MLS#:A1203276, Rocky View Alberta

dream land

Welcome to Blue Sky Country. This stunning 73 acre property includes unobstructed Rocky Mountain views, a river running through it, a well constructed bungalow home and a heated horse barn and riding arena. You will be inspired to relax, adventure, rejuvenate and recreate all within your own sanctuary, while being close to the comforts of a cosmopolitan city of 1.5 Million residents. 

Mountain Views

Unobstructed Rocky Mountain views all year round.

Close to Calgary

You are a 15 minute drive from the city centre.

Golf

3 golf courses within 3 kms radius of the property.

Elbow River

The Elbow River runs through the property's back yard.

Neighbouring Canada’s Rocky Mountains and the Stampede City of Calgary.

Alberta, Canada

Situated in an idyllic natural setting between the foothills of Alberta, the Rocky Mountains and the cosmopolitan metropolis of Calgary.  

Alberta, Canada

Situated in an idyllic natural setting between the foothills of Alberta, the Rocky Mountains and the cosmopolitan metropolis of Calgary.  

dream property

The breathtaking Rocky Mountain views from your living room will never be obstructed as the 3,000 sq ft, four bedroom bungalow style house is built on a cliff.

Hike and cross country ski your own wilderness park.

This is your very own 73 acre estate with a river running through it. Yes, your very own river! Well, technically not yours, though you will have private access to it.

Within an hour’s escape are the geologic wonders of Kananskis Country and Banff National Park for unrivalled hiking, skiing and snowboarding.

Golf in your backyard

Pinebrook Golf and County Club is an 18 hole course, a wedge from your front door. You just need to jump the fence. If you prefer a larger course, the 27 hole Elbow Springs is a 5 minute drive, while the Glencoe Golf and Country Club has 45 stunning holes, a 10 minute drive. 

Ride horses indoors and outdoors throughout the year.

A large, heated indoor riding arena is attached to the barn with five stalls for five horses. 

Downtown Calgary

Commute to downtown Calgary.

A 15 minute drive to downtown Calgary and close to the mountains, while neighbouring an 18 hole championship golf course.  

Add your own distinct renovation touches.

Add your own touch through the renovation of the approximately 3,000 square foot bungalow style home with double car garage. 

General Information

MLS®#: A1203276
Address: 24022 – 101st Street SW, Rocky View County, Alberta
List Price: $10,300,000.00
Property Sub Type: Agriculture
Nearest Town: Calgary
Possession: Negotiable
Legal description: Plan 7411081, Block A Excepting Thereout Plans


Property Information

Utilities: Electricity, Natural Gas.
Acres: 73.91
Acres Cleared: 73.91
Acres Of Freehold: 73.91
Lot Size: 3,219,520 square feet
Road Frontage Type: Private Road
Well Depth: 110

The property, located in Southwestern Alberta, is in the Municipality of Rocky View. It is bordered on the east side by 101st Street (Calgary city limits), on the south side by Highway 8 (to Bragg Creek and Banff), on the the north side by the Pinebrook Golf and Country Club and the west side by Clearwater Park. Calgary is a cosmopolitan city with approximately 1.5 Million residents.

The property is a 73.91 acre, RF – Ranch and Farm District designated parcel improved with a residence and horse setup.The locational attributes are of particular importance as the parcel abuts the City of Calgary limits along Glenmore Trail and is encompassed by a new Area Structure Plan that is currently in public draft form.The parcel also offers unique topographical elements including a creek and a portion of the Elbow River with excellent overlooking views of the same and the Rocky Mountains to the West.

The southwestern portion of the parcel is low lying and includes a named (Cullen) creek and a portion of the Elbow River.This portion is not accessible by vehicle. A steep escarpment running along the northern side of the creek separates the southwestern portion of the property from the higher northern section.The western portion of this section is relatively flat with some open areas and both planted and natural tree cover.To the East, the lands slope downwards towards a small treed ravine and another named (May) creek in the eastern portion of this section.

The address of the property is: 24022 – 101st Street SW, Rocky View County, Alberta.

The property is accessed just off of the Lower Springbank Road.The majority of routes including range roads and township roads in the area are paved.

