Price is right in Al­bert Park

Spa­cious new condo homes lo­cated close to down­town Cal­gary

Calgary Herald New Condos - - Front Page - CLAIRE YOUNG

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.

Adrian Shel­lard/For the Cal­gary Herald

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.

Carlisle Group

Homes in the Al­bert Park Sta­tion by Carlisle Group de­vel­op­ment range from 615-square feet to 1,000-square feet.

Adrian Shel­lard/For the Cal­gary Herald

Cy­clists make use of a path­way near the site for Al­bert Park.

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