'Million-Dollar' Views at Villas
LARGE TERRACES PART OF PROJECT IN BEARSPAW - Andrea Cox, Calgary Herald
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Macdonald Development has unveiled its latest masterpiece in Watermark at Bearspaw — a collection of 101 three-bedroom villas, each with large terraces and panoramic views of the Rocky Mountains.
Perhaps “panoramic” is an understatement.
Breathtaking, spectacular and magnificent might be more apropos.
“We like to say that it is a million-dollar view and the villa is free,” says Ian Macdonald, director of sales for the Villas at Watermark, with a laugh.
But in fact, buyers can get into a villa for less than $1 million. These homes start in the low $700,000s.
“If you go out to Kananaskis and have this view, you are going to find that your land cost, alone, is $1 million. Our buyers just get the value right away.”
The first phase of the project includes the release of 32 semidetached, southwest facing walk-out bungalow-style villas, all with unobstructed views of the Rocky Mountains.
The villas, designed by architect Ray Letkeman, feature contemporary prairie-style architecture and will be tiered along a hillside overlooking the community’s central plaza.
Four floor plans are available, each one named after a peak or range in the Rockies — The Glasgow, The Cascade, The Kananaskis and The Highwood.
The Glasgow offers almost 2,400 square feet of living space over two levels.
The first level features close to 1,300 square feet comprised of an open-concept living room, dining room and kitchen. French doors extend from the living room to a large 14-foot by 21-foot outdoor terrace with views of wide open space across to the majestic peaks of the Rockies.
“This is something that someone would expect in a penthouse condo downtown,” says Macdonald.
The main floor also houses the master suite — an oversized retreat with a spa like bathroom and walk-in closet. In the bedroom an oversized fl oor-to-ceiling window captures the views.
Macdonald recounts the story of one of the villa’s buyers, a couple who has been together for 30 years. “They each had their side of the bed, but here they did rock, paper and scissors to see who gets the side of the bed by the window, just to be able to wake up in the morning and roll over and see that view.”
The lower level features an entertainment/lounge area with wet bar and island, as well as two bedrooms, one with its own walk-in closet and ensuite, perfect for an older child.
Another large covered patio space extends from the lounge area. It is blanketed by the ceiling of the upstairs terrace, which is finished in cedar planking and fi r beams, creating a cosy spot for a hot tub or seating.
Finishes on both levels is high-end — engineered wideplanked hardwood flooring, Caesarstone countertops in the kitchen, and granite in the bathrooms and wet bars.
There’s also 10-millimetre glass in the showers, along with Italian porcelain tiles, in-floor heating in the bathrooms and Shaker cabinets — just a few of the components available to buyers.
“We are really happy with our standard features and finishes,” says Macdonald, adding that if people want to step it up a notch, a platinum finishing package is available that includes luxuries like Wolfe and Sub-Zero appliances.
Some of the standard features include a wine fridge and a 22-inch flat screen TV in the kitchen, 10-foot ceilings on the main floor (the first tier of villas will also have 10-foot ceilings on the lower level) and a cast stone fi replace in the main floor great room.
The lower level has two alternate lower-level floor plan arrangements to suit lifestyle and space requirements. A wine cellar option is also available.
Macdonald says that most of the purchasers have been more than age 50 and are looking to smart size, or right size, instead of downsize.
“They are really editing their space. This is the right amount of space for what people are looking for right now and they also want low maintenance.”
In addition to all of the amenities of the area — the stunning main promenade area with its water features, the bike paths and the views — a proposed owners’ clubhouse will contain a full fitness area, an entertainment area and a large kitchen and dining room.
The lock-it-and-leave aspect of the community is also a huge asset. Condo fees include snow removal right up to the front door, along with landscaping of the front, rear and side yards.
Condo fees will be $359 per month and include insurance, maintenance, electricity, maintenance of the single family area’s central plaza and walking paths, as well as the villa owners’ clubhouse and the reserve fund.
“There is real value in this. I pay $100 more than that per month and I live in a downtown condo and get nothing,” says Macdonald.