Young people want fresh ideas
‘Whole different lifestyle going on’
Joe Starkman talks about a conversation he had with a young woman looking for her first home, about what she wanted and what was available.
With only place settings for four, four wine glasses and a couple of pots, she told him she didn’t need plenty of cupboards.
Because she brought home much of her meals, the kitchen didn’t have to be that large — and because she didn’t entertain all that much, there was no need for a big living room.
“There’s a whole different lifestyle going on out there among young people,” says Starkman, an ownership partner in Calgary-based Knightsbridge Homes.
The company is a jointventure partner with Metropia Urban Landscapes of Toronto in the development of a mixed-use project called University City at the west end of the Brentwood shopping centre in Calgary. “Young people are thinking differently than they were just a couple of years ago, when we got land use approval,” says Starkman. “Affordability is a big thing for them.”
The first of five residential/ retail buildings in University City will have 216 apartments spread across 18 floors — with sizes running from studio suites at 339 square feet and priced from $159,900, to twobedroom/two-bath units measuring 712 square feet and starting at $189,900.
An artist’s rendering of one of the towers in University City.
From left, Joe Starkman of Knightsbridge Homes with Howard Sokolowski of Metropia Urban Landscapes.