New community in Balzac offers more space to breathe

Story by Josie Randall

Fall 2022

A new community unlike any other in Calgary or Airdrie has started breaking ground near Balzac, AB.

Melcor Developments has started construction on an expansive community located to the west of the Balzac townsite on Highway 566 and RR11. A name for the development has yet to be decided.

“This is an exciting project for us because we are creating a community that can no longer be created in larger municipalities because of density and product type requirements,” says Ruth Price, project co-ordinator for Melcor.

Harmony living

With lots wide enough for three, and in some cases four, garages there is opportunity for multigenerational living, small homebased businesses, room to store an RV, or just larger living space. The community will feature large lots of around 40-60 feet wide, cul de sacs, a naturalized community plan and miles of pathways that connect the community.

“The appeal of this community is to offer more house and yard space all within close proximity to city amenities. CrossIron Mills, Costco and the Calgary International Airport are located in closer driving distances here than city communities. The proximity of being located in both Calgary and Airdrie is unique as it provides close access to amenities in a rural community setting,” says Price.

As an added benefit, homes in the community will offer options for net-zero living with solar panel options and energy efficient features to enjoy living greener inside and out.

“More people are wanting to make their homes greener, so we are working to incorporate these features into homes from the beginning,” says Price.

One home at a time

Akash Homes, Aspen Creek Designer Homes, Castellano Custom Homes, Green Cedar Homes, McKee Homes and Sunview Custom Homes will build in the first phase of the 800+ acre land holding. Fourteen phases are planned to build out the community over an approximate 15-20 year period.

Homes will start from the $700,000s and range to over $1 million. Square footage will start at 2,100.

Showhomes are expected to open in the fall of 2023.

Melcor Developments is behind two other new residential communities in Airdrie. Lanark Landing and Cobblestone Creek were built with a focus on active living and getting people outdoors.

“We love building communities that people of all ages and stages of life can enjoy. A place to develop strong connections, build deep roots and provide a solid investment.” says Price.