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January 01, 2019

Hope at Large - A forever neighbourhood

Evanston fulfills vast potential as it approaches build-out

Marty Hope

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Man, time goes by.
It doesn’t seem possible that the northwest community of Evanston is now 20 years old. But it was 1999 when Qualico Communities broke ground on what has become one of the larger new-era established communities in Calgary.

Bordered by Symons Valley Parkway and 144th Avenue N.W., Evanston now has a population closing in on 7,000 living in something like 4,700 homes. And it is closing in on the home stretch of construction as it heads for an estimated build-out some time in 2021.

Just this past fall, the builder group opened the community’s final show home parade, along with another park-playground area.

Broadview Homes was one of the original builders to dig foundation holes in the community back in the day, and company vice-president Peter-John Woolf has some thoughts on what has made Evanston so popular and successful.

These days, Broadview continues to build there, along with NuVista, Trico, Jayman BUILT, Sterling, Pacesetter by Sterling, Partners, and StreetSide Developments. Housing styles include Craftsman, Prairie and Colonial. Pricing runs from the $280,000 range for townhomes and from $360,000 for side-by-side duplexes and laned homes, to move-up homes starting in the $500,000

“In terms of housing, I think Evanston had, and still has, something for everyone, from starter to semi-estate homes,” Woolf says, estimating Broadview has built as many as 260 duplexes and detached homes with both rear- and front-drive garage homes there.

There is also a senior living facility in the community, and the Evanston Towne Centre catering to residents’ needs.

“And when you add to that the fact it has tons of green space, parks and playgrounds, schools, shopping, and transit, it has everything you look for in a community.”

Evanston boasts more than six kilometres of walking and bike paths, 16 community parks and seven playgrounds, public and Catholic schools (and a K-6 to be open by 2022).

Joanne Voll is a development manager at Qualico who has seen Evanston grow from its early beginnings into a mature community. She says the vision for Evanston remains unchanged.

“That vision has and still is to build a community by honouring the traditions and open spaces of the Canadian prairies while, at the same time, aspiring to build a community that has all the conveniences of today,” she says.

And the builder group, she adds, has helped bring people’s dream of home ownership to reality through the various housing options.

“But know, it’s the people who truly give Evanston its warmth and character. They are responsible for the neighbourliness and family-friendly neighbourhood that is synonymous with Evanston,” Voll says.

Laura Field, marketing co-ordinator with Qualico, says the community continues to attract buyers in all segments.

“You don’t need to wait for a school to be built or a grocery store to come to the community,” she says. “It’s a community people recognize as a great place to raise a family because there are parks ready to play in and schools children can walk to.”

Evanston is still a couple of years away from completion but has already gained a strong reputation.

“Qualico keeps raising the bar and has the expertise in developing land into amazing communities. Evanston will be a tough one to duplicate because it is such an amazing place to call home,” says Woolf.

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