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March 01, 2019

The feeling of community

Sanderson Ridge is small town living in the city

Pepper Rodriguez

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The raucous laughter of a friendly game of mah-jong rings down the hallway, excited instant reviews after movie night are heard right outside the auditorium, chatting away over a cup of coffee in the café right outside their home. These are all little vignettes of life one might expect to encounter in any town, but they are the realities of everyday living in Sanderson Ridge on Fish Creek Park.


“Our residents have created their own community and Sanderson Ridge provides the environment that encourages the kind of neighbourly relationships that you can find in most small towns,” says Jennifer Thacker, Sanderson Ridge’s marketing manager.

Think of it as living in a luxurious, all-inclusive resort, a permanent stay-cation, if you will. After all, Sanderson Ridge on Fish Creek Park has everything that anyone can ask for a fun-filled time, and with its pristine location at the edge of Calgary’s largest urban park, life here is anything but dull.

Sanderson Ridge sits on a hilltop in the southwest neighbourhood of Evergreen and has a commanding view of Fish Creek Park, which literally makes up its backyard. In fact nearly all its 300-plus units offer an outstanding vantage spot from which to enjoy this natural vista.

As you walk into Sanderson Ridge you immediately feel a sense of community.  There are groups of people in almost all common areas, socializing, reading a book, putting together a puzzle and even making wine.

Residents already living in Sanderson Ridge have bonded almost instantly, and the crowd (all at or over the age of 40) has found a lot of common ground in the fabulous amenities that are readily available in the sprawling complex.

“Friday night happy hour is big, so is movie nights, many have made friends over bowling, and mah-jong — the Chinese tile game — has become one of the more popular activities here,” she adds.

Thacker says, “residents can be as involved as they want”, which really contributes to the small town feel. “There is a mixture of all types of people — couples, divorcees and widows,” says Thacker, “everyone knows each other and looks out for one another.”

Sanderson Ridge on Fish Creek Park has more than 26,000 square-feet of amenity space and common areas that all residents have access to. These include a lap pool, hot tub, a fitness room, a games room with several pool tables and shuffleboards. There are six widescreen TVs scattered throughout these areas.

There is also a 42-seat theatre residents can book for movie nights with their friends or family. Topping it all off is a two-lane, five-pin bowling alley, a woodworking shop, complete with power tools and even a wine room where residents can learn to make their own wine.

It also has a full kitchen that residents can use to plan out their big family dinners and get-togethers. “They can bring their own caterers who would have full use of this kitchen,” Thacker says.

There is an art room, multi-purpose room, library, hobby room and a main lounge with a magnificent fireplace surrounded by comfy couches and chairs. There is even a dedicated bike room where residents can repair and store their bicycles. “It’s one of our most commonly used amenity space, people love their bikes here. With Fish Creek Park just outside, I don’t blame them. They have all the
luxury to enjoy to hike or bike through the pathways of this spectacular natural environment.”

Functionality isn’t forgotten either. Sanderson Ridge also has guest suites available for residents, there’s a car wash bay in the underground, secured parking. Two-bedroom suites get two parking stalls.

Thacker says “there is always something going on, no matter where you go throughout the buildings. We have tons of weekly classes and activities, no one is left out.”

There are calendars in every activity room to keep everything in order, “all you have to do is find your day, write in your name and time and you booked it, it’s that easy,” says Thacker.

There is a daily coffee hour in the fireside coffee bar that is also conveniently located beside the library, a weekly happy hour and tons of other events that go on throughout the year.

The look of Sanderson Ridge itself bespeaks of a mountain resort charm with exteriors that showcase exposed wood and intricate stonework. The entirety of Sanderson Ridge fits seamlessly into the backdrop that is Fish Creek Park.

The interiors are just as meticulously detailed, and “there is no need for upgrades,” Thacker says.

Luxury finishes are standard and include full height cabinets with soft close drawers, wide plank engineered hardwood, gorgeous tiled backsplash, tiled shower and tub enclosures, quartz counter tops, California closets, elegant light fixtures and upgraded appliances including a washer and dryer.

Sanderson Ridge offers one-, two- and two-bedroom + den floor plans. One-bedroom suites range from $344,900 and two-bedrooms start at $720,900.

Condo fees cover all utilities, except cable and phone. Immediate possession for some units is available. Phase four is selling now.

Fast Facts
Community: Evergreen
Project: Sanderson Ridge
Developer: Telsec Developments Ltd
Style: Apartment Condos
Size: From 751 to 1700 square feet
Price: From $349,900
Address: 2330 Fish Creek Blvd S.W.
Directions: Take Macleod Trail South to James McKevitt Road S.W., turn right onto Fish Creek Boulevard and follow to Sanderson Ridge on the right.
Hours: Monday to Thursday 2 – 6 p.m. Weekends and Holidays noon to 5 p.m.
Website: www.sandersonridge.ca

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