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July 01, 2018

Scenic idyll

MountainView is a world of its own


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The tranquil idyll of a small town with the most amazing views of the mountains, the Sheep River and the town of Okotoks itself, MountainView is a hidden gem of a family community.

This secluded enclave tucked away in the northwest part of town is as exclusive as it gets in Okotoks. It is purely made up of upscale single-family homes – no laned homes, no duplexes nor townhomes and condos — and the low density helps retain its visage of suburban serenity.

It’s well on its way to being completed too, and the last chance to own a new home here is fast dwindling.

“With the last phase of development launched last year, MountainView is already an established community within Okotoks,” says Apex Developments’ sales and marketing coordinator, Morgan Gowland.

“For people looking to escape the city and live closer to nature, MountainView is the perfect fit. Nearly 50 per cent of the community is open space and the beautiful escarpment overlooking the Sheep River provides for great views of the foothills as residents take a walk on the pathway system here.”

Potential homebuyers still have the opportunity to choose their lot and build with Excel Homes or Sterling Homes, she adds. The community has front-attached garage, single-family homes starting from the $430,000s, upscale semi-estate homes from the $490,000s and glamorous ridge-view homes from the $815,000s. Bungalows and two-storey models are both available.

“Both young families and established households are building in MountainView,” Gowland says. “People like that they can come into an upscale, established community and enjoy the feel of quiet countryside living, that’s both close to nature and to the city.”

Both of Sterling Homes and Excel Homes representatives agree with her. “It’s a place where young families can set down roots in,” says Doug Anderson, area manager for Sterling Homes. “It’s its own town in many ways, it’s a secluded neighbourhood where you can enjoy the quiet of the countryside, but it’s also easy to get into town or access Highway 2A to Calgary.”

“It’s a community inspired by nature with lots of room to explore, perfect for active, recreation-minded families,” says Emily Prud’homme, area manager at Excel Homes.

“Play hard at local recreation centres, work on your short game at neighbouring golf courses, and indulge in the shopping, dining and retail centres that are just a short drive from home,” she says.

With much wider lots and lower land costs than Calgary, home prices are not only relatively more inexpensive but allows for more expansive homes.

Sterling’s popular 2,655-square-foot Berkshire and 2,383-square-foot Kingston 2 show homes give an excellent preview of the lifestyle one can expect here.

“This quiet family community is a perfect location for everyone from young families to retirees,” Anderson says. Sterling Homes is now offering their Signature Series Estate Homes. These limited lots are located along the ridge overlooking the breathtaking mountains and nature reserve, and, can accommodate triple attached garages.

Excel Homes, Apex’s home-building arm, also chose MountainView to launch its line of semi-estate homes. “It’s the perfect community to introduce our semi-estate line, we feel buyers will respond well to its closeness to nature and the feel of exclusivity it projects,” says Prud’homme.

“Our large front garage three and four-bedroom residences are thoughtfully designed with spacious open-concept chef-style kitchens, flexible use bonus rooms and beautiful master retreats with walk-in closets and spa-inspired ensuites,” she says.

MountainView is located in a secluded part of town but remains conveniently accessible with two major roads leading into the community. Residents have the quickest access to the highway if your destination leads you out to Calgary, a mere 20 minutes away, but is also walking distance to historic downtown Okotoks and several other popular destinations.

Apex Developments has a long history of developing some of Calgary and area’s most family-friendly neighbourhoods. Besides MountainView, their current developments include Hillcrest and Midtown in Airdrie, Heartland in Cochrane, and Carrington South in Calgary. The Apex group is also active in metropolitan Victoria as the builder and developer for Royal Bay, a seaside community.

Fast Facts:
Community: MountainView, Okotoks
Developer: Apex Developments
Builders: Excel Homes – move-up and semi-estate homes (bungalows and two-storeys); Sterling Homes – semi-estate and estate homes (bungalows and two-storeys)
Prices: From the $430,000s including lot and GST
Directions: South on Highway 2, exit to Highway 2A leading to Okotoks, take a right on Elizabeth Street and follow the signs into MountainView along MountainView Gate
Hours: Monday to Thursday 2 to 8 p.m., Saturdays and Sundays and holidays noon to 5 p.m. Excel Homes is open 12 to 5 p.m. on Fridays

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