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November 01, 2017

Relaxing Retreat

The latest townhomes in Cranston’s Riverstone are an exquisite treat

Pepper Rodriguez

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Cranston’s Riverstone has established itself as Calgary’s premier riverside community. With the gently flowing bow River at its backyard, the southeast community by Brookfield Residential has become a soulful, nature-endowed haven for homebuyers.


With the introduction of Retreat townhomes, affordability is also brought into its already exhilarating appeal.

With townhomes starting from $250,000, including GST, and topping out at the mid $300,000s, Retreat townhomes are an unbelievable deal in an established, amenity-rich community.

Retreat is a collection of 178 townhomes at the heart of Cranston’s Riverstone.

It offers a mix of row and stacked, bungalow-style models, each with a private, attached one- or two-car garage.

“Sales have started with great interest early in September,” says Brookfield Residential Marketing Manager, Justin Castelino. “We are seeing a number of people from within Cranston and within Riverstone coming down to see us, some looking to downsize from their current home as their family needs have changed. Some are working at the South Health Campus and want to live closer.”

Its name says it all, as these townhomes represent a relaxing retreat from the busy, hurly-burly world outside Riverstone’s confines.

“Retreat was chosen as it really signifies an opportunity to get away from the city, and immerse yourself in nature,” Castelino says. “Cranston’s Riverstone is all about connecting with Fish Creek Park, the Bow River and the great outdoors and we wanted to ensure that this project reflected this.”

Retreat offers stylish and affordable townhomes in a community where nature surrounds you. There are 11 floor plans ranging from the 742-square-foot Ivory bungalow model, to the 1,980-square-foot Sienna live/work townhome.

“Most plans will be two-bed with two-and-a-half baths, with some having a third bedroom option,” Castelino says. He is excited about the new live/work townhome Retreat offers.

“We have a limited number of ‘live/work’ homes in Retreat with spaces dedicated to bringing at-home businesses such as hair styling, personal training or professional services to Cranston’s Riverstone,” he says, adding that this component should bring another level to the community’s connectedness.

A youthful energy runs through Cranston’s Riverstone, as the idyllic community surrounded by nature has attracted a wide range of buyers that find the family-friendly, active lifestyle-oriented living it offers irresistible. It had recently won Community of the Year at the CHBA - Alberta Award of Excellence in Housing.

It’s easy to see why.

Its winding pathways are filled with early morning joggers taking full advantage of the natural landscape, dog-walkers taking their pets out for a jaunt are everywhere, and the laughter of children enjoying the numerous tot lots and green space echoes through the river valley everyday. The Bow River is steps away and offers some of the best fly-fishing in the world. There are a number of parks and playgrounds within Riverstone as well.

Residents of Cranston’s Riverstone also enjoy a very urban lifestyle with its proximity to the developing Seton shopping and commercial district. Cranston Market at the top of the hill has a Sobeys, Good Earth Café, Berwick Pub and a number of everyday essentials. “Plus Seton is just across Deerfoot, with a YMCA, restaurants and a brand new, VIP Cineplex theatre opening this year,” Castelino adds.

Cranston’s Riverstone is part of the greater community of Cranston — also by Brookfield — that is well on its way to build out. Riverstone may be one of the final opportunities to own a new home in what is already one of the most popular, and thriving communities in the southeast.

Retreat sits in the middle of all these — the best of life’s simple pleasures. It adds to the relaxing scenery with its own common central courtyard and a planned small community garden.

“Additionally, as a resident of Cranston’s Riverstone, you will have access to Cranston’s Century Hall — a 22,000-square-foot facility (banquet facilities, programs, events, gymnasium, and daycare) and seven acre private park (splash park, hockey rink with chiller unit and Zamboni, tennis court, pleasure rink, toboggan chute, basketball courts and great lawn.)

Retreat’s exterior has been very intentionally designed to fit the rest of the architecture in Cranston’s Riverstone — in a classic, craftsman style, Castelino says. “The buildings are finished with durable fiber-cement siding and shingles. Units with balconies will have aluminum rail and vinyl decking. There will be a comprehensive landscape plan in place as well, to ensure the site is looking beautiful year round.”

Each townhome also gets a full set of upscale features including triple glazed windows, stainless steel appliances (washer and dryer included) and luxury vinyl plank and tile flooring.

An on-site presentation centre is already open at 847 Cranston Avenue S.E., with show homes already under construction and set to open in early 2018.


FAST FACTS 

Project: Retreat

Developer: Brookfield Residential

Community: Cranston’s Riverstone

Style: A mix of row, stacked and bungalow townhomes, with live-work units

Size: 742 – to 1,980 sq. ft.

Price: Starts from $250,000, including GST

Address: 847 Cranston Ave S.E.

Hours: Monday – Thursday: 2 – 8 p.m., Friday, Saturday, Sunday & Holidays: 12 – 5 p.m.

Website: www.retreatinriverstone.ca

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