Alpine Homes

Come home to luxury mountain living

Alpine Homes, a high-end residential building company, is nestled in the vibrant mountain village of Canmore, Alberta—the gateway to the Canadian Rockies. With 330 days of sunshine annually and 2.8 million acres of protected wildlife surrounding the town, Canmore has a lot to offer its residents, whether they enjoy spas, skiing, hiking, fishing or a fun night of card games. To say that Alpine Homes chose the right location is an understatement.

As a subsidiary of Unity Builders Group, the company started in 1999 and has since built its hard-earned reputation for quality, innovative design and luxurious first-class homes. Ryan Doherty, Sales Manager, describes Alpine Homes’ approach to building as a celebration of rustic elegance. “If you look at our buildings, we have a definite cabin feeling; it’s in the wood we use and the way we frame the exterior of our buildings,” he says. “But inside, you will find modern conveniences that you would expect to find in a contemporary home.”

“The overall strategy with every floor plan is to try and bring nature into the home,” Doherty continues. “For example, we include design elements to allow a lot of light in, such as high ceilings and large windows in the great room to allow a lot of light. We also incorporate rock and timber detailing so homeowners can feel like they are a part of the elements, without leaving their living room.”

Current projects

In the last 11 years, Alpine Homes has completed a variety of multi-family condos, town homes and single-family residences in Canmore. This year, the company has two projects on the go—both of which offer the same high-end finishes its skilled professionals are known for.
The first is Timberline Lodges, an amenity-rich community with a unique combination of suites, chateaus and penthouses. This residential haven provides opportunities for indoor recreation and resident interaction. “There is a lot to do here,” says Doherty. “We have a pool, fitness centre, private movie theatre, as well as planned community activities. Timberline also has an 8,000-square-foot centralised amenity centre that is surrounded by the units. It’s very intimate. In fact, I would compare Timberline to Zermatt, Switzerland; it has a very European design and feel.”

There are still units in Timberline Lodges that are for sale. But hurry, Doherty says they are almost 70 per cent sold out. “We’re coming to the tail end of availability in this community,” he maintains.

The second project is called Versant at Stewart Creek, which will be launched next month. “The town is really excited about it,” Doherty smiles. “Versant at Stewart Creek will be the first LEED-certified, multi-family project in all of Western Canada.”

Green building

For those Canadians who don’t know what LEED is, it stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design. LEED is a rating system that encourages and accelerates adoption of sustainable green building and development practices through the creation and implementation of universally understood and accepted tools and performance criteria. Versant at Stewart Creek won’t be the first LEED-certified project that Alpine Homes has undertaken. “A few years ago, we built in Canmore the first LEED Platinum-certified residential home in Canada—the highest rating available,” says Doherty.

“Alpine Homes is focused on green building,” he adds. “As we plan this next Versant at Stewart Creek community, we are incorporating many sustainability elements. We don’t know what the LEED certification level is until we’re through completion and the community is inspected, but we know we will be certified.”
With every project, Alpine Homes considers the best use of land and its impact on the environment, using green building materials and incorporating its communities into that surrounding area as naturally as possible.

A bright future

Alpine Homes is confident in its future success. Not only does the company offer an enticing alpine experience for homeowners, but its competition is also scarce—and will be for a long time. “Canmore recently imposed a build-out threshold within the town,” says Doherty, “and once that threshold is met, no more permits will issued—so no more new construction. It’s good for us, because in our area, it’s almost built out, which limits competition. The only remaining competition is in downtown Canmore, but even that is tough to quantify because it offers a different lifestyle than our homes do.”

As the company continues to bring its clients luxury homes, make sure you stay up to date with its offerings before it’s too late. Alpine Homes has just launched its new website, so you can see for yourself what mountain living is all about: