Every eight weeks, Kathy and John Brown have been making the arduous trek from their country home on New Brunswick’s historic Campobello Island out to the prairies to visit their sons who live in Calgary and Saskatoon.“My whole family grew up on the island. My dad was a fisherman, my husband is a fisherman. I wanted my kids to see the world, but I never dreamt they would move that far from me,” Kathy laments.Love of family and a burning desire to bond with their young grandchildren were good reasons to endure the long and expensive trips, but the dyed-in-the-wool Maritimers have finally had enough.Acting on their need to be close to their kids, but with extended family deeply entrenched on the East Coast, the Browns have purchased a home in Calgary and will transition slowly.“As a lobster fisherman, John is out in the Bay of Fundy starting November. Then March is off and he’s back April to July. We’ll start with summers in Calgary,” Kathy says.During an extended visit last year, the Browns went house shopping and found a Jayman Built home they liked in Mahogany, a master-planned community by Hopewell Residential in southeast Calgary. Kathy says they looked at other communities but kept returning to see the builder’s Allure floor plan, a two-storey, 2,300-square-foot front-drive home.Kathy admits that they weren’t planning on such a large house, but the more they looked at it, the more they realized it was a good fit. They made it even larger by developing the basement, adding a home theatre, wet bar, an additional bedroom and full bathroom.Upstairs, the Allure features a loft area, laundry room, the master bedroom with ensuite and two bedrooms which Kathy refers to as “guest rooms,” as company is something she wants plenty of.“With our son in Saskatoon, they’ll be up a lot with the little ones, so we’ll have room for them,” she says.Kathy’s favourite part of the home is the kitchen with its large island, bright sunny windows and nearby fireplace. The kind of place an old-fashioned Maritime kitchen party might break out at any moment.“Of course, I cook all the time because that’s what I do. The kitchen is really the centre of your family, where you’re just enjoying each other,” she says.Her son in Calgary also owns a Jayman home in Cranston and will be just 10 minutes from his parents, at least for part of the year.“He was always talking about Mahogany — what a great place it was and how everything is opening up there new. We wanted to be within walking distance of a lot of things. Where we are on the island, we have to travel two hours to a mall. So, to have something right there, it was like, wow,” she says, laughing.The Mahogany Lake amenities, the Club House, the nearby Brookfield Residential YMCA in Seton and movie theatres are perfect for visiting grandchildren, she adds.“Jayman has been sending us pictures every week and keeping in touch with us. They’re more like family than anything else. They care about us — that made all the difference because we felt like we were safe.”Jayman area sales manager, Katherine Bennett, says the Browns snagged the last lot in a recently sold-out phase of Mahogany.“They trusted us on the house. Their son lives in a Jayman house, and they loved how it was built,” she says.Built on a north-facing lot with a south backyard on a lane, the Allure is a 2018 model with a rough-in for future solar panels, as opposed to Jayman’s 2019 offering of standard solar panels. Bennett says the couple chose the third-level interiors, called the Plus Fit and Finish.The Browns’ home is a block away from Jayman’s new show homes on Magnolia Terrace S.E., which showcase the 2,500-square-foot Lauren, the award-winning 2018 BILD Floorplan of the Year, and the Arlington 28, another estate-sized home with more than 2,600 square feet of living space.Priced at $689,900 and $809,900, which includes basement development, the Lauren and Arlington 28 are two of Jayman’s 10 model homes offered in the current phase of Mahogany. The Allure is not part of the current model offerings but can be built in the current phase of the community on request.Bennett says considering the time of year, sales have been brisk.“This is in response to Jayman’s commitment to the environment and to energy efficiency. A lot of homeowners are making sure they’re doing their part. One house will save 1.2 metric tonnes of carbon per year. Jayman is raising the bar and differentiating itself from the competition,” Bennett says.When she hands the keys over to Kathy and John on March 26, both sons and their families will be there to welcome their parents to their new life in the west.