SKY: An ur­ban life­style

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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.”

Gavin Young/Cal­gary Her­ald

Rowena Chan, who is sales man­ager with the 3 Eau Claire de­vel­op­ment, also bought four units in the project, which fea­tures linked twin tow­ers.

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