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May 01, 2017

Ecologically Yours

Environmental friendliness blends with small town values in Drake Landing

Pepper Rodriguez

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Small town living has always been the allure of Okotoks, a trait precious to first-time homebuyers, families and downsizers. But buying a new home in this quaint prairie town by the Sheep River is a challenge given that there are only a few new communities left here where buyers can still build their dream home.


And it’s about to get even more scarce as Drake Landing approaches final build out.

This exceedingly popular, family-oriented and environmentally sustainable community from Anthem United is down to its last few lots, as it opens its final phase.

“Drake is almost entirely built out. There are just over 50 lots remaining,” says Steve LePan, sales and marketing director for Anthem United. “Phase 12, our final phase, is now available. There are also a number of quick possession homes also available for those looking for quick move-in dates.”

Drake Landing, situated above Okotoks’ historically picturesque town centre, overlooks the Sheep River Valley with extraordinary views of the mountains and rolling foothills.

But asides from its crystal clear views, Drake Landing has also earned a reputation for its environmental stewardship in Okotoks with its various water conservation and solar power initiatives.

“We were the first community in town to include a water conservation program and have our home builders include low flow taps, toilets and showers in their builds, and keep rain barrels in yards,” LePan tells New Home Living.

“Our water conservation measures through United’s PEER program and partnerships with Built Green™ Builders were so popular, the Town of Okotoks adopted the specifications as their standard,” LePan says.

Drake Landing gained global recognition in 2011 for its ground-breaking project: Drake Landing Solar Community (DLSC). A 52 unit neighbourhood that stores solar energy in the summer months to heat homes in the winter.

Additionally, the community offers an abundance of linear green space incorporated with the Town’s extensive regional pathway system. A ravine complete with a naturalized pond frequented by wildlife and residents alike, takes advantage of the peaceful surroundings. With an off-leash dog park and neighbourhood playgrounds and pathways, it’s truly an active family’s dream.

The builder group gathered by Anthem United has also taken the call to include built-in green features in their homes, as well as institute family-friendly designs in their homes.

Lifestyle Homes, Prominent Homes and Sterling Homes offer front-garage and rear laned homes in Drake Landing. Front-garage, two-storey homes start from the $400,000s, and rear-laned homes are from $380,000s. Front-attached garage bungalows are also offered from the $430,000s, as well as The Parkhouses villas from Lifestyle Homes from the $500,000s.

ARRIVE at The Landings from Partners Development Group recently just launched here offering townhomes from the $319,000s.

“It is a small development with only 30 townhomes — two-storey with full basements and three storeys,” says Jade Mahon, vice-president for sales & marketing at Partners Development Group.

Like the rest of Partners’ ARRIVE line of townhomes, ARRIVE at The Landing boasts superior green qualities, affordability and style. “Every ARRIVE townhome is BuiltGreen certified, with beautiful modern specs, and offers a maintenance-free lifestyle that brings the best of what home ownership has to offer,” Mahon says.

LePan says majority of buyers are past Drake Landing homeowners who are “taking the chance to move up in a community they already know and love.” There are also empty nesters who are enamoured by the villas and bungalows here. While growing families from Okotoks and south Calgary are taking advantage of the value.

“They choose Drake for the access to parks and green space, quick access to Calgary, but small town charm of Okotoks,” he adds.

Not enough can be said of Okotoks’ friendly, small town character, which has made it unique in today’s new home marketplace. “Okotoks has a unique charm and character and even at 30,000 people still feels like a small town,” LePan says.

“Access to the foothills and mountains and the beauty of the Sheep River running through town make it a picturesque location.”

Family activities are encouraged with the enormous amount of greenspace, including several tot lot parks, paths, protected environmental reserve and a dog park. “We’re also moments away from Seaman Stadium and the local soccer fields, and it is just a 10-minute drive to south Calgary and the South Campus hospital and the exciting new developments in the Seton commercial complex.”NL


fast facts 

Community: Drake Landing, Okotoks

Developer: Anthem United

Available Homes:

Multi-family (Townhomes) ARRIVE at The Landings starting at $319,000 (50+ Villas) The Parkhouses from the $500,000s 

Single-family:

Lifestyle Homes – rear detached garage on a lane, and front attached garage homes

Sterling Homes – rear detached garage on a lane, and front attached garage homes

Prominent Homes – rear detached garage on a lane, and front attached garage homes

Prices:

Rear detached on a lane: $380,000s

Front attached bungalows: $430,000s

Front attached 2-storey: mid $400,000s

Hours: Monday to Thursday 2 to 8 p.m., weekends and holidays noon to 5 p.m.

Directions: Follow Highway 2 south to Okotoks, turn east on Milligan Drive, and follow the road to Drake Landing.

Website: http://www.drakeunited.com

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