At home with Shane Homes

Story by Mario Toneguzzi

Fall 2018

“A five-minute walk north you have a grocery store with quite a significant commercial retail site”

Midtown, the first new community from Shane Communities and Apex Land Development, is an urban oasis artfully poised over 90 acres in the heart of Airdrie.

Brenden Montgomery, General Manager – Land Development for Shane Homes, says Midtown provides a rare sense of openness in the midst of a city with numerous amenities nearby for residents.

“Midtown is in the middle of Airdrie. The attractive thing about it is when you’re going into a new community a lot of the times it’s in the suburbs and you don’t have the amenities there; you don’t have the traffic infrastructure there. What was nice about Midtown was a five-minute walk north you have a grocery store with quite a significant commercial retail site,” he says.

“You have the roads all built. So from an amenity perspective everything was there already. So that’s what really drove us to that site.”

The Shane Homes offering in Midtown includes single-family, front-drive garage homes starting in the low $400,000s, paired homes starting in the mid $300,000s and street townhomes starting in the mid $300,000s.

Besides Shane, Excel Homes and Trico Homes are also building in the community.

Montgomery says the third phase of Midtown is currently being developed.

“It’s the first phase that both Excel and Trico have come in with front-drive garages. So now potential buyers have a choice between all three builders as far as front-drive garage,” says Montgomery. “This phase also introduces the first lots backing onto the pond and it is also the first phase of lots backing onto the creek at the south end of the community.”

This phase will have 70 front-drive garage homes between the three builders and 23 street townhomes by Shane.

So far, Midtown has seen in the neighbourhood of 170 to 200 homes already built with full build out of about 650 over the next few years dependent on market conditions.

Shane Homes will have about 50 per cent of the homes in the overall Midtown community between townhomes, front-drive garage, laned product and paired homes.

“We also have a multi-family site there that we’re not moving forward with at this time but there’s a multi-site there that we will be doing in the future,” says Montgomery.

Midtown has plenty of water features, a central pond, a pedestrian bridge, a promenade and sitting area, manicured and naturalized trails, diverse parks and greenspaces – all within walking distance of city transit and downtown amenities.

Shane Homes also has a presence in the Hillcrest community in Airdrie.