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September 22, 2005

AlanRidge Homes

Lott to admire in Elbow Valley

Shelley Williamson

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Discerning home shoppers expecting a Lott in their prized address won’t be disappointed when they venture to AlanRidge’s latest model homes in the coveted southwest community of Elbow Valley.

Lott Creek, a United Communities parcel of land that will amount to the last homes on the south end of Elbow Valley, is a unique development exclusive to AlanRidge Homes.

“It’s a small little enclave with access to the Elbow River and pathways and golf course on all four sides,” says Paul Kelsch, AlanRidge business partner, Lott Creek. “And you can be in Kananaskis from here in 20 minutes.”

Not only are the views and proximity to the links, K-Country and mountains via Highway 8 worth a million, but the show homes, themselves — valued from $1.1 to $1.2 million including massive walkout lots and GST — are wall-to-wall opulence.

The Providence was inked with the active family in mind. Nearing 5,500 square feet over three luxurious levels, that this two-storey gem brims with work, play and casual spaces for the entire crew was far from accidental.

“The president of our company has four kids, so we try to gear our homes that way,” says Mark Semon, marketing and merchandising manager for AlanRidge and Jager Homes.

A huge mud room rivals storage space of a locker room, complete with cabinets containing space for shoes and hooks for coats of all sizes. Here, main-floor laundry allows moms and dads to keep an eye on wee ones playing and conquer chores simultaneously.

The Providence overflows with spaces to sup in style. A front, formal dining room is sized to host dinner parties, while everyday fixings are easily enjoyed at the rear, eating nook or a central, granite-topped island.

A wraparound deck is accessible from both nook and a sunroom, complete with a fireplace. “It makes a great atrium, or a cigar room — but the best part about it is the access to the rear deck,” says Semon.

The master bedroom is more a retreat from stresses of the day-to-day than a simple place for slumber. Here, two doors to a private balcony flank another of the home’s five fireplaces. “It’s a nice touch,” says Semon.

Ladies of the household will be touched by an ensuite fit for royalty. His-and-hers sinks and dual closets, an elegant clawfoot tub and a massive shower are among the creature comforts waiting to pamper owners at day’s end.

Children can fulfill their own lofty dreams in a “media room” located over the third garage bay or well-sized bedrooms and two full baths well removed from mom and dad.

At the lower level, a fully finished walkout basement includes a cosy fireplace and living space complete with billiards area, bar, home theatre, another full bath and a bedroom.

Next door, the jaw-dropping Copperwood is an empty-nester couple’s paradise. “This is definitely for people who like to entertain,” says Semon of the 1-1/2-storey, 4,000-square-foot-plus abode that truly takes thinking out of the box to a new level.

“There are some interesting shapes — round walls, wedge-shaped stairs and barrel-vaulted ceilings,” says Semon. “And the master bedroom is 1200 square feet.”

Not to take away from the impressive main level, the upper opulent master suite is worth showing off. Just outside, a loft, reachable by two identical staircases offers a panoramic view of the great room and its wall of windows made possible via a 20-foot ceiling.

Inside, two of everything — dual sinks in the master loo, a pair of showerheads in the custom-made shower, matching walk-in closets at either end of the sleeping suite with built-in drawers for organizing absolutely everything — are upstaged only by a step-up jetted tub that appears as though itself on stage.

Residents also enjoy luxury on the main floor — whether creating in the sumptuous culinary haven that includes dual islands and scores of granite countertops and top-notch appliances, entertaining clients in the study which boasts its own wet bar, or savouring formal feasts with friends in the elegant dining room.

Two bedrooms, laundry and a full bath at this level are perfect for overnight guests or aging-in-place down the road. A fully finished walkout basement is also poised for entertaining guests or a haven for grown-up kids to bring their own families for a visit.

AlanRidge is currently building custom homes in Lott Creek from the $625,000 mark, with lots in the area — all walkouts — spanning 60 to 80 feet wide and 140 to 200 deep.

“This really is the premiere address for Calgary right now,” says Semon.

To get to Lott Creek take Glenmore Trail west to Hwy. 8, turn left on Lott Creek Blvd. and follow the signs to AlanRidge’s showhomes. Showhome hours are Monday to Friday 2 p.m. to 8 p.m., Fridays, weekends and holidays from noon to 5 p.m.

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