Villas With a View
MILLION-DOLLAR VIEWS ENCHANT AT VILLAS AT WATERMARK - Pepper Rodriguez, Condo Living
Come for the views, stay for the lifestyle. The million-dollar views of the Canadian Rockies are undoubtedly the best selling point for the amazing Villas at Watermark. Surprisingly these two-level attached bungalows aren’t priced nearly as much, considering the ultra-refined lifestyle they offer.
“Think of it as buying the million-dollar views and getting the house for free,” quips Ian Macdonald, director of sales for Watermark at Bearspaw, the Macdonald Development community that won both the 2012 national and local SAM Awards for best new community.
Villas have been the most sought after multi-family residence in Calgary these past few years, and it isn’t just the baby boomers that are driving demand. But it isn’t simply the need for villa products that account for the early success of Villas at Watermark.
This has already been one of the most hotly anticipated developments in the Calgary area. Already 30 per cent of the 32-unit first phase is sold, and that’s even before the four show homes open to the general public in September.
“Interest for the Villas has been really high, we have nearly 500 names already that have registered for information,” Macdonald points out, adding that there is a good chance that the first phase will be sold out before the year is over. “We’ll probably see a spike in sales when we open the show homes on September 14th.”
The ridge lots are certainly worth the price simply for the spectacular mountain views, but the Villas at Watermark goes beyond that to offer the best in the lock-and-leave lifestyle that doesn’t compromise on luxury or living space.
The Villas at Watermark sit on a quiet hillside of 12 Mile Coulee Road, just past the northwest city limits. It is this uniquely graded site that has allowed Macdonald Development to offer all its villas to have panoramic views of the nearby mountains and the rolling prairie grasslands below.
By building these duplex villas along tiers set in the hillside, each home looks over the top of the home below it and not into its backyard. “These are all southwest facing homes, so everyone gets to benefit from the majestic views, and sightlines are virtually uninterrupted from almost all of the main levels.”
Designed by renowned Canadian architect Ray Letkeman, the villas feature a contemporary prairie-style architecture tweaked to reflect the influence of the Rockies. “It’s the Prairies meet the Rockies with a touch of a resort lifestyle, that fits the needs of snowbirds and empty nesters, who enjoy the feeling of coming home for a vacation from their vacation.”
The maintenance-free aspect perfectly suits their Calgary-to-Phoenix (or Palm Springs, or Miami, or some other warm destination) lifestyle. “Our buyers are not necessarily downsizing, rather they are just adjusting their lives to scale back on the size of the home but not on the feeling of luxury and space.”
There are four floor plans available ranging from 1,900 to 2,600 square-feet of total living space. Each one is designed to maximize the enjoyment of the surrounding natural beauty, with large picture windows, 10-foot ceilings in all main floors (the first row of homes will have 10-foot high ceilings in the lower level as well, the rest will have nine-foot ceilings), and all of them will have a 14-foot-long deck with glass rails on the upper level.
“Everything is geared for the owner’s enjoyment of the views, the master bedrooms have these same big, picture windows, and buyers are already starting to argue over who gets to sleep on the view-side of the bed,” Macdonald says with a chuckle.
The feeling of spaciousness is enhanced by the open concept floorplans. Canadian-made custom-coloured engineered hardwood floors grace a majority of the common areas, European porcelain tile in the bathrooms and foyer give the home an executive feel. Suffice to say, the standard specs offered are already on the upper-end of the scale and exemplify the finer things in life Villas at Watermark’s buyers are accustomed to.
Prices start in the low $700,000s, Macdonald says. “Each lower level has different options as to how it can be developed — from having extra bedrooms for guests, children or grandkids, to a second master bedroom with ensuite, to maximizing storage space — it is entirely up to the buyer.”
Topping it all off is that they will be living in the multi-award-winning community of Watermark at Bearspaw. Watermark won the Canadian Home Builders’ Association 2012 National SAM Award as the best community in Canada, and followed it up by winning the Calgary Regional SAM Awards for Community of the Year —Calgary Region and New Community of the Year.
The 287-acre master planned estate community has five kilometres of walking paths, green space and an enviable central park. “We see it as the perfect community where parents who have earned their right to enjoy the finest life has to offer can have a home in the Villas, while their children and grandkids can live in the same community in our superb single-family homes,” Macdonald says.