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February 01, 2014

Lake appeal

2014 looks to be an even bigger year for Mahogany

Pepper Rodriguez

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Suddenly, the deep south doesn’t seem as far anymore. With the opening of the long-delayed Stoney Trail extension to this part of Calgary, accessibility to the new communities here — especially in the southeast — has never been more advantageous.

Nowhere else does the impact of this newfound convenience seen more than in the award-winning lake community of Mahogany.

This Hopewell Residential community — which boasts a 63-acre lake and a resort-like lifestyle — had been smack in the middle of all the roadway construction that went on for more than a year. But now, the resultant traffic jams on 52nd Street S.E. and Highway 22X that residents had to live with for the duration are a thing of the past.

“Residents were patient, but despite its delay, 25 kilometres of six-lane roadway is a very welcome thing!” says Erin McGregor, Marketing Manager-Development at Hopewell Residential.

It almost seems impossible, but it’s now just a 15-minute drive to CrossIron Mills in Balzac from Mahogany, even the airport and all points north are easier to get to than ever before.

But even at the height of the construction of the Stoney Trail- 52nd Street interchange, Mahogany’s popularity had not been affected. In fact, it even soared higher. And things look even better for 2014.

“Last year was a record setting year for sales in Mahogany.  We’ve seen 436 third party sales year to date, and with the S.E. portion of Stoney Trail recently opened, I expect the appeal of living Mahogany will only increase,” McGregor says.

“Commute times can be a big concern for someone considering a move to the southeast, but this (road development) offers a significant decrease in time residents will have to spent in their cars.”

There’s more to look forward to for Mahogany residents, and those who are considering living here.

In October, Hopewell Residential broke ground on the Mahogany Beach Club and main beach site. The beach and surrounding area will include many exciting amenities such as beach volleyball courts, a hockey rink, basketball courts and more. The 19,000-square-foot building includes a 5,200-square-foot gymnasium, two banquet rooms, change rooms with showers, a skate room, two studios, a kitchen, Mahogany Homeowners’ Association administration offices, and equipment storage.

“In addition to these fantastic amenities are, a rental kiosk, and a 1,566-square-foot office and storage building for Homeowners’ Association equipment. We can’t wait to open the doors to this community focal point in early 2015,” McGregor says.

Mahogany also opened an “incredible 30 show homes” in 2013, McGregor adds. These include eight laned show homes (starting from the mid $300,000s), eight front garage show homes (from the $500,000s), three lakeside show homes (from $600,0000s), six lakefront estate show homes (from $1.3 million) and two Sabal attached show homes (from the $300,000s).

New multi-family developments also began last year with the opening of three sales centres for Homes by Avi’s Street Towns (from the $300,000s), Jayman Modus’ Ebony townhomes (from the low $300,000s) and Truman Homes’ 51 Oak condos (from the $180,000s).

Some of the most anticipated lots in Mahogany are in their Island Collection that will start selling by the second half of 2014.

“There is simply no other location in Calgary that compares to the Island Collection; it is in a class unto itself. Homeowners here will enjoy countless privileges including the freedom to build a custom home, uniquely and exclusively designed for their family,” she adds.

The Island Collection will have 22 estate-sized home sites to choose from. All come with private beachfront and lake access, personal dock access, a private, gated neighbourhood entryway, and will be on lot sizes ranging from 56 to 64 feet wide. McGregor says to stay tuned for more information for the release of those lots.

Opened in September 2008, Mahogany took home the 2012 community of the year at the annual SAM Awards, it had also won for best new community and best show home parade in years prior. The developer says the 1,200-acre community is projected to eventually see some 25,000 homes on build out.

It will have and extraordinary mix of home collections, unique shops, restaurants, 265 acres of open space and parks, wetlands and beautiful streetscapes. These capture the four-season lakeside lifestyle that is the enduring appeal of this master planned community.

“True lifestyle communities are rare, mostly because many standard communities don’t offer the kind of broad lifestyle support that a community like Mahogany will,” she adds. It’s not too often that you’ll find a community with outstanding value in homes that also features a 63-acre freshwater recreational lake, 22 kilometres of pathways, 74 acres of naturalized wetlands, an Urban Village shopping and service core, 265 acres of open community space, plus a nearby off-leash dog park!”

Its location just on the southern edge of the city has always been one of its most desirable aspects, and now with the added roadway infrastructure improvements, Mahogany residents can only look forward to even better things.

Fast Facts
Mahogany’s collection of homes and their builders

Boulevard Collection:
Attached homes and street towns by Sabal Homes and Homes by Avi; townhomes and condos by Jayman Modus and Truman Homes — priced from the $180,000s.

Lakeland Collection:
Laned homes by Sabal Homes and  Stepper Custom Homes — priced from the $300,000s.
Front-garage homes by Jayman MasterBUILT, Sabal Homes, Stepper Custom Homes and Trico Homes — priced from the $500,000s.

Reserve Collection:
Lakeside estate homes by Baywest Homes, Calbridge Homes and Morrison Homes — all with private Mahogany Lake access — priced from the mid $600,000s.
Lakefront estate homes by Baywest Homes, Calbridge Homes and Morrison Homes — with private docks and lakefront lots from $1.3 million.
Island Collection: Coming soon
For more information, visit http://www.mahoganyliving.com

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