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April 01, 2017

Familial surroundings

Evanston shines with family-friendly allure, and wide variety of home choices

Pepper Rodriguez

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Calgary is indeed one of Canada’s biggest cities, but its small town roots are evident in the idyllic charms of Evanston in the northwest.


This quiet, suburban community is where the scenic prairies meet an urban and sophisticated lifestyle. This Qualico Communities development has been one of the most popular residential destinations for families, young couples and downsizers with its lively mix of affordable and stylish housing options.

It is one of the city’s most recently established communities with a full set of easy-living amenities readily at hand. Residents wouldn’t have to wait years for schools or groceries as they are already found within the community.

Evanston was designed as a prairie-values environment and atmosphere where families can flourish. At every turn you’ll discover community planning that encourages people to come together, rather than keep them apart.

There are fewer fences and more open spaces, back lanes and verandahs — meaning more opportunities for conversations and more to see. Evanston’s ample green spaces with playgrounds and a neighbourhood gazebo have been designed to be gathering places, too.

“Evanston is the northwest community that allows families to connect. No long commutes to take your children out of the community for activities or play-dates. You can get to know your neighbours and find a home within your budget,” says Cheryl Heilman, Qualico Communities’ marketing manager.

New single-family front-drive-garage show homes will be opening on May 27, 2017, from its five single-family home builder group. Heilman says this latest phase (Phase 29) is in the east quadrant of Evanston and will have easy access to 14th Street N.W. More single-family lots are coming down the pipeline next year.

“The great part of buying now is that customers will get a new home in an established community that comes complete with a public elementary school that is now open in Evanston, in addition to a Catholic K-9 school which is also in the community.”

Every amenity is well within reach in the community and around its vicinity including grocery and liquor stores, dining, dental and banking services, among others.

“A second commercial site is planned with a Tim Horton’s and a gas station, ” she says.

“Your children can walk or bike to school. You can shop in the community,” Heilman adds. “Your parents can even live in assisted living that is also in the community. It is like buying a new house in an established small town.”

Heilman adds that people are coming to Evanston “to establish roots or to age in place” with buyers ranging from couples buying their first single-family homes or multi-family condos, to families searching for their move-up family home all the way to downsizers and even senior assisted living.

“They love the schools in the community, the established paths and parks along with great transit connections,” she says. The pristine, close-to-nature character of the community is also appealing as Evanston spans 660 acres with four lushly landscaped ponds, and numerous parks. There are currently five playgrounds, with two new ones coming summer 2017, and there are also 14 green spaces.

The convenience afforded by the Evanston Towne Centre featuring Sobeys, RBC, Subway, a medical and dental clinic and many more stores and services further define the family-friendly environs.

Homes here span the whole range: from townhomes starting in the $240,000s from StreetSide Developments (The Loop in Evanston), Brookfield Residential (The Link at Evanston) and Partners Development Group (ARRIVE at Evanston); duplexes from the $390,000s from Broadview Homes and Pacesetter by Sterling Homes; laned homes from the $420,000s from Broadview Homes, Pacesetter by Sterling Homes, Sterling Homes and Trico Homes; and move-up homes from the $450,000s from NuVista, Broadview Homes, Trico Homes, Sterling Homes and Jayman BUILT.

Architectural controls of the community include: Craftsman, Foursquare and Colonial, which were carefully selected because they provide details such as well articulated front entrances, interesting roof lines and traditional, rich colours. “Evanston has small-town charm with an established an active community association and provides home options for everyone’s taste, lifestyle and budget,” Heilman says.

Evanston is conveniently located with easy access to Stony Trail, Symons Valley Road, Beddington Trail, Country Hills Boulevard and Deerfoot Trail. Plus with Stoney Trail nearby, residents have easy access to CrossIron Mills mall and the airport. CL

 

FAST FACTS 

Community: Evanston

Developer: Qualico Developments

Available homes:

Multi-family (Townhomes) from the $240,000s 

Arrive at Evanston, The Link At Evanston, The Loop in Evanston

Side by side from the $390,000s

Broadview Homes, Pacesetter by Sterling Homes

Laned homes from the $420,000s

Broadview Homes, Pacesetter by Sterling Homes,Sterling Homes,Trico Homes

Move up from the $450,000s 

NuVista Homes, Broadview Homes, Trico Homes, Sterling Homes, Jayman BUILT

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

Directions: From Stoney Trail, head north on Symons Valley Rd. N.W., right on Symons Valley Pkwy N.W.,  and follow the signs.

Website: www.qualicocommunities.com/evanston

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