Edmonton teachers Tenesha and Shevaar Smith are building a house in Woodhaven Edgemont, a new development just four minutes from their current home in Uplands. But as far as they’re concerned, the secluded community might as well be worlds away.
“The natural surroundings, with the ravine and all the trails, are so amazing. With our new house, we’ll have no one behind us and lots of privacy in a bigger home,” says Tenesha.
“Blackstone Homes had a show home there: the Chelsea II. We drove over one day and walked through it. It was absolutely stunning,” says Tenesha. “The layout was very functional for us, and a lot of features that other builders offered as upgrades were standard.”
The wide-open spaces of Kinglet Gardens, developed by Rohit Land Development, called to inner-city dwellers Evergista Aberilla and her husband, who were house hunting last year. After scouring new communities along Anthony Henday Drive, they were delighted to discover an emerging neighbourhood next to the natural areas of Big Lake and Louis Hole Centennial Provincial Park.
“There’s a bird sanctuary there and it’s still very close to my work in St. Albert and only 20 minutes to downtown. It will be like country living,” says Aberilla.
After speaking to several Kinglet Garden builders, she and her husband chose Blackstone Homes to build their new 2,000 square foot home. The couple will forever be known as the very first homebuyers in the community.
Most people shopping for a home have a general idea of what they’re looking for, but thanks to hours spent watching home improvement shows, Tina and Jamison Dafoe of Edmonton had assembled some super specific ideas.
“I’d say we’re big fans of home reno shows. We had a list going of features we wanted in our next home,” says Tina, a university research administrator and mother of two-year-old Sebastian.
When Rohit Land Development began planning two of their new Edmonton communities, Woodhaven at Edgemont and Ridgecrest at Glenridding Ravine, they knew they needed to bring on Blackstone Homes as one of their builders.
“We first worked with them in our Starling at Big Lake community and were very happy with their success and how they work with their customers,” says the developer’s vice-president of land and commercial, Russell Dauk.
A family-run, mid-volume builder, Blackstone was founded ten years ago by husband-and-wife team Jay and Priya Sharma.
“Their corporate vision and values align with Rohit’s. They’re creative and customer-focused,” says Duak.
Sean and Becky McKenzie have four children between the ages of two and 14. After living in the three-bedroom unit for six years, the family was overdue for a larger home.
“When we first moved to [our old home], we visited the Blackstone show home just for fun. The home was the original Bristol floor plan. We loved the details and the quality,” she says. “Last year, during our home search, we found their show home in Ridgecrest, and it was an updated version—the Bristol E. We walked through it, and that was it. We were ready.”
“On a zero lot, you have just one side to landscape and maintain, and the backyards are just as deep. Placing the same floor plan on a slightly narrower lot allows the homebuyer to save on costs, or to put that budget towards desired upgrades,” VandenBrink says.
In Ridgecrest at Glenridding Ravine, builder Blackstone Homes has a great selection of zero lots. Their Ridgecrest show home, the Chelsea, perfectly illustrates the concept. The 2,038-square-foot home has a desirable open-to-below feature in the great room, a walk-through pantry and mudroom, a vast kitchen and main floor den, three bedrooms, and a bonus room, laundry room and two full bathrooms on the second floor.
For the Mayers, their months and months of searching was about to be over. Blackstone had the bungalow they were seeking. It was in another neighbourhood but they couldn’t find a lot there that met their needs.
“We didn’t know about Woodhaven Edgemont,” said Rene, who emphasized that they stumbled across it only because of Blackstone. “But the moment we came off 199th Street it was like wow! This area doesn’t feel like the city anymore.”
With unprecedented demand for single-family homes backing onto natural environments and green space, Rohit Land Development has accelerated a new release of exceptional land in its award-winning Woodhaven Edgemont community.
Woodhaven Pointe, a 61-lot cul-de-sac of amenity homesites, is now available with Blackstone Homes leading the charge.
Area sales manager Guneet Pandher says Blackstone Homes has received an amazing response from its customers in Woodhaven Edgemont and was hoping for this early release because of near sell-outs in current inventory.