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October 01, 2018

D’ARCY takes root

After a soaring start, D’ARCY is ready for the next step

Pepper Rodriguez

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Any farmer will tell you the first few months after planting a crop is crucial for a successful harvest. The same can be said for building communities.

D’ARCY, the new master planned community from Anthem United in the northern tip of Okotoks has certainly taken root, with exceptional traffic and strong sales. Made even more remarkable that the community only officially launched this spring.

Morrison Homes, Pacesetter by Sterling Homes and Trico Homes are the first three builders to have opened showhomes in D’ARCY. Morrison Homes’ paired homes have been the undeniable hit of the community as only one of its 32 initial lots is left.

Anthem United is getting set for the second act of this popular development with the upcoming unveiling of two front-drive showhomes in the fall. One will be from Trico Homes and the other from Sterling Homes, both are slated to open on September 29th.

The new front-drive homes promise to be the epitome of the family move-up home with four-bedroom models available, as well as walk-out lots. They will start from the $500,000s.

Trico Homes will have the 2,553-square-foot The Winston, a four-bedroom model with developed basement. While Sterling Homes will open their popular 2,376-square-foot Pierce model 

There is also plenty of anticipation for the coming release of Morrison Homes’ villas. “These will be available in the fall and are priced from the $500,000s,” says Anthem United’s Megan Starke. 

Also new to D’ARCY in phase two are fee-simple Street Towns from Partners Development Group. These are street oriented townhomes that include a garage with no condo fees. Sales are expected to launch in September from the low to mid $300,000s.

There is plenty of enthusiasm for the community, says Trico Homes area manager, Clint Pilon. “It is the closest community in Okotoks to Calgary, there are a lot of already existing amenities nearby and more planned in the future, including two school sites in the community.”

He adds that the newly renovated clubhouse at the D’Arcy Golf Course next door is just icing on the cake. “It speaks to the recreational opportunities that abound in D’ARCY which is perfect for the active, sports-minded family.”

Michelle Lefurgey, marketing manager of Pacesetter by Sterling Homes, agrees, saying the family-friendly design of D’ARCY makes it an ideal place to settle.

“If you and your family are looking for a new home surrounded by lovely scenery, then D’ARCY is an ideal choice,” she says. “The combination of open green space, flourishing vegetation, and a view of the Rocky Mountains makes this community a paradise for families who want to live in a natural setting.”

Currently open are four showhomes for Morrison Homes paired homes. Models range from 1,400 to 1,600 square-feet starting from the $320,000s. “We can’t wait for the next phase and the villa models that back onto green space that are launching soon,” says Morrison Homes’ area manager Jodi Kellogg.

Laned homes from Pacesetter and Trico are also gathering a lot of attention. “We’re getting a lot of traffic through the showhomes,” says Pilon. “People are responding to the vision of D’ARCY.”

Trico has laned homes from 1,540 to 1,820 square-feet from $362,900 including GST. Pacesetter offers eight laned home models, including bungalows from 999 square-feet and starting from the $370,000s, including GST. They also have two-storey models from 1,228 square feet starting from $379,000.

“These product types will offer great affordability and choice for buyers looking to get into the Okotoks market,” says Steve LePan, development manager at Anthem United. “Close proximity to Calgary, future school sites, neighbourhood retail, and vast open spaces make D’ARCY a perfect spot for a young family to lay down roots.”

The second phase is set to launch this fall, and LePan says they expedited servicing this phase “in order to build D’ARCY Ranch Boulevard to the golf course and will bring on villa bungalows, front and rear-drive single family lots, and two-storey duplex lots on a lane,” he says.

D’ARCY will have housing styles for all budgets and lifestyles, — everything from street towns and other townhouse types, to single family homes with rear-detached or front-attached garages, move-up, and estate homes, according to LePan.

Anthem United has projected there will be approximately 2,000 homes in D’ARCY spread over several phases in the coming five to seven years of construction.

In addition, D’ARCY will have its own retail area, Gateway Village, that will offer residents a wide range of retail, as well as office space. There is also a dedicated joint school site at the centre of the community for a couple of K-9 schools.

D’ARCY is located on 280 acres of land bounded on the north by the town boundary, on the south by Sandstone Gate, on the east by Northridge Drive, and on the west by the D’Arcy Ranch Golf Club.

This new community can be seen as a milestone to Okotoks’ continued growth. “Okotoks is an incredibly special place,” says LePan. “It’s rich with history and has a strong community identity. In putting together the designs for D’ARCY we knew we wanted to create a neighbourhood centred around lifestyle; a place that would inspire connections and community.” 

It is Okotoks’ nearest new community to Calgary with just a 15-minute commute to big city amenities that include the Calgary South Health Campus right off Deerfoot Trail. 

“We anticipate a lot of interest from buyers who would otherwise be looking at some of south Calgary’s newer communities. Moving to Okotoks offers them the chance to be at the centre of a small, connected community, rather than the outskirts of big one,” he adds.

Fast Facts:
Community: D’ARCY
Developer: Anthem United
• Laned Homes – Pacesetter by Sterling Homes, Trico Homes
• Paired Homes – Morrison Homes
Prices: Starting from the $320,000’s
Coming soon: Front-drive homes and villas from the $500,000’s and Street Towns from the low to mid-$300,000’s

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