Young peo­ple want fresh ideas

‘Whole dif­fer­ent life­style go­ing on’

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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.

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