Ed and Debbie Sweep recently downsized their Brooks-based commercial development business and were looking for a more manageable-sized home near family for their “semi-retirement” years.
The Sweeps had been looking at other communities in the Calgary area for over two years with a long list of wants and wishes, but began eyeing Harmony before the show homes or Discovery Centre were even open.
“We immediately liked the location,”says Ed “Coming from a smaller community we liked the fact that Harmony was on the edge of the City, with killer mountain views and plans for plenty of greenspace.”
“It was also perfect because one daughter lives in Valley Ridge on the West side, and our other daughter frequently comes to Cochrane from out of town to visit the other grandparents,” adds Debbie. “Now we are close to both and can see our daughters and grandchildren more often.”
Given The Sweeps’ very active lifestyle, the amenities and nature of the community were further deciding factors.
“We were interested in finding a community that had a wide mix of ages, especially younger families. There’s a vibe and energy that comes with that. We knew we did not want to move into a 55+ community,” they agree.
Younger families might even be hard pressed to keep up with Ed and Debbie, who regularly play tennis, golf, run (including half marathons), and bike. They have already joined the Mickelson National Golf Club and are excited about the plans for tennis courts in the future Outdoor Activity Area. In the meantime, they knew the extensive and ever growing pathway system would be sure to get a workout from them both.
“The lake, of course, was also a major draw. We’ll use it to kayak, are looking forward to learning how to paddle board, and enjoying relaxation time with the grandkids in the sun.”
Once the Villas by NuVista officially opened in April 2017, it took no time at all for The Sweeps to snap up a dream Villa with views of green farmland and the mountains.
“I believe we have the distinction of being the first to purchase,” explains Ed. “Downsizing from a 4,500 sq ft house with five-car garage, we thought the Villas offered everything we wanted in a scaled-back home.”
With its open floorplan, bungalow-style main floor living, and a double garage they found surprisingly roomy, The Lavender model at almost 3,000 sq feet including developed lower level, was the perfect fit. However, there were still some questions.
“We were actually quite apprehensive about someone else building our new home,” admits Ed. “But after meeting the NuVista team we felt confident we had made the right choice.”
“With Ed being a commercial builder we had some pretty big expectations, and we can say without a doubt, NuVista met or exceeded our expectations. They have gone above and beyond to achieve the end result we were looking for,”explains Debbie. “And Ed is one fussy guy!”
The Sweeps took possession December 22, 2017, shortly after they attended their first Harmony community event at the Discovery Centre. “It was the afternoon Christmas Party and the grandkids loved it. Best Santa ever!”
With the active lifestyle amenities, picturesque setting, and friendly neighbours –is there anything else The Sweeps are looking forward to in the future?
“When fully developed, I think Harmony will have everything we need and will provide such a well-rounded lifestyle. We really like the town centre concept and the walkable intent of the community. The whole concept is brilliant!”Debbie enthuses.
“We also understand there are several other retail and service developments being planned along the 16th Avenue corridor, so residents won’t need to be concerned about access to plenty of nearby urban amenities,” Ed says.
“But without having to drive right into Calgary all the time,” Debbie is quick to point out. “We like that.”
With a place in Palm Springs and a love of travel, the Villa lifestyle is offering The Sweeps plenty of freedom. They admit they haven’t been around much over the chilly winter season. So what are they actually looking forward to most?
“Getting back to Harmony and really enjoying our new home!” they smile.