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September 01, 2006

A Condo With Room for Your Horse!

Ok, I'm a horse lover so I may be a little biased here, but this is a great idea! Imagine owning a condo, with your horse in the back yard, and over 7km of trails to ride on. Plus, they'll bring your horse right to your door when you're ready to ride! Whoa...are we in Edmonton or a soap opera? The one problem I see...why have a bunch of separate "horse sheds" instead of a big cozy barn to keep the horses happy too?

Condominium developer uses horse sense for latest project
Unique concept caters to equine-centric buyers
Ron Chalmers,
The Edmonton Journal
Published: Friday, September 01, 2006

EDMONTON - Some condos won't allow any cats or dogs, but West Wind Heights welcomes them all -- and horses too, with valet service to and from the barn. Biri Nikhanj has planned his rural condominium, 35 kilometres west of Edmonton on Highway 43, entirely for equestrians.

The 64-hectare site already has a barn that will be expanded from 24 stalls to 80 stalls.

It will be owned by the condominium association to board residents' horses.

Rental horses also will be available, and 7.5 kilometres of riding trails will be maintained on the common property.

Nikhanj has received zoning approval from the County of Lac Ste. Anne for 70 detached homes on large lots -- each with its own small horse shed.

"If your grandchildren want to go for a horseback ride, you call and we'll bring a horse to your doorstep," he says. "When you're done, call us again and we'll collect the horse and clean it up."

Each house will have a small horse shed, with water and a grain bin, so residents can enjoy a horse all day -- and they all can take a mid-day break.

Lots will be sold to builders at $150,000 to $350,000.

West Wind also will have 35 to 40 townhouses.

"I think there will be very good demand," Nikhanj says. "People here love horses, and this is a unique concept."

Units will be sold this fall by realtors Larry Meinke of Sutton Group and Sam Sahi of ReMax. As a Class A subdivision, Meinke says, West Wind Heights will be a gated community with architectural controls to ensure the quality of homes.

He expects most buyers to choose large bungalows with two, three, or four-stall garages on lot sizes up to 0.4 hectares. "Every Class A subdivision anywhere around Edmonton sells fast," Meinke says.

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