64 town­homes de­signed around a cen­tral, lushly land­scaped court­yard. And it’s all about sin­gle-level liv­ing with plenty of stor­age and a dou­ble-car garage, per­fect for down-siz­ers mov­ing from a sin­gle-fam­ily home.

The project is nes­tled near the Bow River and a re­lax­ing five-minute me­an­der from Fish Creek Park.

“It’s pretty amaz­ing here. One of the best fly-fish­ing coves in North Amer­ica is just steps away, as well as tons of bike paths, so it is great for avid cy­clists,” says Pa­trick Grier, sales rep­re­sen­ta­tive for the de­vel­op­ment.

Ex­te­ri­ors present a stately fa­cade of old-world el­e­gance with hints of French Coun­try and English Coun­try es­tate themes. Gen­er­ous use of stone and brick sets the tone.

Buy­ers can choose from three sin­gle-level, bun­ga­low­style floor plans, all with large ter­races and over­sized kitchens — the Olive II, the Slate II and the Hunter.

The Olive II, a 1,426-square­foot, two-bed­room plus den plan, presents clas­sic styling, com­bined with boldly con­fi­dent de­tail­ing, large open rooms and an ar­chi­tec­tural el­e­gance that nods to Euro­pean old-world chateau life. Arched fea­ture win­dows, 10foot ceil­ings, lin­ear fire­places and three-me­tre-long is­lands are just a few of the de­tails that make this home stand out.

White-washed walls jux­ta­posed with espresso-stained, en­gi­neered hard­wood floor­ing cre­ates the back­drop for the in­te­rior, while hits of colour in the fur­nish­ings — an arm­chair clad in orange leather — and tex­tured wall­pa­per cre­ate a con­fi­dent, bold state­ment.

The main L-shaped liv­ing space is open and bright. Banks of floorto-ceil­ing win­dows of­fer views of the creek and the open spa­ces across to the river and moun­tains beyond. French doors open to a huge ter­race (10 me­tres by three me­tres) with more than enough room for a Tus­can-style din­ing ta­ble, as well as sev­eral lounge chairs to take in the views of na­ture — think soar­ing bald ea­gles or a mother deer and her doe pranc­ing through the snow.

The kitchen con­fig­u­ra­tion is per­fect for whip­ping up Christ­mas din­ner, while grand­chil­dren play with toys around the hearth and aunts and un­cles perch at the is­land, rem­i­nisc­ing and en­joy­ing egg nog.

Grier says that pur­chasers are an ac­tive set with an ap­petite for travel, sports and liv­ing.

“We have one cou­ple who pur­chased in their 70s, and they are off at boot camp,” he says, adding that buy­ers are mostly down­siz­ers and young cou­ples. “This is re­ally an es­tate area and it’s a low main­te­nance con­cept, so it at­tracts those look­ing for that life­style.”

Colour selections and fin­ishes are ex­ten­sive and pur­chasers can choose from four pal­ettes: Amer­i­cano, Hazel, Univer­sal and Brulee.

“We have a huge se­lec­tion and buy­ers can mix and match any­thing from the pal­ettes to cre­ate their own look,” says Grier.

The base price on the Olive II is $559,000 in­clud­ing GST. Condo fees ($212 per month) cover main­te­nance, land­scap­ing, snow re­moval, in­surance, re­serve fund and man­age­ment fees. A few se­lect pre-fin­ished homes are avail­able for Christ­mas pos­ses­sion.

Pho­tos: An­drea Cox/For the Cal­gary Her­ald

The Olive II is 1,426 square feet with large open rooms and an ar­chi­tec­tural el­e­gance that nods to Euro­pean old-world chateau life. Arched fea­ture win­dows and 10-foot ceil­ings are among the de­tails that make this town­home stand out.

The Olive II town­home boasts two bed­rooms plus a den on a sin­gle level, per­fect for down­siz­ers who are mov­ing from a sin­gle-fam­ily home.

Pho­tos: An­drea Cox/For the Cal­gary Her­ald

The over­sized kitchen in the Olive II is per­fect for pre­par­ing a hol­i­day feast, while fam­ily and friends perch at the is­land.

The bright and sunny stair­way leads to the front foyer in the Olive II show home at Brook­field Res­i­den­tial’s Mo­saic River­stone de­vel­op­ment.

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