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August 01, 2008

The Height of style

Beattie’s Jasper IV elevates expectations in airdrie’s Cooper’s Crossing

Anne Gafiuk

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Airdrie, located a short jaunt north of Calgary, has come a long way since being incorporated as a village in 1909 with a population at the time of a mere 250.

With an elevation of 1,089 metres, Airdrie (aptly translated to “the king’s height”) now ranks as one of Canada’s highest cities, and one that has also raised both its profile and population over the years. The late ’70s and early ’80s saw a boom on the east side of the Queen Elizabeth II Highway, resulting in a population of over 10,000, while by 1985, more than 27,000 people called Airdrie home.

In the 2007 census, Airdrie’s population was up to a booming 31,512 and is still growing.

You can call the up-and-coming city home in Beattie Homes’ Jasper IV, by elevating your standard of living while escaping the rat race in a sought-after Cooper’s Crossing address on the west side. The community boasts a beautiful six-acre water feature, extensive linear park system and counts among its perks 60-plus acres of green space.

“Cooper’s Crossing is an upper-end community. Just look at the finishes on the houses in the neighbourhood, ” says Bruce Taylor, area manager for Beattie Homes. “We have unique and stylish homes. No two houses look alike because of the high standard of exterior elevations.”

Definitely standing out is Beattie’s 2,204-square-foot SAM-Award nominated show home, which features three bedrooms, two-and-a-half bathrooms a second-floor bonus room and main floor flex room. “This (flex) room could be a den, office or dining room, depending on what the home owners require,” cites Taylor.

Nine-foot main-floor ceilings, an island kitchen with column detail and a convenient walk-through pantry are also standard features. “Most Beattie homes have bright, cheery interiors,” says Taylor, adding that brightness is maximized in Beattie’s floor plans by designing in windows galore.

The show home’s slate floors, quartz kitchen countertops, mosaic tile insert on the wall above the stove, upgraded carpet, maple-and-iron railings, full-height-maple cabinetry, decorative maple beams in the great room and rock-faced gas fireplace further augment the home’s sense of style.

The five-piece ensuite, adjacent to the master bedroom, features ceramic tile flooring, skirting on the soaker tub and matching tiles in the shower. And the walk-in closet offers an unexpected built-in feature in a view from its window.

The home is shown in a prairie elevation, marked by a flattering roofline, but, notes Taylor, it is also available in a craftsman style, which boasts an equally welcome vaulted ceiling to give owners the regal treatment in its master suite.

Beattie Homes is a Built Green™ builder, which means a high-efficiency furnace, Sol-R® Shield windows, and R40 roof insulation are just a few of the features utilized to lessen the impact on the environment. And speaking of green, buyers get to keep a little more of theirs thanks to an appliance package included in their home purchase. “We include the fridge, stove, dishwasher, and washer/dryer in our prices,” adds Taylor.

With its brick accents, stylishly painted Crezon® panels, and SmartboardTM trims, the Jasper IV delivers instant curb appeal. “Most of our homes have concrete stairs to the front door with exposed aggregate risers in them,” says Taylor.

Also part of the smart investment is Beattie’s tradition of excellence, says Taylor. “We have been in business for 25 years. We are a reputable builder with a reputation for high standards of quality within the industry.”

Prices for lots start in the $130,000s to the $190,000s, with some backing onto the park still available for would-be Cooper’s Crossing residents. Homes are priced from the mid-$400,000s. The Jasper IV is listed at $590,000, which includes house, lot, GST, and all the upgraded finishing details on display in the show home.

Among the appeal of the community 15 minutes north of Calgary via the Queen Elizabeth II, is its small town charm, while offering amenities of a larger centre—recreational facilities, bike paths, schools, medical clinics, theatres, a museum, public library and several parks.

And Calgary is a short commute when careers or a thirst for the creature comforts of a cosmopolitan city beckon.

To find The Jasper IV from Calgary, drive north on the Deerfoot Trail to Big Hill Springs Road, head west and follow the signs to 216 Cooper’s Grove in Airdrie. Hours are 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. from Monday to Thursday or noon to 5 p.m. on weekends and holidays. For more information, click on  NL

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