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January 01, 2018

Okotoks’ connection

New community of D’Arcy keeps true to small town values

Pepper Rodriguez

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Choosing to live in Okotoks, one can expect certain things. Breathtaking views of the Rocky Mountains, a close to nature lifestyle enhanced by natural reserves and winding trails by the Sheep River, and a small town culture unhampered by growth.

Those small town values are exactly what the new community of D’Arcy espouses. Creating an environment where neighbours can interact easily is paramount in the plans for this new community being developed by Anthem United and expected to start sales by early 2018.

“D’Arcy is one of our most highly anticipated new communities, its location just can’t be beat,” says Steve LePan, sales and marketing director for Anthem United.

“It’s a very popular and well known piece of property on the north end of Okotoks bordering the D’arcy Ranch golf course to the west and Northridge drive to the east with some breath taking views of the Rocky Mountains.”

With sprawling green spaces, plans for two new schools, a high street, community spaces and access to the golf course, D’Arcy is a community designed for today’s family with a vision that hails neighborhoods’ past.

D’Arcy will sit on 280 acres of prime real estate connected by a network of pathways. “This makes D’Arcy unique, as it will be a place that gives its residents a chance to connect,” LePan says. “We firmly believe in the adage ‘it’s not where you live, it’s how you live’ and D’Arcy is fully designed to tie in with Okotoks’ relaxed, family-friendly lifestyle.”

D’Arcy is named after a long-time farming family from the town 20 minutes south of Calgary. It is bounded on the north by the town boundary, on the south by Sandstone Gate, on the east by Northridge Drive, and on the west by the D’Arcy Ranch golf course.

The golf course is separately owned and not part of the area development, but LePan says they worked with the town and the golf course to ensure there is an appropriate interface as well as access between the golf course and future development of the D’Arcy Lands.

Its connection to Okotoks is further strengthened by having streets named after the local flora and fauna in the first phases.

Grading and construction is ongoing at D’Arcy with show homes expected to open early 2018.

“We’re going to be showing product types for all budgets and lifestyles, everything from street towns, townhomes, semi-detached and other multi-family styles, to single-family homes with rear-detached and front attached garages, and move-up and estate homes” he adds.

First up will be laned homes from Pacesetter by Sterling Homes and Trico Homes; and paired homes from Morrison Homes.  “Habitat for Humanity will be building a duplex in the first phase, too,” says LePan.

No-condo-fee street towns and villas will follow, there will also be high-end homes in D’Arcy’s estate area.

D’Arcy will also have its own retail area, Gateway Village, that will offer residents a wide range of retail in a High Street setting, as well as some office space and a couple of K–9 schools.

“We are emphasizing the outdoor recreational opportunities that young families can enjoy here, there will be lots of mini-play features. We’re also working with the Town in pioneering the Safe Route initiative, an active transportation effort that will establish safer walking routes for kids to walk safely to school,” LePan says.

D’Arcy is just the latest in a long line of developments that Anthem United has in Okotoks, and its association with the southern Alberta town began when it was still United Communities prior to its merger with B.C.-based Anthem Properties. Their other developments in Okotoks are Drake Landing, Crystal Ridge, and Crystal Shores.

“We’ve been building for two decades in this town, and we will be here for the long haul,” LePan says. In fact, Anthem United is already working on plans for the development of Wedderburn, which is on the other side of Northridge Drive from D’Arcy.

Wedderburn — also named after a long-time Okotoks family — will also include a variety of housing types with an 11-hectare area that will provide a mix of commercial and residential uses — mostly low- to medium-density residential development. Wedderburn will also have its own retail sector.

These two properties represent the last remaining residential lands in north Okotoks, all other residential areas nearby are completely built out or nearing build out.

“We just love Okotoks,” says LePan. “It’s a town with its own unique character and identity. And for us the north side is a plus with its proximity to Calgary for commuters and the beautiful landscape and sweeping views of the Rockies.”


Fast Facts:

Community: D’Arcy

Developer: Anthem United

Builders (first phase):

Laned Homes: Pacesetter by Sterling Homes, Trico Homes

Paired Homes: Morrison Homes

Prices: Starting from the $300,000s


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