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April 01, 2014

Hope at large – Romance on the riverbank

RiverReach brings stylish villa lifestyle to Cochrane

Marty Hope

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Even back in the very early days of Riversong in Cochrane riverbank development was more than just a twinkle in the eye of Tamani Communities.

The hilltop development was to be the first project for the Jayman Group’s development subsidiary, and it was going to be special. Fast forward more than five years and that original plan has become reality. Tamani’s highly successful Riversong has taken advantage of what nature has offered in building condominium homes along the Bow River’s bank, including the 41-unit RiverReach Villas and Manors by Jayman MasterBuilt.

Now, about six months after opening the doors to the first show homes in this trendy, upscale product, work is well under way on the second of three phases, says Warren Saunders, sales manager for Jayman MasterBuilt.

“We are more than pleased with the public’s response to RiverReach,” he says, adding that the first phase is approximately 75 per cent sold.

When finished in another couple of years, RiverReach will be a enclave of 10 buildings made up of villa bungalows and two-storey townhouses that are being marketed as manors. Nine of the buildings will be have four units — villas flanking a pair of manors while the fifth building will have a trio of manors bookcased between a pair of villas.

As well, seven of the buildings will back onto the river and the other three to the environmental reserve.

Corilee Keryluk, area sales manager for RiverReach, says sales to date have been evenly split among the two different housing styles being offered. The Edgewater, the villa show home, measures 1,502 square-feet on the main floor with another 1,090 on lower level. It has one bedroom up and two others on the lower. The Westwynd is a 2,020-square-foot two-storey with three bedrooms. The homes come with three different front elevations — Arts and Crafts, Shingle, or Rocky Mountain.

“People like them both, but the decision on which one they buy depends on their lifestyle and how they want to use the home,” she says, adding that buyers and those interested in buying range in age from 40 years old up into their 70s.

Pricing starts at $526,400 for the Westwynd and from $635,000 for the Edgewater and includes basement development and GST. Condo fees are set at $205 per month.

Among the features of the homes  are fireplaces, stainless steel appliances, granite countertops, hardwood floors in the kitchen, dining room, greatroom, and hallways, and ceramic tile floors in the bathrooms, ensuite, laundry room and mud room. Cabinetry comes in either maple, alder, or oak. The exteriors are of durable Hardieboard siding. The homes are built to Built Green standards and come with low E windows, low flush toilets, and high-efficiency furnaces.

And here’s cool idea about the siting of the homes. With the villas on each end of the cluster, Jayman has used side-slung two-car garages to present a front courtyard effect and provide added privacy for residents.

“We’ve tried to think of everything with our designs,” says Keryluk. “We don’t look at the villas and manors as downsizing, but rightsizing. People want to retain a certain style of living but adapt it to their changing lifestyles.”

Saunders adds that the villas and manors are attracting people from acreages around Cochrane and as far away as Millarville, and people from Calgary itself who want to get away from the city.”

“People are shopping the marketplace looking at similar styles of homes and are coming back to us to buy,” says Saunders. “They like what we have to offer.”

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