Widowed before the age of 60 and rambling around a big house in Sundance with only her Yorkie for company, Sharon Jacobus is about to begin an reimagined and easier life.
Wanting to downsize but to not do without, she found Homes by Avi’s Street Towns in Belmont filled her two basic requirements in a smaller home — a bit of a yard and space to entertain family.
“I like the idea of having my grandkids over to play. I’m not ready for a condo or for condo fees. These street towns ticked all my boxes,” she says.
Jacobus had been watching the construction in the new community east of Spruce Meadows. She grew up in the Red Deer Lake area, on the other side of Spruce Meadows, and her parents were friends of the original owners of the Belmont area, now under development by Anthem United.
She purchased the largest floor plan that Home by Avi offers in Belmont, the Bruno. It’s a two-storey, three-bedroom, 2.5-bathroom model with upstairs laundry, a peninsula kitchen, a full basement, a yard with a six-foot fence and a double garage off a rear paved lane.
The open floor plan is flexible enough so that she can rearrange furniture to increase the dining space or living room space as required. The kitchen doesn’t have an island but boasts an enviable array of spacious cabinetry.
“I have just as many cupboards in my new house as I have in my big house,” she says. “It’s all brand new. I wanted something that would be easy to take care of with everything under warranty.”
With no condo fees, it’s on all her to water and cut her patch of grass, front and back, and clip the shrubbery from time to time. A walk in the park compared to the epic maintenance required at her house in Sundance.
“I’ve been living in a big house for too long now. It’s a lot of work. It’s time for a new family to have it now,” she says.
Homes by Avi’s Street Towns have five floor plans, with prices starting in the low to mid-$300,000s. The two show homes in Belmont are the Bruno at 1,452 square feet and the Benedict at 1,326 square feet, the two biggest sellers. Because sales in Belmont have been brisk, the only Bruno floor plan available until the next building release, expected this month, is the show home on a lease-back program.
“The Bruno typically runs either side of $370,000 or $380,000s. People love our large lots and private fenced backyard, and the fact there’s no condo fees is a win-win,” she says.
The street towns appeal to the downsizer market, which are buyers like Jacobus who are accustomed to the space and amenities of a single-family home. The neighbourhood itself attracts that same demographic with its wider streets, bigger lots and generous park spaces.
“Belmont is a beautiful, low density southwest community with good access points in and out. It doesn’t take half an hour to get out of your community. You can get anywhere in the city fast, so you don’t feel like you’re that far south,” Dahbour says. “When Stoney Trail is done, the sky’s the limit.”
Because Belmont is just five kilometres south of familiar territory, Jacobus is happy to be close to the Somerset Bridlewood LRT Station, the shopping centres she knows so well and most of all, her family who live close by in Lake Chaparral.
COMMUNITY: Belmont in southwest Calgary
DEVELOPER: Anthem United
BUILDER: Homes by Avi
PRODUCT: Street Towns, no condo fees
MODEL: The Bruno
SIZE: 1,452 square feet, three-bedroom, 2.5-bathroom, basement, single or double rear garage, fenced backyard
PRICE: From the mid to high $300,000s
INFORMATION: Register for the next building release at the Homes by Avi sales centre at 418 Belmont Ave. S.W. or visit homesbyavi.com
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