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June 03, 2019

Live in Walden

Nature-filled, amenity-rich lifestyle awaits in Walden


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The southeast has always been a heaven of sorts for homebuyers looking for affordable choices, and Walden has always provided that in spades with the incredible range of home options it offers. Beyond that is the ultimate suburban lifestyle of close-to-nature serenity and an amenity-filled, family-oriented living that residents are already enjoying.

Yet, there’s more to come.

Walden’s developer, Genstar Developments, has unveiled its much-anticipated pond feature complete with two kilometres of pathways that joggers, dog-walkers and nature lovers have already fallen in love with.

“This will be the first year residents can enjoy the beauty of the newly constructed pond. Part of this feature includes a two-kilometre pathway that wraps around the pond. Great place to run, walk, picnic and let your dog run,” says Genstar
Development project manager, Travis Putnam. “Also included here is a soccer field and a baseball diamond with views of the mountains to the west and the Bow River valley / Fish Creek park to the east.”

This illustrates the love and care that Genstar has invested in this young southeast community that has only grown in popularity since it launched in 2008. About 75 per cent of the 411-acre community just off Macleod Trail and 194 Avenue S.E. is built out with approximately 600 more homes to go.

A big part of its success has been the huge emphasis Genstar has placed on developing a close-to-nature identity, putting in millions of dollars to make Walden as environmentally attuned as it is.

“Any new community needs to have 10 per cent of their lands allotted for municipal reserve (green open spaces). Walden is well over that. Genstar believes that in any community green open spaces are one of the most important features of a
community and we put a lot of effort and capital into making them the best around,” Putnam points out.

This isn’t the only feature that has made Walden special, and Putnam says the “unique” vibe that the community has is apparent as soon as you enter.

“You notice it as soon as you drive into Walden. It has a small town feel with winding streets that slow down traffic. The architecture is a first of its kind in Calgary. You can have a home that stands out from the rest and is not lost in the sea of
suburban development and call it your own,” he says.

“The walkability and connectivity in Walden is the best you can get in suburban Calgary. Pathways that connect to the regional pathway system will give you access to the city core in a 30-minute bike ride. Groceries at your doorstep and major
thorough fares to your mountain getaway or your morning commute are all right there.”

Adding to the appeal is the coming of Township, a 65-acre, 700,000-square-foot regional commercial centre that has started construction on 210 Avenue S.E. and due to be completed in 2021. It will include some of the most popular big box stores in the city and provide a ton of convenience to residents.

Coming up, Walden is also bringing in three new phases this year that Putnam says will provide “new and innovative” housing options for future residents.

“The most unique phase is phase 35 where Baywest Homes is crafting one of a kind villa bungalow homes that front onto a park that is connected to the rest of the park system in Walden,” he adds. 

Walden’s price point advantage cannot be overemphasized, and Putnam says that conditions in Calgary’s new home market puts all the advantages to the buyer.

“What people need to realize is that it is actually a buyers market and a great time to get into a home,” adding that prices are holding steady. “Price point is an important distinction for us. Actually, Walden is the only place in Calgary where
you can get a home on the ridge under the $1-million mark.”

Those one-of-a-kind ridge lots present stunning views of downtown and the Bow River valley. These lots will back onto a pathway system that connects to the river valley and to Fish Creek Park that is about a 15-minute walk or five-minute
bike ride away, Putnam says.

Beyond those is a wealth of multi- and single-family offerings that span the whole range of price points. Walden offers everything from apartment condos, townhomes, duplexes, laned homes, move-up homes and those aforementioned estate
homes on the ridge.

The builder group in Walden includes Avi Urban, Rockford Developments, Cardel Lifestyles, and Excel Homes for multi-family homes; and Baywest Homes, Excel Homes, Homes by Avi, California Homes, Cardel Homes, Daytona Homes,
Prominent Homes and Arcuri Homes for single-family and duplex homes.

“There is not one set of select buyer group that has been consistently buying in Walden,” Putnam says. “I think this is due to all the different products available. If I had to pick, we see a lot of first-time buyers and new families starting out
here in Walden.”

Fast Facts:

Community: Walden
Developer: Genstar Development Company
• Duplex from the $300,000s – Homes by Avi, Excel Homes, Cardel Homes,
• Laned from $400,000s – Homes by Avi, Excel Homes, Cardel Homes,
• Front drive from $500,000s – Daytona Homes Homes by Avi, Excel Homes, Cardel Homes
• Bungalows from $500,000s – Prominent Homes, Baywest Homes
• Move up- semi estate from $600,000s
• On the ridge: California Homes, Arcuri Homes, Baywest Homes, Cardel Homes from the $700,000s
• Cardel Lifestyles’ Walden Place – condos from the $130,000s and townhomes from $300,000s
• Excel Homes’ Holland Park – townhomes from the $290,000s
• Avi Urban’s Jackson and Winston – townhomes from the $290,000s
• Rockford Developments’ Axis – townhomes from the $290,000s
Directions: All new show homes can be conveniently accessed from 210th Avenue (keep left into Walden onto Walgrove Boulevard. S.E. or Walcrest Gate S.E. for the ridge homes)

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