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October 29, 2009

The hearth’s content

An open-to-above great room with a dramatic hearth design gives glamour, glitz

Pepper Rodriguez

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Every once in a while, a show home can surprise visitors with an eye-catching detail.

It may be as minor as the crown moulding used, or the kind of doorknobs it has, and then again it can be a stunning feature like an open-to-above great room with an amazing fireplace.

The 2,128 square-feet Stoneridge II by Broadview Homes in Silverado is all of these and more. From the tiniest detail to the most eye-catching features, the Stoneridge II has wowed homebuyers with its attention to design and the contemporary country appeal.

The 1,078-square-foot main floor grabs your attention with its dramatic great room, with its open-to-above design featuring a fireplace with stylish stone detail that stretches to the 18-foot vaulted ceilings above and framed by oversized windows that brings stark emphasis to the spacious and open floor design.

“People come in and they just fall in love with the great room,” says area manager Sharon Ventela. “It’s a very striking feature and they can picture themselves entertaining friends and families in this setting.  It even has a huge walk-in closet on the main floor expressly for the purpose of giving guests plenty of room to hang their coats.”

It is made even more memorable by the modern kitchen. A huge, centre island with a raised eating bar provides plenty of workspace for the chef and an L-shaped kitchen with gleaming creamy-white granite countertops, ceiling height expresso cabinets, and sandy, brick-style backsplash, add to the stately elegance of the home.

She adds that the show home is designed to evoke a country feel with a handsome wood package that adds to the warmth and friendliness of the surroundings. Hand-hewn, six-inch plank hardwood flooring combine with ceramic tile to give a further design flair to the home.

The upper floor is impressive as well, with French doors leading to the vaulted master bedroom which is complete with a large walk-in closet and a spa-like ensuite that is as luxurious as any found in a five-star hotel, with spacious double vanities, an oversized soaker tub with tile detailing and a separate shower stall.

“The home has first and foremost a family-oriented design, but it is also a home where you can hold parties guaranteed to make a lasting impression,” Ventela points out.

Adding to its allure is that the Stoneridge II can be done in four very different elevations (the Craftsman, the Colonial, the Four Square, and the Tudor); each evokes a lovely street profile and a rare curbside appeal.

The Stoneridge II starts at $460,000 but the show home itself could go up to around $600,000. “It’s a good value for what it’s worth, especially as it is located in Silverado, which is one of southwest Calgary’s newest and most popular neighbourhoods,” Ventela adds. It’s adjacent to the world-famous Spruce Meadows equestrian facility, and has plenty of linear parks and pathways that meander through the neighbourhood offering recreational opportunities right in your backyard.

She says the Stoneridge II is designed to meet the needs of young families with kids. There are plenty of amenities already available near the community, including quick access to the LRT station, and shopping.

“Homebuyers are seeing the tremendous benefits they can get building a home with Broadview Homes — unique, stylish and quality homes at great prices.  People have certainly taken advantage of this as we have had many customers securing and purchasing lots within a short period of time. With the market picking up and the low mortgage rates, customers recognize that now is the best time to buy.”  NL

BUILDER: Broadview Homes 
AREA: Sequoia in Silverado
DEVELOPER: Qualico Communities
STYLE: Two-storey, single-family home, double attached garage
Size: 2,128 sq. ft.
PRICE: Starts at $460,000
ADDRESS: 201 Silverado Bank Circle, S.W.
DIRECTIONS: West on Marquis of Lorne Trail and south on Sheriff King Road and follow the signs.
HOURS: Monday to Thursday, 2 to 8 p.m., Friday, Saturday, Sunday and holidays noon to 5 p.m.
For more information, visit

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