Buyer returns for seconds
Currie Barracks owner buys move-up unit within Victoria Cross Terrace Homes
When Brett Kryskow was ready to move up from the loft he owned in Garrison Woods, his search for the right fit only took him across the street.
In Currie Barracks, Kryskow found a new townhouse development by Avi Urban called the Victoria Cross Terrace Homes.
Built on the site of the former Canadian Forces Base Calgary, Currie Barracks is a northwest neighbourhood being redeveloped by Canada Lands Co.
The neighbourhood recently won New Community of the Year and Community of the Year at this year’s Calgary region SAM (Sales and Marketing) Awards.
“They’re going to look great,” says Kryskow of the townhomes. Between the appeal of the kitchen and great room floor plan, units come with rear attached garages.
Besides being “sold on the area,” Kryskow — who is a sales representative for Homes by Avi, the single-family home division — says the townhomes give him exactly what he’s looking for.
He bought a two-bedroom, south-facing unit, which he says will bring his home plenty of natural light in the afternoons and evenings.
Avi Urban president Charron Ungar calls the Terrace Homes “urban cottages,” adding the development of 13 two-storey units offers the ability to live “communally.”
That means that homeowners trade in having to maintain their own backyards for a common park space shared by neighbours.
“You live as a group and enjoy a common amenity,” says Ungar. “We put all of our eggs in the landscaping basket into this common area and it’s beautiful, with a riverbed running through it — tons of features that all come together.”
While the units still come with a backyard, Ungar says they’re meant to serve the role of a back deck and provide space for a barbecue.
Ungar’s inspiration for the development came on a trip to Poundbury, England.
The project is built on land in the Duchy of Cornwall, which is controlled by Prince Charles.
The Dorchester-area town boasts a high-density plan based on the principles in the prince’s book, A Vision of Britain. “There’s this mishmash of different product and what it is creating is essentially what Currie Barracks is creating,” says Ungar. “It’s socio-economic and product diversity.” INFORMATION: Visit liveatvictoria cross.ca, or phone 403-536-7230.
One of the many housing types in Poundbury is a traditional cottage home, a concept that Ungar turned into the Terrace Homes.
Ungar says bringing the Terrace Homes to Currie Barracks took about one-and-ahalf years to deliver, calling it a complex development.
“We created a pretty dense little community in the middle of Currie Barracks, but it’s innovative,” he says, adding a cutting-edge approach is what the developer asked for.
Ungar says the Terrace Homes will be built on a site that Canada Lands Co. calls the innovative multi-family parcel.
Unit sizes for the Terrace Homes range from 1, 250 to 1,725 square feet. The development’s exterior is in a Craftsman style with James Hardie fibre cement siding.
Unit interiors are based around an open layout with a warm, contemporary design.
They include hardwood and tile on the main floor, with an eight-pound underlay carpet on the upper floor.
There’s also kitchens with granite countertops, fullheight, 96-inch kitchen cabinets with full extension and soft close drawers, and a fourpiece Whirlpool appliance package.
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One benefit to the Terrace Homes is its starting price in the mid-$400,000s, says Ungar.
While there is a demand to live in Currie Barracks, there is a misconception that buying a home in the community comes at a high cost, he says.
“I hope this development (the Terrace Homes) will provide an opportunity to dispel that myth,” says Ungar.
Early interest in the homes has come largely from young professionals and those down-sizing from single-family homes.
“Instead of looking at a condo which may be a bit small, they’re looking at these,” says Ungar.
Beyond the Terrace Homes, Avi Urban’s presence in Currie Barracks includes other townhomes.
The Victoria Cross Townhomes are two and three-storey units ranging from 1,700 to 2,300 square feet and starting in the$770,000s.
Each unit comes with a rear attached two-car garage and individually-fenced yards.
A showhome for the townhomes is at 132 Victoria Cross Blvd. S.W.
An artist’s rendering of the Victoria Cross Terrace Homes by Avi Urban. Avi Urban president Charron Ungar calls the homes ‘urban cottages.’
A view of the Rocky Mountains from a park in Currie Barracks.
Charron Ungar, president of Avi Urban in Calgary.
Brett Kryskow in Currie Barracks, where he purchased a Victoria Cross Terrace Home by Avi Urban. He originally lived in a loft just across the street.