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May 01, 2012

(Multi-)family ties

Enjoying the neighbourliness of Chalet living

Pepper Rodriguez

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Whether living in a single-family home or in a multi-family environment, having good neighbours is key to a carefree, enjoyable everyday life. For Chalet townhome owner Lindsay, the strong, friendly community ties she has formed in this Sabal Homes’ development in Copperfield is the perfect complement to fit her lifestyle.

Lindsay has lived in her 1,450-square-foot three-level townhome for about a year, and in that time has found her neighbours to be a warm, friendly, caring bunch. “We’ve taken turns hosting get-togethers,” she says, which has gone a long way to foster strong bonds of friendship among her neighbours.

Lindsay is also the president of the new condo board and she says the goodwill among residents has gone a long way to make the job easier. “People here also take a lot of community pride in their homes and we work together to keep things running smoothly.”

That it is a low-density multi-family development with only 56 residences, helps make it an even tighter group.

Living in the Chalet townhome community does give her that lock-and-leave convenience that fits her lifestyle. “I love to travel and it’s a good to know that I don’t have to worry about the exterior maintenance of the home when I’m away,” she tells Condo Living.

But having great neighbours to whom she can entrust the care for her two cats — Patrick, 5, and Chloe, 4 — when she’s away has been an even more liberating experience. “They’re both in-house cats and it’s good to know that they will be well-taken care of while I’m away.”

Lindsay has always loved the south part of the city and the Chalet’s location in Copperfield is ideal for her. “I love the suburbs. I used to live in McKenzie Towne, I wanted to remain in this part of the city even though my job is now a bit of a commute from my home.”

She says she likes the outdoor recreational opportunities afforded by Copperfield’s winding pathways, as well as the tennis courts and ice rink amenities of the community hall. “Best of all, there are no community fees,” she smiles.

“And with the new hospital coming up just south of us and the new ring road system that’s passing through the neighbourhood, I think Copperfield is a good place to be right now.”

She opted for the Chalet “A” model with two bedrooms upstairs and two-and-a-half baths and a single-car garage. “I used to live in an apartment style condo, but this townhome just gives me so much more space,” she says, noting that she has lots of room to display her photographs of distant places she’s traveled to, as well as an antique sewing machine from her grandmother that has become a family heirloom.

She loves to cook so the stylishly functional kitchen is her favourite part of the home. The big windows along the main floor, especially the ones over the kitchen counter, just make everything come to life with the amount of natural light they bring in.

Functionality is at the heart of every Chalet townhome, there’s always more than one way to get around a kitchen so two people can work in it comfortably, the master bedrooms can fit a king-sized bed and still leave plenty of room for dressers and bureaus, and its designs provide for lots of storage space because it is the one feature that buyers sometimes find out too late that they really need.

An open concept main floor combines well with the big windows to give it a rare feeling of spaciousness hard to find in many multi-family projects. An extra long centre island with flush eating bar complements the galley kitchen, providing plenty of useful counter space.

But even as a multi-family complex, the Chalet still gives Lindsay a little bit of a garden where she can exercise her green thumb. “I’ve done a lot of planting last year, and the bulbs are just starting to sprout, I can’t wait to see how they’ll look,” she says.

Lindsay is just enjoying life right now at Chalet, and although she does plan on getting married and having kids one day, she isn’t about to let go of this townhome. “I may want to move to a single-family home one day, but I’m keeping my Chalet home,” she says.

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