Bungalow Beauties

Story by Mario Toneguzzi

Bungalow-style homes used to be the norm in communities years ago.

But that traditional style of home was overshadowed in recent times by two-storey properties.

Now, Calgary-based Genesis Builders Group is counting on a revival of interest in the bungalow and it’s offering the style in its Bayview development in Airdrie.

There are not many bungalow options in the community and Genesis sees a great opportunity in the market for new homes of that style.

Stephanie Garrett, area sales manager with Genesis Builders Group, says the one-level living style of bungalows is attractive to people who don’t want to go up a flight of stairs to get to their bedroom every day.

 “We actually have a lot of younger families transitioning into bungalows from two-storeys”

“A lot of them have options of doing vaulted ceilings larger. All three bungalow floor plans we have also have double-car garages.

“And we have a pretty good range of product,” says Garrett, noting bungalow plans are available in 1,100, 1,340 and 1,614 square feet.

The overall Bayview community sits on about 160 acres, not including the extensive pond and canal features.

There will be about 2,100 new homes built in the community over time consisting of about 1,360 single-family homes, 100 attached homes and 640 multi-family/townhomes.

Pre-selling into the community began at the end of 2016 and the beginning of 2017.

A bungalow showhome is located on Bayview Circle S.W. in Airdrie.

With the aging population, either downsizing or seeking one-level living due to health issues, bungalows become a great alternative to multi-family dwellings.

“That would be typically what we would expect for bungalows. But we actually have a lot of younger families transitioning into bungalows from two-storeys. It’s surprised us,” says Garrett. “And they’re finding that they’re doing it because it was what they were raised in. A lot of people were raised in bungalows and so that’s what they’re used to and they’re most comfortable with.”

Bayview is located off Yankee Valley Boulevard at the west end of Airdrie city limits.

“Bayview is the perfect place for outdoor lovers to put down roots. Homes here feature authentic architectural details that reflect a reverence for the land, while offering all the style and features your modern life demands,” says Genesis on its website.

“Set amidst winding canals and pathways, Bayview is an active living paradise. Skate, jog, or explore – with so much to do and love just outside your door….”

Genesis, a land developer and home builder, was founded in 1991 and its vision is to enrich lives through inspired homes and communities.

It has grown since its inception to become one of Western Canada’s premier development corporations.