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July 01, 2012

Sherwood’s splendour

Live the “Rich Life” in Sherwood

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With its fabulous open spaces and spectacular natural landscape, Sherwood’s story should begin with “once upon a time”. This legendary residential community, conveniently located in Calgary’s vibrant northwest draws an inspiring tale of living the “Rich Life”!

Sherwood by Melcor Developments Ltd. has just opened its first phase that will consist of approximately 73 single-family homes. Three of Calgary’s premier builders — Homes by Avi, Shane Homes and Genesis Builders Group — have crafted exquisite show homes, and offer a diverse selection of architectural home styles.

“This is a very popular location in Calgary right now. All communities in Calgary’s northwest are experiencing huge growth, but we know we have something special in Sherwood,” says Graeme Melton, Melcor’s Development Manager — Calgary Region.

“We’ve taken the most beautiful traditional styles of old world homes, and build them using modern technology and craftsmanship. Homes that have been part of the heritage of England and France are rising in the rolling hills of the northwest,” Melton says.

“The cottages and manors you admired in your journeys through the Cotswalds, Devon, Brittany and Normandy can now be yours here in Calgary. Sherwood will be composed exclusively of homes with front-attached garages, and you’ll have Arts and Crafts, French Country and Tudor architecture to choose from. ”

“We offer homes here starting from the $400,000s, but we are finding customers gravitating more towards the larger estate lots. This speaks well to the value they see in building a home in Sherwood,” Melton points out.


Just off the intersection of Shaganappi Trail and Stoney Trail in the northwest, Sherwood has an enviable location with hilly promontories and ridges that give the community an exciting topography that allows for homes with spectacular views of the rolling grasslands and the city.

Melcor’s part of Sherwood is a continuation of the portion of the community previously developed by Genesis Land. “Sherwood won the 2004 SAM Awards for new community of the year, and we want to continue to build on that success.”

Sherwood will consist of three phases with lot sizes varying from 32 to 38 feet in width, which will accommodate the myriad of homestyle choices and features. “Each lot in Sherwood will be unique and will present exciting building opportunities,” Melton says.

“The ravine in the first phase of Sherwood boasts terrific views and backs onto an environmental reserve, connecting to the miles of regional pathways, encouraging active lifestyles for residents,” he tells New Home Living.
Sherwood is well-situated to major transportation routes, providing easy access to downtown Calgary, the airport and the Rocky Mountains via Stoney Trail.

Nearby, you’ll find all the shopping, services, schools and recreational opportunities the northwest has to offer.

Genesis Builders Group, one of Sherwood’s three builders, says they’re designing their homes here to reflect what the market wants — and what people want right now is size.

“We at Genesis have noticed that a lot of homebuyers now are looking for homes that will fit bigger families — most of the time with parents and other extended family members coming in to stay with them,” says Genesis Builders Group Sales Manager Milton Castelino.

Their 2,208-square-foot Bentleigh show home in Sherwood certainly fits the bill, both the master bedroom and the biggest of the three spare bedrooms have an attached ensuite bathroom, and a third full bath down the hall assures the privacy and convenience of all occupants. The Bentleigh starts in the $450,000s.

“The whole northwest has really taken off. Accessibility is key to any community, and Sherwood is tops in this department with Stoney Trail and Shaganappi Trail right at its borders. There are numerous amenities nearby with the airport and downtown just a short drive away, Castelino says.

Shane Homes’ Leera show home here has been quite popular not only with young families but, surprisingly enough, with young single professionals as well, says area manager Claude Smith.

“First-time homebuyers have been attracted to the luxury and convenience the Leera has to offer, while single professionals look at it as an investment in their future. The starting price of $485,000 including lot and GST is well within their budget,” he says.

Homes by Avi, meanwhile, says it offers 11 different two-storey plans in Sherwood, including their popular Caldwell model which they chose to be the show home here for its family-friendly appeal. Their homes here range in size from 1,800 to over 2,300 square-feet.

“There is just so much that Sherwood has to offer and is a community that we at Melcor are certainly proud of,” Melton adds.

Melcor Developments is a family-owned business that has quietly built a reputation as one of Alberta’s premier development companies. Governed by a board of directors and publicly traded on the TSX under the symbol MRD, Melcor Developments has over 80 years of experience in the province. Melcor Developments’ primary business focus is the acquisition of land for development and sale of residential communities, multi-family sites and commercial sites.

FAST FACTS:
Community: Sherwood
Developer: Melcor Developments Ltd.
Builders: Genesis Builders Group, Homes by Avi, Shane Homes
Homes: Single family two-storey, front-attached garage homes
Price: Starts in the $400,000s
Directions: West on Stoney Trail N.W. and exit at northbound Shaganappi Trail and follow signs
Hours: Monday to Thursday 2 to 8 p.m., weekends and holidays noon to 5 p.m.
For more information, visit www.liveinsherwood.com

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