BEAU­MONT: LIFE WITH A SMALL-TOWN FEEL

Qual­ity, en­ergy-ef­fi­cient homes in a walk­a­ble com­mu­nity just 10 min­utes from the city cen­tre

Edmonton Journal - - HOMES - LAURA SEVERS

Is life bet­ter in Beau­mont?

For Chris­tine Maligec, the an­swer is yes.

A sin­gle mom with a one-yearold Sch­noo­dle — a cross be­tween a schnau­zer and a poo­dle — Maligec found ex­actly what she wanted in Tri­om­phe, a grow­ing sub­di­vi­sion in the south­east­ern part of that city.

While she lived in Beau­mont be­fore her re­cent move and home pur­chase, her search pa­ram­e­ters widened to in­clude Ed­mon­ton’s rapidly ex­pand­ing south­ern res­i­den­tial of­fer­ings.

She was open to go­ing as far north as the Eller­slie area in her neigh­bour­ing city. The only other de­ter­min­ing fac­tor was price.

“It was, ‘Here’s the range of what I can af­ford — what’s out there?’” said Maligec. “I started look­ing at places ... I be­lieve it was in May. I started look­ing at apart­ments and got re­ally sad and de­pressed that that was an op­tion.”

Maligec would also look at con­do­mini­ums, du­plexes and re­sale homes but noth­ing fit un­til one night when she was out for din­ner with some girl­friends and said, “Why don’t I just check out MLS?”

Ear­lier that same day, Mon­to­rio Homes had posted a list­ing for its Tri­om­phe town­homes. The ad was for the unit that Maligec would end up buy­ing, which was just about move-in ready.

“I just came and had a look and I just knew this was the one,” she said. “It gave me some com­fort and kind took a lit­tle ease and pres­sure off of me to get on and start a new life,” she added, of the home she moved into last Oc­to­ber.

“The house I was mov­ing into was ready to ac­cept me.”

The three-storey, three-bed­room town­home, at about 1,300 square feet, had panache and went the ex­tra mile as op­posed to be­ing just com­pleted in a builder’s grade fin­ish, said Maligec, point­ing to lux­ury vinyl plank floors, quartz coun­ter­tops, large high-ef­fi­ciency win­dows as well as in­cluded win­dow cov­er­ings, and wider stairs.

Those were just some of the fea­tures that stood out to her.

She was also im­pressed with Mon­to­rio’s com­mit­ment to build­ing a bet­ter home.

“Mon­to­rio has done a fan­tas­tic job of ac­tu­ally think­ing about en­ergy ef­fi­ciency, the car­bon foot­print, and re­siliency,” she said. “In ad­di­tion to the high-ef­fi­ciency fur­nace, they’ve also in­cluded an air-ex­change sys­tem … and es­pe­cially at this time of year we’re not us­ing as much en­ergy to heat the house up.”

Mon­to­rio has been quite ac­tive in the Beau­mont area since 2003 hav­ing built some 150 homes there.

“We re­ceive a lot of pos­i­tive feed­back about the qual­ity and de­tailed crafts­man­ship that Mon­to­rio pro­vides within our homes,” said Stacey White, Mon­to­rio’s area man­ager.

“Our buy­ers love that we of­fer many pre­mium fin­ishes as a stan­dard, where they would be con­sid­ered an up­grade with other builders.”

Mean­while, Tri­om­phe won Maligec over as well.

“It’s a walk­a­ble com­mu­nity,” she said. “There are walk­ing paths ev­ery­where, the side­walks are nice and wide. The streets are wide enough that peo­ple can park and still pass you in the win­ter,” Maligec said, not­ing that some com­mu­ni­ties have streets so nar­row that it makes it hard to drive on them at this time of year if cars are parked there.

“Even though we’re a lit­tle out of what they call ‘cen­tre­ville’ or the cen­tre of town, it’s still walk­a­ble. You’re 10 min­utes away if you want to go to some­place like Chartier for din­ner,” said Maligec. The de­sign of the en­tire city is in­cred­i­bly in­tu­itive; es­pe­cially this com­mu­nity, it’s in­tu­itive for long-term growth.

“We did re­cently get a no­tice from the City of Beau­mont that be­hind us they’re start­ing the next phase (of Tri­om­phe) and we’re all ac­tu­ally very ex­cited to see this con­tinue on.”

Tri­om­phe, which dates back to 2016 when ser­vic­ing and lot sales started, is en­ter­ing its fourth phase. This fall, lots are ex­pected to be avail­able in it fifth and sixth stages.

The com­mu­nity, which in­cludes a wide mix­ture of hous­ing types, has been very well re­ceived ac­cord­ing to project de­vel­oper MLC Group.

“It’s one of the few neigh­bour­hoods that has en­try-level homes all the way to es­tate homes, and we’ve in­te­grated a small-town liv­ing feel­ing within the com­mu­nity,” said MLC Group pres­i­dent Chris Ni­cholas.

“We’re see­ing a lot of peo­ple who grew up in Beau­mont, as well as those look­ing for that small town in­ti­mate life­style as in­ter­ested buy­ers,” said Ni­cholas.

“There are also those who are look­ing to gain ex­tra square footage and get more of a home than they would be able to af­ford in Ed­mon­ton — it gives Beau­mont an ad­van­tage in at­tract­ing res­i­dents.”

Pric­ing in Tri­om­phe starts at $299,000. Phases 1, 2 and 3 are largely com­pleted al­though the first phase still has some es­tate lots for sale. They would be pur­chased di­rectly from MLC, and the buyer would use their own builder.

In Phase 4, the builders are Ac­tive Homes, Sidhu Homes and Vogue Homes, as well as Mon­to­rio. Hous­ing types avail­able in­clude du­plexes, sin­gle fam­ily, and town­homes. There are show homes but those in­ter­ested are asked to con­tact the builders di­rectly as open­ing hours vary. De­tails can be found at the tri­om­phe-beau­mont. com web­site.

Mon­to­rio has done a fan­tas­tic job of ac­tu­ally think­ing about en­ergy ef­fi­ciency, the car­bon foot­print and re­siliency.

PHO­TOS: WAL­TER TYCHNOWICZ

Sin­gle mom Chris­tine Maligec with her year-old Sch­noo­dle Fin­negan out­side her Tri­om­phe town­home in Beau­mont.. “I just knew this was the one,” she says.

Homes in the Tri­om­phe area along on 38 Street just north of Tri­om­phe Boule­vard in Beau­mont. Tri­om­phe, which be­gan in 2016, is en­ter­ing its fourth phase and is ex­pected to be­gin two more phases in the fall.

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