New parents Dan and Shayley Jestin-Vincent are also new home homeowners.
The young couple took possession of their front-garage home in Belmont just before Christmas, becoming the 15th family to move into the new community west of Macleod Trail.
“We’re getting in right at the very start of this community,” Shayley says.
She and Dan didn’t have to move very far, nor did they want to. They were in a townhome up the road in Silverado for six years, but the pending birth of their first child made them yearn for a larger home with a yard.
“We love this side of Macleod Trail and saw Belmont open. They had a giant billboard out even before the construction started. We came to check out the show homes and the Trico home seemed to check all our boxes,” Shayley says.
Dan admits they looked at show homes in Seton and in the neighbouring communities of Walden and Legacy on the east side of Macleod.
“But not very seriously. Belmont was the right price in an area we already loved. There’s quick access to major arteries like Stoney and Macleod, and now they’ve opened 194th all the way,” he says.
Trico is one of four Calgary builders offering front-drive garage homes in Belmont, an Anthem United community. The Winston is a 2,515 square-foot model with three bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms and upstairs bonus room with a vaulted ceiling.
“The bonus room is what actually sold us. It’s not over the garage — it’s central, so you’ve got two bedrooms over the garage, then the bonus room, then the master at the back of the house. It’s nice to have that separation,” Dan says. “I felt at home as soon as we walked in to the show home.”
Shayley says the bonus room has enough space to romp with their dog and play with their little boy.
“It’s where he learned to crawl and to sit up. It’s the hub of the entire home,” she says.
The Winston’s open concept main floor includes a mud room, a large welcoming front entry way and a pocket office, which the Jestin-Vincents use as a library.
Being one of the first buyers in Belmont, they had their pick of locations and chose a pie-shaped lot with a wide, south-facing backyard and a paved lane in the rear.
“Not everyone might want a lane, but for us it means that much extra space between our house and the house behind us,” Shayley says.
The Jestin-Vincents loved seeing familiar faces at the grocery store or chatting with other families out on the community pathways when they lived in Silverado and expect they’ll experience the same friendliness in Belmont once more people move in.
More amenities like schools, a recreation centre and an LRT station will come along as the community grows with their family. For now, awareness of the community on the far reaches of southwest Calgary is also growing according to Megan Starke, Anthem’s marketing manager.
“The community launched in April 2018 in that burgeoning area of west Macleod — an area that hasn’t been developed in a long time,” she says.
There are about 200 new residents so far in Belmont, where currently the only amenity is a park with a children’s playground. Access roads were a priority with 194th Avenue S.W., west from Macleod Trail, which bridges a natural wetland area, the first major piece of infrastructure to be completed.
“Belmont is unique with three major roads surrounding it. At build out, homeowners will never have to wait to get in or out. They can easily be on Macleod in minutes but are set back far enough that they don’t have to deal with the noise,” Starke says.
Dan commutes by car downtown and says if he leaves before 7 a.m., he’s in the office in just 25 minutes. Downtown to home via Blackfoot Trail to Macleod in the afternoon takes a little longer.
Once Shayley’s maternity leave is done, she says her work commute to the Chestermere area will be quick on Stoney Trail.
Nearby Silverado has established stores and services and more are planned for Walden, across Macleod Trail at 194th Avenue S. The City of Calgary has purchased land to build a future recreation centre in Belmont but for now, Cardel Rec Centre in Shawnessy is not very far away.
Starke says there are 12 single-family show homes within walking distance of each other in Belmont, on adjacent streets connected by a parking lot.
Homes by Avi, Cedarglen, Trico and Shane Homes are the participating front-drive double-garage homes builders, with laned and single-garage contributions from Jayman Built and Morrison Homes.
Laned and single-garage homes start in the $350,000s and the front-drive homes are priced from the $430,000s.
HOME: The Winston
COMMUNITY: Belmont, by Anthem United
BUILDER: Trico Homes
SIZE: 2,515 square feet front-drive garage with three bedrooms, 2.5 baths and upstairs bonus room
PRICE: From the low $500,000s before basement development
View the original article by the Calgary Herald here.