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September 26, 2011

Panorama’s promise

Genstar’s Panorama Hills fulfills its potential as last few phases fill up

Pepper Rodriguez

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The hills are alive with the sound of new homebuyers — Panorama Hills that is, as this master-planned community in north-central Calgary continues to live up to its potentials and draw an ever increasing number of new residents.

The over 900-acre community by Genstar Development Company is down to its final few phases and it continues to attract a groundswell of new residents who see it as a suburban oasis that offers family-oriented warmth and convenience. 

“All the multi-family projects in Panorama Hills are in their final phases and going fast, and our estate area is in its final phase as well,” says Genstar Development Manager Paul Boskovich. “The last few opportunities to own a new home in Panorama Hills are dwindling fast.”

Located along the northern edge of Calgary, strategically sandwiched between the major thoroughfares of Country Hills Boulevard and the newly opened Stoney Trail extension, Panorama Hills offers unmatched accessibility, convenience and a warm family-friendly persona.

It was established in 1997 and has since become the best-selling community in Calgary in no time with a population now pegged at 19,851. “Some 2,000 new residents moved into Panorama Hills last year, and it has been the fastest growing community in the city in the last three years,” Boskovich says. “It seems the recession was hardly felt here and growth continues to boom.”

Raquel and Amadeo Giron fell so in love with the charms of Panorama Hills that they have built new homes twice in the same neighbourhood since 2006. With their 16-year-old daughter, Patricia, they’ve seen first-hand the rapid growth of the community.

“We’ve always loved this part of the city, we have lots of friends and family nearby, it’s also very convenient for us because it’s near our work,” Raquel says.

“The first time we came to Panorama, there was hardly anything around, but the plans were already in place to develop a really master planned community and now we are seeing the results of those plans,” her husband, Amadeo, adds.

“Everything we could want is just close by — there are several grocery stores, unique shops and restaurants and the cinema is just five minutes away. We also take advantage of the serene walking paths nearby and the recreational opportunities offered in Cardel Place. The recent opening of the new Gates of Panorama commercial centre has also been a very welcome development.”

The Gates of Panorama is along the northwestern edge of the community just opened recently and has been a hit with residents with its Tim Hortons and Rexall Drugs, and its pubs and restaurants.

Boskovich says he has noticed a trend of Chinese Canadian families moving into Panorama Hills. “There’s a huge Chinese Canadian community in Panorama Hills. But whether the buyers are from non-traditional markets or traditional markets, they all come here because of the wide and varied selection of homes that are offered. We do see a lot of buyers who came here in a starter home and then move to something bigger in the same neighbourhood.”

There is indeed a huge selection of homes found in Panorama Hills, from apartment style condominiums and townhomes, to single-family duplexes, starters and move-ups, all the way to exclusive estate homes in the posh Panatella Estates enclave.

For multi-family developments, Panorama Hills has Cardel Lifestyles’ Panorama West, Trico Homes’ Milano and Rockford Group’s Wildstone townhomes. Prospect Hill by Avi Urban sold out last year after a relatively short time on the market. The rest are in their final phases and Milano is almost all but sold out, and sales at Panorama West have been at a breakneck pace since they started this spring. 

“We knew Panorama West would be something that today’s condo buyers were looking for. For one thing, it’s location in Panorama Hills — it is a true master planned community in every sense, (land developer) Genstar has created something truly special, and we saw the enormous potential here are pleased to be involved in it,” says Panorama West area manager Brad Logel.

Apartment style condos in Panorama Hills start in the $140,000s, while townhomes are in the $250,000s.

Semi-detached homes are also available from Shane Homes and Homes by Avi and they start in the low $300,000s. Laned starter homes are from Excel Homes and Cardel Homes and they’re around the $315,000s. 

Front-attached garage move-up homes are from Shane Homes and Cardel Homes and they go from the $360,000s and up. And the premium estate homes from Arcuri Homes, Cedarglen Homes and Landmark Homes start from the $600,000s.

“Having such a wide range of products available to suit all the different lifestyles is one of the reasons why Panorama Hills has been the success it is,” Boskovich says.



Community: Panorama Hills

Developer: Genstar Development Company

Builders: Multi-family – Cardel Lifestyles (apartment style), 

Trico (apartment and townhomes) and Rockford Group (townhomes)

Semi-detached – Homes by Avi, Shane Homes

Laned starter homes – Excel Homes, Cardel Homes

Move-up homes – Excel Homes, Shane Homes, Cardel Homes

Estate homes – Arcuri Homes, Cedarglen Homes, Landmark Homes

Price: Multi-family starts in the $140,000s, 

single-family starts in the low $300,000s

Directions: From Country Hills Boulevard N.E., turn north at 

Harvest Hills Boulevard and follow signs to show homes


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