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August 01, 2013

Northern exposure

SkyView Ranch brings new lifestyle options to New North

Pepper Rodriguez

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SkyView Ranch is a certified success today, with roughly 1,275 single-family homes already complete, as well as one multi-family complex, with more on the way. But back when Walton Development and Management L.P. (Walton) was first planning for this nearly 400-acre community, success wasn’t an assured thing.

In the early 2000s, Country Hills Boulevard east of the Deerfoot Trail was nothing but a lonely stretch of blacktop road surrounded by farmland, Metis Trail didn’t even exist, and the entire area carried the stigma of being a less-than-desirable neighbourhood to live in. But that all changed when SkyView Ranch began development in earnest.

Walton went out of its way to work with the City of Calgary to ensure that new residents get all the benefits of living in the New North. A regular bus route was put in place well ahead of time, green space and parks were prioritized, as was the commercial area at the entrance to the community. Installing an EMS and fire station right in the community also showed that Walton was serious in its commitment to build the community the right way.

Walton’s Laura Mills says the New North has become a growth sector with unlimited opportunities, mainly with the several new commercial developments going on nearby, which can translate to plenty of employment opportunities down the road.

SkyView Ranch offers the kind of varied housing selection that fits the energetic vibe of this area, with a tantalizing range of home style available that suit all stages of life. “There is something for everyone here in SkyView Ranch,” Mills says.

Phase 8, SkyView Ranch’s current phase, is comprised of homes that have rear lane access. These homes by Innovations by Jayman, and Creations by Shane, will provide incredible value in terms of price point coupled with style and character. Prices start from the low $300,000s.

There are also homes with front attached garages available as well. These models offer a “nice variety with respect to floor plans and sizes to comfortably accommodate families at all life stages.” Builders for this product type are Excel Homes, Morrison Homes, Pacesetter Homes, Sterling Homes, and Shane Homes. Front-attached homes have prices starting from the $380,000s.

“Semi-detached homes have proven to be a popular choice in Skyview Ranch, likely due to the functionality and the pleasing aesthetic appeal of the homes,” Mills points out. However, only a few opportunities remain. Creations by Shane is the current semi-detached builder in Skyview Ranch with prices starting in the high $200,000s.

Evolve by Lionsworthe Homes, is a townhouse development in SkyView Ranch, that offers attached with an urban contemporary flare. These three-storey units each conveniently feature double attached garages. Prices start in the$240,000s.

Lionsworth Homes’ sister company, Truman Homes, has also completed their three-building multi-family complex — Skywest Condos, some units of which are part of the Attainable Homes program.

Attainable Homes Calgary Corporation (AHCC) is a non-profit organization and wholly owned subsidiary of The City of Calgary that works to deliver well-appointed, entry-level homes for Calgarians who have been caught in the city’s growing affordability gap. They still have a few of the 56 units in Skywest available.

“These are quality homes and we’re proud to be part of this program,” Truman Homes’ Tony Trutina tells Condo Living.

“The beauty of this is our group of builders realizes the unique opportunities that the community presents, and they have come out with some really innovative designs that fit our vision for SkyView Ranch,” Mills says.

SkyView Ranch also offers a lot of outdoor recreational opportunities, as there is a significant amount of parks and pathways. The Calgary Greenway (a pathway system that will encircle the city, connecting communities) will be going right through Skyview, which gives residents unlimited pathway access.

Additionally, SkyView is close to several family amenities, such as the Genesis Centre of Community Wellness (a 225,000 square foot, $120 million multi-purpose complex built to enrich the health, wellness, and unity of communities in Northeast Calgary); also nearby are CrossIron Mills Mall, LRT access and community bus service.  Given SkyView’s proximity to major thoroughfares getting in and out of the city is easy.

All of this at very competitive pricing, makes SkyView Ranch a highly desirable community to call home.

Fast Facts
Community: SkyView Ranch
Developer: Walton Development and Management L.P.
Builders and Prices:    
Laned – Creations by Shane Homes, Innovations by     Jayman (starting from the low $300,000s)
Front-drive – Excel Homes, Pacesetter Homes, Morrison Homes, Shane Homes, Sterling Homes
(starting from the $380,000s)
Semi-detached – Lionsworthe Homes and Creations by Shane Homes (starting from the $270,000s    — sold out)
Townhomes – Lionsworthe Homes “EVOLVE” and     Partners Group “ARRIVE” (starting from     the mid $200,000s)
Apartment condominiums – Truman Homes’ SkyWest Condos (starting in the $150,000s)

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