FIND­ING THE PER­FECT HOME

Three big be­d­rooms give adult fam­ily the pri­vacy they crave in Savanna in Sad­dle Ridge

Calgary Herald - - NEW HOMES - CINDY STEPHEN

Many peo­ple would rather pay a mort­gage than pay a land­lord. First-time home­buy­ers Rochelle and Ronie Deala are no ex­cep­tion.

“We’ve been rent­ing an apart­ment for five years and we’re wast­ing our money,” Rochelle says.

In­vest­ing money into a home of their own was im­por­tant. How­ever, space was an­other pri­or­ity. They were des­per­ate for it. With a 28-year-old son and 23-year-old daugh­ter, both SAIT grad­u­ates es­tab­lish­ing their ca­reers, a twobed­room apart­ment for four adults was un­sus­tain­able.

“My daugh­ter wants her own pri­vacy now. The apart­ment is down­town, close to SAIT and it’s very close to their work, but a house is bet­ter even if it’s far­ther away,” says Rochelle, who works as a teacher. Af­ter a year of house hunt­ing, the fam­ily was driv­ing down Metis Trail N.E. one day and no­ticed a sign for show homes in Savanna, a new res­i­den­tial area in Sad­dle Ridge.

“I spot­ted the ad­ver­tise­ment for Homes by Avi along the road. It said they were build­ing new houses. When we got home, I checked the web­site. So, we went on a Satur­day to check the price — they were hav­ing a spe­cial pro­mo­tion,” she says.

Af­ter find­ing the per­fect home, with ex­tra large be­d­rooms as per the chil­dren’s re­quest, the Deala fam­ily pur­chased the Ray­croft, a 1,842-square-foot sin­gle-fam­ily home. Homes by Avi worked with the fam­ily to put the de­posit to­gether and to source fi­nanc­ing.

With ap­proval in place, they chose a lot in Savanna next to a park with a sunny, south-fac­ing back­yard. With three big be­d­rooms, 2.5 bath­rooms and front drive dou­ble garage, the home has nearly triple the space the fam­ily has been used to.

“The house is com­fort­able, es­pe­cially the kitchen. I’ll have my own pantry,” Rochelle says.

The Ray­croft model home has nine-foot ceil­ings, hard­wood floors, stain­less steel ap­pli­ances and up­stairs bonus room. The huge be­d­rooms of­fer the space and pri­vacy that the younger Dealas crave.

The Ray­croft has op­tional floor plans that ex­tend the liv­ing space to 2,005 square feet with an ad­di­tional 432 square feet avail­able if a buyer opts for base­ment devel­op­ment.

While Rochelle says she’s not look­ing for­ward to mov­ing in win­ter, she is still ex­cited about tak­ing pos­ses­sion as early as Jan­uary 2019. She looks for­ward to host­ing gath­er­ings with friends from her church, but de­clares the big­gest ben­e­fit of hav­ing her own home is the pri­vacy and peace of mind.

“It’s good to have your own house. There is free­dom in­side the house — no land­lord go­ing through your apart­ment check­ing things — you have pri­vacy,” she says em­phat­i­cally.

Reg Lee, Homes by Avi area sales man­ager in Savanna, worked with the fam­ily through­out the buy­ing process to en­sure the home was ob­tain­able.

“We helped them nav­i­gate dif­fer­ent lender op­tions. Of­ten, you can in­crease the chances of peo­ple qual­i­fy­ing for a mort­gage when you have mul­ti­ple peo­ple on ti­tle,” he says.

“We can also do a stag­gered de­posit struc­ture for the five per cent down pay­ment, to kind of lighten the load. We sug­gest ways of ac­cu­mu­lat­ing that five per cent if buy­ers don’t have it all up front. We’re com­fort­able and it works for them,” he says.

Lee says that Homes by Avi works with a va­ri­ety of lenders, many who will meet with new home­buy­ers wher­ever and when­ever is con­ve­nient, of­fer­ing flex­i­ble op­tions and ad­vice on how buy­ers can ex­pand their cir­cle of re­sources.

“It was eas­ier to help plan our fi­nances with them than it was with other builders,” Rochelle says.

The fam­ily will feel at home in the mul­ti­cul­tural com­mu­nity of Savanna, which Lee de­scribes as a new but de­vel­oped com­mu­nity.

“As an ex­ten­sion of Sad­dle Ridge, it’s got the LRT, it’s got buses run­ning through the com­mu­nity, it’s got shop­ping. There are school sites set aside, but there are also es­tab­lished schools close by,” he says.

Savanna is min­utes from the air­port, the north­east man­u­fac­tur­ing and ware­house hub, the megashop­ping ar­eas of CrossIron Mills

and the New Hori­zon Mall.

The ex­cit­ing Savanna Bazaar re­tail area is planned for the heart of the com­mu­nity, and de­vel­oper Gen­star has al­ready com­pleted path­ways, a storm wa­ter re­ten­tion pond and sev­eral parks.

The first four phases of Savanna are com­plete with 400 homes and space for an­other 2,200.

It’s a highly multi-gen­er­a­tional com­mu­nity, with grand­par­ents, par­ents, chil­dren and ex­tended fam­ily mem­bers en­joy­ing each other’s com­pany and con­tribut­ing to the up­keep of a new home.

The Deala fam­ily spent sev­eral years apart, with Ronie and the chil­dren wait­ing in the Philip­pines while Rochelle worked for many years as a nanny, build­ing a new life in Canada.

This new home is an­other step for­ward.

DON MOLYNEAUX

Rochelle and Ronie Deala, with their chil­dren Cher­o­bim, 28, and Elia, 23, in the show home Ma­son in Savanna, will en­joy the peace of mind and pri­vacy of home own­er­ship .

DON MOLYNEAUX

The Ray­croft by Homes by Avi in­cludes nine-foot ceil­ings, hard­wood floors, stain­less steel ap­pli­ances and an up­stairs bonus room.

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