Who Calls Currie Home, Paige West & Family
November 28, 2019
Paige and Bryan West moved to Currie for its family-friendly feel, the distinct character of the homes, and for Bryan, a historical and family connection.
Paige was born and raised in Calgary and her husband moved here from Banff to begin college, which is where they met and the story of their family begins. After living in Garrison Woods next to Currie and welcoming their first child Bennett into the world, the couple knew they wanted to upgrade their living situation in both size and style. They had spent enough time strolling through the green space in Currie and watching Bennett fall in love with Airport Playground to know it was the right place for them.
Two years ago, after eyeing Currie for a long time, they took the plunge and began building their dream home in their dream community.
“There were many reasons we picked Currie to build our dream home. It first caught our eye because of how aesthetically pleasing the homes were and the thoughtful urban planning around such a large green space. Currie offered the opportunity to build a larger home for our growing family. It can be difficult to find larger homes inner city. We were also sold by the short commute time for my husband to get to work. Before we moved here, we would come to the Airport Playground and enjoy the many community events. It quickly became apparent the neighbourhood had a strong sense of community and there were many families here.”
Paige, Bryan, Bennett (now four years old) and their two-year-old daughter Bridget have done more than settle in here, they’re thriving – Paige is expecting their third child in the new year. With new community-wide events happening all the time, the West family always finds a way to get outdoors.
“We’ve been to all the events! Bennett really loves ice-skating so we loved the Frostival last winter. The ice sculptures were really fun. And we went to the Salute Trasimene Crescent Street Party this summer, too. These events are such a great way to meet the neighbours and for the kids to make friends.”
Paige and her family are never at a loss for fun things to do in and around Currie thanks to Airport Playground, a favourite spot for her kids because there are always other children to play with and enough variety of play structures to keep them entertained. Bennett and Bridget also love exploring the nearby wooded areas. With large trees and a little nature path, the kids love to explore, play hide and seek, and even try their hand at coyote hunting (no sightings yet but they’re determined hunters).
“During the winter, we use the skating rink in the middle of the Currie park that overlooks the city skyline. It has a little fire pit and sitting area that adds a cozy factor. A fun treat is when we walk or bike ride to Starbucks or Marda Loop for ice cream. Our son attends playschool at the Bethany Chapel and we walk or bike there on sunny days as well.”
Bennett is fast approaching his first year of kindergarten and Paige and Bryan already have a few schools in mind. But right now, he’s enjoying playschool close to home. Just a short walk down the street, Bethany Chapel’s playschool offers a friendly, faith-based introduction to school for kids around Bennett’s age. As for next year, his mom and dad are looking at other schools in the area: Master’s Academy & College (just across Crowchild from Currie), and Holy Name School (a French immersion K-6 only a few blocks away).
For Bryan West, Currie’s rich history is also his family’s history. His grandfather, Brian George West, was stationed at Currie Barracks during World War Two where he served in the Air Force as a Captain. “I had the opportunity to read his journal about some of his experiences during this time. I’m thankful to be able to live in a neighbourhood filled with not only Canadian history, but also family history,” says Bryan.
Paige, Bryan and the kids also enjoy the Officers’ Mess Garden. The formal garden with walkways, a gazebo and mature trees is a great place to rest and catch some shade. “We frequent Valour Park as well because the kids love checking out the various military statues and my history buff husband reads the plaques to them,” says Paige. “And Bryan often walks to the Wildrose Brewery just down the street to meet his friends for a few beers. It’s a fabulous neigbhourhood pub!”
Their three-storey home built by Crystal Creek is a craftsman, complete with front a veranda and a modern-farmhouse theme carried throughout. Inside, the contemporary white kitchen is accented with grey, and matched with rustic lighting fixtures that complement and enhance the early-Canadian farmhouse motif. Earthy tones make every room feel inviting, and the stairway walls and the fireplace also feature shiplap, a design detail commented on greatly by guests at the home.
“Function was top priority with having 3 kids. We knew we wanted a big mudroom and lots of storage space. We also wanted the house to be an expression of what we value – family, warmth and welcome. Hence the integration of warm tones to balance the trendy white.”
The family’s favourite room is definitely their second-floor kids’ “playground.”
“Our plan when building was to have a kids-focused floor and it worked better than we had ever expected. The three kids’ rooms all connect to a playroom/TV area and they really feel this is their special fun area. Lots of natural light comes in through the windows, and it’s also nice for us to be able to watch TV while still close to their rooms.”
But if the kids get their own floor, then so do the parents.
“Our third floor is the “Parent’s Retreat,” and it’s definitely the most relaxing area in the home. We were nervous at first with the idea of being on a separate floor from young kids and now we love it! It provides us with some much-needed privacy to relax. There’s tons of space for a TV area with a couch and big bathtub. It’s a nice way to get away from the kids.”
The West family loved working with Crystal Creek Homes to build their spacious family-focused dream home in Currie. “They were fantastic to work with, so efficient. There were no delays, the interior designer was very helpful but let me make the call on style decisions and the tradesman were super high-quality. Overall the process was very smooth and rewarding. They made us feel like we were part of the process the whole way through.”
The one thing Paige and Bryan felt they splurged on without even a hint of remorse? The lighting.
“I think it was a great decision because lighting can add so much character and personality to a house. We spent a lot of time looking online and eventually selected Cartwright Lighting.” The dark metal fixtures hang in each room of the main floor and help continue the rustic, well-worn (yet clean and stylish) theme that the West family chose for their inviting, joy-filled home.