Reviews and recommendations are unbiased and products are independently selected. Postmedia may earn an affiliate commission from purchases made through links on this page.
Two Alberta developers have teamed up to launch Heartwood, a new residential community that combines the best qualities of Alpine architecture and European style. Community is the missing piece of the puzzle in the interlocking configuration of new Southeast communities anchored by a host of amenities, including the South Calgary Health Campus and the largest YMCA in North America: the Brookfield Residential YMCA in Seton.
Heartwood, named after the center of a tree, comprises 200 acres (81 hectares) surrounded by the communities of Mahogany to the north, Rangeview to the east and south, and Seton to the west. The community will be developed in five phases and will ultimately be home to just over 4,000 people, who will live in a collection of single-family and multi-family home designs.
“This is our most recent foray into real estate development and it is our most exciting community. It is the centerpiece, the bridge, that unites all these communities,” says Luciano Salvador, executive vice president of Rohit Communities.
Rohit, who has several developments underway in Edmonton and area and is also developing Heartland in Cochrane, has partnered with Edmonton builder and developer Bedrock Homes for the project. It is their first territorial development partnership together. The duo has worked together on several other projects (Bedrock Homes as builder, Rohit as developer) in the Edmonton area, including Rohit’s Cambrian in Sherwood Park and Cherot in St. Albert communities.
“We are very excited to enter the Calgary market in this thriving sector and partner with Rohit; they have proven to offer some of the most thoughtful and beautifully designed communities in the Alberta market, and Heartwood has the potential to be another flagship community,” says Cam Ferchoff, president of Bedrock Homes, a division of the family-run Carrington Group of Companies, which has an extensive history in land development and has developed multiple communities in Edmonton, Leduc and Kelowna.
Heartwood will have access to a host of amenities that already exist in the Seton urban district, as well as its own set of unique offerings, from numerous walking trails that wind through nature-filled areas to a storm pond with beautiful gardens, two children’s play areas, park sites and a select group of neighborhood restaurants and boutiques.
“It has a very diverse set of land uses and part of that is because the main amenities are already in place. “We are really going to focus on incorporating those specialized services that are not found in the other communities, like a grocery store, a bakery with a specialized atmosphere, perhaps with Italian or Asian influence,” says Salvador, who points out that The key to a successful community is to put services online in the first phase.
“It’s really about the timing of amenities,” he says, noting that in many Rohit communities fun features like dog parks and playgrounds are up and running even before the first show home opens. .
In addition to the amenity pool, it is the architecture and designs of the homes that will set Heartwood apart.
“It will be a European mountain landscape with two new architectural styles (urban wood and alpine stone) and, for the most part, builders will have to create facades unique to this community,” says Kelsey Siemens, Rohit sales manager. Communities.
Most of the cues for the house designs come from rural landscapes: sloping roofs, with lots of wood and limestone details. Housing styles are diverse and feature many multi-family options, with condos, townhomes, and apartment-style duplexes. Single-family home designs will include front-wheel drive and laneway home designs and a select group of 12 estate-style homes with three-car garages on amenity lots with ponds.
“With the houses we really want to create that sense of interaction at street level, wider entrances with focus on the front of the house. The wood and stone will give it a luxurious feel,” says Siemens, noting that the beauty of the facades will encourage street-oriented living.
A collection of five apartment-style condominium projects will also be offered, along with a selection of townhome and duplex designs.
The builder group includes Genesis Builders Group, Jayman Built, Trico Homes, Bedrock Homes and Rohit Homes. Prices will range from $200,000 to more than $1 million, depending on the design of the home.
Both Ferchoff and Salvador are strong in Calgary and the area.
“Right now it has the eyes of all of Canada on it. It is the first choice destination in Alberta, closely followed by Edmonton,” says Salvador. He notes, however, that successful communities are not based on location alone; They also have to do with the successful synchronization of services. “With Heartwood, we want people to see the vision from the beginning with open play areas, retail offerings, and trails and ponds.”
This is a six-year development with Phase 1, which will feature 200 lots and the storm pond water feature and walking trails, just coming online.
“We’re just getting started,” says Salvador. Sales are scheduled to begin in early fall, with the first show homes opening in spring 2025.