Find your Zen within Ven

Open floor plan per­fect for host­ing

Calgary Herald - Calgary Herald New Condos - - New Condos - CLAIRE YOUNG

Ven of­fers the in­ter­sec­tion of stylish condo liv­ing in a vi­brant ur­ban vil­lage set­ting.

The 115-unit, four-storey condo build­ing by Bucci De­vel­op­ments Ltd. is to be nes­tled up against McHugh Bluff on a quiet street in the in­ner-city neigh­bour­hood of Sun­ny­side.

The A Plan show suite in the sales cen­tre, now open above the Bro­ken Plate restau­rant on 10th Street N.W., is a one-bed­room, one-bath­room unit of 645 square feet. Lo­ca­tion of the show home.

Its clean lines and open­con­cept liv­ing space make it an invit­ing place to en­ter­tain.

How­ever, it has enough room to re­tain pri­vacy.

The en­trance opens into the edge of the kitchen to the left, with a gen­er­ous stor­age and closet room to the right. The apart­ment is airy, with nine-foot ceil­ings and pot lights.

The kitchen is sleek, with a white hon­ey­comb tile back­splash above a light quartz coun­ter­top and slen­der, fin­ger-width, stain­less-steel hard­ware on the wood lam­i­nate cab­i­nets.

The penin­sula has seat­ing for three at the ex­tended edge. Stain­less-steel ap­pli­ances in­clude a full-sized fridge by Fisher and Paykell for shop­ping con­ve­nience, a full gas range, oven, over­the-range mi­crowave and dish­washer.

Un­der-cab­i­net light­ing com­fort­ably il­lu­mi­nates the work area. The U-shaped space is easy to move around, and all that a cook would need is within easy reach.

Wood floor­ing is found in the main liv­ing space, with tile in the bath­room and car­pet in the bed­room.

The great room is long, with room for a sit-down din­ing area, en­ter­tain­ment cen­tre, and com­fort­able couches and chairs.

The wall of win­dows at the end of the great room pro­vides nat­u­ral light to the main room, as well as ac­cess to the pa­tio or deck.

Ground-level con­dos have di­rect side­walk ac­cess from their pa­tios.

The bath­room has two en­trances and is ac­ces­si­ble from the front foyer, next to the closet with stacked laun­dry, as well as from the master bed­room via the walk­through closet.

In the bath­room, the long cus­tom-framed mir­ror has a float­ing stor­age shelf be­low. The mar­ble coun­ter­top es­tab­lishes a lux feel.

It of­fers soft un­der-counter mo­tion-sen­sor light­ing, en­sur­ing no stum­bles in the dark.

The bath­room features a soaker tub, as well as a glass­walled shower.

The bed­room of­fers space for a king-sized bed, as well as nat­u­ral light from the large win­dows. It has a door into the great room.

The show suite dis­plays the Sol­stice pal­ette, the lighter of the two choices avail­able to buy­ers.

The darker Equinox pal­ette is also sexy, with black hon­ey­comb and var­ie­gated, al­most tiger-striped look to the wood lam­i­nate cab­i­nets.

Each unit has out­door pa­tio or deck space with a builtin gas line for a bar­be­cue. The Ven pa­tios are larger than Bucci’s Next project in Bridge­land by at least a foot in depth.

Each unit comes with a stor­age locker in the park­ing garage. One bed­room units come with a sin­gle un­der­ground park­ing stall, while the two bed­rooms come with two stalls in a tan­dem con­fig­u­ra­tion.

The build­ing’s ex­te­rior ar­chi­tec­ture is sim­i­lar to Bucci’s smaller Tribeca condo project in the com­mu­nity of Mis­sion.

Ven is a wood-frame build­ing, with a four-cen­time­tre layer of con­crete be­tween floors to fur­ther dampen sound be­tween units.

A small taste of the eight­foot wide by 20-foot tall liv­ing wall — a piece of art made from liv­ing plants — that will grace Ven’s lobby is on dis­play at the sales cen­tre.

Sales started March 8 and about half of the project was sold in two weeks. Con­struc­tion is planned to be­gin in May, with pos­ses­sions ex­pected in the early spring of 2015.

Floor plans range in size from 644 to 1,348 square feet and are priced be­tween $300,000 and $720,000.

Pho­tos, Bucci De­vel­op­ments

An open-con­cept de­sign links the great room, fore­ground, with the kitchen in the back­ground in the A Plan show suite.

Above, the stor­age room and closet in the show suite pro­vides plenty of space to hang clothes. Left, the walk­through bath­room in­cludes a tub and stand-alone shower.

Pho­tos, Bucci De­vel­op­ments

An artist’s ren­der­ing of Ven, a condo devel­op­ment slated for the Sun­ny­side neigh­bour­hood within Kens­ing­ton.

The spa­cious bed­room in the A Plan show suite in the project.

Pho­tos, Bucci De­vel­op­ments

The kitchen in the A Plan show suite at Ven has plenty of coun­ter­top space for food prepa­ra­tion.

The great room, with the pa­tio in the back­ground, in the suite.

A sam­ple of a liv­ing wall that will grace the lobby at Ven.

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