Wildflower flourishes with liveable home designs

New Minto community in Airdrie will have the city’s first outdoor pool as part of its amenities.

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A new community on the upper west side of Airdrie will set the standard for sustainable communities in the Calgary region. The layout of streets and houses versus parks and pathways will encourage foot traffic and reduce vehicle use. A naturalized pond will recycle stormwater for irrigation and, soon, a pollinator highway through the neighbourhood will pave the way for birds and bees. The developer, Minto Communities, has named this community with its bouquet of sustainable features Wildflower.

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Doris Mulumba-Omondi and Gordon Abongo were taken by the community on the west side of 24th Street during a recent house hunting expedition. The couple had been renting a home in Calgary’s Nolan Hill district but were keen to live in a smaller community.

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“We wanted something that was still close (to Calgary) but smaller and more comfortable. That’s when we started looking into living in Airdrie. We wanted to own our own home and most importantly, we wanted to build it,” says Mulumba-Omondi.

After attending a Minto event showcasing the community and learning about the developer’s plans for a Homeowner’s Association facility, they went with their instincts and decided to build a single-family model called the Lily 1. With 2,191 square feet, the two-storey floor plan has a double front garage, a flex room on the main floor, three bedrooms and 2.5 bathrooms. They also chose to develop the walkout basement, bumping the ceilings up to nine feet.

“The great part about the building process was how much choice we had. We chose a lot of upgrades and customizations,” says Abongo. “We really enjoy the aspect of living in a home that we had a part in building. It feels different than buying an already-built home. We get to enjoy our space that we specifically picked out just for us.”

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There was a standard feature that didn’t require an upgrade, one that the couple was tickled with — Minto’s Smart Home Essentials Package, which includes a Smarter Home Hub and integrated video doorbell, thermostat, front door lock and garage door opener. Wildflower homes also come with innovative wireless light switches so lights can be programmed with an app.

Minto Western Canada president Greg Mills says the new homes are designed and constructed to a higher standard for air tightness, energy and water efficiency. They are solar- and EV-ready and come with energy efficient LED lighting and water smart fixtures, which serve to further Minto’s mission to make Wildflower a sustainable community.

“The first set of finished homes are achieving a minimum better-than-building code verification test greater than 20 per cent. All these homes receive an EnerGuide label and with that high level of efficiency make homeowners eligible for a CMHC mortgage insurance rebate direct to the buyer,” he says.

“The smart features were a big selling point for us. The technology provides security, comfort and convenience and lets us control aspects inside the home even when we’re not there,” says Abongo.

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The family is nicely settled in their Wildflower home and are looking forward to meeting their neighbours over the winter and to the future completion of the Homeowner’s Association facility, which will include an outdoor swimming pool.

The impressive 8,000-square-foot amenity is a cornerstone of the community and will also include an open-air sports court, covered skating rink and year-round programming.

“Many of the amenities offered at the Hillside Hub will be new to Airdrie, including the city’s first outdoor swimming pool. This will be a multi-faceted space constructed to enrich lives, foster connections and promote active living among all our residents,” Mills says.

The current single-family offering in Wildflower includes front-drive homes starting from the mid-$500,000s. Minto’s Wildwoods Series of multi-family product is on track for a spring release.

There are three show homes in Wildflower including the Lily 4, the Marigold 2 and Daisy 2 ranging from 1,575 to 2,449 square feet. The 320-acre master-planned community, the first for Minto in Airdrie, will have 2,500 homes when completed. The elevation is 60 metres above the city’s highest point and offers views in all directions.

“We’re thrilled to be part of the new fabric of Airdrie,” Mills says.

THE DETAILS

COMMUNITY: Wildflower in Airdrie.

BUILDER/DEVELOPER: Minto Communities.

HOME: The Lily 1, two-storey front-drive.

SIZE: 2,191 square feet with main floor flex room, developed basement.

PRICE: From $710,000.

INFORMATION: The sales centre is located at 21 Willow Green S.W. in Airdrie., open Monday to Wednesday from 2 to 8 p.m., Saturday and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. Closed Thursday and Friday. Visit minto.com

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