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July 5,2019

Trace Artesia’s Journey to Acclaim as Community of the Year

First-time visitors rounding the grasslands driveway into the South East Calgary community of Artesia are surprised.

Most people don’t know the award-winning community is here.  And when they do, they are delighted to explore what seems like a world apart from Calgary. From the rugged and pristine mountain views to the surrounding natural landscape and diverse flora and fauna. Artesia is a welcome wonder for new visitors!  It’s no revelation the sales team often hears exclamations like these:

“Who knew the city would feel that much closer than it looks on a map?

“Can you believe the river is right there?”

“Artesia is surrounded by nature but there is still lots to do…golf, tennis, bikeways, play areas, and walking trails.”

“The privacy, space and design come together here unlike any other community we’ve seen in Calgary.”

“Seton is so close – with a hospital, fitness, groceries, restaurants, movies – we have found the best of both worlds.”


Have you explored the culinary, wellness and conveniences of nearby Seton Urban Village? All of its incredible amenities are at Artesia’s doorstep. Learn more about this thriving lifestyle district that neighbours Artesia here.

The excitement and surprise Artesia evokes are palpable. And it usually starts with location. Just off the freeway and surrounded by farmland, golf courses and traditional Prairie homesteads, Artesia blends into its environment beautifully, with a nod to those who planned its grounds and set the high standards for impeccable design.

One of a Kind Community: Artesia’s Setting Sets it Apart

Located in an idyllic locale on the skirts of the city, by the banks of the Bow River, Artesia offers views as far as the eye can see and under a big, open Prairie sky. Artesia’s lands are rare around these parts of town and quickly drew Brookfield Residential’s interest in furthering the community, building on their legacy of creating communities and homes that cultivate an exceptional life experience for residents and visitors.

Brookfield and its development partners have thought of everything that matters most to residents.  Even the smallest details that make life at Artesia feel right: gentle curbing, tasteful signage, synergistic landscape, winding paths, discrete but accessible play areas for adults and children, and more.

“Once people have marveled at the setting and style of Artesia as a community on the whole, their interest quickly moves to the homes,” says Justin Castelino with Brookfield Residential. “People are eager to step inside the remarkable showhomes and speak with us about the possibilities for building their dream home here.”

A Lasting Commitment: Homes for Good

Throughout the community, there are exquisitely designed bungalows with large, spectacular private gardens with a diverse mixture of colours, textures and plants.

Tasteful two-storey homes flow beautifully from room to room, and from the outside in. These are refined residences that gleam with quality finishes. The striking difference that architectural excellence, a trained eye for design and experienced tradespeople deliver as one gives these homes their distinct, grounding feel.

“It’s the feel of a home for keeps,” adds Castelino. “And that sets Artesia up for success as a community – the overall quality to the smallest nuances — with residents knowing this is about fresh roots and a lasting, rewarding home front.”

Artesia Community of the Year

“Winning the BILD Community of the Year Award is Like Receiving and Oscar”

For these reasons and more, Artesia was awarded the real estate and development profession’s highest recognition for a community: the coveted Community of the Year award by BILD.

Standing for Building Industry Land Development, BILD is the unified and respected voice representing the entire building industry, both in Calgary and its surrounding regions and is focused on creating great cities – now, and in the future.

Every year, they host a competitive review of Calgary’s residential progress – from marketing to renovations. The judges review award entries very carefully and weigh strict judging criteria with detailed submissions to make their selection among the best developments throughout Calgary.

Hundreds of builders, designers, architects, community planners, media and more gather at the formal BILD Awards gala to celebrate the awards being named and presented.

“That night in the Hyatt Regency Ballroom, hearing Artesia named 2018 Calgary Community of the Year, felt nothing short of incredible,” says Castelino. “…especially because Artesia is a little under the radar as far as Calgary communities go. It’s a community of gems that people are just discovering. And BILD’s award shone the light on all we have to offer here. We were as surprised with delight as people are who come to see us at Artesia for the first time.”

Now more than ever, visitors are seeing the community truly take shape. New families, retirees, couples, multi-generational families, people who come for the schooling, others for the serenity.

“It’s a wonderful mix of people who are finding Artesia, recognizing its distinction, choosing their home sites and styles, working with our builders and enjoying being part of the process seeing their home come to life from the ground up.”

Artesia Community of the Year

Discover. Build. Celebrate.

“Once the right people discover Artesia, we witness them readily and quite quickly swap hats and see themselves no longer as home buyers, but as home builders,” says Charles Maguet Community Manager with Brookfield. “For our clients, there is confidence in creating a dream home in an award-winning community. And now is the time. We have some prime choices for building lots available.”

The stellar sales and design team at Artesia are primed to help inform and guide the process of choosing the lot, the elevation, the model, the upgrades and finishings.  They take away the guesswork and bring years of experience and acumen every step of the way.

“The results are unique and impressive, every time!”

The Artesia team feels pride in winning the BILD 2018 Community of the Year award on behalf of Brookfield Residential, its builder partners and its residents. Wonder if there is a chance for two years running, as Artesia feels it is just starting on the path to community greatness? We like to think so!