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See why D’ARCY in Okotoks is garnering immediate interest

Barb Linvingstone
Calgary Herald

You can be hitting a golf ball or fly-fishing on the Sheep River within minutes of your home after walking your kids to school.

In the new master-planned, all-ages community of D’ARCY that relaxed, outdoor lifestyle in a small-town setting is not a dream — it’s a soon-to-be reality.

The first show home parades for the 113-hectare development in the rolling foothills on the north side of Okotoks have just opened, offering 153 home sites and three housing products. At completion, developer Anthem United’s project will be a seven-phased community of 2,200 homes (both single- and multi-family) and approximately 6,000 residents.

Builders in the first phase are Morrison Homes, Trico Homes and Pacesetter by Sterling Homes. Morrison is offering four models of paired homes starting from the $330,000s while Trico and Pacesetter have a variety of single-family units, from laned houses with rear-detached garages to front drive homes, starting in the $370,000s (including lot and GST).

Anthem United marketing manager Megan Starke says the community’s email registration list was at 1,000 people before the show home parade even opened — the most the developer has seen so quickly in any of its communities including Drake Landing in Okotoks and Sage Hill, Nolan Hill and Belmont in Calgary.

She says many of those registrants may have driven by on their way to the popular D’Arcy Ranch golf course, which borders the new community.

“We are very fortunate that the neighbourhood has such a large completed amenity — the 18-hole public golf course — already there, with many residents to be in easy walking distance,” Starke says. The developer is also including a storm pond, expansive neighbourhood park space and pathways within the first phase.

“It’s about connecting neighbours, which is all part of small-town living.”

While much of the initial interest in D’ARCY has come from Okotoks residents, a substantial number of potential buyers are from Calgary. D’ARCY is just 15 minutes from Calgary’s south border, and about 30 minutes from downtown.

The overall development will eventually include home lots along the golf course, multi-family sites, a mixed commercial/multi-family residential development called Gateway Village and two K-9 school sites that will be safely located at the centre of D’ARCY.

While the overall development will appeal to all ages of buyers, Starke says the first phase offerings have seen primary interest from first-time buyers and right-sizers.

The lots backing onto the golf course are still down the road, coming online in future phases, and will be blessed with both golf course and Rocky Mountain views.

“This is a unique community. We are excited to provide home buyers an exclusive product type in Okotoks and future residents homes along the golf course,” Starke says.

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