B.C. household builds dream dwelling in Wedderburn

New group by Anthem in Okotoks gives house, facilities and about 10 youngsters on the road the identical age as their son, says new proprietor.

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Though their transfer from British Columbia to Alberta was initially peppered with obstacles, Rose and Joshua Malamas are actually settled into their new dwelling and couldn’t be happier.

The couple, initially from Langley on the West Coast, had been contemplating a transfer to Alberta for just a few years, spurred on by the low price of actual property (they wished to construct their dream dwelling) and in addition lured by the prominence of fantastic faculties for his or her six-year-old son, Josh.  So, within the spring of 2022, they ventured to Calgary on a reconnaissance mission to discover the world and the housing market. Whereas visiting, they fell in love with Okotoks, drawn particularly to the group’s friendliness and simple accessibility to each Calgary and Lethbridge, the place they’ve household.

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“It actually felt like Langley used to — a spot with that small-town really feel, the place individuals speak to you. And but, it nonetheless has every part, all the shops and in all places you go right here there may be panorama. It’s very stunning,” says Rose Malamas.

Rose and Joshua have been intrigued by the group of Wedderburn, and gravitated in the direction of a reasonably and useful dwelling design by Sterling Houses, tshe Berkshire 2.

“Wedderburn is near some nice faculties and the neighbourhood is stuffed with younger households and many youngsters,” says Rose.

Nicole O’Dell, space gross sales supervisor for Sterling Houses in Wedderburn, notes that dwelling in Wedderburn gives loads of benefits.

“Wedderburn is de facto the gateway into Okotoks. It’s on the north facet of city, so it’s shut for individuals to get into and out of Calgary, and regionally, it’s tied in to all the strolling paths and trails which are already in Okotoks, so you possibly can go away your automotive at dwelling and stroll downtown to all the festivals and the espresso outlets and shops.”

Actually picturesque, Okotoks gives loads of out of doors dwelling together with entry to 110 parks, 72 playgrounds, 36 sports activities fields and 94 kilometres of strolling, mountaineering and biking trails. Occasions and festivals are bountiful and the city’s historic core brims with espresso outlets, vintage outlets, pubs and boutique-type shops. There’s no scarcity of the way to benefit from the city’s stunning environment.

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However it wasn’t simply in regards to the group; having the ability to construct their dream dwelling was of utmost significance to the household. With virtually 2,500 sq. ft of dwelling house, the two-storey, front-attached Berkshire 2 mannequin by Sterling supplied every part they wanted: 4 bedrooms, a big nice room, a useful kitchen with an outsized island, an upstairs bonus room, the choice for a three-car storage and principal flooring flex room and a walk-out basement that they might develop at their leisure.

The couple has a six-year-old son, Joshua, and an English bulldog, so a house that supplied loads of house, in addition to non-public areas was important. Rose additionally has a 20-year-old daughter and an 18-year-son who’ve opted to remain in B.C., however she wished to make sure that there was loads of house and additional bedrooms in case they modified their minds and determined to go westwards.

After their preliminary fact-finding journey in 2022, the couple returned again to B.C., mulled over the transfer and pulled the set off within the spring of 2023, signing the paperwork on a Berkshire 2 mannequin on a 40-foot lot that was below building in Wedderburn.

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Throughout this time, Joshua obtained a job supply from a Calgary firm. The one problem? His firm wished him to start out instantly. It was a little bit of a shock, however the household rose to the event.

Though the household had ready for his or her transfer by promoting their properties in Langley, that they had been staying with kinfolk and didn’t but have a spot to stay in Alberta. In any case, that they had simply signed the papers and their dwelling in Wedderburn wasn’t scheduled for completion till the tip of September 2023.

“We weren’t planning on Josh having to remain. I should have messaged 100 individuals who have been providing leases, all the best way from Airdrie to Excessive River. I used to be providing $500 over asking and lease up entrance for six months. Nobody would lease to us as a result of it was short-term and we had a canine,” remembers Rose.

Simply within the nick of time, the couple discovered a vacant townhome on the market in Okotoks and bought it with a June 1 possession date. The household lived within the townhome, out of bins for 4 months till the brand new construct dwelling was prepared on the finish of September.

“I by no means thought that we must purchase a second dwelling to be able to get our dream dwelling,” says Rose with amusing. “It was all such a nightmare.”

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However she notes that there was a silver lining. Now that the household has moved into their newly constructed Sterling dwelling in Wedderburn, the townhome has change into a income property for them.

“There was so much to beat to get right here. I believed that I’d miss B.C., however that is now dwelling,” says Rose. “There are 10 boys on our road, all of them round Joshua’s age. It’s actually pleasant. I really like my new dwelling. It’s all labored out fairly nicely.”


HOME: The Berkshire 2, a two-storey, front-attached, 2,456-square-foot, four-bedroom dwelling with a number of pre-planned choices, together with a spice kitchen and a three-car storage, relying on lot measurement. Exterior elevations embody Craftsman, Tudor and Farmhouse.

BUILDER: Sterling Houses

COMMUNITY: Wedderburn, Okotoks


PRICE: The Berkshire 2 begins at $722,000 together with lot, landscaping and GST.

SHOW HOME: Though there isn’t at the moment a Berkshire 2 present dwelling, Sterling Houses is showcasing a just lately unveiled new single-family present dwelling design in Wedderburn — the Emerald — which is able to give patrons an concept of Sterling’s designs.

LOCATION AND HOURS: The present house is positioned at 4 Emerson Cres. in Wedderburn, Okotoks. It’s open Monday to Thursday from 2 to eight p.m., and weekend and holidays from midday to five p.m.  

INFORMATION: sterlingcalgary.com; wedderburnokotoks.com

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