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February 01, 2009

It’s personal

Lionsworthe’s SkyView townhomes a custom fit for homebuyers

Jasmin So-Armada

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In this day and age where it’s easy to get a cookie-cutter image, it’s refreshing to see a home builder involve future owners in the creation of a distinct, tailored home that speaks of the resident’s personality.

Lionsworthe Homes is a homebuilding company founded in 2005 by the Trutina brothers. The Trutinas’ combined experience in the industry is synonymous with well-built, quality homes. One of their current offerings is in the new community of SkyView Ranch, where they are building townhomes aptly-named the Signature Series.

With handsome mountain- and mission-style designs, the Lionsworthe SkyView Ranch show homes are a delight on the outside, but it is the power to customize the main-floor and second-floor layouts that gives each of these town homes the distinct personality that separates it from all the semi-detached homes on the block.

Homebuyers can select from four elevations: Lancaster, Burgess, Kendal and the Harlow. They can then pick from three main floor layouts: Soho, Noho and the Galley. From there, they can expand their choice to the second floor: two-, two-bedroom-plus-loft, or a three-bedroom layout. “It’s really simple. A home buyer can choose their lot, select from four elevations, pick from three main floor layouts, then choose their second floor layout,” says Nadine Shenher, area sales manager for Lionsworthe Homes.

One of the Lionsworthe townhomes on display has a Noho main floor outfitted with two master bedrooms and two ensuites on the second level. “Our homes are all 580 square-feet on the main and 580 square-feet on the second level,” says Shenher. The Noho main floor is a good-sized area for gatherings and a TV room. In the corner is a sitting bench you can use when you come in from the back, with a mirrored glass coat closet. A little two-piece powder room can be conveniently accessed. Out back is a concrete double-wide pad that’s ready for a future garage, and enough space to also build a deck for some outdoor entertaining area.

The kitchen is very contemporary and comes equipped with stainless steel appliances, deep drawers, a glass tile backsplash and crown moulding on the upper cabinets. “You can fit around three to four chairs around the island for a breakfast nook and still have a dining table with a buffet behind,” says Shenher.

The second floor has two master bedrooms, both with walk-in closets, and there is also an extra closet for linens. The bathrooms have leather-look water-resistant countertops. One of the bathrooms is equipped with a shower, while the other has a tub for those who prefer a leisurely soak.

One advantage of buying a Lionsworthe home is the availability of their design centre and design consultant to help customize the look of a home. “They can select from different types of hardwood from light to medium, hardware, paint colours, backsplash, tile and countertops to make the home fit their lifestyle,” says Shenher.

The very open Galley main floor is great for entertaining, with a huge island and breakfast nook in the kitchen. Shag carpeting is also liberally used throughout, adding warmth underfoot. The three-bedroom layout on the second floor is ideal for young families. One can also fit a king-size bed in the master bedroom, while a glass wardrobe gives the illusion of more space.

Lionsworthe’s Skyview sales centre has a Soho main floor, which serves up an open kitchen floor plan. The second floor design of the Soho also has a computer room. And Shenher points out that a homebuyer can choose an appliance package and what looks best in their home at no extra cost.

Depending on the lot, Lionsworthe’s SkyView townhomes are priced between $269,000 to about $320,000. The mix-and-match design and the straightforward pricing is what makes Lionsworthe’s SkyView homes most appealing. Other unbeatable eggs in the basket include security systems, landscaped front yards and easy access to the rest of the city.  CL

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