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July 01, 2019

Riverside dreams

Affordable, spectacular homes by the river in Wolf Willow

Pepper Rodriguez

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Riverside communities traditionally in Calgary have been the domains of big, estate homes for the affluent. And who can blame them? The views, and a lifestyle close to nature that riverside communities afford is one everyone wants, but few can afford.

WestCreek Developments’ new Wolf Willow community aims to change all that, as it introduces a wide range of home products that promises to bring affordability to this much-sought after riverside lifestyle.

Sitting on the west banks of the Bow River, just on the border of Fish Creek Park, Wolf Willow will have fee-simple townhomes, duplexes, laned homes, and front drive garage move-up homes. With prices starting from the $180,000s, it is as aspirational as it is attainable.

“The new community of Wolf Willow by the Bow River brings affordability and style in a riverside community for everyone,” says Kalida Goldade, marketing manager at WestCreek Developments.

This lush, nature-endowed environment in the southeast is almost like stepping into another world of quiet calm and comfort.

Residents can easily go fishing any day with the Bow River right at the backyard, nature hikes can be an everyday adventure, enjoy bird-watching from the comfort of your own deck or patio. “Wolf Willow offers every opportunity to enjoy nature,” Goldade says. “But we’re also just a short drive away for major urban amenities.”

There are plenty of commercial establishments already existing in the nearby communities of Chaparral Valley, Walden and Legacy. “We’re readily accessible to and from Stoney Trail and Macleod Trail. You really do get to enjoy the best of both worlds here,” she adds.

Safe, too. Flood mitigation was top on West Creek’s mind when they started developing this former asphalt plant and gravel pit. “This site didn’t flood in 2013 when the city experienced it’s worst flooding,” Goldade says. “But we did our due diligence. We brought in six
million cubic metres of dirt to raise the site above the one-in-a-thousand-year flood level, that means there is a .001 chance of it flooding each year.”

Wolf Willow is just under 500 acres and will have approximately 3,500 homes on build out. It will also have 150 acres of open space that will include seven playgrounds.

“These won’t be your usual tot lots, we plan to do something very special with the playgrounds here,” Goldade promises. Considering the previous playground work WestCreek has done in their other current communities of Legacy and Cornerbrook, those will be
something to look forward to.

There are also two future school sites in the community, Goldade says. “Knowing that there will be schools in the community some day is an important factor for many young families.”

Wolf Willow lines the Bow River from 194th to 210 Avenues S.E. with entry from the community of Chaparral. It is a well-designed, well-engineered community, where the streets are designed to bring you back to the river. The main street will have a 15-metre wide park
running down the middle of the street. “It is not your typical median,” Goldade says.

Homes will have a blend of traditional and contemporary designs that updates the conventional riverside home look with a more modern bent.

Shane Homes will be offering duplexes; while Trico Homes, Jayman BUILT and Morrison Homes will have laned homes and front drive garage homes. Fee-simple townhomes are from Stepper Homes and Madison Avenue Group; and Cove Properties has an apartment-style
condo development in Phase 1.

Show homes will be available to view starting this summer but a grand opening party is scheduled in September.

“Wolf Willow has been designed with a pedestrian environment and connectivity as the primary focus by linking residential areas to parks and natural areas including Fish Creek Park and a dog park that south Calgary very much needs,” she adds.

Its name connects the community further to its natural heritage. “We named it after the silvery-green wolf willow plant with flowers and berries that had covered the property,” Goldade says.

“Bringing the community back to its roots and natural state is very important to us. Therefore, naming it after a native plant with important ties in the past, was chosen,” she points out, adding that the plant will run along the natural park surrounding the river when the community is complete.”

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