Price is right in Albert Park
Spacious new condo homes located close to downtown Calgary
Affordable, spacious and close to downtown? Yes, yes and yes. Buyers at Albert Park Station are finding what they are looking for. The 271-unit, fivebuilding condominium development by Carlisle Group is located in Albert Park, just south of Memorial Drive and east of Deerfoot Trail.
Thomas Martin, a high-end home renovation construction worker in his 40s, will be moving into his new home within a few months.
“I’d been looking for a condo around the city for quite a while. My first consideration was location, then size and of course, price,” he says. “(Albert Park Station) happened to fit the bill for all three.”
Martin drives to all corners of Calgary for his work, so a central location makes travel easy. He likes living in his current neighbourhood of Bridgeland, but found the prices for similar-sized places were almost twice what he was able to find at Albert Park Station. Martin bought a two-bedroom, two-bathroom Evolution plan of about 900-square feet.
I don’t have to drive very far to get to anything LINDZI MCLEAN
While a one-bedroom might have suited his lifestyle, he opted for a two-bedroom with an eye to resale.
“Two bedrooms gives a bit more space, and at the same time, (I was) looking at resale value,” Martin says of his decision.
Lindzi McLean, 29, was looking for a two-bedroom condo for herself and her six-year-old daughter. While researching homes online, McLean came across Albert Park Station’s website.
“I noticed the price was right, so I decided to go down to their office to inquire,” says McLean, who works for Alberta Health Services. McLean bought an Evolution floor plan with two bedrooms, two bathrooms and a den, with about 820-square feet.
“I was initially going to buy a two-bedroom, two-bath. I have a daughter and the sales rep showed me that one with the den. I thought it was a good idea, because then all her toys and everything can go in there,” McLean says.
For McLean, the opportunity to stay in this part of Calgary was a prime consideration.
“The location was the main thing, because it was somewhat close to downtown, close to the C-Train and I already live in that area. My mom’s also close,” she says. “I like how everything is close by. I don’t have to drive very far to get to anything.” It also means her daughter won’t have to change schools or out-ofschool care location.
Homes at Albert Park Station’s four-storey buildings range in size from about 615-square feet to the largest three-bedrooms which are close to 1,000-square feet. Almost all units come with heated underground parking. Available units range in size from 837-to-984- square feet, with three unit styles available in two-bedroom and two-bedroom plus den configurations. Many are corner units. Prices on these units range from about $240,000 to $290,000, and condo fees are about 35 cents per square foot. Foundations and framing are underway on site, with four of the five buildings under construction.
“The first possessions will be taking place in August or September in the first building,” says Jim Bryce, vice-president of sales for Carlisle Group. “It’s the value proposition that buyers are connecting with,” he says.
Retired steelworker Dale Merrick, 53, is moving to Calgary from Regina, and found the home he was looking for at Albert Park Station. He wanted to be close to downtown, “for the convenience of going to the theatre, going to a game or Stampede Park,” he says. With his sisters and their families already established in Calgary, Merrick’s looking forward to living nearer to them.
“Now that I’m retired, I’m looking for a city I would like. Calgary’s got it all. It’s a great city. I think I’m going to thoroughly enjoy my greying years there,” he says in a telephone interview from Saskatchewan.
Construction worker Thomas Martin considered location, size and, of course, price when he decided to buy his new Albert Park Station condo in southeast Calgary.
Homes in the Albert Park Station by Carlisle Group development range from 615-square feet to 1,000-square feet.
Cyclists make use of a pathway near the site for Albert Park.