Currently being built, adjacent to the property, is the Calgary Ring Road which is part of a larger east-west corridor making it easier to navigate the City and to gain access to the Trans Canada Highway running east and west and the #2 Highway running north and south. Access to downtown Calgary, a 15-20 minute commute, is via 17th Avenue.

For Mr. (Ed) Whitaker, born of British ancestry, land ownership was the ultimate achievement in life. As an ambitious young man and an astute Chartered Accountant, he eagerly searched rural Alberta high and low for the perfect parcel of land to build a family home and a horse and cattle operation. In 1971, he found what he was looking for – a gorgeous stretch of property with unobstructed, glorious views of the Rocky Mountains, a meandering creek flowing through the property, a forest of poplar and spruce trees, complete privacy, easy access to world class golf courses, and a hassle free commute to downtown Calgary.

Keeping his family happy was equally as important as securing land so he built a heated barn (1,980 sqft.) and riding arena (10,500 sqft.) enabling his two daughters and three granddaughters to pursue their passion for Arabian horses year round. Years of horse training led to award winning performances at horse shows in Canada and the USA. His wife, Elaine, had an exceptionally productive green thumb and enjoyed nurturing her many beautiful flower gardens and a plentiful vegetable garden. Ed’s son frequently jumped the barbed wire fence separating the property and a championship golf course, playing a few holes before the school bus arrived in the morning. An outdoor ice rink, behind the barn, was the perfect spot for pickup hockey games. Ed spent some of his free time tending to his herd of Limousin cattle, the first cow being transported by airplane from France to Saint Pierre and Miquelon for quarantine and then to Alberta. He was also a scratch golfer at the Glencoe Golf and Country Club, a 10 minute drive.

As a master home builder for Engineered Homes, a leading construction company at the time, Ed carefully and lovingly designed and built the 3,100 square foot home ably supported by Elaine.The main floor consists of a cozy sunken family room, off of the kitchen, where the Whitaker family spent most of their time together. An expansive living room with vaulted ceiling was the preferred spot for entertaining friends, showcasing the grandeur of the mountains. A 60’ embankment dropping to a creek bed below, ensured the unparalleled views would remain forever. Also, on the main floor are four spacious bedrooms, three bathrooms and a laundry area.The basement and roof have been without water leaks, a testament to the home’s design.There is much room for expansion in the basement, used by the Whitakers for billiards and table tennis, as well as on the second level, which would provide additional rooms to take advantage of the views. An oversized two car garage adjoins the house with a covered breezeway for enjoying an afternoon.

The Whitaker property offers many opportunities. A buyer could move into the existing house as is or renovate it before move-in.The family home, barn and riding arena could be retained (approx. 30 acres) with up to 40 acres potentially being subdivided as a residential housing development providing a tidy return on investment.The property’s close proximity to three championship golf courses, all within a 15 minute drive, private and public schools, shopping at West Hills, 20 minutes to Bragg Creek for skiing and mountain biking and a 15 minute commute to downtown Calgary make the Whitaker property an ideal financial investment and a priceless investment in family.The property is in a private location set back along an idyllic, paved road approximately one kilometre from 101st Street ensuring a quiet retreat. It is bordered by the Pinebrook Golf and County Club, the #8 highway to the West, and the Elbow River.The property is adjacent to the City of Calgary limits allowing for eventual city annexation significantly increasing the value of the property. Alberta Transportation is working on an extensive road network providing seamless access to the property.

The Whitakers cherished living at the property for over 45 years, with the sale prompted by Elaine’s passing and Ed’s transfer to a retirement home in Calgary. It is the end of an era for this special couple and their beloved property and an exciting beginning for a new buyer.

The residence entails a bungalow style home of wood frame construction built in 1971 and developed over a concrete basement.The gross floor area above grade is 3,089 square feet while the basement contains 2,837 square feet.The difference in areas reflects the addition of a fully enclosed sunroom above grade. A 780 square foot, wood frame double garage is connected to the home by a covered breezeway.

The exterior finish includes a combination of brick veneer and painted wood siding.The steep pitched roof features a cedar shake finish.There is a covered front porch and a breezeway finished with tile flooring between the home and the garage.

