The first time Edward and Kerri Souriol drove through Belmont, only a handful of new homes had been built. They found the new community to be a beautiful area of Calgary, located next door to Spruce Meadows and the lush, rolling hills of DeWinton.
It’s not bad, they thought. But the couple, who were looking to move up from a cramped townhome in nearby Evergreen, didn’t feel compelled to get out of the car.
Eight months later, the Souriols returned to Belmont for another look and found things had progressed. The developer, Anthem United, was building a park and playground. Suddenly, their opinion of the emerging community drastically changed.
“It’s a super fantastic, really cool playground. We thought, man, this is almost reason enough to move here,” says Kerri.
The couple, with their small daughter Hazel in tow, got out of the car this time and went into the show homes to see if there were available lots backing onto the playground.
Kerri, director of park development for the Calgary Stampede, was hoping to find a home with a modern esthetic and Edward, director of facilities at St. Mary’s University, was passionate about having a nice yard. Having found nothing in their year-long hunt for a new home, Homes by Avi was able to offer them a beautiful east-west facing pie-shaped lot and an ideal floor plan, the Gabriel, that checked all the boxes.
“The Gabriel had a very traditional facade, but I didn’t want the shutter-style windows or the front porch and the gable roof. I knew Homes by Avi had more contemporary elevations and they were able to draft the elevation we wanted onto this model,” Kerri says. That alteration included swapping out the stone for black brick and changing the pitch of the roof to a single slope.
“The elevation is quite square with really clean lines and not a lot of ornamental detail. Other people have asked for this facade since we did it,” Kerri says.
The two-storey, front-drive Gabriel is 2,001 square feet with a starting price of $434,900. It features a walk-in pantry off the garage, which makes the chore of bringing groceries in the house a breeze, Kerri says.
The open dining room, kitchen area is the Souriols favourite part of the house, where the small family has adopted a relaxed, meal-time routine, an improvement over the dinner rush in their small townhouse.
Upstairs are three bedrooms, separated by a central bonus room, a small pocket office and laundry area, which Kerri says she prefers over a laundry room two floors down in the basement.
“Our master suite is at the back of the house and we have views of the mountains and of downtown Calgary, so we’re pretty excited about that. And Hazel’s room is the length of the front of the house. She has a huge walk-in closet and gigantic windows,” she says.
The family moved into their new Belmont home in mid-June. Kerri says the new location has added about eight extra minutes onto her work commute and Edward is just 10 minutes away, tops.
Homes by Avi area manager Maurizio Primiterra worked with the Souriols as they fashioned the Gabriel floor plan to meet their specific needs.
“It was a downtown infill look they were after,” he says.
The Gabriel was introduced in Belmont last year as part of Homes by Avi’s 40th anniversary celebrations. Primiterra says the home was well received and has been continued into 2019.
“It’s a very spacious plan, very functional. There’s a nice flow to it, right from when you come in through front door into the foyer and back into the kitchen. It’s very welcoming,” he says.
The central bonus room and pocket office are two of the home’s most popular features.
“We don’t have an option to make the bonus room into a fourth bedroom, but it could easily be converted. It’s the largest space upstairs — it would be easy to create a wall and build a closet and still have a 10 by 12 bedroom,” he says.
Primiterra says within the community itself, the storm pond and pathways are built with space reserved for a future recreation centre and schools.
“Because Belmont is to close to Silverado and Walden and the new monster shopping centre going into Legacy, there’s no urgency to build shopping areas within the community itself immediately. There’s all this shopping within minutes,” he says.
Belmont is accessible off 194th Avenue S.W. and Macleod Trail, with 210th Avenue S.W. scheduled to be completed when the new communities south of the garden centre start development.
DEVELOPER: Anthem United
BUILDER: Homes by Avi
HOME: The Gabriel, two-storey front-drive
SIZE: 2,001-square-feet, three bedrooms, 2.5 baths, upstairs laundry and bonus room
PRICE: From $434,900 GST included.
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