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We Look at Life, Our Homes, and Communities A Little Differently

More than two decades of style and value

Hopewell Residential is the residential community development, multi-family and single-family construction arm of the Hopewell Group of Companies. As part of this esteemed group, we are an organization known for our unique approach to life and business. Today, our dual focus - building homes and developing a family of inspiring communities across Alberta – sets us apart and charts our way into the future.

Our homebuilding business, branded until 2015 as Sabal Homes by Hopewell, has achieved many significant milestones: Certified Master Builder designation; “Multi-Family Builder of the Year” winner, dozens of local, provincial and national awards; more than 3,000 home sales; and expansion beyond Calgary into new markets including Edmonton, Airdrie, and Cochrane.

Meanwhile, as land developers, our award-winning communities in Calgary, Edmonton and Airdrie are a living example of our leadership in planning, design, construction, architectural integrity, marketing and sales.

As a company, however, we believe our work is about more than our commitment to being leaders in the residential development industry - it’s also about fostering connections between people once homes and communities are built. Each day, we strive to create spaces and places where people love to live.

In achieving our goals, our spirited and innovative team is empowered to respect each and every relationship, the environment, the communities we create and the homes we build – leaving a rich legacy for generations to come.


Choose a Year to Explore the Hopewell Timeline

  • 1991-1999 timeline image 1991 - 1999

    1991-1996

    Hopewell Enterprises Ltd. – a young real estate development company – completes a small portfolio of projects including Willow Grove in Hidden Valley, High Glen Place in High River and Erin Woods Village.

    1994

    Sabal Homes gets its start as Basal Homes, building in-fills and condos in Calgary’s inner city.

    1996

    Sabal Homes becomes an accredited builder with the Alberta New Home Warranty Program.

    January 1997

    Hopewell Enterprises Ltd. becomes Hopewell Residential Communities.

    June 1997

    Elbow Valley is launched. Stretching over 1,000 acres of Alberta foothills country with rivers, rolling forest hills and spectacular Rocky Mountain views, residents enjoy an impressive 600 acres of open space.

    January 1998

    Martha’s Haven is launched. Situated in northeast Calgary, Martha’s Haven features natural parks, a wetland, pathway connections and distinctive character architecture.

    March 1998

    Hanson Ranch is launched. Named for the legendary Hanson “Bell L” Ranch, the community overlooks the western horizon from its prominent Sandstone escarpment and boasts character estate-sized homes.

    November 1998

    Hopewell is honoured with its first Developer of the Year win from the CHBA Calgary Region.

    1999

    Sabal Homes opens a new multi-family development in Martha’s Haven, a Hopewell community.

    September 1999

    Sabal Homes becomes a Certified Master Builder.

    November 1999

    Hopewell is honoured with its second Developer of the Year win from the CHBA Calgary Region.

    November 1999

    Elbow Valley is named Best New Subdivision 1998 by the CHBA Calgary Region.

    November 1999

    Hanson Ranch is awarded Best New Show Home Parade 1998 by the CHBA Calgary Region.

    December 1999

    Willow Grove is completed. This quiet, master-planned community features an impressive eight-acre park with a playground, skating rink and a baseball diamond.

  • 2000

    Sabal Homes opens Emerald Ridge, a new multi-family development in the south Calgary community of Parkland.

    November 2000

    Hopewell is honoured with its third Developer of the Year win from the CHBA Calgary Region.

    November 2000

    Elbow Valley is named Community of the Year 1999 by the CHBA Calgary Region.

    November 2000

    Hanson Ranch is named Best New Community 1999 by the CHBA Calgary Region.

    November 2000

    Hanson Ranch is awarded Best New Show Home Parade 1999 by the CHBA Calgary Region.

    December 2000

    Hopewell’s Erin Woods Village is completed. Erin Woods is a family-friendly community featuring twin arenas, nearby schools, stores, a community centre, parks, sports fields and playgrounds.

    February 2001

    Hopewell’s Tanglewood is launched. Tucked into desirable northwest Calgary, carved out of stands of willow and aspen woods, the lush environment in this community blends harmoniously with each architecturally diverse streetscape.

    April 2001

    Sabal Homes wins SAM awards for Best Billboard and Best Print Ad for the CHBA Calgary Region. Sabal is also recognized as a finalist at the Alberta Home Builder Awards for the Beaumont show home.

    November 2001

    Hopewell is honoured with its fourth Developer of the Year win from the CHBA Calgary Region.

    November 2001

    Elbow Valley is named Best Overall Community 2000 by the CHBA Calgary Region.

