June 01, 2012
Onward and skyward
SkyView Ranch sets new horizons for ‘New North’
The ‘New North’ has a romantic ring to it — presenting an image of promise and potential. SkyView Ranch certainly has been the face of this emerging vision, as this new community by Walton Development and Management L.P. (WDM) continues to forge a trail of bold growth and opportunity.
It is surprising that a few short years ago, the northern area east of Deerfoot Trail used to be empty fields of prairie land, but is now a bustling community thrumming with growth. “SkyView Ranch was number two in 2011 in total number of building permits, and that says a lot,” says Kendra Milne, Marketing Manager at WDM, SkyView Ranch’s developer.
The growth that has overtaken the area is as astonishing as it is welcome to residents of the northeast. “I can remember when Country Hills Boulevard east of Deerfoot was just a lonely, single lane road,” says Edgar Policarpio, who was at the recent opening of new show homes in SkyView Ranch. “This new community and all the other developments going on in the area give me a sense of optimism for the continued positive growth of northeast Calgary.”
Milne shares this feeling of optimism, and sees SkyView Ranch’s accomplishment as the pioneering effort needed to develop the area’s vast potential. “There’s a strong desire for a new residential community in the northeast, and SkyView Ranch not only fills this demand but finds ways in guiding the growth towards building a community that not only provides for the needs of its residents but has a timeless beauty, as well.”
Highlighting the booming growth in SkyView Ranch was the opening in March of 16 brand new show homes in its Phases 5 and 7.
Two new show home parades showcase a selection of eight semi-detached and eight front-attached garage home designs, bringing the total number of show homes in SkyView Ranch to a remarkable 29.
The award-winning home builders in SkyView Ranch’s newest show home parades include semi-detached homes from Lionsworthe Homes and Creations by Shane; and move-up homes from Excel Homes, Pacesetter Homes, Shane Homes and Morrison Homes. Semi-detached homes start from the $270,000s and front-attached garage homes start from the $380,000s.
“The beauty of this is our group of builders realizes the unique opportunities that the community presents, and they have come out with some really innovative designs that fit our vision for the community,” Milne says.
She notes that many buyers here are families living with extended family members, and builders have offered home designs accordingly.
“Many lots in SkyView Ranch are zoned for secondary suite development, which our buyers find enticing, and all our builders have come out with some really amazing innovations to suit the needs of this demographic,” Milne adds.
Excel Homes’ new Highwood show home is one of the standouts, as the 3,165-square-foot home features five bedrooms with five-and-a-half baths and a loft, two sets of washers and dryers in the huge laundry room, and even two kitchen set-ups.
“People are starting to like the idea of having extended family members in one household, it’s a way for them to help each other out, financially and otherwise,” she adds.
SkyView Ranch’s biggest appeal is that it has a product for any buyer — from condos for first-time homebuyers, laned homes and townhomes for young families, to move-up homes for bigger families. “You can really live your whole life here through your changing home needs,” Milne says.
The continued growth of the area is a sure bet and Milne says the future planning of development here has been strongly supported by the market and all area stakeholders.
A lot of new infrastructure developments are in the pipeline including a long-term future LRT station, to go along with those already in progress including the airport tunnel, and Metis Trail and Stoney Trail development. “There are plenty of pioneering opportunities that buyers should not miss out on in SkyView Ranch.”
There are already tremendous employment opportunities in this sector of town — from the airport to the industrial sector, and, of course, downtown is an easy commute away. “There is a new exciting way of life, with lots of shopping and recreational opportunities already available or are coming soon. All the infrastructure work that is going on or recently completed all point out the amazing potential found here,” she says.
SkyView Ranch already boasts a fire and EMS station, which brings a sense of security in the community, while a Mac’s convenience store, gas station, liquor store and sandwich shop are already open. Additional restaurants and services are coming soon, giving residents more opportunity for community interaction.
“The widening of Country Hills Boulevard and Métis Trail and the on-going work on the Stoney Trail extension to the south can only be beneficial to our residents, everything seems to be coming together nicely,” Milne says.
“This also increases the community’s proximity to nearby amenities, including shopping just to the north at CrossIron Mills and recreation opportunities at the now open YMCA just to the south.”
Community: SkyView Ranch
Developer: Walton Development and Management L.P.
Builders: Laned (starting from the $300,000s): Creations by Shane Homes, Innovations by Jayman
Front-Drive (starting from the $380,000s): Excel Homes, Pacesetter Homes, Morrison Homes, Shane Homes
Semi-detached homes (starting from the $270,000s): Lionsworthe Homes and Creations by Shane
Townhomes (starting from the mid $200,000s): Lionsworthe Homes “EVOLVE” and Partners Group “ARRIVE”.
Apartment condominiums (starting from the $150,000s): Truman Homes, SkyWest
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