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May 01, 2017

Life begins at Cornerstone

The new face of Calgary’s northeast takes shape in Cornerstone

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The excitement is quite palpable in the new community of Cornerstone, where new residents have begun to move in and enjoy all that their new life has to offer in this brand new northeast community.


“People started moving in this February, and it’s quite exciting to see the community start to get that lived-in feel,” says Kendra Milne, vice-president, marketing, at Walton Development and Management.

And it will feel even more “lived-in” as Cornerstone has seen strong sales since opening in October. As of March, they also recorded 278 building permits, one of the highest rates in the city.

“We had 590 lots serviced to begin with in the initial phase, and to have building activity on over half of that inventory speaks to the demand for new home product in the northeast sector,” she says.

Central to the success of Cornerstone is Walton’s extraordinary vision to bring a new residential lifestyle and outlook to the northeast.

Taking shape over 1,100 acres, Cornerstone will be home to approximately 30,000 residents and forge new ground in the northeast quadrant of the city.

“Cornerstone will continue to change the face of northeast Calgary,” says Milne. “We’ve carefully considered the landscape where the community sits and the needs of the City of Calgary. Our goal is to build a beautiful and diverse community that reflects the unique attributes of Calgary itself.”

Cornerstone encompasses five distinct neighbourhoods both north and south of Country Hills Boulevard: Park, Point, View, Ridge, and, Gate. Each neighborhood features distinctive elements, connected by the Major Activity Centre (MAC), a central retail, commercial and transit hub.

“The combined energy of these five neighborhoods comes together to forge new ground for the city of Calgary,” she adds.

Like the neighbouring Walton community of Skyview Ranch, one of Cornerstone’s biggest strengths is the wide range of homes that are offered here. There are five home builders offering five different product types, including, duplex, zero-lot line, courtyard, street oriented townhomes and traditional front-drive homes.

Cornerstone promises a home to fit any lifestyle and budget from their all-star cast builder group that includes Jayman BUILT, Morrison Homes, Pacesetter Homes, Shane Homes and Truman Homes.  The appeal to diverse lifestyles can be clearly seen in the 28 show homes that Walton opened here last year, an unprecedented number to open all at once. Prices start from the low $300,000s.

“The zero-lot line and traditional move-up homes have been especially popular,” Milne says. “There’s still a really good selection of lots for those types.” She has noticed a surge in demand for move-up homes that serve the needs of multi-generational households, and those with extended families living under one roof.

“The popularity of single-family homes with more bedrooms has been rising. Homes with separate side entrances for secondary suites — which are allowed in Cornerstone — have also become popular,” Milne says. “This just shows the strength in the diversity of lifestyles that are offered here.”

She adds that Jayman BUILT’s courtyard homes have also taken off. “People have been able to see the unique benefits of the idea of these rear-attached double garage homes.” She shares that Shane Homes and Jayman BUILT will open showhomes for their street townhomes on June 3. “These are townhomes with no condo fees that will start from the $320,000s.”

But other than just another new community, Cornerstone offers a whole package of lifestyle amenities that make living here a joy. Cornerstone and Skyview Ranch are both close to Stoney Trail, Metis Trail, Country Hills Boulevard, and Deerfoot Trail, and this convenient location has fuelled their popularity. “There are five major access points, which give residents the ability to get easily by car from where they are in Calgary, to home,” Milne says. Conveniently, there is also existing Calgary Transit bus service, close proximity to the Saddletowne LRT station, and the highly anticipated future next stop of the NE Calgary LRT line is planned near the Major Activity Centre (MAC) area at the heart of Cornerstone.

Cornerstone residents can easily access a wide array of amenities and employment hubs. There are over 10 schools in the area; Genesis Centre, Calgary Northeast Sports Facility and Max Bell Arena are all nearby for family activities; the Calgary airport is a few minutes away and provides not only convenience to frequent travelers but as a source of employment to many residents.

“Sunridge Mall, CrossIron Mills, and the redeveloped Deerfoot City — to name a few, are all within 15 minutes from Cornerstone to provide a varied selection of shopping, entertainment and dining choices,” Milne says.

It is also a uniquely walkable community as well, affording residents access to a major activity centre, extensive pathways around protected wetlands, recreational facilities and future LRT access. 

“We have 95 acres of dedicated parks and school spaces, and 14 kilometres of regional pathways connecting the community and offering attractive gathering places and inviting opportunities for walking, jogging or cycling,” she adds.

It’s conducive to a healthy lifestyle and perfect for active families with its natural areas and open spaces that accommodate leisure activities and organized sporting events. “Plus, Cornerstone is the future home of Calgary’s next regional park in the northeast,” Milne says.

Holding this all together is the Major Activity Centre, which will offer plenty of shopping, commercial and employment opportunities, making it a true live-work-play community.

But Milne feels that Cornerstone’s focus on preserving the environment is also key in its timeless appeal and sustainability.

“The most significant environmental consideration is the preservation of 180 acres of environmentally significant natural wetlands that promotes preservation of natural attributes of the area,” she says.

These natural wetlands will become a part of a new regional park for northeast Calgary. The park will encompass 20 acres and connect to the Rotary-Mattamy Greenway — a 140 kilometre network of parks and pathways.

“We are only beginning to see the potential for a new lifestyle in the northeast with Cornerstone, there is still much growth ahead,” Milne says.

 

FAST FACTS: 

Community: Cornerstone

Developer: Walton Development and Management 

Builders: 

• Jayman BUILT — zero-lot-line homes, street-oriented townhomes, and courtyard homes 

• Morrison Homes — duplexes, and front-drive homes 

• Pacesetter Homes — zero-lot-line homes, and front-drive homes 

• Shane Homes — duplexes, zero-lot-line homes, street-oriented townhomes and front-drive homes

• Truman Homes — front-drive homes and a multi-family development in the future

Prices: From the low $300,000s

Directions: North on Deerfoot Tr., east on Country Hills Blvd, north on Metis Tr. and follow the signs

Hours: 2 – 8 p.m. Mondays to Thursdays and noon to 5 p.m. weekdays and holidays

Website: www.liveatcornerstone.ca

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