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January 01, 2019

A lifestyle change

Chinook Gate offers city couple change to move out to country

Darlene Casten

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Family-friendly, walk-able, close to amenities and minutes from family and friends, Airdrie’s newest community, Chinook Gate was everything Stephanie and Kyle were looking for. And it sure has made their lifestyle change from the city to the country a pleasant one.

Kyle and Stephanie are both from Calgary, but saw themselves moving out of the city. Kyle grew up in Bowness and says he always appreciated the community feel of the neighbourhood, but always wanted to live in the wide-open spaces he experienced while visiting his grandparents at their B.C. acreage.
“I always wanted to live out in the country and the country is just over there,” Kyle says pointing a block to the west from his kitchen windows. “I don’t like the busyness of the city. I like to have the space to do what I want and to raise kids in the country.”
For Stephanie, who grew up in the northwest Calgary community of Hawkwood, she says remaining close to her family was important. “For us to be close to them was a huge driver,” Stephanie says.
They found all that they were looking for in Brookfield Residential’s new community of Chinook Gate in Airdrie.
Located in Airdrie’s southwest corner, Chinook Gate is bordered by prairie landscape, pathways and parks. The 113-acre neighbourhood has 828 single-family, semi-detached and multi-family homes planned.
From their new home they are able to get into northwest Calgary via 8th Street and 14th Street. Yankee Valley Boulevard provides a direct route from Chinook Gate to Deerfoot Trail. They’ve found moving to Airdrie has decreased both their work commutes, and brought Stephanie closer to the airport, which Stephanie uses frequently for job-related travel.
This new Brookfield Residential community, its first in Airdrie, works with the couple’s current and future plans — of which they have plenty.
Their ‘now plans’ included having an affordable home with a large lot, a high-end kitchen, a large garage and upstairs laundry.
They purchased a Brookfield Residential semi-detached home on a corner lot, across the road from a playground and a few minutes walk from Chinook Winds Park, where there is a splash park, baseball fields and a skate park.
“There is a whole network of pathways here,” Stephanie says. “You can bike or run anywhere.”
They are looking forward to the addition of a toboggan hill.
Airdrie also has all the amenities they need. They’ve already shopped local for new furniture and bought a new tweed-grey sectional with chaise and ottoman.
Having a Home Depot, as well as grocery stores and Sorso coffee and wine bar just down the road ahs been great, they say.
“We are loving Airdrie,” Stephanie says. “I was a little hesitant to change what city we were in. But everything you need is five minutes away.”
In their own little corner of Chinook Gate, just off the roundabout off of Yankee Valley Road, they were able to find the space they sought, with a high-end kitchen and in their budget at $385,000.
Their lot is a generous 4,771 square-feet and even with the detached garage Kyle built in the backyard, there is still plenty of space.
The home itself gives them 1,596 square feet over two floors, with three bedrooms and two-and-a-half baths and an undeveloped basement.
“It is a little bigger than the single-family sized homes,” Stephanie says.
Buying in an outlying town put a larger home and lot in their budget.
“Here you can get bigger lots for less money,” Kyle explains, adding that only 10 minutes away in northeast Calgary homes are going for $75,000 more on a smaller lot.
Professionalism and good lighting were also a requirement for Kyle, an electrician by trade.
“Working in the industry I have really high standards, and they met or exceeded them,” he says.
They were also able to get the granite countertops, ceiling-mounted hood fan, centre island, stainless steel appliances and French door refrigerator Stephanie wanted in the kitchen.
“That was one of my dreams was to have the French doors,” she says. “You can see everything inside. Nothing goes missing.”
Their home also works for their future, they explain. Kyle and Stephanie’s ‘tomorrow plans include starting a family. Right now, they have three pets (two cats and a dog). But the planned playground across the street has them excited for having kids.
“It’s a cost-effective thing — I don’t have to buy a playground,” Kyle jokes.
But in all seriousness, both say they are excited to have a large play area for their future children to play at that is visible from their kitchen and the upper bonus room.
“We can just send them out to play and keep an eye on them,” Stephanie says.
For now the couple is just looking forward to getting to know their neighbours as they move in.
“We were the first to move in to the community,” Stephanie says. “It’s important to have that relationship with people.”

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