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December 19, 2011

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You can’t go wrong with Sage.Stone’s innovative townhomes in Sage Hill

Pepper Rodriguez

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North Calgary has seen plenty of growth in the past years and a recent municipal census indicates that the area continues to enjoy getting a healthy share of new migrants to the city, Greenview Developments’ initial foray in the city’s multi-family market couldn’t have been at a better location.

Sage.Stone, Greenview’s refreshingly innovative townhomes is prominently located along the gentle slopes of Sage Hill in the northwest, an area that has seen significant growth over the past few years.

“The location offers a lot of promise, I saw how fast the area was growing and the terrific potential it holds for residents,” Greenview President Brian Kernick tells Condo Living. There are numerous infrastructure developments ongoing in the area that will see 144 Avenue N.W. connect with Shaganappi Trail and Sarcee Trail to vastly improve accessibility to the area that already enjoys close proximity to the amenities-rich areas off Beddington Trail and Stoney Trail.

“The area will be a centre of growth for years to come, and it will be very advantageous to get in on the ground floor of such growth,” he adds.

Sage.Stone will be made up of 178 townhomes on over three hectares of land that will appeal to first-time homebuyers and those looking to downsize. All will have two bedrooms (and some have the potential to develop a third bedroom in the basement), which greatly increases their value.

“Some of our buyers are looking to the future and it helps when they have a two-bedroom condo, which are way easier to resell and hold much more value,” says sales manager Laura Lambert.

On offer are row townhomes — a more traditional two-storey model with either a garage or a basement; and their “one-storey townhomes” — which is basically a single-level townhome, either main or second floor. The first phase will have 88 homes.

“The one-storey townhomes are unique in that they offer single-level main floor living but with private entrances instead of a shared hallway like in most apartment-style condominiums,” Kernick says. “People really like the private entrances because they don’t have to walk through corridors to get to their home, and it feels more like their own private place.”

Greenview built a similar style of homes in Regina where they were a big hit, selling more than 300 units in less than two years. “We wanted to bring this kind of innovation to Calgary, where I’m sure it will be just as successful,” he adds.

Sage.Stone has a distinct advantage over the Regina version because of their location on Sage Hill. “The sloped area allows us to build these townhomes with lower level basements or drive under garages,” Kernick says. “You really get to enjoy the best of both worlds at a very affordable price.”

Although this may be Greenview’s first development in Calgary, the award-winning company has nearly 20 years experience building in both Western Canada and Australia. Kernick says Greenview Developments has been involved in the development, construction and management of residential housing, manufactured housing communities, commercial space and hotels.

“We were recognized for our 125-home project in Canmore, which received a mayor’s award for design and community neighbourhood enhancement,” he says.

Sage.Stone continues this building excellence and features a very eye-pleasing exterior highlighted by a mix of natural earth tones that attune it to the prairie landscape of Sage Hill. A mix of upgraded vinyl siding, Hardie Board® and cultured stone accents give it a more contemporary look.

“There is a central park and lots of green space throughout the development,” Kernick says. “We’re landscaping around the buildings and patios to provide some privacy for homeowners and break up the look of the parking. We’ll also have benches and pathways around the community and the paths will link up to those in Sage Hill.”

Comfortable living is assured with tankless water heating systems and in-floor heating, and water-saving low-flush toilets are also standard.

Kitchens are designed to be the heart of each home, and there are various layouts that give each unit a character of its own incorporating stylish and functional spaces with nook options. The European-inspired kitchen cabinetry, along with the chrome hardware, gives homes a gleaming finish. The open concept layouts are abetted by the big windows in every unit to fully realize the enormous functionality and style of each floor plan.

“Buyers also get to sit down with our interior designers to come up with a look that will allow them to have a unit that suits their individual styles and tastes,” Kernick adds.

The single-level townhomes range from 821 to 880 square-feet and start at $179,900 plus GST, while the traditional two-storey row townhomes are from 903 to 1,066 square-feet and start at $214,900 plus GST.

“Because of the price point, we expect most of our purchasers will be first-time buyers — there has been a lot of interest from single women,” he says. Greenview is looking to begin construction by January, with first occupancies in the fall of 2012.



Community: Sage Hill

Project: Sage.Stone

Developer: Greenview Developments

Style: One-storey and two-storey townhomes 

Size: Starts at 821 sq. ft.

Price: Starts at $179,900 plus GST  

Directions: From Stoney Trail, turn north on Symons Valley Road, then left on 144th Avenue N.W., followed by another left on Sage Valley Road.

Hours: The on-site sales and information centre is open from 

2 to 8 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays, and noon 

to 5 p.m. weekends and holidays. It is closed Mondays.


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