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February 01, 2017

Cochrane calling

Stepper Homes brings new no-condo-fee Heritage Hills Street Towns

Pepper Rodriguez

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The Big Sky living that Cochrane offers in abundance is even more attainable now with Stepper Homes’ Heritage Hills Street Towns. These homes open new opportunities to own stylish, affordable townhomes in this picturesque western pioneer town.

What makes Heritage Hills Street Towns so special is that it sits on a quiet hillside in this charming community along the western edge of Cochrane, surrounded by green space and an environmental reserve. And, of course, unmatched views of the nearby Rockies.

These are freehold townhomes with no condo fees, which makes it even more attractive to first-time homebuyers, downsizers, young families, and anyone who wants to get out of the renting cycle.

Apart from some duplex products, Heritage Hills Street Towns also marks Stepper Homes’ reentry in the multi-family development market.

“We built some duplexes a few years ago, but Heritage Hills Street Towns is Stepper’s first step back into multi family since the 1980s,” says Mary Anderson, who along with Maureen Harrison, are the co-area managers for this development.

It will have 51 street towns in total in nine buildings that will be built in three phases. Three floor plans will be offered: the 1,405-square-foot Andover, the 1,338-square-foot Baker, and the 1,369-square-foot Collins.

They are all three-bedroom with two-and-a-half bath street towns that feel like a single-family home with their effective use of space and practical design. All homes include an oversized 12-by-24-feet front attached single garage and a generously sized driveway that effectively allows owners to park two vehicles.

With prices ranging from $308,900 to $339,900 including GST, they are undoubtedly some of the most affordable townhomes in this size in Cochrane. “The homes are freehold, no condo fees to ever worry about,” Harrison says.

“There are still two 60th Anniversary special pricing homes available for immediate possessions. One is a Baker at $309,900 the other an Andover at $314,900,” she adds. Stepper Homes celebrated their 60th anniversary in 2016 with a batch of discounted pricing for some of their best-selling models.

Anderson feels that it was important for Stepper Homes to return to the multi-family market. “We feel we need to diversify our product based on the needs of customers. The landscape of the homebuilding industry is changing, and we need to be more diverse in our product line to better serve our customers,” she says.

Heritage Hills presented the perfect opportunity for the renowned, multi-awarded builder to step back in the game.

“Heritage Hills is a family oriented community, and this product line allows young families along with empty nesters to round out this great area and have families be able to grow their families and stay in the community,” Anderson says.

Giving buyers more of an incentive is the top-notch standard features that are included with each purchase. These include tile, luxury vinyl plank or hardwood flooring, nine-foot ceilings along the main floor, and quartz or granite countertops in kitchens.

“Buyers also like that the plans are two storey, as opposed to three levels, with basement development options. They also like that it comes with a front attached garage, are fully landscaped and fenced, and almost all of the homes back onto green spaces,” Harrison says.

The energy-saving specifications each home comes with is also very welcome, Anderson points out, and includes a two-stage 95 per cent high efficiency furnace and a high performance water heater.

Sales have already started and show homes will be opening on February 11, but Harrison and Anderson say that buyers should act now to take advantage of the low interest rates.

“The best pricing is on the first two buildings and possessions are available now and in April, so purchasers can take advantage of today’s low interest rates,” Anderson says.

“Now is when you can get the most selection of homes and locations, too,” Harrison adds.

The exterior vinyl with Hardieshingle and stone accents of Heritage Hills Street Towns also perfectly complement the countryside setting of the community just off Highway 1A.

“Heritage Hills has quick, easy access to skiing, hiking, camping, fishing. There is a large storm pond amenity and a local commercial plaza that makes it quite inviting to families, and the neighbours are all welcoming and friendly,” says Harrison who lives in the community.

There is also an environmental reserve with walking paths on the west side with a park including an off-leash dog park at the north end of the townhome site.

“These new homes are built on an exquisite site surrounded by parks and environmental reserve with great access to everything you need. Come early for the best selection and prices,” Anderson says.CL



BUILDER: Stepper Homes 

COMMUNITY: Heritage Hills, Cochrane 

DEVELOPER: Harmony Parks Development Corp.

STYLE: Freehold street towns

PRICE: From $308,900 including GST

ADDRESS: 3F Heritage Drive, Cochrane (opening Feb. 11) 

DIRECTIONS: Head west on Highway 1A from Calgary, past the traffic lights on Hwy 22 and follow the signs. 

HOURS: Monday to Thursday, 2 to 8 p.m., weekends and holidays noon to 5 p.m. 


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