Patti Clarkson is a woman with a mission. Many missions. But one of them was the tenacity to keep investigating Harmony, keep asking questions, and keep researching, until she had the answers she needed to become a homeowner.
As a professional Human Resources Consultant entering her ‘empty nest’ phase, Patti was searching for her forever home, which needed to provide main-floor bungalow living. With two University-age daughters, one starting and one finishing, she also wanted a fun and active place for them and their future families to visit.
“I started thinking about being an empty nester three years ago and had gone through a few Villa show homes. While I liked the lifestyle of the homes, I wasn’t sold on the communities themselves. Then I discovered Harmony and its vision,” Patti says.
Patti was an early pioneer, driving out to the community before the main boulevard Copithorne Trail was even complete. She was touring the Show Home Parades within days of launching. While several of the Tamarack Bungalow Estate Homes caught her eye – she decided to take her time for the Villas to be released.
When that opportunity finally came in the Spring of 2017, she was researched and ready. A deposit was put down within 24 hours and she landed a beautiful NuVista-built Villa on a lot she loved — complete with a view of Harmony Lake. She also cites NuVista’s flexibility in customizing her favourite model as another critical component in securing her decision. “They were very patient with me,” she smiles.
In terms of due diligence, Patti was thorough. “I was probably out to Harmony once a month for a year and a half, bringing everyone I knew with me,” she says.
“I loved the idea of lake living, with a real lake where you can boat and swim,” explains the former Vancouverite. “However, my two concerns were, first, it was outside the city, and second, the airport.”
“The complete development plan for Harmony helped alleviate the first concern as most everything I need will be right here or nearby, especially when the future Village and the Beach Club come to fruition. That will provide a real sense of community.”
In terms of proximity to the Springbank Airport, Patti needed additional reassurance. She turned to the Ambassadors at The Discovery Centre, long-time Springbank residents themselves, for a real “on-the-ground” perspective.
“The ladies at The Discovery Centre were very helpful as they have lived by the airport for many years and were able to give me the information I needed. I also spent time wandering around outside listening for airport noise. I even talked to local residents,” Patti admits. “I am now satisfied the airport is not an issue.”
As Chair of the Board for ‘Dare to Care’ — a Calgary cased bullying-prevention charity — an official in competitive swimming, and a CrossFit enthusiast, there’s no slowing down for Patti in her next chapter, and Harmony provides the perfect combination of an outdoor, active, and community-oriented lifestyle.
“I am forever bringing people out to show off the great place in which I will be living! I want all my friends and family to come out and live here,” she beams.
What is she especially looking forward to?
“The lake, the lake, the lake! I can’t wait to be sitting in a kayak in the middle of Harmony Lake. I’m even looking forward to learning to use a stand-up paddle board,” she says. “But also, just the thought of sitting on my deck in the morning with my coffee, watching the water, brings me peace.”
Editors update: Patti moved in to her Harmony home the summer of 2018.