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January 01, 2019

The colour of progress

Redstone’s remarkable growth continues with new amenities, offerings


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If you haven’t been down to Country Hills Boulevard in the northeast for some time, you will likely be taken aback by the tremendous amount of growth that the area has experienced over what seems just a few short years. That main thoroughfare, which used to cut through farmers’ fields in the not too distant past is now a bustling, thriving commercial corridor that has brought a new energy to what is now called the New North.

The community of Redstone has played an integral part in this growth, as this young Qualico community now stands at 80 per cent developed and has brought in the needed customer base that commercial districts need to thrive. At final build-out it will have 2,500 single-family residences and 1,000 multi-family residences. Not bad for a community that started only about six years ago.

Today, Redstone is one of Calgary’s most diverse communities offering everything from townhomes (both no-condo-fee and traditional models), duplexes, laned homes and front-garage homes to fit most budget and lifestyle needs.

It fits perfectly the vision for the New North as it brings vitality and a new life to the area. “When you visit Redstone you can feel that, but more so it has its own unique vision. You’ll notice the look and feel of the community standout as very well-thought-out and original. Some of those original elements include prominent streets,
well-connected corridors and garden lot homes,” says Qualico Communities marketing coordinator, Laura Field.

Redstone has variety for potential residents, without sacrificing value, she adds. There are single-family homes, laned homes, duplexes and townhomes. “Ember Park by StreetSide Developments will have a new showhome in July. Trico Homes will also be bringing on some very special garden lots in the first part of 2019.”

She quickly adds that residents are most excited for Redstone Plaza, which is slated to open in the spring of 2019.

Redstone Plaza will bring in a much-needed commercial entity right in the community itself and will include a walk-in clinic, a pharmacy, and physiotherapy and chiropractor services. “It will also have a pizza place, East Indian food take-out, and a liquor store. There will also be a 4,000- square-foot grocery with 45 parking stalls in the back
and 10 in front.

Parks and green spaces also make up a huge part of Redstone’s identity, Field says. “This is because there are 13 parks and greenspaces that are enjoyed by the residents. The central park in Redstone is so well-loved, and many residents use it not only for play, but also for exercise on the Participark equipment.”

In 2019 residents can look forward to a brand new park unlike any other. It will have natural elements with sandstone accent boulders, trees and shrubs, and open play space. It includes a large play system with large group slide and two double slides, a crawl-thru net bridge and horizontal ladders, balcony deck with telescope, spring mount surf board and wave boardwalk, vertical rock climber, craze links, geo-wave climber, disc climbers and large disc swing, and plenty more.

“There will also be a sheltered seating area with two benches and picnic areas, with Handicap accessible rubber surface.”

There is even more in store for residents, as Redstone has two future schools sites, and a designated Redstone Market Square. “This is in a larger parcel of land which will be in addition to the Redstone Plaza,” Field says.

She also notes that Redstone is a transit orientated development site, and as “the city expands its transit plans, Redstone will experience ever greater connectivity than it already has in regards to transit.”

Because of what it offers, Redstone has attracted just as wide a variety of residents as there are home types. “We see first-time homebuyers, young professionals, families moving up to a larger home, and multi-generational living,” Field says. The last has become such a buzzword in new home living today as builders are offering more models that appeal to buyers with extended families living with them. Jayman BUILT’s Granite townhomes and Partners Developments’ ARRIVE at Redstone Way are prime examples of this trend in Redstone.

These models strike particularly close to Redstone’s immigrant buyers whose cultures are more attuned to this living arrangement. The community has never been shy about its appeal to diversity and has embraced the multi-ethnic culture and the developer has periodically hosted block parties that celebrate this identity.

The northeast will continue to grow exponentially, Field says, noting that new commercial developments continue to pour in and Redstone residents stand to benefit from all this.

“The northeast is just growing, which means more retail, more jobs locally. The New Horizon Mall has provided not only a new retail and business opportunity but it holds many cultural and holiday gatherings. Connectivity to Cross-Iron Mills is always something residents love. Deerfoot City, which has experienced significant beautification in
the last year, and has seen some new additions like the Rec Room for entertainment is less than 15 minutes away. Residents of Redstone have experienced a growth in choice.”

Residents can get in on the ground floor, as it were, to all this growth and Redstone has some special offers that can make that decision even easier.

“There is an incentive going on where you can save up to $15,000 off duplexes in Redstone. It’s great because duplexes offer a lot of space, at a great value. There are so many different plans available in Redstone as well — front drive, rear drive and front garage options,” Field says.

Qualico Communities has other incentives planned for the first quarter of 2019, these incentives would apply to front-garage, single family homes and would result in thousands of dollars in savings, she says.

“Many builders have additional offers that can be combined with that offer. If you are ready to buy, or even if you’re thinking about it — I encourage people to talk to their builder and they will find that the value is there.”

Fast Facts:
Community: Redstone
Developer: Qualico Communities Calgary
• Detached homes starting from the $380,000s and Front Garage homes starting from the low $500,000s by: Broadview Homes, Jayman BUILT, NuVista Homes, Shane Homes, Trico Homes and Pacesetter by Sterling Homes
• Duplexes starting from the $370,000s by Pacesetter by Sterling, Shane Homes, Trico Homes, Broadview Homes, and NuVista Homes
• Townhomes starting from the $260,000s available: Arrive at Redstone Way, the Townes of Redstone Zen Redstone, and Granite Townhomes
Directions: North on Deerfoot Trail east on Country Hills Blvd., and north on Metis Trail and follow the signs

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