Although Fish Creek Park is just a short distance away, Cardel ensures Shawnee Park residents experience nature right outside their door. Neil MacKimmie, Vice President of Land Development and Brett O’Reilly, Project Manager of Land Development, shared their vision for this to become one of the most beautiful neighbourhoods in Calgary. It’s obvious Shawnee Park goes above and beyond.
What should homebuyers know about the Shawnee Park greenbelt?
“The greenbelt is a 20-metre area surrounding most of the community. Creating an accessible connection between many of our larger parks, the greenbelt also provides a buffer between Shawnee Park and the adjacent neigbourhoods. The paths and greenways foster a feeling of an established community and make it ideal for family strolls, bike rides or walks with furry friends.”
When buying a home in Shawnee Park, what can one expect regarding green space and trees?
“We’re focused on creating a neighbourhood where existing trees are retained and supplemented with new ones sustaining the current urban canopy. Upon completion, the community will boast over 3,150 trees, 582 of which will be mature, existing trees. The recently completed park, nestled in Phase 7, incorporates 26 of these. A typical development is required to dedicate 10% of its land base to parks, but we planned an open- space network that is 33 acres. This amounts to over 25% of the total development area, making Shawnee Park very unique among new developments.”
WITH NEIL MACKIMMIE, VICE PRESIDENT – LAND DEVELOPMENT AND BRETT O’REILLY, PROJECT MANAGER – LAND DEVELOPMENT
What phases and products are available? “Currently, there are only thirty-one lots and six completed or planned inventory homes remaining for purchase in phases 5, 6 and 7. These come with 2020 and 2021 move-in dates. The lot selections include Shawnee Park greenbelt locations and 40′ – 42′ wide lots, suitable for triple-car garage models, many with south-facing back yards and a beautifully treed main boulevard. A dynamic range of single-family homes starting in the $590s, including house, lot and GST, are available in these three phases. To date, the average closing price is just over $800,000, demonstrating the confidence that buyers have in this remarkable project.
Phase 8 is targeted for fall 2021, offering 2022 possessions. It will see the release of two new product lines, one being a premium-level double-car garage townhome and the other, unique wide lot single-family homes directly interfacing with the Shawnee Park greenbelt. Within the next few years, we intend to build another impressive park in the southwest corner of the community that will include a more naturalized water feature and active spaces for play of all kinds.”
A one-of-a-kind community requires a magnificent home. The Grafton, designed especially for Shawnee Park, is just that. With an innovative plan that has many appealing elements and still hits targeted budgets, the buyer will get something extraordinary with this floorplan.
Triple-car garage homes are always in demand. Although not everyone needs this space for vehicles, it is ideal for storage. A wide lot is not essential for the new Grafton model, created to fit on a 40′ one. There is room for three cars, without the need for a large site so the homeowner can benefit from the extra space without the extra cost.
This creative design delivers additional trending features. In the model home, the main floor den can be upgraded to a bedroom with a full bathroom–perfect if a family requires a multi-generational plan. Further optimizing space, the finished basement has another bedroom and full bathroom. One of the Grafton’s biggest attractions is its lower cost per square foot. Emphasizing function, while still considering style, makes this plan very efficient and competitively priced.
With only ten lots suitable for this floorplan in the development currently, this is a limited opportunity as future lots will not be available for another two years. Experience the Grafton model home opening in Shawnee Park in November 2020 and see why it is so unforgettable!
Chris and Marla Lofgren love Shawnee Park’s proximity to Fish Creek Provincial Park, the Priddis Greens Golf and Country Club and Calgary’s inner city. CHRISTINA RYAN
When Chris Lofgren first heard that Cardel Homes was transforming Shawnee Slopes into a beautiful new residential community, he made a mental note.
“I thought, that’s a place where I could definitely buy a home some day,” says Chris, a born and raised Canyon Meadows kid.
