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Airdrie House & Home: Community comes first with Melcor Developments’ Cobblestone Creek

A community is more than the place you live. It is a sense of belonging and a bond, knowing that you matter to those around you and they matter to you.

A community is more than the place you live. It is a sense of belonging and a bond, knowing that you matter to those around you and they matter to you. This connection is at the heart of Melcor Developments, an Alberta-based family real estate business that spans four generations. 

“Melcor’s mission is to build communities that last a lifetime,” said Erin Cripps, Melcor marketing and project co-ordinator. “Our decisions we make today will last a lifetime.”

She added a true testament to success is when families move up within a Melcor Developments community.

Celebrating its 100th anniversary, Melcor is a fully integrated real estate development and asset management company that has helped shape much of Alberta’s high-growth landscape.

With more than 140 communities and 4.8 million square feet of commercial properties built, Melcor has played a significant role in shaping the urban and suburban landscape of Alberta.

“In Airdrie, Melcor has been actively developing new communities for the past 25 years, including Lanark Landing, King’s Heights, StoneGate and their newest master-planned community – Cobblestone Creek, in the city’s southwest,” Cripps said.

Building on the success of past developments in the city, Cobblestone Creek is a serene and picturesque sanctuary that welcomes residents to life at a different pace as they “come home to calm,” – the community’s tag line.

Located in the city’s southwest along 24 Street, directly south of Chinook Gate, Cobblestone Creek is off the beaten path – away from highway and railway noise – creating an oasis within the city. Melcor designed the community as a picture-perfect escape from the commotion of city life without sacrificing access to desired amenities.

Cobblestone Creek’s easy access to Chinook Winds Regional Park brings an abundance of recreational activities to its residents. The park boasts more than two kilometres of paved pathways, three playgrounds, a skate park, a seasonal spray park, a multi-use court, two seasonal concessions, public washrooms, a toboggan hill, four beach volleyball courts and eight ball diamonds.

The community is located across the street from Airdrie’s future multi-purpose recreation centre – scheduled to open in 2026/27, according to the City of Airdrie – which is sure to entice home-buyers to Cobblestone.

While the recreational benefits of the development’s location are clear, the 40th Avenue Interchange – anticipated to open in October – means residents will have just a six-minute drive to access the Queen Elizabeth II Highway. CrossIron Mills mall, Costco, New Horizon Mall and the city of Calgary have never been closer. And the many restaurants, banking options, shopping and grocery stores in the Bayside Village Shopping Centre, Coopers Town Promenade and Sierra Springs Shopping Center are also just a short drive away.

“Melcor’s attention to detail is what we pride ourselves on when building communities,” Cripps said. “We’ll upgrade on the smallest of details. Some might notice, some might not, but that is what ultimately makes the difference.”

As an example of this attention to detail, Cripps said  decorative streetlight  will line Cobblestone Gate to “make it feel unique and warm as you drive into our community and capture that first impression.”

“Starting a new community is always the hardest part,” Cripps said. “It’s like the artist beginning to paint their masterpiece on a blank canvas. Building communities comes into colour not all at once. They take years to paint. So we need to capture the potential buyer’s attention at the very beginning, when the entire painting isn’t finished yet. As a developer, that can be one of our biggest challenges.”

The Cobblestone Creek Parks Master Plan includes ample green space throughout the community. With plenty of room for children to play or for residents to walk and take in the beauty of Nose Creek, Melcor has designed the community to be a place to come together.

“The open space system, pathways and sidewalk system shall permit residents and users to navigate the community to get to many of its destination parks,” Cripps said. “The open space  design considers year-round, seasonal interest and programming. Each neighbourhood park is programmed to accommodate passive and active recreational interests.”

Families will be pleased to find a public kindergarten to Grade 9 future school site located within Cobblestone Creek that creates the potential for more recreational opportunities within the development. 

Phase one of the future school site will include a basketball court, tennis courts and pickleball court areas. These amenities are expected to open by 2024.

Builders in the community include Douglas Homes, Excel Homes, Rohit Communities and Shane Homes.

“The architecture of the homes in the community will be based on traditional home styles, including prairie brownstone, Tudor, and craftsman – adding to the classical and traditional feel of the neighbourhood,” Cripps said.

Home-buyers can choose from a wide selection of designs, floorplans and finishes. Excel Homes and Shane Homes have laned single-family and front-drive single-family homes available, while Douglas Homes and Rohit Communities are offering front-drive semi-detached homes.

Cripps said the response to the products offered by the homebuilders in Cobblestone has been “super positive.”

“Many builders are waiting on additional inventory to sell,” she added. “New pricing for our next phase should be released in the coming months.

When completed, Cobblestone Creek will include more than 1,200  homes and – as is the goal with all Melcor communities – will offer an option for every homebuyer, regardless of budget or lifestyle.

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