Kin­cora project has sound ideas

Cove Prop­er­ties’ quiet features at­tracted first-time buyer

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NCLAIRE YOUNG eighbours are best seen and not heard.

Sound at­ten­u­a­tion — keep­ing it quiet be­tween floors and units in a condo build­ing — is clearly a pas­sion for Doug Mazurek.

The part­ner and vice-pres­i­dent of con­struc­tion of Cove Prop­er­ties pulls out a piece of pa­per and starts sketch­ing di­a­grams about how floor­ing in the com­pany’s new condo project in Kin­cora is lay­ered and studs are off­set and spaced, along with how the dou­ble par­ti­walls be­tween units are set up.

“We’ve got sev­eral lay­ers of sound­proof­ing,” he says. “Start­ing with the floor as­sem­bly, we really go over­board.”

To­day is the launch of the Kin­cora Sum­mit sales cen­tre. The new 150-unit condo project by Cove Prop­er­ties in the city’s north­west of­fers one-, two- and three-bed­room units, rang­ing from 634 to 1, 474 square feet.

One-bed­rooms start in the $160,000s and two-bed­rooms from the $220,000s, while twobed­room cor­ner suites start from the $270,000s. Condo fees will likely be in the range of $35 cents per square foot.

The first build­ing of 42 units will be re­leased at the sales launch April 13.

Reg­is­tra­tions are cur­rently be­ing taken on­line so po­ten­tial buy­ers can re­serve a spot for the launch.

Build­ing B hold 74 units, while Build­ing C has 38 units.

First-time home­buyer Joseph Hack­ett, 28, bought a $266,000 condo by Cove Prop­er­ties in a sis­ter project, Monarch at McKen­zie Towne.

He liked the spa­cious­ness of the 850-square-foot, onebed­room unit, find­ing the units to be larger and of higher qual­ity at a more com­pet­i­tive price than oth­ers he was con­sid­er­ing.

The de­vel­oper’s com­mit­ment to sound­proof­ing was high on the list for him. “That was an­other rea­son I bought it, the sound­proof­ing, be­cause I didn’t want to hear my neigh­bours,” he says.

Hack­ett took a pam­phlet about the build­ing ma­te­ri­als home with him one day af­ter vis­it­ing the sales cen­tre.

“I did a bit of my own re­search on my own to see what was the best sound­proof­ing ma­te­ri­als and so on,” he says. “What they had was pretty much as good as you could get.”

Since he moved in last July, he says he has been pleased.

Kin­cora Sum­mit will look dif­fer­ent from Monarch at McKen­zie Towne. The new project will fea­ture a Rocky Moun­tain Crafts­man style, with real slate ve­neer de­tails around the base of the build­ing and rough-sawn fir el­e­ments on the ex­te­rior.

“It fits the area,” says Mazurek of the ar­chi­tec­ture. “The rolling hills — we tried to cre­ate some ar­tic­u­la­tion to the ends of the build­ing.”

The three build­ings are each four-storeys high. As the build­ing rises, the third floors step back at the ends, as well as again on the fourth floors to re­flect the

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This gives rise to some im­pres­sive end suites on the top floors: 1,474-square-foot, three­bed­room con­dos with win­dows on three sides and three bal­conies.

Main-floor units have garden pa­tios and di­rect ac­cess to the out­side.

“All of th­ese main floor units will have garden-door set ups,” says Mazurek.

“We’ll have the suite num­ber to that unit right out on the front of the col­umn to iden­tify it as an en­try­way. All bal­conies will have lights to help with the street-ori­en­tated look.”

Each unit will have in-floor ra­di­ant heat­ing — elim­i­nat­ing ra­di­a­tors that must be stepped over to get out­side to bal­conies — as well as giv­ing more room for fur­ni­ture place­ment.

Other no­table build­ing de­tails in­clude metal-clad win­dows, acrylic stucco, nat­u­ral gas bar­be­cue hookups on bal­conies, and card read­ers and video surveil- lance at main en­try points.

Units each come with a stall in the heated un­der­ground parkade. Ad­di­tional sur­face stalls will also be for sale sep­a­rately, although have not yet been priced.

Each unit stall has a stor­age cage. Some op­tional in­te­rior stor­age is also avail­able sep­a­rately. The parkade also features plenty of bike stor­age.

The build­ings have an out­door amenity — a sec­ond-floor out­door pa­tio shaded by a fir trel­lis.

In­te­rior fin­ishes in­clude gourmet kitchens with solid Shaker maple cab­i­nets, lam­i­nate coun­ter­tops (quartz avail­able as an up­grade), lam­i­nate hard­wood floor­ing and spa-in­spired bath­rooms with soaker tubs.

Con­struc­tion is ex­pected to start this spring, with pos­ses­sions in late 2014.

As a cu­ri­ous first-time home­buyer, Hack­ett says he was im­pressed with the sales team at Monarch at McKen­zie Towne.

“I had a thou­sand ques­tions and they an­swered them all really well. They were really friendly — you could call them any time,” he says.

Photos, Cove Prop­er­ties

An artist’s ren­der­ing of the Kin­cora Sum­mit de­vel­op­ment by Cove Prop­er­ties. Prices range from the $160,000s to the $270,000s.

A great room within Monarch at McKen­zie Towne is bright­ened thanks to large win­dows.

Michelle Hofer/for the Cal­gary Her­ald

First-time buyer Joseph Hacket, 28, pur­chased a condo at Monarch at McKen­zie Towne by Cove Prop­er­ties. The sales cen­tre for Kin­cora Sum­mit opens to­day.

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