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Calgary HomeLiving
Marty Hope

Talk about keeping busy.

Anthem United is keeping its corporate plate full as it continues to change the face of a large chunk of land in the south part of the city, west of Macleod Trail.

On the heels of Belmont, which is now in the second phase of development with more than 100 homes sold to date and with its own townhome project launching there in September, the company has started to reshape more of the former agriculture and grazing land into two new communities — Sirocco at Pine Creek and its sister community Pine Creek.

Pine Creek, spread out over about 120 acres and with a projected population of somewhere around 3,000 at buildout, is south of Belmont; and Sirocco, slightly larger at 176 acres and with about 4,000 residents when complete, is west of Pine Creek and borders the Sirocco Golf Club.

By the way, both can be accessed by turning west off Macleod Trail at 194th Avenue and 210th Avenue, or turning south from Spruce Meadows Way onto Sheriff King Street.

“Sirocco has front drive showhomes now open and Pine Creek will have their first opening in early July,” says Anthem United’s marketing manager Megan Starke. “The grand opening for show homes in both communities is scheduled for September 14.”

And the stable of builders put together by Anthem United for both communities is pretty much a who’s who of the Calgary region’s residential construction industry.

In Sirocco, Trico Homes, Sterling Homes, Shane Homes, and Morrison Homes are putting up front-drive homes priced from the $500,000 range. NuVista Homes will be providing paired homes.

Down the road in Pine Creek, Trico and Sterling are building front-drive homes from the $400,000 range while paired homes will come from Morrison and Shane and are priced from the $330,000s.

As is noticed from the price levels, Sirocco will have a higher profile than Pine Creek.

But, says Starke, despite the price variance affordability and quality remain at the forefront for builders in both communities. Sirocco, though, will have more amenity lots — some overlooking a pond in the first phase while many in the future phases will back onto the golf course.

“Sirocco at Pine Creek will be an aspirational but attainable community,” says Starke. “Homeowners will immediately have a sense of arrival with the additional landscaping and higher architectural standards throughout the community.

“Pine Creek offers homeowners a price-conscious community, something that has been achieved through lot design and home styles.”

Given the pricing options, housing types and styles in both Pine Creek and Sirocco, what will the buyer profile look like?

“What it means is we will be attracting a wide range of buyers, from young couples looking to buy their first home together, move-up families looking for extra space, or right-sizers looking for a home that suits their new lifestyle,” Starke says.

So, indeed, Anthem United is keeping itself busy in Calgary and expects to launch nearly 800 acres of new communities before this year is out.

“Calgary is a core market for Anthem,” says Elva Kim, vice-president of sales and marketing. “[Calgary] is affordable, has a well-educated population, and is a great place to raise a family. We see population and job growth continuing to strengthen and Anthem will be here providing great space to those people requiring it.”

View the original article from Calgary HomeLiving here.