    2001

    Sabal Homes sets a new record for home sales, selling 71 homes in 2001.

    April 2001

    Sabal Homes is recognized as a finalist for Best Billboard by the CHBA Calgary Region and by the Alberta Home Builder Awards for the Emerald Ridge multi-family development.

    May 2002

    Copperfield is launched. Offering a fresh concept in community design, this Hopewell community is alive with character and colour, and residents enjoy the chance to create a truly remarkable home and lifestyle.

    November 2002

    Hopewell is honoured with its fifth Developer of the Year win from the CHBA Calgary Region.

    November 2002

    Along with the Hopewell Group of Companies, Sabal Homes begins its annual Sabal Gives Back initiative, encouraging the recognition of Canada’s veterans by volunteering at local charities on November 11th.

    November 2002

    Hanson Ranch is awarded Best Show Home Parade 2001 by the CHBA Calgary Region.

    2002

    Sabal nearly reaches triple digit home sale numbers, with a total of 98 homes sold in 2002.

  • April 2003

    Copperfield is named Best New Community 2002 by the CHBA Calgary Region.

    April 2003

    Sabal Homes wins the Alberta Home Builder’s Association award for Home Innovation for the Vectis show home. The Ascent home is a finalist in the same category.

    April 2003

    A National SAM Award winner for Best Direct Mail Piece, Sabal wins Best New Show Home for the Synergy model and the award for Best Billboard at the CHBA Calgary Region SAM Awards.

    April 2003

    Martha’s Haven is completed.

    June 2003

    Hanson Ranch is completed.

    2003

    Sabal Homes sells 137 homes for the year.

    February 2004

    Sagewood is launched in Airdrie. Complete with bike trails, sports fields, ponds, parks and pathways, this Hopewell community is full of the neighbourly character only a small, close-knit neighbourhood can provide.

    February 2004

    Sabal Homes starts its homebuilding career in Airdrie in the new Hopewell community of Sagewood.

    April 2004

    Elbow Valley is awarded Showhome Parade of the Year 2003 by the CHBA Calgary Region.

    October 2004

    Hopewell purchases Secord land in Edmonton.

    2004

    Sabal Homes celebrates its 10-year anniversary of building homes in Calgary.

    2004

    Sabal Homes partners with Meals on Wheels, an organization that delivers hot meals to community members in need. Sabal team members actively volunteer with this group through 2014.

    2004

    The Sabal DesignSense Studio’s official unveiling makes a big impression on new homebuyers in Calgary.

    2004

    Sabal Homes sells 154 new homes in 2004.

  • April 2005

    Hopewell purchases Reunion land in Airdrie.

    April 2005

    Elbow Valley is named Best Community 2004 by the CHBA Calgary Region.

    April 2005

    Sabal is the National SAM awards winner for Best Direct Mail Piece and Best Print Ad, and is also a finalist in the Innovation category for the Ascent 2 show home.

    April 2005

    Winner of Best Outdoor Billboard and Best New Home for the Ascent 2 in Copperfield by the CHBA Calgary Region, Sabal is also a finalist for Best Print Ad, Best Direct Mailer Piece, Best Sales Centre and Best Radio Commercial.

    September 2004

    Tanglewood is completed. An exclusive estate community, only 150 custom homes are nestled into private enclaves and surrounded by willows and aspens.

    October 2005

    Sabal Homes sees record sales for the month of October, with 53 homes sold for the month, nearly half of those coming from the Hopewell community of Saddlecrest.

    2005

    Sabal Homes enjoys major success in the community of Creekside, selling out before expected. This community includes three innovative and recognized home models – the Evolution, the Vectis and the Envision.

    2005

    Sabal’s home sales are on the rise with 233 homes sold in 2005.

    March 2006

    Creekside is completed. With 429 homesites, this intimate, classic community reinvents what a traditional neighbourhood can be.

    March 2006

    Hopewell is selected to manage the sales and marketing of Hawk’s Landing. Located outside of Calgary, near the Hamlet of Priddis, Hawk’s Landing at Priddis Greens is an exclusive community where residents enjoy the opportunity to build a spectacular, authentic custom home amidst the beauty of Alberta’s foothills.

    April 2006

    Copperleaf in Copperfield opens. With executive family-sized homes by award-winning builders, this sub-community has all the style of an established, character neighbourhood, but in a suburban setting.

    April 2006

    Sabal Homes takes home a win for Best Billboard and Best New Home for the Ascent 2 model in Copperfield at the CHBA Calgary Region.

