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June 03, 2019

Hope at Large - Chestermere on the rise

New housing options tabled to improve affordability in Chestermere

Marty Hope

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It’s time for a change to Chestermere’s housing landscape, says the city’s mayor — and he’s not going to get much of an argument about that.


By changing the makeup of the housing options to bring on much-needed multi-family homes Mayor Marshall Chalmers hopes to attract even more to the city that has grown 34 per cent since 2011.

After all, it’s been three years since any multi-family construction has occurred.

“In recent months, the City has put a new emphasis on diversifying our housing options, so we are pleased when new multi-family sites are brought forward for approval,” he says. “However, we are also cognizant that development happens at
the pace developers choose to proceed according to their building cycle, the market and their financial situations.”

Housing affordability has been an issue that Chalmers and his council cohorts have taken to heart as a problem that has to be resolved.

“One of the things brought to our attention as a new council is the need to focus on getting more diversity of housing available so people of all ages can live here,” he says.

Currently, the city is very top-heavy in single-detached homes that in December had an average selling price of $672,800.

But the re-introduction of multi-family developments will change that, somewhat.

The most recent multi-family launch the $11-million Skylar Townhomes by Alture Properties that will see 58 three-storey townhomes created on Kinniburgh Boulevard just three blocks off the lake.

Featuring two- and three-bedroom homes ranging in size from 1,240 to 1,700 square feet, they will be priced from $277,880 to more than $351,000 and will include a central courtyard and full landscaping.

“The vision for Skylar was to build beautiful homes that meet the community’s need for attainable living,” says Daniel Langevin, Alture Properties project management. To date, he says, 18 townhomes have been sold.

“We will be building them a building at a time with start dates based on presales. It’s a rough estimate but we would start a building every six months and there are 7 buildings left. so remaining homes will be built over next three years,”
Langevin says.

Wood-frame construction with Hardie Board stucco or brick veneer exteriors, the townhomes will have open-concept interiors with nine-foot ceilings, sound-dampening construction between units, quartz and marble countertops, stainless steel
appliances, luxury vinyl plank flooring in the main living areas of the home and carpeting in bedrooms, stairs, upper hallway and closets. Depending on location and home size, garages will be either single- or double-car.

The development fills a niche in the Chestermere market, says Alture.

“We’ve been shown where the gap is and we’re encouraging developers to  help in serving our residents,” says Chalmers.

“One of this Council’s top priorities is increasing housing diversity, which includes new types of multi-family dwellings. We want residents of all ages and stages to find a home in Chestermere. In our new developments, you will find a variety of
unique housing types including live-work units, secondary suites, cottage cluster housing, laneless townhouses, back to back townhouses and other multi-dwelling projects. We are especially pleased that these options will provide a broader
array of choices for the seniors of our community.”

Information provided b the city shows that within six approved outline plans there are nearly 237 hectares designated as multi-family that will hold about 5,800 homes.

Langevin says the Skylar buyer profile has been a mix of young families, first-timers and downsizers, and investors.

“Our focus, for all of these buyer groups, has been on building homes that are the perfect fit for those not yet ready  for a single-family home but crave all the benefits of a detached home,” he adds.

The show suite and sales centre for Skylar Townhomes is at 248 Kinniburgh Boulevard in Chestermere. It is open from Monday through Thursday from noon to  6 p.m. and noon to 5 p.m. on weekends and holidays. It is closed Fridays.

Information can be found at www.skylarliving.ca.

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