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July 01, 2018

Grand dreams

Homes by Avi’s grand prize show home in Harmony is the stuff of dreams

Pepper Rodriguez

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Homes by Avi challenges itself every year to come up with fantastic home designs for the Children’s Hospital Lottery, and every year always seems to top the one before. Their 2018 grand prize home — The Wakefield in Harmony — brings this innovative spirit to a whole new level and anyone can win it for just $50.

This $1.2 million grand prize home for the Children’s Hospital Lottery has been getting a lot of positive feedback, says Homes by Avi area manager in Harmony, Chris Stock.

“People just love how grand it feels, its open concept design that brings the entire main floor into a cohesive whole is something that people are looking for and enjoy,” she tells New Home Living. “And of course, living in Harmony just adds to its feel of grandness.”

The 3,357 square-foot home includes an amazing, fully developed basement level and is perfect home for indoor or outdoor entertaining. It comes fully landscaped and winners this year get the home fully furnished.

It has three bedrooms on the upper floor plus another in the finished basement, and everything else that a growing family needs, including a huge bonus room at the top of the stairs.

Homes by Avi builds an average of about 300 homes a year, but the Children’s Hospital Lottery grand prize home and the coming Stampede Rotary Dream Home have a special place in their hearts. “It’s a great way for us to support our community, and bring attention to such worthy causes,” Stock says.

The grand prize home is open for visiting on Fridays from 1 to 7 p.m., Saturdays and Sundays from noon to 5 p.m., and is located at 75 Prairie Smoke Rise in Harmony, just west of Calgary, in Rocky View County. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit

The delightful mix of shades of blue from cerulean to turquoise in the sunlit living room blends well with the touch of metallic gold accents in The Wakefield. Wide plank oak flooring and a stone tile central fireplace introduce natural elements to the design.

Again, the gleaming modernity of a contemporary home is captured in the kitchen design with its quartz countertops, stainless steel appliances and array of cabinetry that reaches the ceiling. But the wood elements in the dining room and the woven fabric of the area rug add warmth to it. “The kitchen and dining area is one of the most popular features of the home, people can see themselves living here,” Stock says.

Young families have fallen in love with the new community of Harmony. Located in Springbank, on the western outskirts of Calgary, this new community by Bordeaux Developments and Qualico Communities, will have a 56-hectare lake, a village centre, work campuses and schools and is next to the Mickelson National Golf Club, set to open soon.

The stand-alone tub is the crowning glory of the master ensuite, but functionality is never far behind in any Homes by Avi deisgn. The miles of storage available in the vanity and the spacious walk-in closet next to it are details that are dear to growing families.

The Wakefield is part of Harmony’s Tamarack Collection of estate homes, and they all feature upscale living on luxurious country sized lots. Contemporary or traditional architecture sitting on 60- to 70-foot-wide lots can accommodate the most ambitious of imaginations and budgets.

The basement development is more than just a man-cave, it’s also a kid’s rumpus room, which is quite fitting as this home literally helps sick children. “Some houses we build are the biggest yet, or first in a community, but one house in particular helps support the vital work and ground-breaking initiatives of the Alberta Children’s Hospital,” Stock says.

The fun design of the feature wall in The Wakelfield’s formal dining room captures the utter joy of life here. “You can just imagine the parties you can hold here for your family and friends, it’s a memorable room where memories are made,” Stock says. 

Fast Facts:
Builder: Homes by Avi
Model: The Wakefield
Community: Harmony
Size: 3,357 sq. ft. including developed basement
Price: Worth $1.2 million
Address: 75 Prairie Smoke Rise, Springbank
Directions: West on Hwy 1, exit at Springbank and follow the signs
Website: or to buy tickets.

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