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April 01, 2013

The last towns

Panorama townhomes are going, going and soon gone as Wildstone wraps

Pepper Rodriguez

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It’s been a wild ride at Wildstone, but it soon may be over, as Rockford Developments’ hit townhome complex in Panorama Hills winds down to its few, final units.

“We have 13 townhomes left, so if you’re looking for a new townhome in this neighbourhood, this is your final chance,” says Wildstone sales manager, Mario Devcic.

If the traffic to their two new show homes is any indication, it won’t be long before they’re all gone. “It’s been really busy, a lot of people see this as the final opportunity to get a new home in Panorama — because it doesn’t matter if you’re looking for single-family or multi-family homes, there are hardly anymore left,” he adds.

There are two models left at Wildstone (Sonoma and Maldon) ranging from 1,132 to 1,210 square-feet. “We have a few with walkout basements still, but we don’t expect those to last for much longer,” Devcic says.

The top quality finish has been frequently cited by buyers as one of the main reasons they have for buying in Wildstone, and it is why it was such a big hit from the start. Its success is even more remarkable considering that it was launched in 2010 when the economy was still reeling from the recession.

“Wildstone, then and now, has everything that buyers wanted, a good quality home, with top of the line finishes and a terrific location,” Devcic explains.

Wildstone was also one of the first townhome developments that offered attached double and single garages in Calgary, which was a top priority among the first time homebuyers and “right-sizers” that Wildstone appealed to.

The price point is also a major reason for its success, as homes here start at $276,900, and walkouts are among the most affordable in the city at $290,000.

Wildstone sits along a peaceful enclave of green spaces and natural ravines, and the hilly topography gives terrific city and mountain views. The row townhome design of Wildstone takes full advantage of its 12-acre area.

But its exceedingly beneficial location in the heart of Panorama Hills is, by far, its most potent advantage.

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, even single-family lots are disappearing quickly, and demand remains high. “You can really do well with a property here as an investment, you know it’ll appreciate in value,” Devcic says.

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. “We’ve been very successful with first time buyers and those looking to downsize, many are actually from the neighbourhood and don’t want to leave the area and just want a maintenance-free lifestyle,” Devcic says.

“The opening of Stoney Trail just adds a lot of convenience, and we’re able to attract a lot of workers at the airport, and those who travel a lot, as we’re just 10 minutes away,” he adds.

The convenience Panorama offers is truly incredible, with grocery chains, big box stores, restaurants, shops and cinemas all within five minutes away. “It’s the perfect location,” Devcic says.

Rockford has designed and constructed more than 2,500 homes since 1991. It has developed an enviable reputation as a specialist in multi-family homes receiving top honours at the SAM Awards in 2003 and 2004 as multi-family builder of the year. They have also won the 2009 Builder of the year award.

Fast Facts
Community: Panorama Hills
Project: Wildstone
Developer: Rockford Developments
Style: Row townhomes
Size: From 1,132 to 1,210 sq. ft.
Price: Starts at $276,900
Address: 551 Panatella Blvd. N.W.
Hours: Monday to Wednesday 4 to 8 p.m., weekends and holidays noon to 5 p.m.

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