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Bordeaux Properties president and CEO Birol Fisekci, left and Qualico Communities senior manager of development Cary Kienitz stand in front of Harmony's central lake, with the community‚Äôs water and wastewater treatment facilities pictured in the background. Photo by Wil Andruschak/For CREB®Now
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Nov. 25, 2016 | Joel Schlesinger

Watershed moment

Water conservation top of mind for developers and municipalities as usage could exceed supply in coming decades

There's more than meets the eye to a lake at the heart of Harmony, the much-talked-about community by Bordeaux Properties and Qualico Communities west of the city.

When the massive water feature project is completed this spring, it will not only be Alberta's deepest man-made lake. It will also be a key part of the development's water conservation plan, an initiative that is among the most progressive in the Calgary region, said Bordeaux president and CEO Birol Fisekci.

Harmony, located west of Calgary, will not only have 3,500 homes when all is said and done, but will also have its own village retail core and a large lake and wetland area. Illustration courtesy Bordeaux Developments
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June 20, 2016 | Marty Hope

Outside interest

Builders busy in surrounding region

Homebuilders and developers continue to be active in the surrounding area, with a number of new, highly anticipated communities under various stages of development.

CREB®Now takes a closer look at several noteworthy projects currently underway:

Harmony in Springbank

Harmony, located west of the City adjacent to the TransCanada Highway, is a joint-venture management partnership between Bordeaux Developments and Qualico Communities. The master-planned community will not only have 3,500 homes when all is said and done, but will also have its own village retail core and a large lake and wetland area.

Harmony, located west of Calgary, will not only have 3,500 homes when all is said and done, but will also have its own village retail core and a large lake and wetland area. Illustration courtesy Bordeaux Developments
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May 09, 2016 | Joel Schlesinger

The great balancing act

Urban developments are playing nice with rural areas, say experts

Responsible urban development currently taking place outside of Calgary proves that growth doesn't have to come at a cost, say local agriculture and planning officials.

As subdivisions push evermore into rural areas — with neighbourhoods bordering on fields of wheat and other crops — their impact on agricultural land has recently become a hot-button topic, said Tim Dietzler, an agricultural expert with Rocky View County.

"This is not a new issue in this area or any area in Alberta with development new agricultural land," he said. "But many municipalities now pay much more attention to the potential problems that can arise."

The new 3,700- square-foot Discovery Centre in Harmony features a dozen interactive exhibits, including the first display of the Mickelson National Golf Club, with hole-by-hole descriptions and special Phil Mickelson memorabilia. Photo courtesy Harmony.
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May 04, 2016 | CREBNow

Discovery centre gives glimpse into Harmony development

Open to the public this weekend

The folks behind the Harmony development in Springbank lifted the veil Thursday to its new 3,700-square-foot Discovery Centre, providing new details on the much-anticipated lake community just west of Calgary, including a first look at the Phil-Mickelson designed 18-hole golf course.

The centre is intended to introduce curious homebuyers and Springbank neighbours with new details of Harmony, which will eventually be home to approximately 10,000 people. Included are interactive exhibits that provide visitors with a massive projection model of the community, detailed displays and videos on the community vision and a tribe to the Copithorne family, which originally ranched the area.

"Given current market conditions, buyers are more cautious about making a purchasing decision and want to be more informed," says Maribeth Janikowski, communications manager for Qualico Communities, with is developing the community with Bordeaux Developments.

The Nelligan family (from left: Jasper, Angus, Paris, Frankie-Lou and Bruce) off the back deck on their Westmeadows Estates Acreage west of Calgary. Photo by Wil Andruschak/For CREB®Now
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April 11, 2016 | Kathleen Renne

Life as a country mouse

Acreage living brings unique challenges and opportunities 

Frankie-Lou Nelligan is no stranger to country life. She grew up on farms and acreages before returning to that lifestyle three years ago. Even so, Nelligan still experienced some maintenance surprises when, for example, she turned on her sink taps and the kitchen filled with the odour of rotten eggs. As she discovered, she needed to "shock" the well, or disinfect it with chlorine.

"My husband is a city mouse and I'm a country mouse. If you want to live on an acreage, you definitely have to have a country mouse," says Nelligan, who along with her husband and three children, live on five acres in Springbank.

"You're responsible for a lot more on an acreage. Every year, some kind of maintenance needs to be done on the septic tank or the well."

While Watermark still sees mature buyers in its villa portion of the project, it is seeing more young families and working professionals, say developers in the area. Photo courtesy Macdonald Development Corp.
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April 01, 2016 | Lindsay Holden

A bit of everything

Bearspaw, Springbank appealing to a more diverse sect of buyers

Long admired for its opulence, the communities of Bearspaw and Springbank just outside of Calgary's northwest border are now attracting a wider range of buyers who are looking for a bit of everything, say industry professionals.

"Years ago, the area was big into horse culture – everyone wanted to buy a pony for their teenaged daughter. Now, it is more about organized sports, family vacations," said Jeff Neustaedter, a real estate professional whose office last year saw 35 transactions above the $1.1-million mark in Bearspaw alone, ranging from 40-hectare sites to secluded parcels.

While the area between Calgary and Cochrane has always been known for its stately homes, McKinley Masters Custom Homes owner Mark Kwasnicki noted homeowners want more these days – they want space to stretch their legs, but also to get away from the hustle and bustle of city life.

Pump Hill, which dates back to the 1960s, is a poster child for traditional luxury outside of the inner city, say experts. CREB®Now file photo.
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March 08, 2016 | Kathleen Renne

The many faces of luxury

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, say housing experts

The term "luxury" defies a single definition – especially when it comes to housing in Calgary, say experts.

"Luxury is specific to each individual, driven by their particular needs," said Kevin Mullen, president of the Empire Group of Companies, which has constructed dwellings in most of Calgary's upscale communities.

"If someone values the weekend lifestyle, then you might live in Springbank. If being proximate to the Glencoe Club is important, then you might choose Elbow Park. Those lifestyle decisions reflect into defining a luxury community."

Ian Macdonald, director of sales and marketing at Watermark at Bearspaw, says sales in the luxury community have been steady so far in 2015. Photo by Michelle Hofer/For CREB®Now
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Sept. 14, 2015 | Rose Ugoalah

Upside of upscale

'If you build it, they will come'

Despite ongoing softness in the Calgary regional real estate market that has moderated activity in upscale communities such as Springbank and Bearspaw, industry experts believe the value proposition of upscale rural living remains unaffected.

"We have not seen construction stop," said Ian Macdonald, director of sales and marketing at Watermark at Bearspaw, a luxury estate community that recently won a Sales and Marketing (SAM) Award for Community of the Year, Calgary Region from the Canadian Home Builders' Association (CHBA) Calgary Region.

"I call it the Field of Dreams approach — if you build it, they will come."

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