How often do we get second chances? The town of High River got the opportunity to hit the reset button, and like most bounce-back stories, it started with a tragedy. Listed as one of Canada’s worst natural disasters, High River was devastated in June 2013 by a major flood affecting the region’s businesses and residences.
While many of the town’s memories were washed away, their spirit was not. Neighbors stood strong and rebuilt their community. Since then, High River has been pushing forward with flood mitigation, new infrastructure, new businesses and new residences. In just four short years, High River has rebounded from the events of 2013, bigger and better than ever before! Located just 20 minutes south of Calgary, High River was recently named the 5th best place for business in Canada. More than 1000 businesses call the town home. Large employers include Western Financial, which has over 1800 employees. Cargill Meat Solutions employs another 2200 people. As property and business taxes continue to climb in double digits in Calgary, more businesses have been drawn to the positive business climate of High River, where businesses pay no business tax. Property taxes in High River are half of Calgary’s for a comparable home.
On the residential development side, one of the companies making dreams come true is the Villas on Monteith, a new townhouse development that has all of the friendly, neighborhood charm that High River is known for.
The Villas on Monteith, and their general contractor C & V Smart Structures, determined High River needed a well-designed, quality, durable, secure, and energy efficient townhouse community, all at the right price. Once the permits were obtained in June, construction began – with the first homes being complete by September 2017.
The Villas on Monteith is more than just a town house development, it’s a set of thoughtfully designed, sustainable, safe, secure, energy efficient and quality constructed homes. The visionary behind the project, The Villas on Monteith Inc., wants to make the villas a home for people seeking a country lifestyle, but with all the amenities of the city. An affordable life within a stone’s throw of the city. “Calgarians have to deal with ever increasing unpredictably higher property taxes, carbon taxes, utilities, high rent, mortgage, recreation, and so on.” Moving to the Villas on Monteith, in the community of Montrose, offers a simplified economic reality. Verdatech Energy & Management Consultants completed the detailed energy studies for the Villa on Monteith townhouses for approval of the building permits (required today for any New building built in Alberta) for meeting the 2017 New Model National Energy Codes in Alberta. Build in features like low flow showers, direct hot water heater, 97% efficiency furnace, R55 roof insulation and more contribute to much lower utilities cost estimated to be in the $150/month range for a small family. High River is one where taxes, utilities, mortgages and rent are far lower, leaving residents more time to enjoy what High River has to offer. Residents can take in the weekly farmer’s market, walk to your recreation center for a swim, skate, curling, inside running track, browse stores in the newly renovated shopping district, golf, or stroll in one of many parks, or stroll along the Happy trails right behind your new home! High River has it all – a great place to live work and play. Life balance finally!
Gabrielle Ruparcic moved from Calgary to High River in January 2017, and is amazed by the neighborliness and helpful attitudes of her new community. “People actually come up to you and introduce themselves,” says Ruparcic, a dispatcher for CP Rail. “I know more neighbors in High River in six months than I did in Calgary for 33 years.”
What bands people together so strongly is the communal healing effort born from devastation. The result is a neighbor-effect that makes residents feel safe and at home. “It gives me a sense of security. Here, I come home, and it’s my Zen place, without the business of the city that I was used to in Calgary,
The Villas on Monteith is helping High River rise up. With proximity to parks and green spaces, families and retirees can really relax and enjoy what Southern Alberta has to offer. With the money Calgarian converts are saving, residents can spend more time doing what they love. The Villas are affordable, and as Ruparcic explains, living in High River is very economical compared to big city life. “People are afraid of driving in downtown Calgary, but they are also worried about the commute from High River to the city,” says Ruparci. She adds that her move to High River means she’s no longer stuck in rush hour traffic, and her door-to-door commute is 35 minutes. Living in High River, Ruparcic says, is phenomenal. “I find everything cheaper here, and I don’t have to worry about being ripped off, like the car mechanic,” says Ruparcic, who is close to retirement and is looking forward to the rich activities High River has to offer, like nature soaked walking trails, the nearby hospital, and polite residents who genuinely care about each other. High River has it all. Discover your new life in High River today. Come and see us on our Open House on September 23, 2017.