We present the Signature Villa Collection. This enclave of bungalow style villas offers a total of 28 homes, with 5 unique 2,3 and 4 bedroom designs to choose from. “Live life with a little spice” is how we see life lived in this dynamic community. Starting in the high $700,000's, models range from 1,444 to 1,720 sq.ft. with a total finished space of 2,450 to over 3,000 sq.ft. All models feature: 9’ foundation and main floor ceiling heights, quartz or granite counters, hardwood & tile flooring, fireplaces, finished walk-out basements, covered decks and patio with a landscaping package which includes underground irrigation and a fenced off backyard. The garage is an oversized double car garage and all the appliances including washer and dryer are part of the package. The best part of living in the villas is there are NO CONDO FEES!
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Harmony is located approximately 10 minutes west of the Calgary City limits following the Trans-Canada Highway, just north west of the Springbank Airport, taking Exit 169
Ed and Debbie Sweep recently downsized their Brooks-based commercial development business and were looking for a more manageable-sized home near family for their “semi-retirement” years.
The Sweeps had been looking at other communities in the Calgary area for over two years with a long list of wants and wishes, but began eyeing Harmony before the show homes or Discovery Centre were even open.
“We immediately liked the location,”says Ed “Coming from a smaller community we liked the fact that Harmony was on the edge of the City, with killer mountain views and plans for plenty of greenspace.”
“It was also perfect because one daughter lives in Valley Ridge on the West side, and our other daughter frequently comes to Cochrane from out of town to visit the other grandparents,” adds Debbie. “Now we are close to both and can see our daughters and grandchildren more often.”
Given The Sweeps’ very active lifestyle, the amenities and nature of the community were further deciding factors.
“We were interested in finding a community that had a wide mix of ages, especially younger families. There’s a vibe and energy that comes with that. We knew we did not want to move into a 55+ community,” they agree.
Younger families might even be hard pressed to keep up with Ed and Debbie, who regularly play tennis, golf, run (including half marathons), and bike. They have already joined the Mickelson National Golf Club and are excited about the plans for tennis courts in the future Outdoor Activity Area. In the meantime, they knew the extensive and ever growing pathway system would be sure to get a workout from them both.
“The lake, of course, was also a major draw. We’ll use it to kayak, are looking forward to learning how to paddle board, and enjoying relaxation time with the grandkids in the sun.”
Once the Villas by NuVista officially opened in April 2017, it took no time at all for The Sweeps to snap up a dream Villa with views of green farmland and the mountains.
“I believe we have the distinction of being the first to purchase,” explains Ed. “Downsizing from a 4,500 sq ft house with five-car garage, we thought the Villas offered everything we wanted in a scaled-back home.”
With its open floorplan, bungalow-style main floor living, and a double garage they found surprisingly roomy, The Lavender model at almost 3,000 sq feet including developed lower level, was the perfect fit. However, there were still some questions.
“We were actually quite apprehensive about someone else building our new home,” admits Ed. “But after meeting the NuVista team we felt confident we had made the right choice.”
“With Ed being a commercial builder we had some pretty big expectations, and we can say without a doubt, NuVista met or exceeded our expectations. They have gone above and beyond to achieve the end result we were looking for,”explains Debbie. “And Ed is one fussy guy!”
The Sweeps took possession December 22, 2017, shortly after they attended their first Harmony community event at the Discovery Centre. “It was the afternoon Christmas Party and the grandkids loved it. Best Santa ever!”
With the active lifestyle amenities, picturesque setting, and friendly neighbours –is there anything else The Sweeps are looking forward to in the future?
“When fully developed, I think Harmony will have everything we need and will provide such a well-rounded lifestyle. We really like the town centre concept and the walkable intent of the community. The whole concept is brilliant!”Debbie enthuses.
“We also understand there are several other retail and service developments being planned along the 16th Avenue corridor, so residents won’t need to be concerned about access to plenty of nearby urban amenities,” Ed says.
“But without having to drive right into Calgary all the time,” Debbie is quick to point out. “We like that.”
With a place in Palm Springs and a love of travel, the Villa lifestyle is offering The Sweeps plenty of freedom. They admit they haven’t been around much over the chilly winter season. So what are they actually looking forward to most?
“Getting back to Harmony and really enjoying our new home!” they smile.
Patti Clarkson is a woman with a mission. Many missions. But one of them was the tenacity to keep investigating Harmony, keep asking questions, and keep researching, until she had the answers she needed to become a homeowner.
As a professional Human Resources Consultant entering her ‘empty nest’ phase, Patti was searching for her forever home, which needed to provide main-floor bungalow living. With two University-age daughters, one starting and one finishing, she also wanted a fun and active place for them and their future families to visit.
“I started thinking about being an empty nester three years ago and had gone through a few Villa show homes. While I liked the lifestyle of the homes, I wasn’t sold on the communities themselves. Then I discovered Harmony and its vision,” Patti says.
Patti was an early pioneer, driving out to the community before the main boulevard Copithorne Trail was even complete. She was touring the Show Home Parades within days of launching. While several of the Tamarack Bungalow Estate Homes caught her eye – she decided to take her time for the Villas to be released.
When that opportunity finally came in the Spring of 2017, she was researched and ready. A deposit was put down within 24 hours and she landed a beautiful NuVista-built Villa on a lot she loved — complete with a view of Harmony Lake. She also cites NuVista’s flexibility in customizing her favourite model as another critical component in securing her decision. “They were very patient with me,” she smiles.
In terms of due diligence, Patti was thorough. “I was probably out to Harmony once a month for a year and a half, bringing everyone I knew with me,” she says.
“I loved the idea of lake living, with a real lake where you can boat and swim,” explains the former Vancouverite. “However, my two concerns were, first, it was outside the city, and second, the airport.”
“The complete development plan for Harmony helped alleviate the first concern as most everything I need will be right here or nearby, especially when the future Village and the Beach Club come to fruition. That will provide a real sense of community.”
In terms of proximity to the Springbank Airport, Patti needed additional reassurance. She turned to the Ambassadors at The Discovery Centre, long-time Springbank residents themselves, for a real “on-the-ground” perspective.
“The ladies at The Discovery Centre were very helpful as they have lived by the airport for many years and were able to give me the information I needed. I also spent time wandering around outside listening for airport noise. I even talked to local residents,” Patti admits. “I am now satisfied the airport is not an issue.”
As Chair of the Board for ‘Dare to Care’ — a Calgary cased bullying-prevention charity — an official in competitive swimming, and a CrossFit enthusiast, there’s no slowing down for Patti in her next chapter, and Harmony provides the perfect combination of an outdoor, active, and community-oriented lifestyle.
“I am forever bringing people out to show off the great place in which I will be living! I want all my friends and family to come out and live here,” she beams.
What is she especially looking forward to?
“The lake, the lake, the lake! I can’t wait to be sitting in a kayak in the middle of Harmony Lake. I’m even looking forward to learning to use a stand-up paddle board,” she says. “But also, just the thought of sitting on my deck in the morning with my coffee, watching the water, brings me peace.”
Patti moves in June of 2018.
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