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September 22, 2005

Take me to the River

Centrex Homes in Chaparral Ridge

Sherry Hume

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The city of Calgary has been growing by leaps and bounds, and while older areas are evolving, newer areas are offering home owners more and more amenities and unique benefits. Centrex Homes is now offering potential home owners the chance to experience the city’s southeast community of Chaparral.

Chaparral Ridge is south of Fish Creek Provincial Park and east of Marquis of Lorne Trail (22X). This scenic location offers panoramic views and easy access to Deerfoot Trail and Macleod Trail, making it easy to reach the city centre, or take a leisurely drive out of town. World-renowned Spruce Meadows is only minutes away, as well as several golf courses and an abundance of shopping and other social/cultural amenities. Another added benefit to Chaparral living is the pathway system that encourages pleasant strolls throughout the community, or the chance to explore the route to the river.

Starting in the $230,000s, Centrex Homes is offering comfortable lifestyles with unique floor-plans and excellent standard features. Ranging in size from 1400 to 2400 square feet, these exceptional homes are not only affordable, but are designed for today’s unique lifestyles. The show home featured in Chaparral Ridge is the Trostan, an elegant 2297 square foot home that offers a double garage and a two-storey floor plan.

The entrance to this beautiful home is open to the upper level, with windows up high that allow the sunlight to stream down into the foyer. The decorative wall recess and upper display ledge with imbedded lighting, are a great finishing touch, along with the crown mouldings and earthy tiled flooring. As you move into the main living area, you are greeted with warm hardwood floors and a classic den or office with glass French doors that add both privacy and elegance to the whole design. The kitchen, living room and dining nook carry the warmth of hardwood flooring throughout, while the kitchen offers rich wooden cabinetry and more of the earthy-type tile in the backsplash. One of the most striking features in the kitchen, however, is the huge island with its lustrous dark-granite counter-top. This luxurious material is throughout all the kitchen countertops, and looks stunning with the stainless-steel appliances.

The other nice thing about this kitchen is that it is open to the cozy living room with its floor to ceiling entertainment centre and tile and glass fireplace that separates the living area from the dining nook. This nook features three huge windows and a walk-out onto the deck, which offers a great view from both inside or out. Open to the living room is the handsome staircase to the upper level. Generous in width, and boasting a large window on the landing, this stairway is accented with wood banisters and iron railings and is richly carpeted all the way to the second level. This upper level offers a spacious bonus room, laundry room, bathroom and three bedrooms, as well as a luxurious ensuite and walk-in closet in the master. The ensuite includes tiled flooring, separate his and her sinks and vanities and a glass shower-stall. The main focus of this room however, is definitely the impressive corner soaker tub set into tile and surrounded by tile, nestled between the two vanities and lighted by two large windows. An ensuite like this would likely entice homeowners to spend a little more time relaxing after a hectic day or busy week.

The Trostan is definitely a beautiful home worth looking at, and Chaparral is a great community. Paul Betts, President of Centrex homes says that this entire project has been a fantastic experience. “This has been a great opportunity to work with Genstar Developments, and something we’ve been looking forward to for quite a while.” He says that immediate possession sales have been good, but there are still a few homes with the newest designs and floor-plans available for immediate possession. If you would like to get a feel for the neighbourhood and check out this amazing show home, it’s located at 471 Chaparral Ridge. Show home hours are Monday to Thursday, 2 p.m. till 8 p.m. weekends and holidays, noon till 5 p.m. 

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