VIEWS: Pres­tige part of pack­age

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It also in­cludes a lounge with views of the Rock­ies, the Bow River, down­town and Cal­gary Stam­pede Park.

Buyer in­ter­est in high­rise liv­ing is grow­ing, says Ernest Hon of the Guardian, which is un­der­way in Vic­to­ria Park.

“The ob­vi­ous draws of high­rise liv­ing are views and pres­tige,” he says.

“I think we are see­ing this all over the world now, which the Guardian is part of a big­ger trend that peo­ple are in­creas­ingly want­ing to live in hip­per down­town ar­eas and want­ing to live in higher den- sity and taller tow­ers.

“While we are build­ing Cal­gary’s tallest res­i­den­tial tower, New York City is now con­struct­ing its tallest res­i­den­tial tower for per­haps the third time in the past 10 years, Dal­las re­cently com­pleted its Mu­seum Tower and Toronto has the new Trump tower.”

As part of the Guardian, the first tower of about 300 units is 90 per cent sold.

Most of the re­main­ing units are two-bed­room, two-bath­room cor­ner units, with some larger sub-pent­house units. Th­ese units start at $438,600 and range up­ward to more than $1.4 mil­lion.

The height and mix of uses in a build­ing re­flect a va­ri­ety of con­cerns.

Re­tail and com­mer­cial on the lower floors pro­vide ser­vices to the com­mu­nity at large, as well as to res­i­dents and other oc­cu­pants of the de­vel­op­ment through­out the day and evening to sup­port their vi­tal­ity.

The con­sid­er­a­tion of what is next door also plays into the in­ten­tions for a build­ing.

Cal­gary Her­ald/Files

An artist’s ren­der­ing of The Guardian condo de­vel­op­ment.

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