Ag­ing in PLACE

Calgary Herald - Calgary Herald New Condos - - Front Page - KATHY MCCORMICK CAL­GARY HER­ALD

Yago, Mann started what is now the States­man Group of Com­pa­nies, cre­at­ing what was then one of the first com­mu­ni­ties of its kind ded­i­cated specif­i­cally to meet the needs of the ag­ing pop­u­la­tion.

The villa con­cept was born — com­plete com­mu­ni­ties that had du­plex-style bun

ga­lows for ou could say that Garth Mann has a unique view of the world. The for­mer op­ti­cian sees through rose-coloured glasses, con­tin­u­ally ex­pand­ing his vi­sion since his sights turned to con­do­minium de­vel­op­ment. More than three decades ac­tive adults. The homes were placed to­gether and fenced for pri­vacy.

“What a Beau­ti­ful Way to Live” be­came the slo­gan and the con­cept ex­panded as more de­vel­op­ments popped up.

Mann’s vi­sion ex­panded to se­niors’ cen­tres that had it all — from self-con­tained condo suites to ex­ten­sive ameni­ties and ser­vices in a lux­u­ri­ous set­ting. Now the lat­est com­mu­nity has evolved, com­bin­ing the best of all the other projects.

River­side Quays is lo­cated in In­gle­wood and it re­cently opened with three show suites and an ex­ten­sive amenity cen­tre.

It is a “live, work, shop and play” com­mu­nity,

says Mann.

It’s a “con­cept that is new to Cal­gar­i­ans,” he says.

“The River­side Quays is al­most like a small town within the city, where close to 700 ter­race lofts, gar­den town­homes and water­side brown­stones are de­signed to meet the lifestyles of young pro­fes­sional cou­ples and sin­gles, ma­ture pur­chasers where the chil­dren have left the nest, and re­cently sin­gled.”

The re­sort-like com­mu­nity is next door to Pearce Es­tate Park and ad­ja­cent to the Bow River, so ma­ture trees and green space are on the doorstep.

At the same time, the lo­ca­tion is just a few min­utes drive from the eclec­tic and vi­brant shops and ser­vices in In­gle­wood — as well as be­ing min­utes from down­town and just as close to the Deer­foot Trail for easy com­mutes any­where in the city.

“When I in­ter­viewed a num­ber of res­i­dents, they said they found liv­ing in the park at­mos­phere of Pearce Es­tate Park next to the Bow River was the prime mo­ti­va­tor, yet they are only five min­utes from their down­town offices,” says Mann.

But States­man makes it even eas­ier.

Res­i­dents have the Quays Shut­tle Ser­vice to and from down­town at their beck and call. A pri­vate bus will be avail­able for their use.

“The limo-bus will drop them off and pick them up from their down­town offices,” says Mann. “This saves them close to $500 per month in ve­hi­cle park­ing in the down­town core.”

An­other unique as­pect of the de­vel­op­ment is the ex­ten­sive amenity cen­tre that’s al­ready built. At 14,600 square feet, the two-storey struc­ture has a wealth of op­por­tu­ni­ties for res­i­dents to fully en­joy life.

“The ma­jor­ity of the ameni­ties have been de­vel­oped in the first phase,” says Mann. “Most build­ings don’t have th­ese fea­tures un­til the last phase, but this way, peo­ple who oc­cupy early-on get the ben­e­fits and en­joy­ment of a world-class health club — an ex­er­cise cen­tre for aer­o­bic classes, mas­sage and ther­apy, and locker rooms with two steam spas.”

Space has al­ready been sold to a group that in­cludes a mas­sage ther­a­pist, a chi­ro­prac­tor and an acupunc­tur­ist.

“As well, up­stairs, there are pri­vate bil­liards and games room, an own­ers’ so­ci­ety kitchen and, of course, a movie the­atre,” says Mann.

The build­ing also in­cludes a unique Quays Bistro that’s owned by res­i­dents.

“The rev­enue from the bistro is a fi­nan­cial ben­e­fit to help main­tain lower condo fees,” he says. “They even make lunch for res­i­dents to take on the limo-bus as they leave for work.”

Mann has taken a page from the book on suc­cess­ful life­style op­tions from his se­niors’ res­i­dences.

“We de­signed food there for peo­ple with al­ler­gies and /or health prob­lems,” he says.

“Gluten-free bread, for ex­am­ple, and health­ier food choices — and fam­i­lies of se­niors asked for the same thing, so we adapted much of that here. We have de­signed ‘Pizza With Heart,’ as an ex­am­ple — crust with no yeast or glutens and hardly any calo­ries — and it’s de­li­cious.”

Imag­ine hav­ing that ready and de­liv­ered to your door when you come home from a hard day at work, he says. “It’s a beau­ti­ful way to live.”

The de­vel­op­ment has other ben­e­fits that are unique. Res­i­dents each have VIP cards that of­fer dis­counts at many shops, restau­rants, re­tail ser­vices and en­ter­tain­ment venues, as well as travel sav­ings to any of the States­man re­sorts in B.C. or the U.S.

The com­plex, it­self, is on 5.7 hectares of land and will con­sist of eight build­ings by com­ple­tion — enough units to house 1,400 peo­ple by the time it’s done.

The first phase — a build­ing with 124 units — is close to sold out and the sec­ond build­ing is now sell­ing.

The de­vel­op­ment con­sists of steel-and-con­crete condo apart­ments that are built with en­ergy ef­fi­ciency in mind to BuiltGreen stan­dards — which will in­clude gar­den town­houses and brown­stones in fu­ture phases.

The units in the sec­ond build­ing range from 686 square feet for one-bed­room homes, to 2,114 square feet for a two-or three­bed­room ex­ec­u­tive suite with an of­fice.

Prices start at $308,900 plus GST to $799,900 plus GST. Ground-floor units have pa­tios and up­per-floor units have en­closed so­lar­i­ums.

Each come with heated and se­cured un­der-ground park­ing.

“We have sold 30 ter­race lofts in the last cou­ple of weeks,” says Mann. “Un­like some other down­town high­rises that have dropped their prices by $100,000 or more, we have not.”

That, in it­self, is a tes­ta­ment to the value of the project, he says. “River­side Quays seems to be in the right place at the right time — per­haps even re­ces­sion­proof.”

Mean­while, States­man con­tin­ues mak­ing plans to con­vert space where the Crowchild Inn now sits to an­other live, work, shop and play com­plex.

States­man is build­ing its se­niors com­plexes in Al­berta, On­tario, Ari­zona, and North Carolina — and has re­cently ex­panded to In­dia.

Re­sort com­mu­ni­ties have also cap­tured Mann’s at­ten­tion and he has built them in B.C. as well as the U.S. states of Ari­zona and Wash­ing­ton.

Grant Black, Cal­gary Her­ald

Garth Mann, pres­i­dent and founder of the States­man Group of Com­pa­nies, out­side the River­side Quays project in south­east Cal­gary.


Lor­raine Hjalte, Cal­gary Her­ald

The larger of the two show suites in River­side Quays con­tains two bed­rooms and two bathooms.

Lor­raine Hjalte, Cal­gary Her­ald

The el­e­gant yet func­tional kitchen within the larger show­suite.

Grant Black, Cal­gary Her­ald

The in­te­rior of the fit­ness cen­tre.

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