Homes springing up in the award winning garden growing Rangeview

Due to demand in the new southeastern community by Section23 Developments, a new phase is scheduled to begin early.

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Interest in Calgary’s first garden-to-table community is burgeoning.

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Section23 Developments opened its show home parade on Phase 1 of Rangeview in October 2021 and just eight months later, developers have already asked for additional land, having sold their available lots ahead of time.

“We thought the release of Phase 2 would come a year after we launched, but the interest is there. People love the concept and want to get involved. I think phase 3 will come in August or September,” says Sara Feher, Section23 marketing coordinator.

Rangeview, located east of South Health Campus Hospital in Seton, will be built on the 130-hectare (322-acre) Ollerenshaw family estate. Continuing the country’s agricultural history, the community’s theme is agricultural urbanism—something that’s resonating with new homebuyers.

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A temporary greenhouse was constructed pending the construction of a permanent structure. The greenhouse, community gardens, programming and shared landscaping are overseen by a residents’ association. Educational programs follow the cycles of the growing season, and events include farmers’ markets and food-sharing activities.

An urban farming educator has been hired and is preparing to plant when the threat of frost has passed. Kelsie Anderson, who is completing her Bachelor of Science degree at Olds College, is already answering questions from residents.

“I’m looking forward to teaching people how to grow food in an urban environment so it’s not so intimidating. There’s a lot of knowledge out there, and once you start Googling “how to grow tomatoes,” it becomes very overwhelming,” says Anderson.

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“People want to be connected to nature. Urban gardening is a way to do this without dropping everything and moving to the country. You don’t have to live in an area to grow your own food.”

Anderson’s horticultural training includes field and greenhouse production. With the temporary greenhouse ready for use, she will introduce residents to space-saving high-wire crops that grow vertically, like tomatoes and cucumbers. She is planning classes on square foot gardening, companion planting and will teach by example as she and interested residents plant in Rangeview’s public spaces, particularly around the Show Home Parade.

“We’re all just a generation away from farming,” says Anderson. “There’s more interest in people wanting to grow their own food. People want the knowledge, so it’s exciting to be able to empower people to do it.”

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The gardens and flower planting surrounding Rangeview’s show homes were a factor in winning Section23’s Best Show Home Parade at the 2021 Building Industry and Land Development (BILD) Calgary Region Awards in April.

There are seven cottage-style model homes, including a garage model by Baywest Homes, three townhomes by Jayman Built, and three more by Homes by Avi. The backyard of the Baywest house has a garden and heated shed where Anderson will reside until the Resident’s Association building is built.

Prices start in the mid-$400,000 for semi-detached homes, the low $700,000 for Baywest Homes front garage models, and the low $500,000 for townhomes from Jayman Built and Homes by Avi. In phase 2 an apartment building will be built and in phase 4 terraced houses.

Rangeview is east of Seton and south of Mahogany, between 52nd Street SE and 88th Street SE

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