For a young family, a backyard can be full of potential.
Sam and Ana Vafadar know what it’s like to want one, and now they have a green space of their own. The couple — who have two children, aged three and seven years old — are moving up from an apartment-style condo to the new Street Towns development by Homes by Avi in Belmont.
Homes by Avi earned the most prominent honour in the home design segment at the recent Canadian Home Builders’ Association National Awards of Housing Excellence, picking up the Design Excellence award. Belmont is a community in southwest Calgary master-planned by Anthem United that launched earlier this year. This Street Towns follows similar developments by the builder in locations such as Livingston, Savanna in Saddle Ridge, Mahogany, and Legacy
While they resemble conventional townhomes, these are fee-simple, which means the buyer owns and is responsible for the exterior of their home and the land it sits on. As a result, there isn’t a condo board or condo fees.
The land, in this case, includes a fully landscaped, fenced backyard and deck or patio — something that caught Sam and Ana’s eye. They like that it’s a place for their children to enjoy the fresh air in an enclosed area just out their back door. But it works for personal projects, too.
“I’m planning on planting a small tree,” says Sam, a software developer, adding this is something he’s always wanted to do.
Now “having the freedom and space to do it,” Ana, who works in the childcare industry, says she has her sights set on planting a garden.
“It’s like a single-family (home), only attached,” she adds.
Homes by Avi’s Street Towns in Belmont start from the $330,000s, including GST. They range in size from 1,190 to 1,432 square feet.
Show homes are slated to open in late November 2018.
“They’ve been very well-received,” says Deb Dahbour, who is co-area sales manager with Lori Marklund at the development. She says people downsizing from larger homes, and young families, are the demographics they’ve seen the most of since the launch of pre-construction sales.
“People are hugely attracted to the private backyard concept, especially when there are no condo fees,” Dahbour says, adding without condo fees, “people have full control over their home and their finances.”
The Vafadar family says the fee-simple format contributed to making the Street Towns an affordable option for their move.
In a two-bedroom, 813-square-foot condo in a nearby community in southeast Calgary, Sam and Ana knew it was time for more space.
“We were looking for a place that’s affordable that we can call home, (each child) have a bedroom, and that’s in a good area, a good neighbourhood,” Sam says. “That’s when we found Belmont and decided to go ahead with it.”
They chose the Benedict floor plan, which is 1,326 square feet and has three bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms, and an unfinished basement. The development offers three bedroom and double master bedroom orientations.
“The layout is very open, which was very important in our decision,” says Ana.
Sam agrees, pointing to the appeal of the kitchen window overlooking the backyard, reeling in plenty of natural light while allowing the couple to watch their children play when they get older.”
They were also impressed by the standards. “The finishings are amazing,” says Sam, adding “it feels upscale.”
The main floor ceilings are nine feet tall, and the Street Towns are equipped with efficient specifications such as triple-paned low-emissivity, argon-filled windows, a heat recovery ventilation system, and a high-efficiency furnace.
Belmont is accessed by Stoney Trail, taking Sheriff King Street, or by Macleod Trail, heading west on 210th Avenue S. Along with the street towns, there are also front-drive and laned single-family homes. The builder group includes Trico Homes, Cedarglen Homes, Jayman Built, Morrison Homes, Shane Homes, and StreetSide Developments.
Ana says she and the family are fans of the area near Spruce Meadows. They not only enjoying attending events at the world-class equestrian facility, but Ana says are impressed with landscape that “feels like it’s in the country, but is within the city.”
A future LRT station is planned to be located 500 metres from Belmont, says the developer. Sam, who works downtown, and uses transit to get there, says he looks forward to being able to walk to the train.
In the meantime, Belmont and area residents have quick access to the Bridlewood LRT station.
A future recreation centre through the City of Calgary is planned for Belmont, as well. 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, says the developer.
Having a multi-purpose facility within the community for their children to enjoy, “this is exciting for us,” says Ana.
WHAT: The Street Towns in Belmont.
BUILDER: Homes by Avi.
AREA: Belmont is a new community in southwest Calgary.
DEVELOPER: Anthem United.
PRICES: From the $330,000s, including the GST.
HOURS: The sales centre is open 2 to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and noon to 5 p.m. on weekends and holidays.
View the original article by the Calgary Herald, here.