THE GATES: Hid­den gem

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Mac­don­ald is a com­mu­ni­ca­tions and events ad­viser and Maruk is a mar­ket­ing man­ager. They pur­chased an apart­ment with a one bed­roomand-den ori­en­ta­tion at The Gates. This project is built by Rem­ing­ton Devel­op­ment Corp., the same com­pany that planned and de­vel­ops Quarry Park.

“The Gates project it­self is a great bal­ance be­tween af­ford­abil­ity and up­scale liv­ing, set amongst what I be­lieve is quickly be­com­ing one of Cal­gary’s best hid­den gem com­mu­ni­ties,” says Maruk. “Over­all, we strongly be­lieve in the di­rec­tion Rem­ing­ton is tak­ing with the en­tire Quarry Park de­vel­op­ment and are very ex­cited to be­come home­own­ers at The Gates and be a part of the fan­tas­tic com­mu­nity that seems to be de­vel­op­ing right be­fore our eyes.”

The Gates is a 32-unit, three-storey wood frame bou­tique de­vel­op­ment with an un­der­ground parkade. It of­fers one, two and three-bed­room plans rang­ing 760-to-1,312-square feet. A sales cen­tre for the project is at 350 Quarry Park Blvd. S.E. It’s shared with an­other Rem­ing­ton com­plex called Cham­pagne.

“The units are re­ally ef­fi­cient floor plans,” says Julie Sei­del, Rem­ing­ton’s res­i­den­tial sales man­ager. “They re­ally make use of ev­ery ounce of space and the flow and the over­all feel of the suites is some­thing that has re­ally at­tracted buy­ers so far.”

One-bed­room units start in the $290,000s and all apart­ments are priced less than $450,000. To no sur­prise, this range has won over a num­ber of first-time buy­ers.

“What it also caters to is that empty-nester,” says Sei­del. “We’re still get­ting a re­ally good mix of peo­ple down­siz­ing, try­ing to sim­plify their lives and that lock-and-leave life­style. I think at the price point, it frees up a lit­tle bit more eq­uity for those home­own­ers who are look­ing to travel most of the year or have a place down south.”

Rem­ing­ton has seen an uptick in in­ter­est for three-bed­room plans, says Sei­del adding the ad­di­tional sleep­ing space gives the buyer op­tions.

“Peo­ple would like to have a sec­ond bed­room for peo­ple to stay in but they re­ally want that of­fice or the flex­i­bil­ity of hav­ing that third bed­room be what­ever they want it to be,” says Sei­del. “An ex­tra spare room for their grand­kids or their fam­ily and friends that come stay and have their of­fice as their pri­vate sanc­tu­ary, as well.”

Sei­del says homes at The Gates boast a “typ­i­cal Rem­ing­ton stan­dard,” mean­ing they’re high cal­i­bre. “They’re beau­ti­ful, they’re higher end and re­ally com­pli­ment the project as a whole,” she adds.

Mean­while, Cham­pagne has launched sales on the fi­nal build­ing in the five-build­ing lux­ury com­plex. Th­ese build­ings fea­ture ar­chi­tec­ture with steep­pitched roofs and nat­u­ral stone de­tail­ing. Prices start in the mid$300,000s and its pent­houses start at the low-$700,000s. Cham­pagne’s build­ings are made from in­su­lated pre­cast con­crete struc­ture, which of­fers a num­ber of ben­e­fits, such as qui­eter liv­ing spa­ces.

ABOUT THE

BUYER

Julie Mac­don­ald and Cole Maruk AGES: In their 20s. BACK­GROUND: Quarry Park has been a hit with this cou­ple from the start. They rent­ing in the com­mu­nity un­til The Gates condo project in Quarry Park is ready for pos­ses­sion. This is where they bought their first home. The cou­ple gives top marks to the com­mu­nity’s walk­a­ble shops and ser­vices and are fond of its path­way sys­tem where they go for scenic strolls near the Bow River. Cole works in mar­ket­ing and Julie is a com­mu­ni­ca­tions and events ad­viser.

Pho­tos: Rem­ing­ton Devel­op­ment Corp.

An artist’s ren­der­ing il­lus­trates the kitchen in an apart­ment at The Gates, a project that is a “bal­ance be­tween af­ford­abil­ity and up­scale liv­ing.”

The bath­room, top, and the com­mon area, be­low, will look like this in an apart­ment at The Gates.

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