“I like the property, the proximity to Fish Creek Provincial Park and that it’s in the south, but not too far out.”He and his wife, Marla, spent a few years living “far out” on an acreage in Priddis, but with three busy children the driving back and forth into Calgary was tiresome. So, six years ago they moved “far in” to inner-city Marda Loop, purchasing a home with more than 4,000 square feet of developed space over three storeys.
“It’s a great house, but our oldest daughter is in university, another is graduating next year and our son will be finishing Grade 9 — it’s a good time to think about downsizing a little bit,” Chris says.
The quest for a smaller home was the perfect excuse to revisit Shawnee Slopes, now calledShawnee Park, on the south side of Fish Creek Park, west of Macleod Trail. With just 490 single-family home sites in the infill neighbourhood, Shawnee Park is a unique, intimate neighbourhood. It was the 2018 BILD Calgary Community of the Year and was also awarded the2018 Best Show Home Parade of the Year.
Chris and Marla liked the show homes, all two-storey models, but found that Cardel also had existing plans for a bungalow — the Cambria Court — a plan they felt made the most sense for their family and gave them the “biggest bang for their buck”.
“We purchased it off paper, but there was one under construction, so we could walk through it and get a sense of how big it was,” Chris says.
The Cambria Court has a rear-attached garage and a side courtyard. It’s large for a bungalow,with 1,577 square feet on the main floor and another 1,100 square feet of developed basement. There are two front-facing bedrooms and two full bathrooms on the main floor with a mudroom and laundry area between the kitchen and the garage. Two more bedrooms and another four-piece bathroom are downstairs with enough space for a 12-foot by 10-foot rec room and ample storage in the mechanical room.
Chris says his new home will be ready in June 2020. He and Marla haven’t chosen their interiors yet, but have several upgrades in mind.
“We plan to spend some extra money in the kitchen and in the master ensuite, and I’m going to make a sports bar in the basement — that’s on my wish list,” he says.
Jon Mortier, Cardel area sales manager, says the Cambria Court was a popular model for the builder in Quarry Park and it’s beginning to catch the interest of new home buyers in Shawnee Park. The base price is just shy of $700,000 he says, including the full basement development.
“We’re always open to doing revisions to our standard floor plans, if someone wants a large master on the main floor and additional bedrooms in the basement,” he notes.
While momentum is building for bungalows, two-storey homes remain the most popular choice in Shawnee Park.
“The Selkirk 2 is our best seller and the Savin is next,” Mortier says, adding that there are several two-storey quick possession homes currently available.
A new park will be ready by summer’s end, new pavement has been laid and building is about to begin in Phase 7 of Shawnee Park, where buyers can find larger lots with south-facing backyards.
“This is a very small, sophisticated, quaint community. All your amenities are here already — it doesn’t get any better than that,” Mortier says.
Chris is excited that his vision of living in Shawnee Park is coming to fruition and that he can remain in the south end of Calgary. His insurance and financial service firm is in nearby Oakridge and he can quickly jump on Highway 22X west to Priddis Greens Golf and Country Club where he is a member.
“Downsizing was a piece of the reason why we’re relocating. We like going for walks and bike rides, so having Fish Creek nearby was a big thing.”
For The Calgary Herald
A community as charming and distinguished as Shawnee Park warrants an equally compelling selection of home designs. To get a first-hand take on what inspired this maturing community’s unique architecture and overall vision, we spoke with Richard Bukarewicz, Vice President of Architecture and Design, who has been designing homes for Cardel since 1992.
What inspired the home design in Shawnee Park? “The goal was to select archi-tectural styles to compliment the mature, treed landscape of the site. We took inspirational, west-coast styles from Washington and Oregon and further fine-tuned them for the authentic, timeless look we were after for Shawnee Park.”
What features make homes unique in this neighbourhood?“It’s the attention to detail in style, scale, colour selection and land-scaping. If the architecture lacksthe right amount of detail to achieve an authentic style, is out of scale,or has a weak colour or landscaping scheme, the curb appeal usually suffers. Overall, Shawnee Park is designed to be a beautiful neigh-bourhood and we haven’t sacrificed attention-to-detail in our home design or landscaping aspects.I think that is a big reason it won BILD awards for both Communityof the Year and Showhome Parade of the Year.”
