About two years ago, Harval Homes discovered a compact tract of land in La Salle at the south end of town, a short way west on the south side of provincial road 247.
Today, Lagace Place is home to 36 bungalow-style bare land condominiums that deliver excellent quality and livability at a reasonable price.
"We’re really happy that we’ve got the project up and running," says Jeff McArthur, sales representative for the well-designed homes. "The response to it has been very good. We started with 36 lots, and now have 19 remaining."
He says that the bare land condominium concept is quite straightforward.
"You own the home but normally pay for road clearing and lawn maintenance. We have a deal in place where buyers will pay no fees for five years — something that will help young families and first- time buyers in these challenging economic times."
Although the homes were designed to be more affordable, they don’t stint on quality, livability, or style.
"Every home comes with a piled foundation as well as a dimple wrapped foundation, drain tile and sump pit, and little extras like cultured stone detailing on its front exterior. The home also comes with landscaping included in the price," says McArthur.
Step inside, and the show home — the 1,116 square-foot Banff model — is anything but cramped and spartan.
A generous foyer opens seamlessly onto a spacious, open-concept main living area with nine-foot ceiling, a rear wall of windows that lets in loads of natural light and warm vinyl plank flooring gives it a nice, inviting feel.
As impressive as the finishes are, the kitchen comes with dark taupe quartz countertops, white thermofoil cabinets and a white tile backsplash, the main floor layout is just as impressive.
"Every inch of space in the home is used really well," he says. "We placed the second bedroom to the left of the foyer, and then a wide entrance leads into the main living area. The island is tucked off to the left with the dining area behind it and the family room is in its own area off to the right."
Perhaps the most impressive aspect of the main living area’s design is that it’s highly navigable.
There’s plenty of room to move about in the kitchen, the dining area can easily hold a table for six, and the family room can accommodate a large sectional without feeling cramped.
"The idea was to provide a quality product with a great layout, and that didn’t come with a lot of costly upgrades," notes McArthur. "The flooring, soft close thermofoil cabinets, pot lights and pendant lights over the island are all standard. The only upgrades are the quartz countertops, tile backsplash and front door with a transom window."
A compact wing to the right of the family room then caps off the efficient main floor layout.
"It holds a three-piece bath, which was placed on the right-hand side, and the primary bedroom, which was placed on the opposite side," he says. "It’s quite a nice space."
Turns out, that’s an understatement.
The bedroom itself is surprisingly large, while a large window on its rear wall lets in gobs of sunlight.
Then, there’s the ensuite and walk-in closet.
"You get to the ensuite by going through a good-sized walk-in closet with built-in shelving and lots of storage space," McArthur says. "A four-piece ensuite with a beautiful soaker tub/shower combination will provide a nice touch of luxury for young parents."
Downstairs, a lower level that offers about 900 sq. ft. of usable space can be configured to increase the home’s already high level of livability.
"With all that space, you can easily put in two bedrooms, a rec room and bathroom, and still have plenty of storage space left over," he says. "In all, you’d have just over 2,000 sq. ft. of living space, plus a double garage that’s drywalled, and comes with a heater and door opener."
He adds that there’s another option available for buyers looking for maximum value.
"Our Dakota model is slightly smaller at 1,047 sq. ft., but still offers the same general layout. It starts at $435,000 and is a great home, too."
McArthur says the homes’ affordability is complemented by a fabulous community.
"It’s a family-oriented community with lots of great amenities that’s just a short drive from the city. If you’re looking for an affordable place to live in a great area, you need to come and look at these homes, and the area, to see how much they have to offer."
Builder: Harval Homes
Address: 10 Aspen Lane, La Salle (Lagace Place)
Style: bungalow-style bare land condo
Model: the Banff
Size: 1,116 sq. ft.
Bedrooms: two (with option for two bedrooms downstairs)
Price: from $477,900 (includes lot & GST)
Contact: Jeff McArthur, Maximum Realty, 204-299-5232