‘Wow’ homes earn top spot from Riverview Custom Homes


Luxury home builder wins BILD CR Awards Builder of the Year-Small Volume award for fifth time.

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Of the 521,000 single-family homes in a city of 1.4 million people, one ultra-high-end luxury home has become the talk of the town.

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The Geddes Residence, an 18,000 square foot downtown masterpiece, is one of the most spectacular homes ever built by Calgary homebuilder Riverview Custom Homes. The builder was recently named a 2021 Building Industry and Land Development (BILD) Calgary Region Builder of the Year-Small Volume.

Towering over the city from Crescent Road, with downtown and mountain views, the grand residence has been featured on local television, in Calgary Homes & Design magazine and recently won a BILD Award for Best New Home, 2 .3 million and more.

It’s a once-in-a-generation sight Calgarians are hopping in the car to see, similar to the $20 million Balm mansion in southwest Calgary, which was built in 2000.

“The client came to us with a vision, asking us to ‘build me wow’,” says Chris York, president of Riverview, which started the business in 2011. able to meet their expectations.We were given the latitude to train the team through the process.

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The Geddes Residence began as Project Hilltop, with a curved elevation and a south-facing glass facade that takes advantage of the incredible views. It has a swimming pool, hot tub, gym and home theater room and is heated by an 11 boiler system. The construction of this house required a significant number of resources. The carpentry alone required the expertise of four carpentry companies.

“Typically, these companies would be competitors. We challenged them to band together to form a team to execute the project. I have to say they all did an incredible job, each delivering at their highest level,” says York.

Like the Balm House, a sprawling 18,000-square-foot, 91-room behemoth built more than two decades ago in Pump Hill, the Geddes Residence is a steel and concrete structure. The mechanical systems rival those of commercial buildings and push the boundaries of York as a builder of residential homes.

“This experience has given us a great capacity to move forward. We’ve always been drawn to complicated buildings, and that was our biggest challenge. I’m proud to say that our team executed it well,” he said.

York’s experience prior to establishing Riverview was in the luxury home business. He started his career with traditional-style architecture, but as downtown landlords began pushing builders for modern, more innovative homes, he wanted to get in on the action.

“I decided to build a show house in St. Andrews Heights. This sparked an influx of progressive new designs that I’m proud to be a part of. I think it helped shape the future of many downtown communities,” he says.

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There were two other BILD trophies for Riverview in the 2021 awards. Best New Home $765,000 to $909,999 for Skyward and Best New Home $1,560,000 to $2,299,999 for Arches. Price categories do not include lot price or GST.

Skyward is a filler in the southwest neighborhood of Altadore that was built for a young family. The house, with its vaulted ceiling and rows of windows to the rear, is flooded with natural light.

The luxury home called Arches, located in the southwest community of Aspen, will be a landmark for years to come, he says.

“The architecture is displayed impressively on the hill on which it resides. It was also built for a family and really pushed the boundaries of residential architecture. The structural systems, the retaining walls, the glazing, the mechanical systems as well as the equipment such as the sports field, the swimming pool and the golf simulator make it unique. »

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Points earned from Riverview’s wins and nominations contributed to their fifth Constructor of the Year title. The recognition, considering the number of Calgary builders who have been challenged by the pandemic, was an honor, York noted.

“When you surround yourself with talented, creative people, great things happen. I am honored by the dedication of our team at Riverview to every home we build. They create with conviction, they overcome adversity, they solve problems , month after month. I want to thank each and every one of them for their passion in making us a great construction company,” he says.

The Geddes residence was built on two municipal lots on a ridge. With significant infill development and dwindling land availability in peak communities like Crescent Heights, Briar Hill, Hounsfield Heights or St. Andrews Heights, York is seeing people investing in large estate type homes in other areas relatives.

“I think property values ​​in areas like Pumphill, Kelvin Grove, Mayfair, Sarboro, Varsity, Edgemont and Foothills Estates will continue to rise due to the reduced availability of ridge land near downtown,” says -he.

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