Love where you live: New Gate­way Gem con­dos in Er­mi­ne­skin of­fer a break from ur­ban sprawl

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Down­siz­ing from a home to a condo can be en­tic­ing for many rea­sons, from less back­break­ing yard­work to greater af­ford­abil­ity. But all too of­ten, home­own­ers must move out of their com­fort zones, lit­er­ally, to do it – de­part­ing es­tab­lished neigh­bour­hoods for down­town lo­cales, and ex­chang­ing homey com­forts for ul­tra­mod­ern (some might say ster­ile) liv­ing spa­ces. Not so with Gate­way Gem, the new­est condo pro­ject from Re­gency De­vel­op­ments cur­rently un­der con­struc­tion in Edmonton’s south­west Er­mi­ne­skin neigh­bour­hood. Es­tab­lished in 2008, Re­gency has built some 1,500 new con­dos across the city, spe­cial­iz­ing in four-storey build­ings that nes­tle seam­lessly into older neigh­bour­hoods pop­u­lated mainly by sin­gle-fam­ily homes. “We’ve done about four of them now, and that’s what we thought would be a per­fect fit for Er­mi­ne­skin, rather than do­ing some­thing like an eight-storey con­crete build­ing,” says Raj Dhunna, the com­pany’s COO. “In th­ese older neigh­bour­hoods your vi­sion has to fit what’s sur­round­ing the de­vel­op­ment.” For Gate­way Gem, Re­gency went with a con­tem­po­rary yet sub­dued ex­te­rior de­sign: a four-storey, peak-roofed wood struc­ture ap­pointed in taste­ful colours and sur­rounded by a sweep of green land­scap­ing. Unit prices range from just north of $200,000 to the low $300,000’s. Most are two-bed­room, two-bath­room suites, and the luxe-feel­ing in­te­rior spa­ces fea­ture a choice of sev­eral warm-and-invit­ing colour schemes, stain­less steel ap­pli­ances, en­suite laun­dry, plank-style lam­i­nate floor­ing, porce­lain tile, quartz coun­ter­tops, glass sub­way tile kitchen back­splashes and dou­ble un­der­mount sinks, among other touches. Pri­vate bal­conies with gas bar­be­cue out­lets prom­ise to be a prime spot for sum­mer en­ter­tain­ing. The build­ing is close to Cal­gary Trail, An­thony Hen­day Drive and the South Edmonton Com­mon re­tail com­plex. It’s a two- to three-minute walk to the near­est bus stop, where res­i­dents can hop a ride to the Cen­tury Park LRT and ac­cess the rest of the city. A large com­mu­nity park lies within a fiveto six-minute walk. Gate­way Gem is likely to lure fam­i­lies with its af­ford­able price point and prox­im­ity to Ke­heewin and Stein­hauer el­e­men­tary schools – while also at­tract­ing an older de­mo­graphic look­ing to down­size, says Dhunna. “I grew up in the neighb­hour­hood over, and there hasn’t been a whole lot of new de­vel­op­ment,” he says. “I still have friends whose par­ents live in the same house that they did when I went to el­e­men­tary school decades ago. You get a sense that some peo­ple are look­ing to down­size, but not every­body wants to go to down­town or to an­other new sub­urb. They love where they live, but they don’t have any­where new to go.” Now they do. The Gateweay Gem pre-sales start soon. Check the web­site for lim­ited-time of­fers at

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The Gate­way Gem is de­signed to nes­tle seam­lessly into the sin­gle-fam­ily homes that pop­u­late Er­mi­ne­skin.

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