THE GATES: Hidden gem
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.
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.
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.