Fitness Mom Finds Zen-like Escape

August 2018


Fitness Mom Finds Zen-like Escape


The Rushes of Southfork is a community brimming with active singles and couples, and Melanie Milne is right at home among them – along with her two school-aged daughters.
 
 
 
When Milne settled into Leduc with her husband 14 years ago, the safe and quiet neighbourhood they chose to make their home was ideal for starting a family, and her two daughters were born. Years later, when the relationship ended, Milne searched for a new home suited for her and the girls, within budget.
 
 
I was looking at places I could afford, that I could comfortably transfer my kids to. We were in an upscale neighbourhood. I didn’t want to move them into someplace they felt unsafe, she said.
 
I saw some used properties in neighbourhoods that weren’t ok, she recalls.
 
 
But when she saw the new properties at The Rushes, she was sold.
 
It’s edgy and homey, she explained.
 
 
 
The rustic modern architectural design of the Rushes site reminded her of the Olympic Village in Whistler – and it triggered a happy memory that caused her to take a closer look.
 
 
I love the mountains – and if you live in Alberta, you get out and enjoy them often, she said. “The design gave me a sense of being away but not really away.
 
 
 
The dual-master bilevel plan was the right amount of space for Milne – a self-described minimalist who placed a priority on location and quality design over extra square footage. Adornments and clutter are few and fit with a zen-like environment that she favours. As a certified yoga instructor, Milne is a true believer in keeping physical things simplified to benefit mind and body.
 
 
 
I would rather live modestly with space than become further in debt, she said, adding that quality was maximized on her budget. “I was impressed with the upgrades included.”
 
 
 
Her daughters who live with her 50% of the time get their own floor, and share one of the grownup-sized bedrooms with walk-in closet and ensuite.
 
In the off weeks, Milne is on her own, and takes comfort in the safety of the community and the closeness of neighbours; plus, the location is central to the communities where she travels to teach classes.
 
 
 
More than three years after purchasing, Milne says her investment in durability paid off. The materials have stood up to daily wear, without a sign of aging. 
 
I’m really impressed. Everything seems to have withstood. Even the carpet barely looks lived on, she said. 
 
 
Meanwhile, service from the site staff, including Garry Rouzes has exceeded her expectations.
 
Garry has been hands down amazing. Anything that has gone on, he has gone above and beyond and he makes its right…he wants it fixed so there isn’t an issue.