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Setting down stakes in Belmont

Josh Skapin
Calgary Herald

The Borjas are etched into the history of Calgary’s newest community.

John Wesly and Rowena Borja, who have a 20-month-old daughter named Ravielle Chloie, are the first to buy a home in Belmont, picking a laned home through Jayman Built.

“It’s an honour for us,” says Rowena, adding being among the original residents of a community is something special they can share with their daughter when she gets older.

The south Calgary community — on land southeast of Silverado, bordered to the north by 194th Avenue S.W. and south by 210th Avenue — will build out to more than 2,000 homes, and is holding its formal launch today, although pre-construction sales from its builder group started earlier this year.

Building single-family homes in Belmont are Trico Homes, Homes by Avi, Cedarglen Homes, Jayman Built, Morrison Homes and Shane Homes. They’re combining to unveil 12 models in the community’s first show home parade. An event with family-friendly activities, attractions and food trucks to celebrate the launch starts at noon.

In Belmont, double-car, front-drive, single-family homes in the community start in the $480,000s, while single-car and laned single-family homes start in the $370,000s. The lot and GST are included in these prices.

In both cases, these homes will be built in a zero lot line format. Zero lot line homes are built against one side of a lot.

Homes by Avi also has a street town development starting in the mid-$300,000s. These are fee-simple townhomes, meaning the buyer also owns and is responsible for the outside of their unit and the land it sits on, resulting in no need for a condo board or condo fees.

StreetSide Developments and Anthem will also bring on townhomes in Phase 1 of the community, with pricing and sales to be announced later.

Access to the site is available from either Sheriff King Road south from 22X past Silverado or from Macleod Trail west at 210th Avenue.

“I think it’s exciting that this is the first new community in this area, west of Macleod, since Silverado, so it’s been some time, and there’s a lot of excitement from people in that quadrant that are looking for something new,” says Steve LePan, development manager for Anthem United, the company developing Belmont.

Anthem United is also behind the northwest Calgary communities of Nolan Hill and Sage Hill, and Drake Landing in Okotoks.

“It’s a really nice area — you’re close to the Foothills, and there’s a lot of ravines in the distance,” he adds. “People like the landscape there.”

The Borjas are renting an apartment-style condo in the nearby neighbourhood of Bridlewood and had their hearts set on staying in this end of the city.

“Everybody dreams about having their own place instead of renting,” Rowena says.

When they visited show homes, open to be toured before the formal launch, Rowena says they weren’t planning on buying right away, but just “window shopping.”

With the affordable price they found in the community, fondness for the model they picked with Jayman, and value they felt the community was poised to bring, they’re excited to be Belmont-bound.

One of the amenities planned for the community is a recreation centre through the City of Calgary, says the developer.

“That will be something for families to enjoy,” says LePan.

With a catchment area that includes established new communities such as Silverado, Legacy and Walden, Belmont is on tap to get a facility of this kind sooner than most new communities would.

“The (future) recreation centre is just a block away from our lot,” Rowena says, adding having a hub with a range of activities a quick walk from their front door was an attraction.

Connections are an important part of the new community, too, with a future LRT station planned to be 500 metres from Belmont, says the developer.
In the meantime, “You’ve got the Bridlewood LRT station not far away for people who want to park and ride to their jobs downtown.”

“There are a lot of things that are exciting and on the horizon for people who are looking for a move,” LePan says.

While a commercial component is planned for a later phase of Belmont, with an established complex in the adjacent community of Silverado anchored by a

Sobeys grocery store, early residents can enjoy retail amenities from the get-go.

Belmont’s show homes include move-up models with Trico’s Hudson at 2,199 square feet, and Winston at 2,515 square feet; Homes by Avi’s 2,225-square-foot Hemsworth and 1,933-square-foot Raycroft; Cedarglen’s 2,004-square-foot Coronation and 2,031-square-foot Carbon ZLL; and Shane Homes’ 2,307-square-foot Sovanna and the Orion 2 at 2,054 square feet.

There are also laned homes, with Morrison’s 1,671-square-foot Arista and 1,407-square-foot Blakely, and Jayman’s 1,566-square-foot Destiny 20 and 1,620-square-foot Opus 20.

The Borjas bought Jayman’s Uni 20 model, but Rowena says it was initially the Opus 20 show home that caught their eye. She remembers Ravielle Chloie taking to it right away.

“Every time we’d go to the show home, she’d kept going around the house,” Rowena says. “It felt like it was her own.”
The couple were fans of the show home’s grey and white selections and decided to do something similar in their own home.

On the Uni, Rowena says, “It’s the perfect size for us,” adding the couple was impressed by the home’s standard specifications.
She also looks forward to a bright, inviting kitchen, which she’ll put to good use with her favourite cheesecake recipe.

“I love baking,” Rowena says. “I’m not an expert, but I’m trying.”



WHAT: Belmont is a new community in south Calgary.

DEVELOPER: Anthem United.

BUILDERS: Single-family homes are by Homes by Avi, Cedarglen Homes, Trico Homes, Jayman Built, Shane Homes, and Morrison Homes.

PRICES: Single-family homes with a front drive double car garages are from the $480,000s, while single-car and laned single-family homes start in the $370,000s. The lot and GST are included in these prices.

HOURS: Show homes are open 2 to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and noon to 5 p.m. on weekends.


View the original article by the Calgary Herald, here.