What types of homes are available?“The Shawnee Park product line is dynamic. We’ve done our homework and understand that buyers are looking for exciting, modern designs at various price levels and I think each Shawnee Park home-style offers something unique. Our bungalow solutions, for example, are designed with courtyard and front or rear-attached garage options. These homes come with maintenance-free decks and require minimal landscaping. Our Essentials series offer south-facing backyards that back onto a bufferand are great for buyers looking to get a quality home at a more afford-able price in an upscale neighbour-hood. We also have a wide variety of two-storey models that come with personalization options like vaulted ceilings with beautiful, wooden beams or double-island kitchens.
When it comes to design, what sets Cardel apart from its competitors?“We take the initiative to look at design differently. There are always a lot of cool things you can do with design, but they don’t always function properly for the home-owner. Our design team is very experienced and focused on space planning, function and style that works. We gather a large amount of information from the four cities we work in, which gives us a broader understanding of what’s important to people. We then use that experi-ence to make good design deci-sions. For example, we designed the Miro 2 kitchen to take advantage of the outdoor living space views. Customers love it.”
What new designs or features can buyers expect to see in this community?“We’ve introduced triple-cargarage plans in Shawnee Park with a variety of front-attached and rear-attached designs. With the density laws in Calgary, these types of lots are becoming more and more rare making this a great opportunity for buyers who are looking to build a larger home that is functional and affordable. We will also be introducing a variety of innovative, multi-generational options to future phases in Shawnee Park which have been growing in demand.”
Not only does Shawnee Park bolster an impressively close proximity to nature, it also offers direct access to life’s necessities—a major perk when it comes to choosing your home’s location. Luckily, for residents of Shawnee Park, this thriving new community offers both.
Located close to James McKevitt Road and MacLeod Trail, Shawnee Park is ideally situated in the southwest, surrounded by a variety of established amenities. Unlike most new communities, everything you need is readily available and conveniently close. From coffee shops and restaurants to grocery stores, shopping centres, daycares and schools, all the essentials plus the nice-to-haves are ready and waiting for you.
Easy access to the rest of the city is also available. Shawnee Park is only a five-minute stroll to the Fish Creek-Lacombe LRT station lending itself to an abun-dance of city-wide possibilities. With a direct link to downtown, commuters can travel to the core of the city within twenty minutes or, better yet, get home from work within twenty minutes, traffic-free.
Whether you’re looking to reconnect with nature or get lost in the urban lights, Shawnee Park is the perfect hub for city-wide possibilities. Through a deliberate blend of accessible conveniences, natural surroundings and exceptional homes, this community has it all, and you can too.
Nature in the city. A variety of aesthetic and geo-graphical aspects come together to make Shawnee Park an absolutely stunning neighbourhood. However, what makes this community truly unique is its history. Shawnee Park is one of the first infill projects to be implemented in Calgary, allowing for a progressive urban develop-ment that encompasses the new while embracing the old.
The start of this remarkable, mas-ter-planned community began with the curation of southwest Calgary’s largest new development bordering Fish Creek Park. Unlike most new developments, Shawnee Parkis already surrounded by a well- established part of the city, which means, rather than waiting for your favourite coffee shop to arrive or transit to be built, everything is already right there.
In addition to the convenience of Shawnee Park’s urban access, this vibrant neighbourhood offers an escape from the city and the oppor-tunity to connect with nature. This burgeoning neighbourhood backs onto the largest urban park in North America, Fish Creek Park. Boasting 3,000 acres of backyard terrain for lucky residents to explore, Shawnee Park’s seemingly endless natural surrounding gives the illusion of being miles away from the busy city while existing in the heart of Calgary’s thriving southwest.
Take a bike ride to Sikome lake or have a summer picnic at Raven Rocks. Hit the trails for fall hiking or take your dog for a run. Strap on some snowshoes or cross-country skis and enjoy the winter snow. With Fish Creek as your backyard, the possibilities for year-round outdoor playtime are many and all within reach.