Larry Kerr, the principal at Urban West Projects Incorporated, will be showcasing the Highland Crossing at Lake Windermere development to the valley community.

The newest development in the Columbia Valley features townhouses at the foot of Invermeres main street overlook Lake Windermere with two floor plans sized at 1,886 and 2,132 square feet.

I love Invermere, said Mr. Kerr. You can see the Urban West projects have a history of dealing with infill housing in existing neighbourhoods for quite some time. Weve actually looked at a number of properties in Invermere proper and weve had the idea of (developing) townhomes that will fit the bill for a demographic range thats well suited for families basically from grandparents to grandchildren.

The developers have dubbed Invermere as an outdoor enthusiast’s mecca, as it is located between the Rocky and Purcell Mountains. While the scope of this project is targeting the demographic of active families, there are no limits.

The attraction was for people, like myself, to move here, said Mr. Kerr, noting that his own family relocated to the Columbia Valley in 2000. Our kids have now flown the coop, but they come visit their mother and father on a regular basis. My eldest son just got married and theres a chance that we will have extended families over the next few years so we wanted to find a place where we can be comfortable for the rest of our lives, preferably with a great mountain and lake view thats close to town.

Now, he along with principal Steve ONeill and the Urban West Projects Incorporated team are working toward making that dream a reality for others.

We live in a wonderful place and weve worked hard to make this available to not just Calgarians, but to locals, he said. We want to make it attractive and our competition is probably Canmore, but I think we have better weather. We have eight championship golf courses, we have a World Cup ski hill thats 20 minutes away not an hour away and we have the lake.

This location is close to town, culture and amenities so we see this as a great year-round place to live.

The three-bedroom townhouses include three and a half baths and a large walkout in the lower levels. Pricing for the units starting in the mid-$500,000s. It is expected that construction on the Highland Crossing development will take place in January, but the dates have yet to be set in stone.

There are also options to include in-home elevators, hot tubs, exterior fireplace and appliance upgrades.

The push to market the project under the Highland Crossing name appeared to fit the design naturally.

Highland Crossing has a bit of a Scottish connotation with Invermere and Windermere, said Mr. Kerr. It is on a highland, a hill side. Were surrounded by mountains and the crossing theme is (derived from) being at the centre of the defining line between the town itself and then the lake itself theres also the railroad crossing thats immediately below us. I thought it had a meaning that would resonate (with prospective buyers).

Urban West Projects Incorporated is also working on projects in Vancouver and Calgary, but Invermere remains close to Mr. Kerrs heart. He remains optimistic that many people throughout the Columbia Valley both locals and tourists alike will drop by the pop-up shop, which is located beside the Valley Dollar Store for a coffee and conversation about the project.

Weve worked hard to make it attractive for a local market, said Mr. Kerr. We think theres a benefit for people that may live away from central Invermere, people that live on the benches or have owned in Panorama or Windermere they know that it can be lonely compared to being in the centre of the community. Close to commercial amenities. The pop-up idea is to use the office for the benefit of those realtors that can use it as a tool to show potential purchasers.

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