Calgary Herald

Third time proves charm of Cimarron

Couple buys third house in area in Okotoks due to closeness to nature, easy commute

- ANDREA COX

Located in the thriving town of Okotoks with its quaint smalltown ambience, Cimarron offers a different way to live.

“The appeal really is that smalltown feeling. Everybody knows everybody and it is definitely a slower, gentler lifestyle,” says Moez Moledina, general manager at Tristar Communitie­s, the developer behind the community.

The area has winding pathways, with more than a third of Cimarron’s 250 hectares dedicated to green space.

It also borders the Sheep River and many homes grace the embankment.

Lan Shi and Chang Sun recognized the inherent potential in the town long before it became trendy.

The couple moved to Cimarron in 1996 when the community first opened, and have now moved into their third home in the community.

“I had heard that the schools were really good,” says Shi, who at the time had a one-year-old son and a nine-year-old daughter. “Calgary had just become so busy.”

Shi was impressed by the community’s feel and the abundance of nature.

“It is so close to the Sheep River,” she says. “The children just loved it. In the summer, I took them down to the river to play and in the winter, they sledded. It was a lot of fun for them.”

Cimarron offers nature lovers a respite from big-city living, at the same time providing urban convenienc­es ranging from Costco in Okotoks to the town’s recreation centres and schools.

“For a town of this size, the amenities are phenomenal,” says Moledina, adding that an elementary and two junior/senior high schools are located within Cimarron.

“When we say that children can walk to school, it’s true — they actually do walk to school,” says Moledina with a laugh.

That’s probably why Okotoks is one of the fastest growing towns in the country. Recent census figures pegged its 2011 population at 24,500, up 43 per cent from 2006.

Among them was Shi, a financial controller who works in south Calgary. Besides the closeness to nature, she was also impressed by the quick commute.

“It only takes me 20 minutes door to door,” she says.

For her husband, the commute was less of an issue because he works in Okotoks.

Even though Shi’s children are now mostly grown — her son is 16 and her daughter is 24 — she loves the area so much that she plans to stay forever.

She and her husband recently built their third house, all by Coco Homes.

The couple’s “little castle” is a 3,600-square-foot, two– storey model with three bedrooms on an oversized lot in Cimarron Country Estates, says Shi.

“It is like a fairy tale, with turrets,” she says of her new home. “I just love it.”

Architectu­re in Cimarron is reminiscen­t of early Canadian homesteads and draws upon styles such as Craftsman, Prairie, Colonial Ranch and Farmhouse.

Its heritage colours embrace the natural landscape; exteriors boast natural materials and an abundance of stone detailing.

Cimarron is winding down its developmen­t, with 2,000 homes having been built to date. But people wanting a slower, more peaceful lifestyle can still make the community home.

Tristar Communitie­s recently released two new phases consisting of 50 estate lots and 35 country estate lots.

“This will be one of the last opportunit­ies to get into the area,” says Moledina. “These lots are really the penultimat­e.”

The estate lots range from 40- to 44-feet wide and are priced starting at $150,000.

The Country Estate lots range from 0.12 to 0.2 hectares and start at $250,000.

Builders include Astoria Homes, Timbercree­k Homes, Coco Homes, Westview Homes, The Kunz Group and Trico Homes.

Prices for a custom-built home on a fantastic lot are quite reasonable in Cimarron, says Moledina.

A custom estate home starts in the $400,000s, including lot and GST.

Seven new show homes will be opening in late spring — although prospectiv­e buyers can visit individual builder sales centres, which are currently open.

 ?? Courtesy, Tristar Communitie­s ?? Scenes like these have helped make Okotoks one of the fastest growing towns in Canada, with a population of 24,500 in 2011.
Courtesy, Tristar Communitie­s Scenes like these have helped make Okotoks one of the fastest growing towns in Canada, with a population of 24,500 in 2011.
 ?? Dean Bicknell, Calgary Herald ?? Moez Moledina of Tristar Communitie­s in a front of a show home parade under constructi­on in Cimarron Estates.
Dean Bicknell, Calgary Herald Moez Moledina of Tristar Communitie­s in a front of a show home parade under constructi­on in Cimarron Estates.
 ?? Courtesy, Tristar Communitie­s ?? With more than 250 hectares dedicated to green space, Cimarron combines the small-town feel of Okotoks with big-city recreation amenities.
Courtesy, Tristar Communitie­s With more than 250 hectares dedicated to green space, Cimarron combines the small-town feel of Okotoks with big-city recreation amenities.
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Communitie­s ?? Above, a park bench offers a place to relax in Cimarron. Left, Shane Olson, economic developmen­t team leader for the Town of Okotoks stands outside of the Cimarron Centre shopping centre.
Courtesy, Tristar Communitie­s Above, a park bench offers a place to relax in Cimarron. Left, Shane Olson, economic developmen­t team leader for the Town of Okotoks stands outside of the Cimarron Centre shopping centre.
 ?? Courtesy, Tristar Communitie­s ?? Colours of architectu­re in Cimarron embrace the natural landscape of the neighbourh­ood.
Courtesy, Tristar Communitie­s Colours of architectu­re in Cimarron embrace the natural landscape of the neighbourh­ood.
 ?? Courtesy, Tristar Communitie­s ?? The Sheep River borders the developmen­t in Okotoks.
Courtesy, Tristar Communitie­s The Sheep River borders the developmen­t in Okotoks.
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