Edison sparks eureka moment
Buyers on the move downsize to townhome in city’s southeast
Like Thomas Edison, the famed inventor who is the namesake of a new condo project they’ll soon call home, Todd Littlewood and Clint Kniss had a bright idea.
Time-consuming and costly upkeep on their spacious single-family home in Shawnessy was too much to take, so they turned to something that better suited their needs.
The Calgary couple bought a threebedroom townhome in a new Avi Urban development called Edison.
“We’re not as handy as some people are who like to do projects in their house,” says Kniss, 42. “We like to travel, so we’d rather spend our money on that.”
Now they can just lock it and leave it. Clint is a site management co-ordinator, while Littlewood is an associate for mortgage specialists.
Edison is a collection of townhomes with pre-construction prices starting in the $250,000s in the southeast community of Walden.
Walden is a community master-planned by Genstar Development Co. tucked off Highway 22x. For Kniss and Littlewood, it was the prospect of life in Walden that led them to Edison.
The couple has a number of friends living in the city’s southeast and they like what Walden has to offer.
“We really like the area,” says Littlewood, calling Walden “attractive.”
Walden boasts green spaces including a naturalized wetland, clear-water pond parks and pathways with preserved trees.
“There are a lot of things happening around there,” says Kniss. Avi Urban president Charron Ungar was also impressed with the community, adding the site where Edison will be built has been on his radar for the past three years.
“I think they’ve done everything right as a community,” says Ungar. “They’ve set themselves apart by selecting a more contemporary path for their architecture.”
Contemporary suits Avi Urban just fine. Avi Urban is the multi-family arm of seasoned Calgary home builder Homes by Avi.
Based on previous developments, such as Olive in The Bridges in Bridgeland and The Block near 17th Avenue S.W., Avi Urban isn’t shy about innovation.
Ungar’s plan for Edison is what he calls a “modern eclectic” design.
“It really excites me. I think what we’re bringing to the table is something people haven’t seen before.”
From the outside, it’s a contemporary facade with James Hardie, fire-resistant fibre cement and plenty of personality, giving buyers the chance to select the colour of their front door.
Thomas Edison’s quote, “another step forward,” is being used to help market the project.
“It’s another step forward for us,” says Ungar, adding he’s noted what buyers have told him about the company’s previous projects and brought those suggestions to Edison.
“We are taking everything we’ve learned from our previous developments and putting it into one cohesive townhome development,” he says.
Edison’s townhomes are three storeys and come in six floor plans ranging from 1,130 to 1, 400 square feet. They come with large balconies and
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Inside, the units come with a Whirlpool appliance package, a full-height glass mosaic tile backsplash, towering Echowood flat-slab cabinets, and flat-profile, two-and-a-half inch baseboards.
The bathrooms have 90-degree chrome fixtures and showers with full-height tile and five-millimetre glass doors. They also have pedestal and vessel sinks.
“We really like the layout of the unit that we purchased,” says Littlewood.
The couple bought an end unit, which Littlewood says will be “very bright.”
These townhomes have several large low-E windows. E stands for emissivity, a measure of heat loss.
Littlewood says buying a three-bedroom plan allows him to use a room as a home office. But home is for more than work.
“There’s a really spacious deck,” says Littlewood. “Because we are on the end unit, we have a lot more space for barbecuing and having a table and chairs out there and being able to entertain during the summer time.”
Pick your front door colour at a modern townhome development in Edison by Avi Urban in Walden, as seen in an artist’s drawing.
The kitchen has a backsplash and stainless-steel appliances.
From left, Clint Kniss and Todd Littlewood bought a three-bedroom townhome in Edison, a new development by Avi Urban in Walden in southeast Calgary.