March 05, 2021 | Andrea Cox
Peace and quiet: Springbank offers tranquil lifestyle and stunning views on Calgary's western outskirts
As the summer sun rises in the bold, blue Alberta sky, Lisa Neiles revels in the quiet, as she sips her coffee on the deck of her home on Calgary's western perimeter in Springbank Hill. She says that the peacefulness, along with the easy access to the city, attracted her and her husband to the area."I love how we can sit on our deck and hear nothing but the birds chirping," said Neiles. "It is rare you can live in the city and drive down a country road with a view of the meadows with horses and mountain range, turn a corner and drive into your neighbourhood of approximately 40 homes. It's the best of both worlds."
Although Neiles's home technically sits within Calgary's city limits, a two-minute ride down the road leads to the rural community of Springbank in Rocky View County. Known for its sweeping mountain vistas and wide-open rolling lands peppered with country residential acreages and estate homes, Springbank's borders are being slowly absorbed into Calgary proper – Springbank Hill, Aspen Woods, West Springs, Cougar Ridge, Crestmont and Valley Ridge have all been annexed.
For the most part, rural Springbank's development has occurred organically. But recently, new planned communities are popping up, including the master-planned golf-and-lake community of Harmony. Located adjacent to the Springbank Airport, Harmony at final build out will be home to almost 10,000 residents.
"With Harmony, what we wanted to do was turn back the hands of time and focus on what community really is," said Birol Fisekci of Harmony Developments Inc.
Harmony is a joint development between Bordeaux Properties and Qualico Communities.
The project, which is well underway, is brimming with public art and includes ample amenities, such as a mixed-use village centre, two lakes, a sandy beach with a clubhouse, and a wellness centre. There are a variety of housing styles on display, from estate homes to multi-family offerings.
"I love how we can sit on our deck and hear nothing but the birds chirping. It is rare you can live in the city and drive down a country road with a view of the meadows with horses and mountain range, turn a corner and drive into your neighbourhood of approximately 40 homes. It's the best of both worlds." - Lisa Neiles
Springbank is known for its stunning scenery – it was named after Springbank Creek, which flows southeast into the Bow River. It's also known for its golf courses. The Glencoe Golf and Country Club, Pinebrook Golf and Country Club, Elbow Springs Golf Club and Springbank Links dot the countryside, attracting thousands of players each year.
The community of Harmony will add to that mix with Canada's first course designed by accomplished PGA Tour star Phil Mickelson. The Mickelson National Golf Club will offer 18 holes of play and flank the community.
But Springbank isn't just a mecca for golfers. With Calaway Park on its doorstep, Springbank attracts fun seekers of all ages wanting to enjoy a day at one of southern Alberta's biggest family attractions.
Harmony will also build on that outdoor and family-centric feeling. Woven throughout the master-planned community, a dynamic and interactive pathway system will eventually connect to larger regional paths, and the two lakes will provide opportunities for a variety of water sports, from kayaking to paddle boarding. "We are really excited about this," said Garett Wohlberg, director of planning and communications for Qualico Communities.
"Harmony is such an interesting project with many opportunities – it's a full-scale, stand-alone community with its own water and wastewater servicing facilities, and certainly being a lake and golf community really steps up the vision."
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