The house has a side entrance area off of the breezeway including two large closets, laundry facilities and a bathroom with shower. Directly off of the entrance area is a family room with wood burning fireplace.The family room opens into the updated kitchen with seating area. Off of the kitchen is a dining area and sun room. The main entrance leads into the large sunken living room with wood burning brick fireplace and views of the mountains, looking west.The south end of the property includes one master bedroom with bathroom and shower.There are three additional bedrooms and a 5-piece bathroom with sunken tub.The basement includes a family room with wood burning fireplace and a games room.There is also a storage room and a large undeveloped part of the basement.The pitched roof provides an opportunity to develop the second level.

Finishes throughout the home include laminate, carpet, and ceramic tile flooring, mostly wallpapered walls with some wood panel sections and wainscoting, and stippled ceilings.

The 1,980 square foot (33 feet by 60 feet) stable/barn structure was built in 1972 and is of concrete block construction with concrete flooring throughout including drains.This is a fully serviced structure with running water, power, and heat by way of a forced air furnace.There are 8 horse stalls within.The building height is 8 feet at the eaves.There are 8 foot overhead doors at either end of the structure, one of which leads directly into the riding arena. An effective age of 30 years is estimated as the structure is in good condition and a total economic life of 50 years would apply.

The riding arena was built in 2007 and contains 10,500 square feet (70 feet by 150 feet).This is a wood frame structure with a dirt floor.The exterior is metal clad with some translucent panels along the eaves to allow natural light in.The pitched roof is metal clad.The interior features wood paneling at ground level with metal cladding on the upper wall sections and ceiling.The building is insulated and heated by way of suspended radiant tube heaters.The ceiling height is estimated at 16 feet with two 12 foot overhead doors providing exterior access. Lighting is provided by metal halide fixtures and a sound system was noted. Attached to the exterior of the riding arena is a 45 foot by 20 foot, wood frame, covered open storage shelter. An effective age of 15 years is estimated and a total economic life of 40 years is applicable.

One of the primary site improvements includes an asphalt paved driveway leading from the southeastern subject boundary into the residence with a turnaround and then to the riding area. A substantial amount of this driveway is new having been constructed after the closure of access onto the subject property from the South. There is also a recently constructed remote activated security entrance gate at the property line.The average driveway width is 20 feet and the length from the property line to the entrance into the residence is 2,516 feet.The residence area itself contains a paved turnaround measuring 469 feet in length.The driveway leading to the riding arena from the residence is 318 feet in length.

The public school system has three schools, a 20 minute bus ride away. Elbow Valley Elementary School includes grades 1-6, while the middle school is for grades 7-9. Springbank High School serves grades 10-12.There are also several private school all within thirty minutes including Calgary Academy,Webber Academy, Calgary Waldorf School and Edge School.The Edge School offers training in dance, golf, hockey, soccer, figure skating, basketball, and a flex program for students who would like to pursue a sport other than those currently offered.

Private water (well) and septic systems are in place.

Land within the area has access to the rural servicing standard which includes power, telephone and natural gas.The area also features water co-op lines and such lines lie immediately north of the property within the Pinebrook Estates subdivision. Further, the property is within close proximity to water and sewer mains within the City of Calgary.

The home is heated by way of 2 new forced air furnaces. A newer 40 US Gallon hot water tank is also in place. A central vacuum system is installed in the home.

A relatively new shopping development is West Hills, a 10 minute drive. The shopping centre includes a large grocery store (Safeways, Superstore), banks (ATB, CIBC,TD), hardware (Lowe’s, RONA), restaurants (McDonald’s, Earls, Starbucks), pharmacy (Shoppers Drug Mart), retail (Best Buy, Staples, Urban Barn, Marshalls, Runners World), library, movie theatre, service stations, medical and dental offices.

There are three golf courses close by. Recognized as one of the premier private golf clubs in Calgary, Pinebrook Golf and Country Club offers a championship 18- hole golf course with beautiful playing conditions, great practice facilities, and a full service Golf Shop. Elbow Springs Golf Club is a semi-private golf club with three nine-hole courses – The Mountain View,The Elbow, and The Springs.With 45 holes across three stunning courses and an expansive Clubhouse overlooking beautiful greens,The Glencoe Golf & Country Club offers an abundance of golf opportunities and amenities.

Springbank Park for All Seasons is connected to the Springbank High School and offers outdoors and indoor skating rinks, curling and baseball and softball diamonds.