SKY: An urban lifestyle
The Guardian in Victoria Park is the tallest of these strictly-residential buildings at 44 floors, while the next tallest offer between 32 and 36 floors. All include units with good views, proximity to transit and downtown workplaces, and an urban lifestyle that is increasingly appealing.
The view from Rowena Chan’s apartment on the 33rd floor of 3 Eau Claire will be an uninterrupted panorama to the north of Prince’s Island, the Bow River and Nose Hill Park.
Chan, who is the sales manager for 3 Eau Claire, bought four units in one of Calgary’s tallest towers containing condo apartments. The project features twin towers set on an office podium. The towers will also be connected with via a skybridge.
The mixed-use building — soon to be renamed by Shaw, which bought the building’s naming rights along with leasing all of the 12 floors of office space in the podium — will stretch to 160 metres with 50 floors.
Chan plans to live in a 950-squarefoot unit on the 33rd floor. She and her two daughters, Jessica, 12, and Janice, 10, decided that they didn’t really make full use of their large family home.
“My daughters and I are going to be downsizing from a 2,000-plus-squarefoot home,” says Chan.
“We all agree that we don’t use all the rooms every day. I don’t like to shovel the snow in the wintertime and I hate mowing the lawn.
“I’d rather live in a condo and spend more time doing what I love to do, rather than worrying about shovelling snow and picking a day to mow the lawn.
“In a condo, I give up some of my space, but I can go out more often with my friends and travel and visit, instead of being trapped in a house doing housework.”
The first phase of 3 Eau Claire includes 298 condos in the middle section of the building, including floors 14 to 29 in the west tower and floors 14 to 34 in the east tower.
Since sales began last November, about 230 units in the first phase have sold.
“They are moving really, really fast,” says Chan.
“The main reason is the location. We are in the most expensive area of downtown, but we are on the quiet side of downtown.”
Rowena Chan, who is sales manager with the 3 Eau Claire development, also bought four units in the project, which features linked twin towers.