Edi­son sparks eureka moment

Buy­ers on the move down­size to town­home in city’s south­east

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JOSH SKAPIN

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

C MVisit our web­site for more pho­tos. pri­vate court­yards.

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.”

Avi Ur­ban

Pick your front door colour at a mod­ern town­home devel­op­ment in Edi­son by Avi Ur­ban in Walden, as seen in an artist’s draw­ing.

Michelle Hofer/for the Cal­gary Her­ald

The kitchen has a back­splash and stain­less-steel ap­pli­ances.

Michelle Hofer/for the Cal­gary Her­ald

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.

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