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Hunting house in Alberta, Canada: a wooden chalet in the Rocky Mountains


This five-bedroom wooden-frame house is located in Canmore, a valley town in the Canadian Rockies, near the southeast boundary of Banff National Park, in the province of Alberta.

Built in 2004 on a third of an acre, the 4,802 square foot home is located inside Silvertip Resort, a planned golf community located on the lower banks of Mount Lady Macdonald.

Potential buyers do not need to be golfers, said Christopher Vincent, senior vice president of sales for Sotheby’s International Canada, which has the list. "One of the good things about this is that our golf season is so short that the course creates a lot of privacy the rest of the year," he said. "Wildlife comes wandering around, and you can go and walk the carriage trails."

A slab walkway leads to the main door, which opens to a small hallway that overlooks the wooden staircase. On the left is the large room, an open concept extension that contains a living room, dining room and kitchen. At one end there is a stone fireplace that rises along the wall to meet the vaulted ceiling. At the other end is the kitchen, which has an island that seats five, polished granite counters, dark wood cabinets, two sinks and open shelves.

The room is lined with glass doors and windows, one side of which opens to a large stone patio with a gas fireplace overlooking Canmore and the mountains to the west.

The master suite, on the ground floor, has a stone fireplace and access to the patio. The bathroom has a shower with a seat and a double vanity with table basins.

There are three bedrooms upstairs, one of which is directly above the master bedroom in the house tower, with vaulted ceiling and fireplace. The two rooms at the opposite end of the hall share a bathroom with a large bathtub.

The fifth bedroom is on the lower level, along with a full bathroom, a 1,300-bottle cellar and a multimedia room with a retractable cinema screen over the fireplace. The attached garage for two cars has space to store skis and bicycles, as well as a pantry.

The city of Canmore, with around 14,000 residents throughout the year, caters to the multitude of tourists who come to the Rocky Mountains to walk, climb, ski, kayak, fly fishing and cycling. "We have about 100 restaurants, large grocery stores and food boutiques, many wine shops," said Vincent. "It is definitely not your typical small town."

Banff National Park, the oldest national park in Canada, is about five miles from Silvertip and covers 1.6 million acres. The many attractions include abundant wildlife, glacier-fed lakes, skiing on Mount Norquay, fishing on the Bow River and a 16.6-mile paved bike path between the city of Banff and Canmore.

The nearest international airport is in Calgary, the largest city in Alberta, about 65 miles east. Private planes can land at the Springbank airport, just outside the western border of Calgary.

When non-residents sell their property, the Canadian government imposes a tax on any capital gain made from the sale, said Todd Stokowski, an accountant in Canmore who specializes in tax matters for non-residents. The tax applies to 50 percent of the profit, and is calculated at a gradual rate that ranges from 22.2 to 49 percent, he said.

At the time of closing, the buyer's lawyer must withhold at least 25 percent of the sale price to ensure that taxes owed are paid, he said. But he noted that there is a process that sellers can follow to reduce the amount withheld.

English; Canadian dollars (1 Canadian dollar = $ 0.77)

The annual property taxes for this home are $ 14,611 ($ 11,200), said Vincent. Monthly owners association fees are $ 90 Canadian ($ 69).

Christopher Vincent, Sotheby’s International Realty Canada, 403-707-8048, www.sothebysrealty.ca

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