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July 01, 2012

Cranston harmony

Enjoying life in a “collectible” home

Pepper Rodriguez

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Harmony begins at home, and when your home is as incredibly designed as a show home, chances for a harmonious existence are multiplied exponentially.

Aniceto and his wife, Beverly, are finding out just how well-balanced life can be in their former Beattie Homes show home in Cranston. Both are working professionals raising two young children, and they know exactly how precious every little bit of harmony can be for their lives.

“I really love the openness and the flow of the design, the big windows and the open-to-above great room just gives me a sense of calm,” Beverly tells New Home Living. “On nights with a full moon, you can just sit here and be mesmerized by the view,” Aniceto adds.

“When you’re raising two young boys, and with the schedule we have at our jobs, every little moment of calm helps,” she laughs.

“We really love this home, it was a former show home by Beattie Homes and Beverly just kept coming back to it for a year when it was open until we finally came to a decision to buy it,” says Aniceto — Ani to his friends.

“We’ve lived in Cranston prior to buying this home, too, and we just love the neighbourhood, and the lovely location and the well-designed home really completes it for us,” Beverly adds. “There are schools nearby and the boys don’t have to be bused, we’re also at the part of Cranston that has an easier access to Deerfoot Trail so getting to and from work is a little easier,” Ani says.

Beverly is a registered nurse who works at a southwest hospital but she does hope to some day transfer to the new South Calgary Health Campus just outside their community. “Who wouldn’t want to work that close to home?” she asks.

Ani works at an oil and gas firm downtown. “Commuting to work is very convenient for me, as they have an express bus line in Cranston to downtown, there are also lots of alternative routes, including the LRT,” he says.

With their two young boys — Zaki, 7, and Zedrich, 5 — these two working parents know how hectic life can be, but the open concept design of the 2,100-square-foot home has helped them keep things in order. “It’s a little easier to keep an eye on the kids, it’s also good for entertaining,” Beverly says.

Ani is also a handyman with an artistic bent, creating his own accent pieces for the home that adds to its allure — including a framed lattice piece he made out of scrap wood, and candle stands from discarded balusters. Ani is also working on completing his basement development, which he says is a long-term labour of love.

The kitchen is stylishly functional with an oversized centre island and lots of counter space. Quartz counter tops, espresso-stained cabinetry and engineered hardwood flooring and the open-to-above great room combine for an elegant main floor. “There were a lot of upgrades in the show home that we really wanted so we just decided to go ahead and buy the show home itself,” Ani says.

The Beattie show home can be called a collectible, as their home is one of the last show homes from this popular builder, which has recently been acquired by Shane Homes.

Shane Homes’ purchase of Beattie Homes’ single-family operations in Calgary was one of the biggest surprises in the Calgary housing market in 2012, as it opened the door for Shane Homes to establish a presence in southern Calgary communities like Cranston and New Brighton.

With this deal, Shane Homes take over all lot, show home and spec home inventories, as well as all work-in-progress and customer homes. They will also manage all service and warranty work on all homes under warranty from prior years.

“We’re not too worried about how this deal will affect us, we’re just happy to be where we are now,” Beverly says.

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