Erica Hatch says that her children grew up thinking of wild deer as neighbours. That’s because the Hatch family’s community, Sagewood, is located on the quiet western edge of Airdrie, looking out onto what are – for now, anyway – acreages and farms.
“We’ve lived here for 10 years; it was us and our neighbours [to start] and no one else out here,” says Hatch. “They were still digging up some of the farm fields.”
Hatch moved to Sagewood with her boyfriend, now husband, Derek. “The lots looked out onto farm fields – it was the closest way to get an acreage without buying an acreage,” she says, adding that one of the selling features of her home is its large backyard, with detached garage.
Since moving to Sagewood, the Hatches have had two children – Olivia, 7, and Claire, 5 – but Erica says that their three-bedroom home is still the perfect size. “It’s not even 1,600 square feet; a standard two-storey home,” she says. “We did the basement ourselves – and one of the reasons we haven’t left is we love the backyard. We built the fence, garage, deck, made the garden; I put in the lilac bushes.”
The small-town feel of Airdrie continues to appeal to the couple. “My husband and I are both from small towns … we had no plans to buy and flip,” says Erica, who works as an urgent care nurse and went back to school last year to study osteopathy, often using her basement for her practice. Derek, meanwhile, is a millwright in the oil and gas industry.
For Erica, her home’s proximity to amenities is a bonus. Several schools are nearby, as is Woodside Golf Course. Monklands Soccer Park is a few blocks away, it’s a short straightaway drive to the Creekside Crossing shopping centre, and nearby 24th Street SW offers a quick city bypass for heading into Calgary.
“We go swimming as a family, we do bike rides, and we all do triathlons as a family,” Erica says, adding that she also enjoys going to the spin studio.
One aspect of Sagewood that appeals to her is its sense of community, and she is always encountering colleagues at work who call the neighbourhood home. “A few years ago, we even used to have block parties every summer,” she says.
The Hatches have no plans to relocate from the community they’ve called home for a decade. “We’ll stay here for a long time,” says Erica.