Mattamy at home in Airdrie

Story by Mario Toneguzzi

Well-known homebuilder Mattamy Homes has a soft spot for Airdrie and new home construction.

The reason?

“That was our first community within Calgary and area that Mattamy started doing business in southern Alberta,” says Warren Saunders, vice president, sales and marketing, for Mattamy Homes in Calgary.

“Our community of Windsong was our very first community. Our product and our community design were really well-received at that time so we continued our development in Airdrie. We have a pretty loyal fan base there in terms of our repeat buyers and customers who initially bought with us in Windsong and are now carrying on and their families are buying from us in Southwinds which is the current community we’re selling in.”

Saunders says Mattamy Homes has developed a good following in Airdrie over the last eight to nine years. It also has established itself by getting involved in the community. For example, every year the homebuilder participates in the Batting Against Breast Cancer event.

“As we’ve grown, as we’ve done more in the community, we’ve been trying to give back as well. Airdrie’s just been a great place to do business. The City of Airdrie has been great to work with. For us, it’s gone well in terms of our community being received and our homes being well liked there,” says Saunders.

The company started selling homes in Windsong in 2009. The community was sold out in 2012, with 1,250 homes built.

Mattamy Homes is currently building in Southwinds, which started in 2013, and total build out will be 1,300 homes with a mix of single-detached and townhomes. Complete build out will take place in the next two to three years.

The company is also building in The Gates at Hillcrest with a total of 159 village and manor townhomes.

Saunders says Airdrie today has more competition in the homebuilding industry in new communities.

“There is more available with homebuyers. So with that there’s a lot to look at in terms of people ensuring they’re getting an understanding of what’s available,” he says. “With that, there’s more on the market. In the resale market it’s been the same I would say for the last year and a half to two years where the single-family resale market has a good quantity of homes on the market.

“Townhouses seen to be more in demand than some of the single-family homes but we have a few lines of different single-family homes across different price ranges people can choose from,” he says. “For us, it’s been good. It’s actually been one of our top-selling communities across all of our communities.”

Saunders adds the real estate market in Airdrie has been consistent without the highs and the lows experienced in other cities.