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March 01, 2010

Western suburbia

Cochrane remains true to its Western heritage as growth continues

Pepper Rodriguez

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Nestled in the foothills of the Canadian Rockies, the town of Cochrane has grown considerably since it was founded in 1881, and today remains one of Western Canada’s fastest growing towns.

Cochrane’s unique Western heritage and fantastic views of the Rockies has made it into one of southern Alberta’s most desirable towns to raise a family, in fact it’s population continues to grow, as a 2009 municipal census shows an increase in residents from 14,653 in 2008 to 15,424 last year.

A 2009 Ipsos Reid Cochrane customer satisfaction survey revealed that respondents have high regard for the community and find the quality of life that it provides very satisfactory.  Indeed, 98 per cent were very satisfied or satisfied with their quality of life, and 99 percent stated they enjoy living in Cochrane and area.

“It’s a terrific town to raise a family, it has all the amenities anyone needs for a comfortable life, it’s a short commute and has a very warm, Western culture that’s very different from big city life,” says long-time Cochrane realtor, Denise Staples.

She says first time homebuyers find Cochrane to be a good place to start life anew. “Young couples move here to begin a family, to many of them Cochrane represents a fresh start.”

Here are some of the newest communities in town offering some of Cochrane’s best views and amenities and the same unique Western heritage that it’s known for.

Heritage Hills
Heritage Hills, a Harmony Parks Development Corp. project, has some of the most stunning views in the whole of Cochrane, and the best thing about it is homes here are very affordable.

Homes have a timeless character, which paired with the Rocky Mountain views and affordable price, has made it a popular choice. Here, you’ll find an unforgettable combination of family-friendly pricing, move-up prestige and lifestyle amenities not yet seen in the Cochrane market.

“We have some of the most stunning views in town overlooking the lush greenery of the Stoney reserve and you know that view is not going to change,” says Stepper Homes area manager Mary Anderson, pointing out its 2,271-square-foot Cascade model can be bought at an even more affordable price of $411,500.

Jumping Pound Ridge
Jumping Pound Ridge is a spectacular development on the coveted west side of Cochrane, on the George Fox Trail. The 16.2-hectare site is one of Cochrane’s most exclusive addresses and overlooks the visually stunning Jumping Pound Creek Valley and also offers views of Cochrane and the Rocky Mountains.

Jumping Pound Ridge is close to nature yet is still close to town and has easy access to Calgary or the mountains. This development will be comprised of 170 single-family homes, 35 villas, and two low rise multi family condominiums.

Arcus Developments Inc. commissioned IBI Group to be the Design Coordinators for Jumping Pound Ridge. The goal in Jumping Pound Ridge is architecture that draws on the best of traditional architectural elements while addressing the needs of contemporary living and modern building materials. These guidelines are intended to achieve this goal.

Baywest Homes has been doing stellar business in the community, where their homes start at the $390,000 mark. Jay Hilland of Kingsmith Homes says their homes here start in the low to mid $400,000 range. “There are some fantastic views of the natural reserve and of the town that makes the community special,” he says.

MonTerra on Cochrane Lakes
An exclusive estate community, MonTerra on Cochrane Lakes features natural lakes and wetlands, open spaces, and spectacular views of Alberta’s Rocky Mountains. Lots start at a quarter of an acre, offering seclusion and privacy. Many are lakefront.

The community’s 640 acres includes two natural spring-fed lakes totaling 213 acres.

Homes will be architecturally co-ordinated in Prairie, Arts and Crafts, Tudor, Craftsman or Ranch/Farmhouse styles. Designed and constructed by the area’s best and most innovative builders, your home will reflect your personality while blending into the undulating landscape.

Riversong
The budding new neighbourhood of Riversong has a unique look with a very Western Heritage-town feel to it. Homes have clean looking architecture and not overly complicated exteriors.

Developed by Tamani Communities, Riversong is south of downtown Cochrane and offers a pretty diversified selection of luxury homes from townhomes, villas and estate homes. There are lots available backing onto the ravine — which is part of the municipal environmental reserve, and there is more than 100 acres of park space.

Tony Robinson, general manager at CalBridge Group, one of the builders in the community, says life in Riversong is almost like living in Canmore, with the mountain views and the access to the river pathways, but without the exorbitant resort town prices.

“Riversong — and Cochrane itself — has a real special feel, not a mere extension of a metropolis, and still just a 15 minute drive to Calgary’s city limits.”

Sunset Ridge
This unique community is located in the Northwest corner of Cochrane above the old Western Heritage Centre, which is now the Cochrane Town Hall. The 142 hectares of land that forms the Sunset Ridge is bordered on the South by the Ridge, which slopes towards Big Hill Creek. The area boasts some of the most spectacular views of the Bow River Valley and the Rocky Mountains. The overall layout of the community maintains and preserves the integrity of the landscape in addition to incorporating abundant green spaces and numerous walking and cycling paths.

The CalBridge Group has a wide range of products in Sunset Ridge including single-family, condos, the Ranchero’s duplex style bungalows and townhouses. According to the CalBridge website (http://www.calbridgehomes.com), pricing ranges from under $200,000 for their condos, townhomes start at $320,000, Ranchero’s under $400,000 and the single family at approximately $380,000.

Jayman’s Alora multi-family complex of 225 apartment style condos is also in this community and they recently lowered the starting price to $165,000 as their third building opened.

West Pointe Estates
Located in West Cochrane, on the banks of the Bow River with approximately 1600 lineal feet of Bow River frontage across from federal reserve land. Single-family homes, duplexes and an executive townhomes complex are featured.

“It’s a fairly established neighbourhood and its proximity to the Bow River is a big attraction to move-up buyers and estate home buyers,” Hilland says. “Homes right on the river side can go up to the $700,000 range, while those just across the street are around the mid $400,000 mark.”

He adds that they only have a few lots left of the 125 home sites in the community. “Business has been going good and we’re just about finished here.” 

COMMUNITY BUILDERS

Heritage Hills:
Assured Developments Ltd
Stepper Custom Homes
Trico Homes

Jumping Pound Ridge:
WestView Builders
Baywest Homes
Kingsmith Homes

MonTerra on Cochrane Lakes:
Astoria Custom Homes
Brooklyn Custom Homes
Cornerstone Homes
Modena Homes
Prominent Homes

Riversong:
CalBridge Group
Innovations by Jayman (Phase II)
Jayman MasterBuilt
NuVista Homes
Sabal Homes (Phase II)
Morrison Homes

Sunset Ridge:
CalBridge Group
Innovations by Jayman
Janssen Homes
Jayman MasterBuilt
Kingsmith Homes
Lupi Custom Homes

West Pointe Estates:
Kingsmith Homes
Mapeland Homes

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