Buyer re­turns for sec­onds

Cur­rie Bar­racks owner buys move-up unit within Vic­to­ria Cross Ter­race Homes

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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, 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.

Pho­tos cour­tesy, Avi Ur­ban

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.

Colleen De Neve, Cal­gary Her­ald

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.

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