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December 01, 2018

Hope at Large - Landmark lands in Greenwich

Landmark lands in Greenwich

Marty Hope

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The buyer profile of those taking an interest in the close-in northwest developing community of Greenwich is about as varied as snowflake patterns.

Young and old, single or partnered, and active or not, they are finding their way to this 59-acre development by Melcor Developments across the TransCanada Highway from Winsport and between 83rd Street and Stoney Trail to be part of what Melcor describes as the “new northwest.”

Greenwich  is a master-planned community that will be comprised of 1,200 residences — all multi-family —  parks, trails, an estimated 100,000 square-feet of boutique shopping and dining, and 200,000 square-feet of office space, according to Melcor marketing manager Catharina Mendonça.

The whole idea behind Greenwich has captured the attention Landmark Homes, along with Cove Properties, and Madison Avenue Homes, who are building in the development’s first phase.

“We’ve seen a lot of different buyer types, from younger professional couples to young families, and a lot of downsizers currently residing in the northwest and southwest looking to downsize from their existing homes,” says Andreas Angellakis, area sales manager for
Landmark Homes.

Mendonça agrees with Angellakis about the broad-based buyer profile, adding that with Winsport’s facilities pretty much across the highway there has also been interest from active people of all ages.

“I think, also, there is a great opportunity for Melcor to inject some much-needed housing diversity and to revitalize an area that is primarily surrounded by single-family housing and older-style commercial developments,” she says.

“For Landmark, the appeal of Greenwich is that it’s becoming its own little borough in the northwest,” says Angellakis. “To date, we have more than a dozen sales — and that’s without showhomes that won’t be open until the spring.”

The pull of the Melcor vision has been strong enough for Landmark to commit to build Artis, a 77-townhome complex spread across 15 buildings with between three and 10 units per building, and measuring from 978 to 1,920 square-feet priced from $304,900.

Artis has been created, Angellakis adds, to present with an indoor/outdoor lifestyle in mind.

“We have a high focus on outdoor living,” he says. “We have private walkout patios, glass-panelled balconies with views of green space and Winsport — and green space courtyards separating each cluster of  homes.”

And the interiors of the models designed by Landmark are also geared to the outdoors with large triple-pane windows, open-concept contemporary floor plans with nine-foot ceilings, gourmet kitchen options, and single- and two-car garages.

The high-end specs carry over to the exterior where Hardieboard siding is used with stucco and brick accenting. Balconies have glass railings.

“Customer response has been extremely positive,” says Angellakis. “Melcor put a lot of thought and effort into the development that has playgrounds, and walkways, and lots of green space.”

In addition to Landmark’s 77 townhomes, Cove Properties in building a five-storey walkup condo complex, and Madison Homes will be building its own townhome project, according to Mendonça.

“Melcor’s brand has always traded on its history of building vibrant communities where people can not only build their dream home, but they can recreate, work and shop in their community,” she says. “Greenwich promises to be a welcome change of pace in a pocket of northwest Calgary that has long needed some boutique retail and restaurants. Living in Greenwich means you will be a quick 45-minute drive to the mountains and a 15-minute drive into downtown Calgary.

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