It's the best of both worlds
Monday February 10, 2014
'It's the best of both worlds'
Watermark at Bearspaw offers more breathing room for residents
Josh Skapin, Calgary Herald
Published: Saturday, February 08, 2014
Watermark at Bearspaw is a refreshing change for the Da Silvas.
The family of three moved to the luxury community west of Calgary last summer.
In the development, residents are treated to at least 25 feet of space between homes - much more breathing
room than the high-density Calgary neighbourhood the Da Silvas moved from.
"It's the best of both worlds," says Renie Da Silva. She and her husband, Stefan, built a home in the first phase of
Watermark at Bearspaw through Trickle Creek Custom Homes.
The master-planned community by Macdonald Development Corp. has won local and national awards.
Both medical doctors, the couple had considered renovations to their previous home. But after hearing good
things from a colleague who bought in the subdivision, they explored further to see if it would also be the right fit
for their needs.
Lots range from 0.1 to 0.39 hectares. "The lots are big, so you don't feel crowded," says Renie.
"Most of the neighbourhoods - for example, the one we were in - you could be on your deck and shake hands with
your neighbour on his deck."
At the Da Silvas' new home, "You have neighbours but you're not right in your neighbour's face."
While they were ready for a change, the couple had been fond of the general layout in their previous home. They
found they could have something similar with Trickle Creek Custom Homes, although it was anything but a replica.
The Da Silvas were excited to include an outdoor living space with a TV, fireplace, barbecue and screens that open
The house also contains a home theatre that Stefan says has been wellused. "We probably use it every couple of
nights and we have a little one who loves it," he says. "She watches cartoons down there and calls it her 'little
theatre room.' " Along with Trickle Creek Custom Homes, Watermark's builders include Wolf Custom Homes,
Astoria Homes and Albi Homes.
This group will open a new show home parade in Watermark at noon today.
The move comes shortly after the launch of sales in Watermark at Bearspaw's second phase. Like its first phase, all
homes start at more than $1 million.
Astoria's show home is 3,774 square feet and features a three-car garage with an open-to-below great room, four
bedrooms and three-and-a-half bathrooms.
Wolf's has two indoor and two outdoor fireplaces. It's 5,306 square feet with five bedrooms, five bathrooms and a
In Trickle Creek's model, it contains a 5,055-square-foot floor plan.
It features an open-riser staircase that wraps around a 212-bottle glass showcase wine room and second-storey
deck with views of the Rocky Mountains. Albi's model is 3,433 square feet and features a kitchen with furniture style cabinets, a large island and nook,
travertine wall cladding and an oversized hood fan.
The home's great room uses oversized windows to take advantage of Watermark at Bearspaw's surrounding
natural beauty. It also boasts a 10-foot-high painted ceiling.
"These homes showcase what people can do in the community," says Ian Macdonald, director of sales at
Watermark at Bearspaw, adding the development also has a selection of quickpossession homes. "We realize
some people do not want to wait the time to build a custom home, or do not have the time to go through that
custom process - so we are providing some amazing homes that people can move into right away," he says.
"The design, the finishing - everything has been taken care of."
In the latest phase, some lots have unobstructed mountain views, while others back onto cascading ponds or
groves of aspen and walking trails. "There's a great mix of lots in phase two," says Macdonald, adding lots sizes
have been part of what's drawn homebuyers to the community, calling it the "Goldilocks theory - we're the right
At press time, the community had sold 50 per cent of its 66 lots in its second phase. "I think people are realizing
the inventory of available in the city is quickly running out," says Macdonald.
The established features within the development are also part of its attraction, including man-made features such
as cascading ponds and pathways, he says. While there's a mix of people putting down roots in Watermark at
Bearspaw, Macdonald says many of the buyers have been young families.
"The kids are getting picked up by school buses now; they're meeting their neighbours," he says. "The kids are all
having birthday parties together. This community has really developed a long way in the last year."
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WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
BUILDERS: Trickle Creek Custom Homes, Albi Homes, Astoria Homes and Wolf Custom Homes.
DEVELOPER: Macdonald Development Corp.
AREA: Bearspaw is an area west of Calgary.
PRICE: Starting at more than $1 million. BUYERS: Stefan and Renie Da Silva.
AGES: Their late 30s.
BACKGROUND: The couple moved last summer from a neighbourhood in northwest Calgary to Watermark at
Bearspaw. The couple has a threeyear-old daughter. They're both doctors who say the commute from Bearspaw is
the same, "if not a bit better." They like the community's spacious lots and established features, such as a central
plaza, pathways and views of the mountains. They built their house through Trickle Creek Custom Homes.
INFORMATION: Visit watermarkatbear spaw.com
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