In­ner-city chic within Belt­line

Calla project near Lougheed House

Calgary Herald - Calgary Herald New Condos - - New Condos - AN­DREA COX

Qualex-land­mark Group knows a good thing when it sees it — and this Vancouver de­vel­oper is keen on Cal­gary right now.

Its lat­est project, Calla, is proof pos­i­tive that the in­nercity, chic and modern life­style is in de­mand.

Lo­cated at 14th Av­enue and 6th Street S. W. across from the his­toric Lougheed House, Calla is a 12 storey glass and steel res­i­den­tial tower over­look­ing the Beaulieu Gar­dens.

The build­ing’s de­sign is re­fresh­ing.

With its ex­ten­sive use of glass win­dow walls and ter­raced fa­cade, it lifts and light­ens the heav­i­ness of the ex­ist­ing sur­round­ing ar­chi­tec­ture, yet of­fers a nice jux­ta­po­si­tion that blends well.

Calla’s gar­den-in­spired col­lec­tion of 168 homes con­sists of one- and two-bed­room de­signs, as well as street-level town­homes and sin­gle-storey gar­den homes with a sep­a­rate ter­race and di­rect ac­cess to the side­walk.

Units range from 549 to more than 1,150 square feet. The build­ing fea­tures land­scaped court­yards, a green roof, bi­cy­cle stor­age and a fully-equipped fit­ness fa­cil­ity and yoga stu­dio.

The project launched in the fall of 2011 and the Dis­cov­ery Cen­tre is lo­cated two blocks north of the de­vel­op­ment on 11th Av­enue and 6th Street S.W.

In­side the cen­tre is a fully ap­pointed, one-bed­room show suite that fea­tures great use of space, clean lines and high-end fix­tures and ap­pli­ances.

Trepp De­sign Inc. has cre­ated two sleek and modern colour boards for buy­ers to choose from, which in­cor­po­rate every­thing from tinted glass sub­way tiles for the kitchen back­splash to ce­ramic kitchen floor tiles in tau­pes and greys, along with clean white mar­ble bath­room coun­ter­tops.

The 549-square-foot show suite is chalk-full of ameni­ties, in­clud­ing stain­less steel ap­pli­ances in the kitchen, a stacked washer and dryer, ar­chi­tec­tural fix­tures and beau­ti­ful pen­dant light­ing.

Good use of space carves coy niches for all of the daily liv­ing ac­tiv­i­ties, in­clud­ing a well-sized liv­ing room and din­ing area.

The kitchen also of­fers an eat­ing bar. A one-bed­room unit starts in the low $200,000s.

Richard White’s col­umn.

The bath­room in a unit.

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