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December 01, 2008

LIke a fine wine

Vintage uncorks a beauty well worth the wait in Vasari on Springbank Hill

Darlene Casten

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Calgary’s west forest has turned every shade of rust, orange and yellow and with the snow to soon fall there is no better place to take in the season than Vintage Fine Homes’ show home at the Terraces of Springbank Hill.

Located on Calgary’s west side along Highway 8, the Terraces is a unique development on a slope that overlooks the city’s most stunning views.

Sister companies Baywest Homes and Vintage are the exclusive builders in the three-phase development.

The Terraces of Springbank Hill is the last development in the area. The triangle-shape piece of land was kept by an acreage owner, while the surrounding land was developed.

The Vasari overlooks the foothills in and around the Elbow River, where evergreens cohabitate with deciduous poplars in an untouched forest range, with the Rocky Mountains serving as their backdrop.

Both Baywest and Vintage Fine Homes are known for their custom approach to every home, and the Vasari show home is no exception. Area sales manager Kimerie Stewart says the floor plan was adapted for this location and serves as an example of what can be done. “We have taken a fantastic bungalow model and designed it for the views and the lot,” Stewart says.

Taking advantage of the forested foothills admist the beautiful scenery is a no-brainer. The floor-to-ceiling windows and 200-square-foot deck and patio allow for an unobstructed view of the mountains to the west.

The Vasari can be rebuilt, but it’s really more of a showcase for the builder. “It gives potential buyers an idea of what Vintage Fine Homes can do,” Stewart says.

The Vasari is definitely a foundation for inspiration. The Arts and Crafts styling is front and centre, but it is the small details that catch the eye.

Everything in the Vasari has its own special touch. The flooring, which ranges from engineered hardwood and tile to marble (in the master bathroom) is beautiful in simple terms—a feat achieved by using natural textures and grains. Cherry, maple, alder, hammered copper-polished granite, leather-finished granite, crema marfil marble and exotic onyx marble come together in one luxurious palette.

Architectural details bring all of the elements into harmony. For example, dark-stained cherry beams in the 14-foot high living room tie in to the kitchen cabinets, which are accented by maple cabinets and painted sage with a chalk finish­—the same colour that can be found in the master bedroom.

The choices continue when it comes to outfitting a Vintage home. The builder offers two levels of luxury—the V-spec and the E-spec. The Vasari is outfitted with top-of-the-line appliances and technology. A Control 4 system is the hub for music, lighting and temperature in every room via touch screens placed throughout the home.

In the kitchen, a Dacor refrigerator, range and microwave offer professional styling and operation, and a Fisher and Paykel dual-sided pull-out dishwasher drawer blends right in with cabinet fronts.

With the V-spec upgrades, the Vasari sells for $1.27 million or $1.21 million with the E-spec upgrades. The show home includes additional custom touches, including all the kitchen appliances and a fully-developed basement.

Standards for Vintage homes with the V-specs include a triple-car garage, aggregate steps, sidewalk and driveway, ten-foot main floor ceilings in the bungalow models and nine-foot on the lower level. All of Vintage Fine Homes’ lots allow for a walk-out basement as well.

Buyers looking to move sooner rather than later also have the option of viewing two of Baywest’s spec homes, currently under construction and only steps from the Vasari show home. Both feature a design unique in Calgary’s relatively flatland development.

“I call them a reverse walk-out or a drive-under,” Stewart explains.

The spec homes are built into the terraced slope, allowing the garage to play second fiddle to the exterior stylings of the Arts and Craft and Tudor-inspired homes. All three floors are built to the front of the home and allow for great viewing potential from the main living spaces.

“These homes are for someone who is looking for fantastic curb appeal,” Stewart says.

The drive-under models start at below $655,000 for home, lot and GST. The two spec homes currently under construction are priced at $790,000 and $976,000.   NL

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