    April 2006

    Sabal Homes makes its small screen debut with a sponsored television series on Shaw TV. Home Front is designed to give viewers an inside look at new home ownership, including new and innovative home features.

    May 2006

    Sabal Homes takes home a win for Best Billboard and Best New Home for the Ascent 2 model in Copperfield at the CHBA Calgary Region.

    May 2006

    Copperfield Chalet, Sabal’s townhome development consisting of 29 units, launches on May 17th and sells out in two days.

    May 2006

    Weeks after the success of Chalet in Copperfield, Sabal releases 19 townhomes and 12 stacked townhomes in Chalet Creekside.

    September 2006

    Hopewell secures unanimous approval for the Mahogany Community Plan at Calgary City Council. The City administration’s message was clear – Mahogany is an outstanding plan that embraces innovation, creativity, sustainable practices and an all-inclusive approach to community planning.

    2006

    Known today as qwik, Sabal Homes launches its spec home program, SpecPlus in the Hopewell community of Sagewood.

    2006

    Sabal launches its fashionable, Scandinavian-inspired Arkitekt Series in Copperfield.

  • January 2007

    Secord is launched. Designed for families seeking a peaceful and welcoming neighbourhood and a home of uncompromised quality and style, Secord is a community with enduring value, destined to become West Edmonton’s Ultimate Natural Escape.

    January 2007

    Sabal makes its show home debut in Secord, Hopewell’s first Edmonton community.

    April 2007

    CopperLeaf in Copperfield is awarded Showhome Parade of the Year 2006 by the CHBA Calgary Region.

    April 2007

    Sabal is the national SAM awards winner for Best Direct Mail Piece and Best Print Ad. Sabal is also a finalist in Innovation for their Ascent 2 show home.

    April 2007

    Sabal receives 14 finalist nominations including Builder of the Year for both the single-family and multi-family categories, and is the winner of Best Moving Media for the CHBA Calgary Region. Winner of Best New Home for the Ascent 4 in Secord for the CHBA Edmonton Region, Sabal is also a finalist for the Award of Excellence in Housing at the CHBA Alberta Awards.

    July 2007

    Mahogany celebrates its official groundbreaking. Mahogany, a 1,300-acre lake community in southeast Calgary, represents a significant milestone in the history and growth of Hopewell.

    September 2007

    Reunion’s Grand Opening is celebrated. Located in Airdrie, this 150-acre community will be built in six phases and features a large central park, pathways and stylish homes built by award-winning builders.

    September 2007

    CopperPond is launched. Here, a limited collection of upscale executive homes are built surrounding a picturesque pond in the heart of Copperfield.

    2009

    Sabal journeys west to Cochrane and begins building in the community of Riversong.

    2008

    Sabal’s Ascent show home wins the Award of Excellence in Edmonton for its uncommonly stylish appeal and thoughtful, innovative floorplan.

    2009

    Happy Birthday! Sabal Homes celebrates its 15th anniversary in 2009.

    2009

    Sabal continues its pattern of steady growth and reaches a milestone of 100 staff in Calgary and Edmonton.

    April 2009

    Sabal receives 13 finalist nominations including Multi-Family Builder of the Year and is the winner for Best New Home for the Ovation in Riversong, Cochrane at the CHBA Calgary Region SAM Awards.

    August 2009

    As a charitable initiative, Hopewell renovates the Aspen Family Services Network group home in the Rundle neighbourhood of Calgary.

    2009

    The Sabal Chalet No3 multi-family development opens in Copperfield.

  • February 2010

    Hopewell Management Corporation begins its first Russian project, New Stupino.

    February 2010

    Hopewell hosts the 1st Annual Mahogany Polar Bear Plunge in support of Inn from the Cold, a registered charity dedicated to providing emergency shelter, support and programs to homeless children, their families and others in need.

    April 2010

    Sabal receives 10 finalist nominations including Best New Home, Builder of the Year – Multi-Family and winner for Best Villa/Duplex for the Ellis in Mahogany at the CHBA Calgary Region SAM Awards. Sabal also receives two additional Award of Excellence finalist nominations for Best Sales & Information Centre and Best Single Family Home.

    April 2010

    Mahogany is named Best New Community at the 2009 SAM Awards, Calgary Region.

    April 2010

    Mahogany is awarded Show Home Parade of the Year 2009 by the CHBA Calgary Region.

    July 2010

    Hopewell Residential Communities renovates Camp Kindle on behalf of the Alberta Kids Cancer Care Foundation.

