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ASKING PRICE $2,350,000

SELLING PRICE $2,290,000

TAXES $8,615 (2012)


LISTING AGENT Kristine Semrau, Sotheby’s International Realty Canada

THE ACTION: About 30-minute drive west of downtown Calgary, this detached bungalow was marketed to an international audience through various media, from virtual tours seen worldwide to newspaper ads published in the Wall Street Journal and Financial Times. The first and only buyer to visit was a New Yorker who promptly presented an offer.

WHAT THEY GOT: In the Morgan’s Rise community where homes are valued as much as $4.5-million, this 2,756-square-foot bungalow was constructed by McKinley Masters Custom Homes with elaborate ceiling treatments, archways, woodwork and hardwood flooring just four years ago.

A large section of this house contains a grand foyer with 13-foot ceilings, a fireside great room, formal dining room, office and rear family room and kitchen customized with Sub-Zero and Wolf appliances, a butler’s pantry and a granite-topped table and island, as well as double doors to a deck.

The master suite on the main floor contains one of five bathrooms and French doors to a front deck.

Three additional bedrooms, each with its own bathroom, are situated on the lower level, which has an open recreation room with a second gas fireplace, a wet bar, screening room, library and gym.

The over two-acre property is rounded out with an attached four-car garage with in-floor heating, underground sprinklers and a septic tank.

THE AGENT’S TAKE: “It’s a beautiful home constructed well and the interior finishings were neutral,” says agent Kristine Semrau. “McKinley is a very reputable builder in the area, so when people hear that name, they know it’s quality.”

The lot’s size is standard for the area, but its has optimal sight lines of mountains in the distance. “It’s in a good location,” adds Ms. Semrau. “It is higher up in the subdivision, so it does have the nicer views than some homes sitting a little lower.”

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