When we give tours of Sarilia, people often ask, “Who lives here?” and “Who will my neighbours be?” It’s an important question. When you move to a new community, you want to know if there will be someone to walk the dog with, to share a glass of wine with, or go canoeing with. Perhaps you want to know if there will be other kids for your children to play with.
With that in mind, we’d like to introduce you to some our (soon-to-be) newest neighbours at Sarilia over the next few weeks. This week, we’re starting with Georgie and Jared and their three adorable children. A BIG thanks to Georgie for taking the time to answer our questions!
What was it that made you decide to start looking for a new place to live?
Our family had grown bigger after the arrival of our twin boys. We decided that we were going to outgrow our current home. We were looking for land outside the city and a friend of ours said she was building in Sarilia, so later that week we found the website and fell in love. We decided to go for a drive and immediately knew it was where we needed to be. Our hearts grew with excitement and peace driving around looking for our perfect lot.
Where are you both from originally?
My husband and I are from Saskatoon and we grew up in Riverside Estates. We are both very drawn to the river valley for that reason. Sarilia offers the serene peace of the valley but in an affordable price range not too far from the city.
What was it about Sarilia that made you decide to buy a lot and build your home here?
From the moment we drove down into the Valley and started taking in the views we got goose bumps! We had permanent smiles plastered on our faces driving around. There was such a positive energy flowing in the area. My husband and I were looking for somewhere to call home that would be a great environment for our children to grow up in. I could just see the kids skipping rocks on the river banks like I did as a child. Family hikes and canoe rides after supper and roasting marshmallows by the fire. It was just the perfect place with lots of space for our family to make many amazing memories.
The fact that we wouldn’t have to really worry about amenities also helped us with our decision. The power and gas are there and the water and sewer (septic) services too. We are very green-minded people so we are happy about the constant guidance to be responsible for what you use from the land.
Who are you building with?
We decided to build an RTM (ready-to-move). We went with J&H Builders and found a floor plan that suited our family’s needs. The windows on the home we are building will really capture the amazing river valley views!
What are you most looking forward to about living in the river valley?
Being close to water and just having the space. Being able to go for a paddle board in the morning or after supper. I love the layout of the Estates for going on morning jogs and walks. We are looking forward to the fresh air, green views and sounds of wildlife.
What activities do you enjoy? What do you do in your spare time?
I’m a mom so when I DO have spare time it’s usually knitting. 🙂 I love spending time with my family and friends too. I enjoy light jogging and paddle boarding. My husband enjoys golfing, fishing, water-skiing, paddle boarding, swimming, cross-country skiing, snowboarding – pretty much anything active and outdoors!
Tell us something about yourselves…
We are fairly simple people as long as we are getting enough fresh air and healthy food we are happy. We enjoy our time together making memories!
Our daughter, Bennett, is an amazing swimmer and has been swimming without a life jacket or water wings since she was 2.5 years old. So, to encourage her love of the water we spend lots of time at the lake in the summer and at the indoor pools in our parents’ houses in the winter. Our little twin boys, Kyver and Bodhi are growing up so fast and are all about smiling right now! They’re four months old already and keeping momma busy.
My husband’s parents have a place in Palm Springs we go to for two weeks every spring! It’s our little get away to shake off the last leg of winter. It has very quickly become our favourite destination with the family.