It was 20 years ago this month that Acorn Communities Ltd. (Acorn Homes) started operations in the Okanagan. Acorn was started with the acquisition of a 100-lot subdivision called Morningside in Glen Rosa. Morningside sold out in 2006. Since its inception in the year 2000 Acorn has developed several other communities and multifamily projects. Acorn specializes in land development, home building, and multifamily residential. Other than Morningside, we have completed Happy Creek in Hinton Alberta, the Blackstone community in Kelowna, and West Avenue Lofts in Kelowna’s Lower Mission. We are particularly well known for our Sunset Ranch community in the Regional District of Central Okanagan where we have built about 300 homes. Of special note is our development of the Edge and Granite town homes and condominiums in Kelowna. The Edge town homes represent some of the most beautiful lakeside town homes in the Okanagan. Similarly, the Granite condominiums represent some of the finest lakeside condo living anywhere. Stay posted for the release of the next and last 35 condominiums that make up Phase 3 of Granite. There won’t be anything like them again!
In addition to our active and complete projects in the Okanagan, we have expanded operations into Edmonton and Grand Prairie. We also have some special projects planned for the Lake Country and the lower mission in Kelowna. “from small acorns tall trees grow!”.
It might sound cliché but while we build and develop a broad cross-section of homes and communities, we have always kept our eye on value – the most bang for the buck, so to speak. Our team has a great depth of experience. Our president, Greg Bird, says “The only way to get 40 years of experience in this business is to work 40 years in this business.” The only way to continuously provide excellent value is to keep re-inventing your organization with serious attention to every aspect of the business. Homebuilding might be the original “bricks and mortar”, business but the only thing old about what we do is provide shelter. Everything else has changed. Consumer tastes, technology, the regulatory environment, and the economic environment are constantly evolving, and we must constantly evolve to adapt because there is a lot of competition in this industry. We remain honoured to have been chosen by Mike Holmes of the popular “Holmes Makes it Right” and “Holmes on Homes” TV series to enjoy exclusive participation in his Holmes Approved Homes program.
At Acorn, we have all enjoyed these last 20 years. We could not have done so without the over 600 homeowners who decided to make an Acorn home their own home. We thank every one of you and hope that if you are ever in the market for a new home that you come back to see us!