Calgary Herald

AUBURN BAY’S ATTRACTION­S GROW AS COMMUNITY MATURE S

- ALEX FRAZER- HARRISON

Time flies, and Auburn Bay, which celebrated its 10th anniversar­y last fall, has become an establishe­d community, adjacent to a growing number of amenities both inside and close to the neighbourh­ood in southeast Calgary.

With this milestone comes a new addition to developer Brookfield Residentia­l’s builder group: Crystal CreekHomes.

“Crystal Creek builds semiestate homes and they will be opening as how home parade with seven lots this summer,” says Jessie Seymour, senior customer relations manager with Brookfield Residentia­l. “It’s great to have them bring their designs to Auburn Bay.”

Crystal Creek is known for its progressiv­e home designs and advanced building practices, and prides itself on offering a “customized client-focused design process.”

Meanwhile, Auburn Bay’s collection of luxury estate lots feature lakefront and lake-access lots with homes built by Albi and MorrisonHo­mes.

“We have a handful of these lots … the majority are lakefront access with a private dock and they back onto the lake on a peninsula,” says Seymour.

The 17.4-hectare (43-acre) lake, which is perfect for kayaking, canoeing or paddle boarding, is exclusivel­y available to residents associatio­n members and is regularly stocked with trout for fishing, “so you can toss a line into the water and just relax,” Seymour adds.

And, if you don’t feel like heading out on the water, there’s also a resident-exclusive 5.2-hectare (13-acre) beach, and the residents’ associatio­n has an active programmin­g schedule of community events.

Beyond the lake, the extensive Rotary/Mattamy Greenway passes right through the heart of Auburn Bay, and the area is dotted with playground­s and stormwater ponds, and there’s also a popular dog park close to where 52nd Street S.E. and Stoney Trail meet.

Seymour says Auburn Bay, with its close proximity to the Seton commercial area, South Health Campus and both Deerfoot and Stoney trails, has become a popular choice with growing families who are attracted to its diversity of housing styles. Besides moveups and luxury estates, Homes by Avi recently introduced new laned duplex homes with rear garages, Seymour says, while Jayman and Cedarglen have new zero lot line homes coming up in Phase 46.

“Families want space so their kids can come out and play, and we’ve seen friends purchasing homes side by side,” says Seymour.

The benefit of having an establishe­d community is that you don’t need to wait for amenities to be built, says Seymour. The Auburn Station shopping centre, with its Co-op anchor complete with gas bar and liquor store, Tim Hortons, Domino’s Pizza, vet clinic, pub/restaurant and medical services, is just months away. The Co-op is slated to open this fall while more tenants will be coming on-board in 2017. An LRT station on 52nd Street S.E. is also part of the long-term plans.

Ultimately, Auburn Bay will have five school sites, with both a Catholic and public school to open this fall.

“You’re buying into a community that is brand new — you still have the opportunit­y to design your dream home, but you don’t have to wait for everything,” says Seymour.

“Especially with families with young children, safety’s a huge concern … but parents don’t have to worry about every street being a constructi­on zone because so much of that is done now.”

Seymour says Crystal Creek’s homes range from 2,500 to 3,000 square feet, starting from the low $800,000s. Homes in Phase 48 include lake front and lakeaccess lots from Morrison Homes and Albi, starting from the mid$1 million range with homes up to 3,665 square feet.

Today, Morrison Homes launches its Front Drive duplex homes.

For more informatio­n, visit liveauburn­bay.ca. Watch for more show homes opening this summer.

 ?? PHOTOS: BROOKFIELD­RESIDENTIA­L ?? Auburn Bay’s 17.4-hectare lake is available to all residents’ associatio­n members and is perfect for paddle boarding, kayaking, canoeing, fishing and more.
PHOTOS: BROOKFIELD­RESIDENTIA­L Auburn Bay’s 17.4-hectare lake is available to all residents’ associatio­n members and is perfect for paddle boarding, kayaking, canoeing, fishing and more.
 ??  ?? Auburn Bay attracts growing families with its diversity of housing styles.
Auburn Bay attracts growing families with its diversity of housing styles.

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