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September 22, 2005

Transcending the everyday

Urban Chic meets Country Quiet in the Ascent 2 in Copperfield

Natasha Evdokimoff

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It’s a milestone for many couples that follow life’s path to the family way: a move from the inner city to the suburbs in search of open spaces and kid-friendly cul-de-sacs. But leaving the metropolitan lifestyle behind doesn’t have to mean settling for a ho-hum residence. Not when Sabal Crafted Homes is building urban-inspired models in Calgary’s new communities.

“Style and innovation are fundamental to us,” says Chris Lu, Marketing Manager. “The Sabal signature is an urban aesthetic in a suburban environment. We don’t believe you should have to trade one for the other.”

Take a drive to Sabal’s Ascent 2 show home in Copperfield, and you’ll see immediately what Lu means. The feel is distinctly small town, with prairie all around, smog-free air and zero traffic congestion. Indeed, Copperfield is very much a place unto itself, albeit well connected to Calgary at large via 22X and Deerfoot Trail. As a Hopewell community, the development has a rock-solid reputation, following the likes of Tanglewood and Elbow Valley. “The Hopewell name speaks for itself,” says Lu. “Copperfield has everything you’d expect from one of the country’s best developers.” Quite true: ample green space, rolling pathways, tot-lots, sports fields, water features, parks, future school sites and neighbourhood shopping plazas are among the many amenities found here.

Amenities aside, the real treat for visitors is walking through the show home’s entryway. Suddenly you’re transported from the outskirts to Calgary’s vibrant beltline, entering an urban mecca reminiscent of the hip hangouts and bustling bistros of 17th Avenue.

The home is awash in warm tones – the kind that casually welcome you during the day and make it easy to settle in for a cozy evening. Immediately the eye is drawn to heart of the home, courtesy of a 10 foot martini-style bar that stretches along the length of the kitchen toward the centre of the open living space – a truly unique feature. You won’t notice it at first (a sign of smart architectural planning) but the front entryway is quite narrow. Sabal has averted the feeling of short space by opening the foyer up through second floor, creating the feel of an estate home. Entry via the double attached garage is equally well planned. Situated behind the kitchen, this entrance accesses the home’s walk though pantry – a real plus when unloading groceries.

The main floor feels much larger than its actual size. A roomy kitchen boasting ample counter space and centre island is begging for a dinner party, while the adjoining dining area offers ample room to seat all attendees. One can easily imagine friends retiring afterward in front of the fire with coffee and liqueurs in the comfortably furnished lifestyle room.

The second floor is a private oasis defined by intelligent use of space. At the top of the stairs you’ll encounter an archway that ushers you through to a modern take on a jack-and-jill layout. In the centre is a bright three piece bath, flanked by two spacious, non-adjoining bedrooms. The feel here is truly unique - virtual separate living quarters for young family members. Down the loft hallway to the left you’ll find a deep bonus room. It’s ideally located on the opposite side of the house from the master suite - so no quibbling over the TV volume past your partner’s bedtime.

The master suite itself is a highlight of this home. Big enough to hold a king size bed with enough space left over for a dresser and armoire, it’s the kind of room you envision retreating to. The spa-like five piece ensuite with walk-in closet completes the appeal.

While there are $40,000 worth of upgrades in the show home, Lu stresses that, “…the bones of the home are what make it phenomenal. The Ascent2 is our most popular model,” he says. “Buyers love it, and so do industry experts. It’s a finalist for the 2005 Home Innovation Award through the Alberta Home Builders Association.”

The Ascent 2 is found at 92 Copperstone Gate SE. Take Deerfoot Trail south to 22X east and follow the signs.

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