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Gather at the island in Mesa’s central galley kitchen

Calgary Herald
Josh Skapin

For many first-time buyers, a floor plan resembling a single-family home with the attainable price of a townhome is the ideal combination.

This is part of what makes the Mesa model such an appealing option. The two-storey, 1,421-square-foot townhome is displayed as a show home in Arrive D’Arcy, a development by Partners in the Okotoks community of D’Arcy.

These townhomes, which have a landscaped and fenced backyard, boast charming Craftsman exterior architecture, and use fibre cement board, which is a low-maintenance material.

The Mesa’s layout and use of space are reminiscent of a well-designed laned single-family home.

It can have two master bedrooms, which is how it’s displayed in the show home, or three bedrooms. With two masters, it’s strong fit for a young couple with one child, or a retired couple who want the space to host grandchildren for the weekend.

A single person may also appreciate the dual master bedroom format, using the additional bedroom for guests or as a home office, and its closet to store clothes that are out of season.

Both master bedrooms are generously proportioned, with the larger reaching 13 feet eight inches by 12 feet seven inches. They each have a spacious closet and ensuite. One of the ensuites features a shower with a glass door and the other has a tub and shower combination.

Conveniently positioned at the centre of the second floor is a laundry area, with a front-load washer and dryer below a set of cabinets, behind double doors. This location is a short distance to both bedrooms, removing the need to haul a basket of clothes up and down stairs.

On the main level, the standard kitchen is L-shaped, but as presented in the show home, there’s an option to make it a central galley design. Poised to be a social hub, its large island will draw a gathering with its extended eating bar that seats four people. The island also has a sink and sits beneath a row of stylish pendant lighting.

This inviting cooking space has stainless steel appliances, shown with a chimney-style hoodfan, and plenty of storage, courtesy full-height cabinets with soft-close doors and drawers. Its backsplash boasts an eye-catching subway style.

The open-concept main level receives plenty of sunlight through windows in both the rear-facing dining room — and especially — substantial panes in the front-facing 12-foot 11-inch by 14-foot great room. These windows are triple-glazed and low-emissivity, which is valuable for preventing heat loss.

Finishing the basement adds 558 square feet of living space. This option features a rec area, bedroom and full bathroom.

All townhomes built by Partners are certified Built Green. Homes can earn certification for energy efficiency through this national, industry-driven program, based on the materials and methods that go into the build.

Among the features that support this aim in these townhomes are active heat recovery ventilators, water-saving faucets and low-flow toilets, and a 96 per cent high-efficiency furnaces with a tankless hot water boiler and fan coil.

D’Arcy is a new master-planned community by Anthem United. It’s next to an 18-hole golf course, and provides quick access to both downtown Okotoks and Sheep River.


MODEL: The Mesa is a two-storey townhome.
DEVELOPER: Partners.
AREA: D’Arcy is a community in Okotoks.
PRICE: This model starts at $299,900.
HOURS: The show home is open 2 to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and noon to 5 p.m. on weekends and holidays.
DIRECTIONS: The show home is located at 69 D’Arcy Blvd. To get there, take Macleod Trail to Highway 2A, right on to Northridge Drive, in Okotoks, and turn right on D’Arcy Boulevard.

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