Live in picture perfect Sunset Ridge

Posted by on Monday, November 2nd, 2015 at 6:24pm.


The name says it all.

What better place to build a community than the sky high hills around Cochrane, far above the Bow Valley with commanding views of the mountains beyond.  Picture your family on the deck, enjoying a summer barbecue as the sun sets in the west.  The sky streaked with orange as night begins to close in and the stars begin to shine.

Sunset Ridge is north of Highway 1A, east of Highway 22 and next door to the historic Cochrane Ranche.  A master planned community by Melcor, this family-oriented neighbourhood is still in mid-build.  There are established homes in the five to eight year range and plenty of show homes for you to see which highlights some of the innovative styles offered by Southern Alberta builders.

Phase 19 and 20 of Sunset Ridge are breaking ground, with 30 foot, 32 foot and 38 foot lots for single-family detached homes.  A variety of town homes, called “ street homes” have been built in Sunset Ridge, which offer the convenience of town homes with no condo fees. These have proved very popular with singles, small families and empty nesters alike.

Yet there are many resale homes in Sunset Ridge. Many single-family homes have front-drive double attached garages and some are over-sized at 24 feet in length.  Homes in Sunset Ridge offer nine-foot ceilings, granite counter tops, stainless steel appliances, with options for hardwood all through the home and a fireplace.

Like many new communities, Sunset Ridge has engineered the storm water catch basins into a beautiful water feature.  The main park in the community has been built around this lake.  This park also has one of Cochrane’s most popular playground, and families from around town drive to Sunset Ridge so their kids can play here.  Scrambling boulders are one playground feature that you may not find anywhere else.

Endless pathways with links to nearby parks, plus picnic areas run behind some of the homes.  Landscaping features include wrought iron fences in green spaces, replacing traditional chain link fencing.  Future plans for recreational amenities in Sunset Ridge include a splash park, always a fun-feature in the summer time for kids of all ages, and a pleasure rink for the winter.

There is a strip mall already built in Sunset Ridge with a gas station, convenience store and a restaurant.

One of the community’s attractions, other than the million –dollar view, is the fact that there are two schools in the neighbourhood right within walking distance.  One is St. Timothy High School, a Catholic school for Grade 9-12 students and the other is a public K-Grade 8 school scheduled to open in the Fall of 2016. 

The Spray Lakes Recreation Centre in the centre of Cochrane has hockey rinks, lacrosse and indoor soccer fields, gymnasiums and meeting rooms.  Ghost Lake is just minutes away for boating and fishing in summer months.  The Rocky Mountain parks are just that much closer from Cochrane.

The Town of Cochrane is a municipality of 23,000 residents with strong ties to its roots as a western heritage town.  The small town feel is everywhere in this community. Calgarians have been choosing Cochrane to make their homes for more than 30 years where you get more house for the money.  It's a half hour drive to the city on Crowchild Trail, or just 15 minutes to the Tuscany LRT Station.

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