Bridge the gap at Cross­ings

Buyer finds best of all worlds at Bridge­land Cross­ings condo pro­ject

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A place close to down­town, near work and play, with parks to walk her dog.

Th­ese fea­tures topped Claire Himsl’s shop­ping list of needs while search­ing for her new home. She found just what she was look­ing for at Bridge­land Cross­ings, a new apart­ment-style condo pro­ject in The Bridges.

“I was out hunt­ing places one day, stopped by and it was love at first sight,” says Himsl, 23.

“I think it was the spe­cific unit that I feel in love with. I was look­ing for a one-bed­room in the down­town area, not nec­es­sar­ily in down­town, it­self. I found that all of them were very small — they weren’t re­ally liv­able.

“I didn’t want a two-bed­room unit be­cause I didn’t want a room­mate. I’m just a sin­gle girl and it was just a lit­tle too un­af­ford­able to get the twobed­room.”

The first phase of Bridge­land Cross­ings is a con­crete, 11-storey midrise with 151 units.

The units are in a range of apart­ment-style con­fig­u­ra­tions. The sec­ond tower will be a sim­i­lar size. Units start from $299,900, not in­clud­ing GST.

Bridge­land Cross­ings is part of the sec­ond phase of de­vel­op­ment in The Bridges, a City of Calgary-led, tran­sit-ori­ented re­de­vel­op­ment on the site of the de­mol­ished Gen­eral Hos­pi­tal in Bridge­land.

Himsl bought a 718-square­foot, one-bed­room home for $329,000, with condo fees of $288 per month. “I found this unit, the fin­ish­ings were great, the lo­ca­tion was just right, so I locked in on it,” she says.

She’ll be shar­ing her apart­ment with her Shet­land sheep­dog named Char­lie.

“Be­cause I have a dog, I was hop­ing for a ground-floor unit, which is what I got,” says Himsl.

“It opens onto a court­yard, but the court­yard isn’t on the street level. You ac­tu­ally have to go down some stairs to get to the street, so you have a lit­tle bit of the se­cu­rity that a sec­ond floor would have, but with the bonus of just be­ing about to walk out.”

Himsl is in law school at the Univer­sity of Calgary and is work­ing down­town at a law firm.

“The an­tic­i­pa­tion is when I grad­u­ate, which will be right around the time of pos­ses­sion, I’ll be work­ing down­town. It will be so close to the CTrain — and prob­a­bly walk­ing dis­tance, if I want to walk,” she says.

Be­ing close to the LRT, as well as within walk­ing dis­tance of down­town, fit in with how Himsl wants to live.

“As a young per­son, it’s nice to get out and be close to the ac­tion,” she says. “I cur­rently live in the north­west and it’s the mid­dle of the sub­urbs. There’s re­ally noth­ing to do in the im­me­di­ate area, so when­ever you want to go out and meet friends or go to a restau­rant, you’re al­ways com­mut­ing there.

“I like the idea of just be­ing able to walk down the street to a cof­fee shop or great restau­rants in the area, and just be­ing min­utes away from down­town is just a bonus for work and play.”

Since launch­ing sales at the end of May, Bridge­land Cross­ings has seen in­ter­est from po­ten­tial buy­ers and is about a third sold.

“Sales have been very, very strong,” says David Magnan, sales di­rec­tor at Bridge­land Cross­ings. “We still have a lot of great choices avail­able. We have our two bed­rooms start­ing at $385,000, and our one-bed­rooms start­ing at $299,000.”

“We still have the choice of east or west or down­town views, and court­yard views.”

The cor­ner P-Plan units, which have a curved wall of wrap­around win­dows in the great room, have great views of the river and down­town.

While most were snapped up at the sales launch, there are still a few of th­ese twobed­room units avail­able. The 980-square-foot units start at $479,000.

“We’re hear­ing from the buy­ers that they like the qual­ity of the prod­uct and the fact that it’s a con­crete build­ing,” says Magnan. “The big­gest thing, with­out ques­tion, is the lo­ca­tion — the fact that they can grab the CTrain and within min­utes be in the core; they can walk to the Bow build­ing within 20 min­utes; that they have ac­cess to all the great parks that Bridge­land has to of­fer and just cross the river to go to St. Pa­trick’s Is­land, which a lot of peo­ple are ex­cited about be­cause it’s be­ing de­vel­oped; and they can go to the river.”

The fin­ish­ings in­side the units are also pop­u­lar with buy­ers.

The units come with lam­i­nate floor­ing in vin­tage oak, along with wool car­pet in the bed­rooms. Other fea­tures in­clude quartz coun­ter­tops and full-sized, stain­less-steel ap­pli­ances in the kitchens, and nine­foot ceil­ings.

“The Nest Learn- ing ther­mo­stat is caus­ing a stir be­cause it lit­er­ally cre­ates a 20 to 30 per cent en­ergy sav­ings, and that’s a big cost to the condo com­plex,” says Magnan of the in­di­vid­ual ther­mostats that learn res­i­dents’ pat­terns.

“We’re the only ones in the city do­ing this.”

Ameni­ties, such as the court­yard, guest suite, movie theatre room and sports lounge, are at­trac­tive to buy­ers, says Magnan.

Calgary Her­ald/files

Down­town Calgary as seen from Tom Camp­bell’s Hill above Bridge­land in 2009. The area is close to the city’s core.

Pho­tos, Ren­nie Mar­ket­ing Sys­tems

Above, the mas­ter en­suite of a unit in­cludes a van­ity and shower. Be­low, kitchens in­clude stain­less-steel ap­pli­ances. Left, a kitchen is­land has plenty of counter space.

Pho­tos, Ren­nie Mar­ket­ing Sys­tems

An artist’s ren­der­ing of Bridge­land Cross­ings show­ing the de­vel­op­ment’s close prox­im­ity to the Bridge­land CTrain sta­tion.

The mas­ter bed­room in a unit. A range of apart­ment-style con­fig­u­ra­tions are be­ing of­fered.

Gavin Young/calgary Her­ald

Claire Himsl with her dog, Char­lie, in Mur­doch Park in The Bridges in Bridge­land. She bought a condo in the Bridge­land Cross­ings de­vel­op­ment.

Gavin Young/calgary Her­ald

Claire Himsl, who bought a unit in Bridge­land Cross­ings, takes a break with her dog Char­lie in Mur­doch Park in Bridge­land.

Calgary Her­ald/files

An artist’s ren­der­ing of one of the units in the pro­ject.

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