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October 01, 2018

The best of times

Brookfield has another hit with Chinook Gate

Pepper Rodriguez

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There’s excitement in the air in Chinook Gate, as the first residential community development in Airdrie by Brookfield Residential welcomes its first residents. That’s quite a ringing endorsement for a community that just held their grand opening to the public in spring.

Brookfield Residential will have their first few buyers move into their new homes in Chinook Gate, and that is quite the testament to the vision and promise that the community holds. “We’ve had such an overwhelmingly positive response to the community,” says Justin Castelino, Brookfield’s Marketing Manager.

But its warm reception isn’t really a surprise for the multi-awarded land developer and home builder, as Brookfield Residential had poured a considerable amount of its resources and renowned expertise in making their first Airdrie community a success.

Chinook Gate backs onto Airdrie’s Chinook Winds Park, and offers the kind of enviable four-season parkside living that families’ dream of.  The community also offers a wide selection of townhomes, duplexes, laned homes and front-drive homes that can accommodate a wide range of budgets and lifestyles.

“There are a number of things that make Chinook Gate attractive to potential new home owners,” says Castelino. “First off, the proximity to Chinook Winds Park — one the of nicest outdoor facilities in Alberta is right there, just a moments’ walk away. Imagine living that close to a splash park, skatepark, baseball diamonds, hockey rink and so much more. You can’t get a better backyard!”

Its location in southwest Airdrie is also key. “It’s very easy to get around Airdrie and to Calgary. Within minutes, you can reach all your local amenities or the north end of Calgary. It’s very convenient,” he says.

“We also have a dedicated school site right inside the community (Calgary Separate School District), which means walking or biking to school, just like the communities so many of us grew up in.”

“Chinook Gate will be also a very quiet, exclusive community. It won’t have any (high-density) condos in the area and only 800 residences,” adds Savic.

 But the homes from their builder group that includes Brookfield Residential, Excel Homes and McKee Homes are new and exciting. “We are all bringing fresh new designs to the community, really geared towards active families who are always on the go,” Castelino says.

“Distinct architecture and community vision will help bring a complete look to the community and help preserve the investment people are making in their new home,” he adds.

Brookfield will have duplexes starting from $318,400 and laned single-family homes from $368,000. Excel will offer duplexes with attached garages, front-attached and laned single-family homes; McKee Homes will have move up homes.

Selling best for Brookfield are the 1,820-square-footy Carlisle II laned single-family home, as well as the 1,596-square-foot Wicklow laned duplex.

“The single family is a little more popular because they are on conventional lots (unlike zero lot lines) which gives eight feet of space between neighbours,” Savic says. “Both products have great price points with the Wicklow starting from $332,000 and the Carlisle is from $381,000.”

Comparatively low land costs in Airdrie have allowed Brookfield to offer bigger lots here. Savic estimates that a single-family home in Chinook Gate can cost around $18,000 less than a similar home in the big city to the south.

But it is Brookfield’s expertise in designing desirable, family-friendly communities that comes through once again in Chinook Gate. Here, residents will have access to over 55 acres of developed parkland space, three playgrounds, a kid-friendly
water park, and over two kilometres of paved pathways.

Chinook Gate will also have a Homeowner’s Association. “This ‘HOA’ will help maintain the look of the community for years to come, along with organizing neighbourly events like Movie in the Park and barbecues. All the little things that allow neighbours to come together and create a real sense of community,” Castelino points out.

Airdrie has grown to be a vibrant, thriving city that has truly become an ideal community for families to set roots in. “Airdrie offers all the key amenities of Calgary, but it still holds a small town charm that is really appealing to young families,” Castelino says. “There are good schools, lots of activities and easy access to everything, and most of those are within easy reach from Chinook Gate.”

Chinook Gate and Airdrie itself reflect Brookfield’s mission in building healthy communities and homes.

“Brookfield is all about creating the best places to call home — in both the homes we build and the communities we develop. The park fits so well with our commitments to active living and bringing people together. It is a very fitting location for our first development in the city of Airdrie,” Castelino says.

Fast Facts:
Community: Chinook Gate
Developer: Brookfield Residential
Builders: Brookfield Residential, Excel Homes, and McKee Homes
• Duplexes - from $318,400
• Laned single-family homes - from $386,000
• Duplexes with attached garages
• Front attached
• Laned single-family homes
McKee Homes:
• Move up homes
• Laned single-family homes

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