Royal Welcome

Story by Mario Toneguzzi

Spring 2019

“Melcor is pretty honoured to have the ability to have such a big impact on building Airdrie for the next 10 years”

The King’s Heights community in Airdrie is coming into its final phase with only 67 lots remaining in the popular neighbourhood that was first started by Melcor Developments in 2004. 

“Last year we serviced our final phase which was a momentous occasion for us,” says Alan Boucher, Melcor’s senior development manager. 

“It’s been pretty interesting to see the community grow over time and kind of mature.… Airdrie has great access to employment certainly within Balzac and the industrial areas in north Calgary. Good proximity to the airport and Highway 2 as a major goods corridor between Calgary and Edmonton.” 

There are more than 2,300 homes in the community. 

The appeal of King’s Heights is its convenient location just south of Yankee Valley Boulevard and east of the Queen Elizabeth II Highway. It’s also a comprehensive community with access to parks, ponds and an amphitheatre. And it boasts “a royal range” of amenities including Melcor’s Kingsview Market in close proximity.  

Boucher says Melcor is committed to building communities where residents can live, work, play and shop and King’s Heights fits perfectly within that vision. 

The final phase has three homebuilders – Jayman BUILT, Homes by Avi and McKee Homes. 

“It’s kind of the last opportunity for people to buy a home in King’s Heights,” says Boucher. “They have an opportunity to buy a new home in a mature community which doesn’t always happen all the time. 

“The last phase is kind of nestled nicely at the south end adjacent to a storm pond. So you’ve got some really nice views and vistas and connections to the pathways that run throughout the community.” 

There are a variety of different products available. “We have semi-detached homes that Jayman and Avi are selling which is kind of our starter product,” explains Boucher.  

“And then we have some move-up front-drive single-family product, and … some beautiful estate lots that back onto the pond. They’re walkouts with great views and vistas to this naturalized storm pond amenity built with all these pathways, and there are some seating areas and playgrounds. It’s a pretty nice-looking area.” 

Boucher says Melcor expects King’s Heights to be sold out by early next year. 

In the fall, Melcor opened up a new outdoor skating rink and multi-use court in the community. 

As Melcor looks to the future, it has two master-planned communities coming in – Lanark Lake on the east side and on the southwest side, Cobblestone Creek. 

“Between those two future communities, it’s about 3,600 (housing) units,” he says. “That’s a big part of (Airdrie’s) growth plans and Melcor is pretty honoured to have the ability to have such a big impact on building Airdrie for the next 10 years…. Right now we’re just waiting for the right market conditions to launch those two new communities.”