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February 01, 2019

Homegrown superstar

McKee Homes builds on trust that has made them Airdrie’s top homebuilder


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When McKee Homes started some three decades ago, Airdrie had just over 10,000 residents, but now the city just north of Calgary is approaching the 65,000 mark.

The growth this young city has enjoyed has been nothing short of astonishing, and McKee Homes has grown right alongside to become the face of new home building in Airdrie.

The McKee Homes name has been synonymous with Airdrie since Martin McKee started the company in 1987. Today, more than 30 years later, it remains a tight, family-run firm that has gained the trust of Airdrie’s new home buyers, as the family-run builder continues to craft top quality, highly customized homes in some of the city’s most desirable communities.

Martin McKee’s daughters, Elaine and Grace, along with Elaine’s husband, Rob Doel, now run the company and they continue to be involved in the day-to-day tasks of the business and ensure that Martin’s legacy is honoured.

And honoured it has been, as McKee Homes has been voted Airdrie’s favourite home builder by the Airdrie City View’s readers’ choice awards for 10 straight years. But McKee Homes is not resting on its laurels and has ambitious plans to carry its vision forward in 2019.

“We are very optimistic for what 2019 is sure to become. We have lots of projects on the go and are positioned to be able to offer our clients a complete range of choices,” says Elaine Doel, President, McKee Homes.

“We excel at being able to completely customize homes to suit individual needs, this is the norm for us and not the exception so we are able to succeed in this area. We are all about customer satisfaction and being able to meet the needs of our clients not the other way around.”

McKee Homes has built exclusively in Airdrie through those three decades and have recently expanded to Crossfield. “We are currently building in Bayside, Coopers Crossing, Chinook Gate, Hillcrest, Ravenswood, King’s Heights in Airdrie, and Vista Crossing in Crossfield,” she adds.

“We have new product lines just starting to be unveiled in Ravenswood — under our Emerald New Homes brand — and Cooper’s Crossings, and two new show homes opening in Bayside later this year.”

McKee Homes’ line of laned homes, bungalows and two-storey front-attached garage homes encompass the whole range from starters, move-ups and estate-style homes, and start from as low as the $360,000s.

A custom home builder, McKee’s ability to adjust floor plans to fit the buyers’ needs and lifestyle is one of its biggest advantage. “We are a custom builder, so we have lots of options in different developments throughout the city.”

But more important to Doel is their commitment to community-building in Airdrie. “We work here, we live here, and we support this City as it supports us,” she tells New Home Living.

The following are the communities where McKee Homes builds currently, and what makes these communities special.

Bayside Estates
Developer: Genesis Land Development
Show Home Address: 1347 Bayside Drive
Prices: Single family homes with double front attached garages starting in the $470,000s
What makes this community special: In Bayside Estates, community is more than a collection of street names — it is about connections. Whether it’s playing ice hockey on the canal, or cruising around the connected pathways and bridges by foot or bike, Bayside is a neighbourhood with just the right amount of action. It also has five different schools in close proximity or within the community itself.

Cooper’s Crossing
Developer: Westmark
Show home address: 1225 Coopers Drive
Prices: Single family homes with double attached garages starting in the $460,000s
What makes this community special: Cooper’s Crossing is big on greenspace and traditional appeal. Offering scenic ponds, lush parks, cozy picnic area, active playgrounds, and 44 acres of greenspace weaving it all together Cooper’s is a safe place for kids to grow and play. Cooper’sTown Promenade opened in 2017 and allows residents to follow one of the many paved walking paths from their home to access a grocery store, pharmacy and many restaurant and shopping opinions. 

Chinook Gate
Developer: Brookfield Residential
Show home address: 408 Chinook Gate Square
Prices: Single family homes with double attached garages start in the $390,000s
What makes this community special: Here, neighbours naturally become friends and leave the chaos of city life behind without sacrificing amenities, recreation or convenience. Enjoy park side living with Chinook Winds’ 55 acre park a mere 250 steps away. Complete with a splash park, covered patio area, skate park, playground, ice skating rinks, volleyball nets, baseball diamonds, ponds and pathways you have a daily invitation to enjoy the great outdoors.

King’s Heights
Developer: Melcor Developments Ltd
Show home address: 99 and 103 Kingfisher Crescent
Prices: Single family homes with double front attached garages starting in the $400,000s
What makes this community special: Diverse home styles and abundant amenities is the King’s Heights advantage. A community in South East Airdrie that boasts gorgeous natural scenery and countless amenities and activities King’s Heights is a popular choice for families. Kingsview Market is a real advantage to this community with shopping, restaurants, and medical services within walking distances. Additionally the two large reflection ponds are surrounded by over five kilometres of paved pathways making this a popular space to enjoy a morning run or relaxing stroll.

Developer: Qualico Communities
Show home address: 365 Raventern Link and 1551 Ravensmoor Way
Prices: Single family homes with double front attached garages starting in the $440,000s; Single family laned homes starting in the $350,000s; Duplex homes with double front attached garages starting in the $380,000s
What makes this community special: Ravenswood’s many parks, green corridors and playgrounds have been placed throughout the community, creating an idyllic setting that invites residents to stroll, cycle or just relax and enjoy the scenery. Ravenswood has two schools directly in the community one of which is Airdrie’s only Francophone school. Located on the South East corner of Airdrie you have quick access to QE2 and all the necessary amenities close by.

Developer: Apex Land
Prices: Final quick possession homes now selling starting at $485,000
What makes this community special: Where nature is nurtured. Perched on Airdrie’s picturesque southwest hillside, Hillcrest was designed to preserve and compliment the natural landscape around it. Architecture defined by classic woodwork and masonry reflects the unique palette of the prairies, while a community plan that’s built around natural areas and viewpoints instead of over them preserves this incredible setting. From blueprints to backyards, every aspect of Hillcrest is built to strengthen the connection between you, your home and your habitat. Whatever you’re day holds, Hillcrest gives you the space, style and simplicity to make the most of it.

Vista Crossing
Developer: Dream Developments
Show home address: 14 Amery Cres, Crossfield
Prices: Single family homes with double front attached garages starting in the $390,000s
What makes this community special: Imagine a beautiful streetscape with winding lanes, diverse architectural styles and inviting front porches. This is the concept behind the homes in Vista Crossing, a fusion of historic charm and modern technology. A place where the pace is gentler and life revolves around family and community. A place where kids can be kids and everyone looks out for one another.

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