Life tastes good at Cham­pagne

Fam­ily down­sizes from house to condo in­side Quarry Park

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JOSH SKAPIN

Un­til a few months ago, Dan and Brenda Lavallee didn’t know much about Quarry Park.

But when plans were an­nounced for Im­pe­rial Oil to move its head­quar­ters to the south­east Cal­gary com­mu­nity, the Lavallees looked closer.

Dan is a long­time em­ployee of the en­ergy gi­ant and Brenda is a school teacher. Both are in their 50s.

Af­ter look­ing into Quarry Park, the Cal­gary cou­ple de­cided to fast track plans to down­size from their sin­gle­fam­ily home in Dis­cov­ery Ridge. They bought a condo at Cham­pagne by Rem­ing­ton Devel­op­ment Corp.

When the Lavallees take pos­ses­sion of their new place, there will be no fight­ing the morn­ing grid­lock for Dan. “When liv­ing there, it’s prob­a­bly a two minute walk to work,” says Dan.

But the quick com­mute is sec­ondary to what Quarry Park of­fers, in­clud­ing a short walk to shops and ser­vices in a com­mer­cial cen­tre called The Mar­ket at Quarry Park.

There are also plans for a recre­ation cen­tre, and the area en­joys quick ac­cess to ma­jor city ar­ter­ies, in­clud­ing Deer­foot Trail and Glen­more Trail.

“It sur­prised me,” says Dan, who sug­gests many peo­ple aren’t fully aware of what’s of­fered in the master-planned devel­op­ment. “When you’re there, you re­al­ize it — and when it’s all built up, I think it’s go­ing to be really at­trac­tive.”

As the cou­ple waded through hous­ing op­tions in Quarry Park, it found the pre­sen­ta­tion gallery for Cham­pagne, which features two show suites. Like the com­mu­nity, it­self, Rem­ing­ton Devel­op­ment Corp. is also be­hind Cham­pagne. This project sits next to the Bow River and will con­sist of 177 units across five build­ings. The struc­tures will be con­structed in in­su­lated pre­cast con­crete and boast an ele­gant French coun­try­side de­sign.

For the Lavallees, the Cham­pagne show suites made an im­pres­sion.

“The qual­ity there won us over,” says Dan, who with Brenda bought a two-bed­room unit. “They’ve done a great job and up­graded ev­ery­thing.”

The apart­ments are decked out in “pen­t­house level spec­i­fi­ca­tions,” says res­i­den­tial sales man­ager Julie Seidel.

“Peo­ple ap­pre­ci­ate that when they walk through our gallery and see our one- and twobed­room (show suites), they don’t have to think: ‘Where’s the hid­den costs for th­ese amaz­ing items that I see?’,” says Seidel.

“We’ve al­ready in­cor­po­rated them. That in­cludes ceil­ings that are at least eight-and-a-half­feet high.”

Top floor apart­ments are even taller, reach­ing 11 feet. The ceil­ings have a stylish cof­fered de­sign, which Seidel says “sets us apart. It’s unique to our project.”

Dan agrees, adding “it’s got a lot of the lit­tle touches that we really like.”

The cou­ple picked a south­west unit with no short­age of win­dows and a large bal­cony. “My wife and I were con­cerned about it not be­ing too dark,” says Dan. “They did a really good job, I think.”

Dan says he looks for­ward to fir­ing up his bar­be­cue on the bal­cony.

“You get a great view out to just green area and the river,” he

MVisit our web­site for more pho­tos. says. “It’s very peace­ful and that at­tracted us.”

The peace­ful set­ting isn’t just out­side the walls of Cham­pagne, but in­side as well thanks to the pre­cast con­crete, which lends it­self to sound proof­ing.

“When you move from a house you’re used to not hav­ing noise,” says Dan. “So the fact they’re us­ing con­crete helps a lot.”

The sec­ond build­ing of Cham­pagne is more than 60 per cent sold and the de­vel­oper has opened sales on its third struc­ture.

This build­ing is set back, al­low­ing enough land for a walk- able French garden. It will be in­cor­po­rated in a river path­way sys­tem, says Seidel.

The apart­ments range from 815 to 1,125 square feet for onebed­room plans and 1,220 to 1,695 square feet for two-bed­room lay­outs. Pent­houses at the project span 1,340 to 2,300 square feet.

One-bed­room units start in the low $300,000s, while twobed­room units are in the low $500,000s and pent­houses are in the low $800,000s.

Some have sold for $1 mil­lion. “It’s been really great for us,” says Seidel.

The Lavallees ex­pect to take pos­ses­sion of their next home this fall.

“That’s good be­cause it means we’re not in a rush to have to sell our house,” says Dan. “If we do ahead of time, that’s OK, too, but it didn’t put us in a crunch. We’re pleased with that.”

Adrian Shel­lard/for the Cal­gary Her­ald

Brenda and Dan Lavallee have bought a condo unit within the Cham­pagne project in Quarry Park. The cou­ple, above, are in a kitchen in the pre­sen­ta­tion gallery.

Cal­gary Her­ald/files

An artist’s ren­der­ing of the Cham­pagne project in Quarry Park. It will con­sist of 177 units across five build­ings near the Bow River.

An ex­am­ple of a bed­room in a unit within the devel­op­ment.

The en­suite in the G model.

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