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.”