Bridge the gap at Crossings
Buyer finds best of all worlds at Bridgeland Crossings condo project
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.
Downtown Calgary as seen from Tom Campbell’s Hill above Bridgeland in 2009. The area is close to the city’s core.
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.
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.
Claire Himsl with her dog, Charlie, in Murdoch Park in The Bridges in Bridgeland. She bought a condo in the Bridgeland Crossings development.
Claire Himsl, who bought a unit in Bridgeland Crossings, takes a break with her dog Charlie in Murdoch Park in Bridgeland.
An artist’s rendering of one of the units in the project.