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Yes please! Mountain getaways and more bedrooms

First residents in Cochrane community will discover a spacious home base in Green Cedar Homes 4+ bedroom model.

Active and growing families feel the pinch of tight quarters the most.

And, during stay-at-home mandates they became especially aware of the limits of their homes when they became the backdrop for every aspect of life: school, work, and raising kids.

Families are understandably craving relief. They want the freedom to stretch out in a larger home. Elbow room and a change of scenery are drawing newcomers to Cochrane’s Greystone community, set to see its first residents in 2023.

Green Cedar Homes is one among a group of builders who is rolling out a lineup of some of the largest square footage designs in the community measuring up to 2,416 sq. ft. with four bedrooms and the potential for a fifth, to allow every member of the family to live in peace together – including parents working from home, or teens craving privacy. The easy pace of the small urban center of Cochrane, plus its accessible home prices on larger lots than Calgary is a no-brainer for families making the leap from hustle and city living.

Is Cochrane more affordable than Calgary?

Cochrane’s population expanded by 20% in the pasts five years, but the location remains small enough to be designated as a town at around 30,000 citizens. Many of the newcomers are ditching city life for simplified priorities. They find novelty and connection to people in their community in simple actions like the option to walk for daily needs. Or they can get around in minutes by car and find time to relax with an uncomplicated lifestyle. Affordability is also found in Cochrane’s lower cost-of-living that is 15% lower than in Calgary, according to a 2022 index compiled by Numbeo, the world’s largest database of user-contributed data about cities and countries worldwide.

What do homebuyers get for under $500,000 in Greystone of Cochrane?

Green Cedar’s two-storey models in Greystone will start at 1,937 sq. ft. priced about $470,000 including lot and a long list of standard upscale finishing, plus GST. Green Cedar created their finishing packages as an answer to the most frequent upgrade requests, and they found most customers transitioning to larger models also wanted a step up in lifestyle features.

“Homebuyers move up in size means they also want elevated specifications above a base model home,” said Terrence Skoreyko, Green Cedar Homes Marketing Manager, adding, “We’re including a lot of them.”

From $470,000 for 1,937 sq. ft. with elevated interiors

“Some of those things are elevated interiors for kitchens, baths, and little extras throughout the home,” he explained. Models feature standard 9ft. main floor ceilings, vinyl plank flooring throughout the main level, quartz countertops, under valence lighting, and solid MDF versus wire shelving in the pantry. Smart connections with included WIFI-enabled garage door openers and thermostats put easy comfort and security at homeowners' fingertips.

A bungalow model is also offered by Green Cedar, and is priced near $510,000 including lot plus GST, and provides single-level-living for those needing fewer bedrooms or steps to climb, or whose basements are going to be teenagers’ sanctuaries.

What homes are for sale in Cochrane?

The builder’s largest model is 2,416 sq. ft. and features four bedrooms and three-and-a-half baths including ensuite-style baths attached to bedrooms, a second-storey bonus room, upper laundry, and separate main-floor flex room that’s ideal as a work-from-home space. The design was created for family members growing together, but where private space serves each of their evolving responsibilities.

“Most of the people we work with want more space. They are upsizing from a starter home, and a model with a maximum living area for the lot,” said Skoreyko.

Is Cochrane a good place to live?

Early interest in Green Cedar’s lineup of five new homes is strong, even before the opening of the showhome, which is expected later in 2023. Some Calgary residents plan to split their hybrid work between offices downtown and in-home office spaces at their new Cochrane address. The popular practice lets workers strike a balance between life at home and their commutes. Many in Greystone who choose to design their new homes with desk nooks or dens will be in good company in Cochrane. A 2021 survey by the Cochrane Business Association found that 43% of town residents work from home.

Pets, skiers, and hikers take to the trails

Greystone in Cochrane also earns points for its handy location that serves active families who want to access their weekend mountain passions or daily outdoor adventures on the trails in town, said Skoreyko. They’re pet owners, skiers, and hikers, he said and easy trips west can happen on a moments’ notice without city traffic. Banff National Park is a 45-minute drive away, Canmore Nordic Centre is 35 min and Mt. Norquay Ski Hill is 50 minutes.


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