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November 01, 2017

The Cornerstone of life

The New North comes to life in Cornerstone

Pepper Rodriguez

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The vision for Cornerstone is quickly becoming a reality, as one of the city’s hottest selling communities launches its second phase.

Kendra Milne, vice-president, marketing, at Walton Development and Management, says Cornerstone was a close second in the number of building permits issued by the city up to August 2017 with 221.

“It has been an absolutely busy summer in Cornerstone. More than 100 families are already living here, and we’re working hard to put in more new amenities — including a new playground — that our new residents will soon get to enjoy.”

Walton is moving to the second phase of the 1,100-acre community in the northeast in October where it will release 280 more lots in a new parcel of land on the south side of Country Hills Boulevard.

It’s a spectacular feat, considering that Cornerstone only launched its first phase last year on the north side of Country Hills Boulevard. “We released 590 lots last year and many have already been snapped up,” Milne says. “We’ve also been able to keep lot prices steady.”

Cornerstone is living up to its billing as part of the New North that highlights the improving quality of life available in this vibrant sector of the city. New commercial, recreational and industrial developments throughout the northeast have vastly enhanced lifestyle in the area, and Cornerstone is helping by bringing a wide array of stylish, practical and affordable homes.

“The vision for Cornerstone has always been one of connections, where neighbours can congregate and get to know each other, and we’re building an environment that encourages this kind of strong community bond,” Milne says.

Asides from the park, which children should already be able to enjoy this fall, Cornerstone’s uniquely walkable characteristic makes it a fit for active, recreation-minded families.

“We have 95 acres of dedicated parks and school spaces, and 14 kilometres of regional pathways connecting the community and offering attractive gathering places and inviting opportunities for walking, jogging or cycling,” she adds.

It’s conducive to a healthy lifestyle with its natural areas and open spaces that accommodate leisure activities and organized sporting events. “Plus, Cornerstone is the future home of Calgary’s next regional park in the northeast,” Milne says

Perhaps the most heavily anticipated development is the upcoming Major Activity Centre (MAC), which will offer plenty of shopping, commercial and employment opportunities, making it a true live-work-play community. “The MAC will straddle Country Hills Boulevard and be a commercial, residential and social hub for the community and beyond,” Milne says.

There will also be Neighbourhood Activity Centres (NAC) scattered through Cornerstone that will provide extra convenience to residents. These will include gas stations, convenience stores and the like.

There are also five future school sites within Cornerstone, including a potential public high school, which Milne says is important for a lot of their buyers.

But Milne feels that Cornerstone’s focus on preserving the environment is also key in its timeless appeal and sustainability.

“The most significant environmental consideration is the preservation of 180 acres of environmentally significant natural wetlands that promotes preservation of natural attributes of the area,” she says.

These natural wetlands will become a part of the new regional park and will encompass 20 acres and connect to the Parks Foundation’s Greenway — a 140-kilometre network of parks and pathways.

With this pristine, connected setting as a background, Walton has also assembled a powerhouse cast of home builders that will help them bring the entire vision of Cornerstone into a reality.

Jayman BUILT, Morrison Homes, Pacesetter Homes, Shane Homes and Truman are the builders in the community. They have 31 show homes in Cornerstone’s first phase that displays the sheer breadth of styles and lifestyles available.

Cornerstone offers everything from starter homes — townhomes (both street-oriented and condominium style), semi-detached and laned homes — to semi-estate front-drive homes — including courtyard homes from Jayman BUILT and five-bedroom homes from Truman.

Condo townhomes are from the $298,000s and no-condo-fee street-oriented townhomes start from $310,000. Semi-detached homes are from the $330,000s, zero-lot-line homes are from the $380,000s, while courtyard homes are from the $470,000s and front-drive homes are from the $490,000s.

“All of Cornerstone is also zoned for secondary suites and single-family homes with side-entrances are a common sight in the community. It just helps us attract more of our demographic of young families and extended families,” Milne says.

Its excellent location close to major transportation thoroughfares and employment hubs is a huge plus. There is already an established bus route in nearby Skyview Ranch (also a Walton community) and there are plans to have a future LRT Station right in the neihbourhood.

“Metis Trail, Country Hills Boulevard and Stoney Trail all border the community making it as accessible as possible. The ongoing widening of Country Hills Boulevard will also improve traffic flow here soon,” she says.

“People also have to realize that Cornerstone is also the last major development inside the Ring Road in the northeast,” Milne points out. “They can be part of the change in the northeast.”

“We are only beginning to see the potential for a new lifestyle in the northeast with Cornerstone, there is still much growth ahead,” Milne says.


Community: Cornerstone

Developer: Walton Development and Management 


Jayman BUILT — street-oriented townhomes, and courtyard homes 

Morrison Homes — duplexes, and front-drive homes 

Pacesetter Homes — zero-lot-line homes, and front-drive homes 

Shane Homes — duplexes, zero-lot-line homes, street-oriented townhomes, and front-drive homes

Truman — front-drive homes and a multi-family development in the future

Prices: From the $298,000s

Directions: North on Deerfoot Tr., east on Country Hills Blvd., north on Metis Tr. to 128th Avenue, and follow the signs

Hours: 2 – 8 p.m. Mondays to Thursdays and noon to 5 p.m. weekdays and holidays


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