    September 2010

    Mahogany’s West Beach is officially opened to residents.

    October 2010

    The Mahogany Homeowner’s Association (HOA) is established and managed by Hopewell Management Corp.

    November 2010

    Sabal brings its annual Sabal Gives Back initiative to its Edmonton office to have all members of the Sabal team volunteer with local charitable organizations.

    December 2010

    Hopewell President Lesley Conway is named one of Canada’s 100 Most Powerful Women.

    2011

    Sabal Homes announces its partnership with Rational Kitchens, one of Europe’s largest and most respected cabinet manufacturers. Rational Kitchens offers German-engineered, high quality cabinets for the kitchen, bathroom and laundry room.

    January 2011

    As a charitable initiative, the Hopewell Group of Companies renovates the Servants Anonymous Society facility in Calgary.

    February 2011

    Hopewell hosts the 2nd Annual Mahogany Polar Bear Plunge in support of Inn from the Cold.

    April 2011

    Sabal is the winner of the 2010 Builder of the Year – Multi-Family and Best New Home – Multi-Family awards, plus 16 finalist nominations including Best New Design and Best Print Ad by the CHBA Calgary Region. Sabal also receives 11 finalist nominations including Best Single-Family Home. For the same year, Sabal is the winner for Best Sales and Information Centre in Trumpeter for the CHBA Edmonton Region.

    July 2011

    The first lakefront homesites in Mahogany’s Reserve Collection are released.

    July 2011

    As a charitable initiative, the Hopewell Group of Companies rehabilitates and revitalizes the Bethany Care Society’s Centre in Cochrane.

    July 2011

    Hopewell President Lesley Conway raises $22,000 in the High Hopes Challenge for the Alberta Kids Cancer Care Foundation.

    November 2011

    Sabal shatters previous sales records, building 2,245 homes by 2011.

    2012

    Sabal’s Chalet No4 multi-family development opens in Copperfield.

    February 2012

    Hopewell hosts the 3rd Annual Mahogany Polar Bear Plunge in support of Inn from the Cold.

    April 2012

    Hopewell officially announces its next new Calgary community – Hotchkiss – with a launch event attended by industry partners and media.

    April 2012

    Sabal’s Ascent model wins Best New Home by the CHBA Calgary Region.

  • 2013

    After the success of its first two phases, Chalet No5 opens in Copperfield.

    January 2013

    Sabal Homes and Hopewell Residential Communities announce the unification of their two companies to become Hopewell Residential.

    March 2013

    SabalSmart, Sabal’s new line of attached homes, is launched in Mahogany.

    August 2013

    Sabal sells its remaining laned homes available in Reunion, ending a successful run in the community.

    September 2013

    With sales in Reunion drawing to a close, Sabal introduces new Front Garage homes on amenity lots in Heron Pointe at Reunion, Airdrie.

    September 2013

    The Linea, at over 3,500 sq.ft, opens in Mahogany with four bedrooms and a walkout basement, making it Sabal’s largest show home to date.

    November 2013

    Sabal’s new office space and DesignSense Studio opens its doors to its valued clients & partners in Edmonton.

    December 2013

    Sabal achieves 370 single-family sales, for 59% growth over 2012. Combined with Edmonton single-family home sales and Calgary multi-family sales, Sabal helps nearly 600 people become new homeowners in 2013.

    February 2014

    Sabal Homes by Hopewell celebrates 20 years of building award-winning homes.

    April 2014

    Hopewell’s Mahogany wins its second consecutive CHBA SAMs Community of the Year award.

    September 2014

    Sabal Homes unveils newly-created rear-attached garage homes in the community of Mahogany.

    September 2014

    Hopewell Residential’s Mahogany wins Community Development of the Year at the 2014 CHBA Alberta Awards of Excellence.

    March 2015

    Mahogany wins Community Development of the Year for 2014 at the CHBA National SAM Awards, held in Halifax, NS.

    April 2015

    Good things come in threes! Hopewell Residential’s Mahogany development wins Community of the Year for the CHBA Calgary Region for a third consecutive year, plus finalist nominations in three additional categories.

    May 2015

    Hopewell Residential wins for Best Print Advertising – “It’s Already Here” creative for Secord at the CHBA Edmonton Region Awards of Excellence. Additional finalist nominations included Best Show Home Parade for Secord Laned and Best Community for Secord.

    August 2015

    Sabal Homes builds on its tradition of innovation and success with a name change to Hopewell Residential, creating a stronger, more unified brand.