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October 01, 2015

High style, smart living

Artesia at Heritage Pointe is the epitome of stylish, sustainable living

Pepper Rodriguez

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The laughter of children is the welcome music of the neighbourhood in Artesia at Heritage Pointe, where the elusive qualities of a safe, luxurious, environmentally responsible community that young families want to raise their kids in are found.

Located just outside of southern Calgary, on a bluff overlooking the Pine Creek Valley and Bow River and just off Highway 2, Artesia is blossoming into the close-to-nature community it has been envisioned to become. About 50 per cent of the development has been snapped up, and half of the lots on its latest segment (Phase 3) are already spoken for.

And it has accomplished this remarkable feat in an ecologically responsible manner that includes leaving nearly half of the 137-acre development to municipal and environmental reserves, open spaces, and water amenities. “Our three storm ponds are not only aesthetically pleasing, we also use them to redistribute water for irrigation purposes for both common areas and homeowners’ lawns,” says Carol Oxtoby, President and CEO of Heritage Pointe Properties.

Artesia is the final  stage of Heritage Pointe Properties’ nearly quarter of a century endeavour to create spacious, luxury communities in the rolling prairie grasslands in the hamlet of DeWinton. The original Heritage Pointe community and its adjacent 27 -hole golf course answered a burgeoning demand to cater to the lifestyle needs of corporate executives, lawyers, doctors and their families. Artesia may be the final chance to experience this quiet, idyllic lushness so close to the thriving, major urban centres of south Calgary.

“Artesia answers a specific lifestyle need for a safe, secure, comfortable community where neighbours know each other, and still remain close to Calgary’s city centre,” Oxtoby tells New Home Living. “We’re also just across the river from the exciting commercial development of Seton. Really, our residents get the benefit of living a peaceful, relaxed lifestyle but with big city amenities just nearby.”

On offer are fabulous, single-family estate homes, and luxury multi-family villas. But here, every lot backs onto a spectacular community amenity. Whether green space, water feature, a protected environmental reserve, or an escarpment, each home will always have a beautiful backyard landscape.

Artesia’s Phase 3 will have 63 single-family estate lots with some of the largest lot depths (some are 130-feet deep) with one-of-a-kind views of Pine Creek Valley. Home sites range from 65–90 feet in width. “The density at Artesia is one fifth of any comparable South Calgary neighbourhood and sets a new standard in living without compromise,” Oxtoby says.

Artesia welcomes Homes By Avi and Augusta Fine Homes to their builder group. “Together with Albi Homes, our new group, will open new show homes in the spring next year, and add their pedigree of award-winning quality homes to Artesia’s already exciting mix of prairie style sophistication.”

Calbridge Homes’ upscale Bungalow Villas in Artesia bring a luxurious maintenance-free lifestyle to the retiree and empty-nester set, and those just wanting to simplify life. They are in their final phase with 36 villas starting in the $850,000s. “They are beautifully appointed and offer access to all the outdoor space and community amenities that make Artesia so special,” Oxtoby says.

In Artesia, every single-family bungalow style home starts at 1,750 square-feet, and every two-storey single-family home starts at 2,400 square-feet with a minimum of 1,400 square-feet in the main level. Prices are from the $1 million range.

But beyond the beautiful homes available here, is the natural lushness of the surroundings and the careful stewardship of Heritage Pointe Properties to offer the most attuned to nature community in Calgary.

In Artesia, you will find tennis courts, basketball courts, open fields for soccer, Frisbee, or an epic game of tag. “We have a lot of young families buying their homes here,” says Oxtoby. “Children bring so much energy to the neighbourhood,” she adds, pointing out that this year’s Halloween promises to be a spectacular event as more families with little kids have moved in.

Artesia’s amazing water features not only add to the idyllic scenery, they serve an important function as well. “We utilize a system of bio-swales to collect naturally occurring water, which saves us from treating approximately 60 million litres of water annually,” Oxtoby says.

Fast Facts
Community: Artesia at Heritage Pointe
Developer: Heritage Pointe Properties
Builders: Bungalow Villas exclusively from Calbridge Homes, Single-family estate homes from Albi Homes, Augusta Fine Homes, and Homes by Avi. (New single-family show homes to open spring 2016)
Prices: Villas start from the mid $850,000s; Single-family homes start from the $1 million range
Directions: South on Deerfoot Trail and exit on Dunbow Road and follow the signs
Hours: Monday to Thursday 12 - 6p.m., Fridays, Weekends and Holidays 12 - 5 p.m.

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