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November 30, 2010

Top tier

Albi Homes’ Carmini in The Terraces of Springbank is pure top shelf

Pepper Rodriguez

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An exclusive community, a unique street profile, and sumptuous interior layout combine to create one of the most impressive show homes to come along in Calgary in a long time, as the Albi Homes’ Carmini in The Terraces of Springbank Hill shows just what it’s like to live life on top.

Let’s discuss its merits. First is the neighbourhood: The Terraces of Springbank Hill is an exclusive new west side community of only 82 home sites tucked into the terraced slopes of Springbank Hill. Developed by Carma Developments, it features a gallery of architectural styles with the stunning backdrop of the Rockies and the Foothills right outside your window.

“The vistas available is one of the biggest attractions we have here, because of the tiered levels of the neighbourhood, –this of course offers a spectacular view of the surroundings,” says Albi Homes’ Jerri Chapple.

Then comes the home itself. The Carmini’s exterior profile is nothing short of unique. Because the houses are set back into the hillside, its oversized two-car attached garage is flush to the side of the home instead of protruding out, creating a unique, unmatched street appeal. The flight of steps to the front door also adds to the visual aesthetic, creating a warmer, friendlier view from the curb.

The 2,390-square-foot Carmini is nothing short of elegant, with its open concept design and glamourous interiors. The winding staircase gives a dramatic counterpoint to the easy flow of the main floor layout. The dining room is the perfect setting for an elegant dinner, with a drop-down designer ceiling to cap it off.

The kitchen adds to the exquisite ambiance with a massive centre island with granite tops (as are all kitchen counters) where entertaining can take place freely and comfortably. And with the open concept, those in the great room and dining room can all still participate in the conversation with ease.

“But the Carmini has functionality and comfort needed for family living, and flexibility to boot,” Chapple says. “The home office located off the kitchen to the back of the home offers privacy for working from home or for children to do their homework.”

But regardless of your lifestyle, the high ceilings, polished hardwood flooring throughout the main floor and oversized windows all combine to give Carmini the feel of regal, timeless exclusivity.

It does not overlook the mundane realities needed in a home too. Storage space is something families can never have enough of, and Carmini comes through on this count too. “The second floor laundry is extra spacious with no shortage of shelving. The walk-in closet in the master bedroom has more than enough room for even the biggest wardrobes. And because of the way the garage is configured, there is also an alcove on the side that would be perfect for a motorbike, a skidoo or a spacious workbench, you get all that much more storage space to play around with,” Chapple adds.

What Albi is undoubtedly known for is their exacting craftsmanship in all the homes they build. “The thing people love most about Albi is the high standard specifications that we provide in each home.  What we include in our homes is likely an upgrade with other homebuilders which gives our customers even more luxury and value for their dollar,” Chapple says.

The Carmini starts at $755,000, and has attracted a wide range of buyers. “The Carmini was really designed to appeal to a specific demographic and we’re finding that the interest has extended beyond this group. We’re seeing a mix of business professionals who like the proximity to downtown, as well as young couples and young families with small children buying this model, attracted by the comfort and convenience it offers to suit their lifestyle,” she adds.

The Terraces represents the last chance to build a brand new estate home in prestigious Springbank Hill, an established community that’s conveniently close to shops, schools and services — and right next door to nature.

Situated on a terraced slope, this boutique neighbourhood features elegant estate homes linked by ribbons of green space and capped by a hilltop park.NL


BUILDER: Albi Homes
AREA: The Terraces of Springbank Hill
DEVELOPER:  Carma Developers
STYLE: Two storey, estate single family home
SIZE: 2,390 sq. ft.
PRICE: Starts at $755,000
ADDRESS: 199 Springbluff Heights S.W.
DIRECTIONS: West on Glenmore Trail, north on 69th St. S.W. and left on Springbank Gate and follow the signs.
HOURS: Monday to Thursday 2 to 8 p.m., weekends and holidays noon to 5 p.m.

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