Every day, five days a week for six straight months, Sam Burnett drove from the Airdrie condo he shared with his wife Terri to his job in Okotoks. It was a heck of a commute that finally came to an end with help from his beloved Saint Bernard.
Uncomfortable with its size, the condo board forced the dog’s eviction and with the dog went Sam.
“Really, they’re ideal for condos because they’re super low energy. All he does is nap all day,” he says with a shrug.
Sam temporarily moved with his dog to his brother’s place in Okotoks and solved his housing crisis by purchasing a duplex by Morrison Homes in D’Arcy Ranch by Anthem United.
“Terri stayed in Airdrie and we commuted back and forth while our house was being built,” says Sam, a media relations specialist for local law enforcement.
While sleeping on the couch at his brother’s, he stopped off one day to look at Morrison’s duplex show homes and urged Terri to come have a look on a weekend they both had off.
“She decided in about five minutes which one she liked and that’s the one we built. Exact almost to what we looked at,” he says.
The couple had acquaintances who had previously built a home with Morrison. They’d also discussed the value of purchasing a duplex long before the whole dog issue was unleashed.
“They’re less expensive than a single-family home, but you get the same product, in my opinion,” he says.
The home Terri liked was Morrison’s Arlo floor plan, a 1,404-square-foot, two-storey attached home with three bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms and oversized front-facing windows. It has a full basement with an open main floor plan that features the kitchen in the middle with the living area on one side and dining on the other.
With each show home providing visual representation, the Burnetts pieced together their preferred interiors for their own home.
“We took flooring from one model, cabinets from other, countertops in another. We took all the elements we liked from each home,” says Sam.
They moved into their duplex last year and have come to appreciate how open and bright the home is.
“Having lived here a while, we can truly see the quality of this home. There’s a lot of peace of mind,” he says.
D’Arcy is on the north side of Okotoks, between Northridge Drive and the D’Arcy Ranch Golf Course, an 18-hole public course above the Sheep River.
The large lots are comparable to single-family lots in Calgary and are deep enough for an oversize garage and plenty of room for super-sized pets.
The Arlo starts at $343,398, lot and GST included and is a popular seller for Morrison, accounting for one third of their sales in D’Arcy.
Kayla Gavan, Morrison marketing and communications lead for Calgary and area, says their biggest selling duplex in D’Arcy is the Kirklin, slightly larger than the Arlo at 1,485 square feet and $3,000 more.
“The Kirklin offers different floor plan options which people can choose to personalize to their own taste and preference in functionality,” she says.
She says Morrison has 11 lots available now and three spec homes ready for possession in the coming weeks.
The Arlo can also be built in Dawson’s Landing, a new Qualico community pre-selling in Chestermere.
The Burnetts are looking forward to the completion of D’Arcy, which has been under construction for more than three years.
“It will be nice when there’s more development. There’s already a big storm pond two blocks away with a path around it. A great place to walk the dog,” Sam says.
“Okotoks is a fantastic town. You can’t go wrong buying anywhere in Okotoks.”
COMMUNITY: D’Arcy Ranch in Okotoks
DEVELOPER: Anthem United
BUILDER: Morrison Homes
MODEL: The Arlo, a 1,404-square-foot, two-storey laned duplex, three bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms
PRICE: From $343,398 including lot and GST
INFORMATION: The Arlo show home is at 1 Willow Cres. in Okotoks or morrisonhomes.ca
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