STEEL: ‘Peace’

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Grande Rock­ies Re­sort is a four-storey build­ing made from con­crete and steel.

“It is the only con­crete-and­steel build­ing in Can­more for a condo ho­tel,” says Blaeser, adding that means “sound­proof­ing be­tween floors — and it’s just hav­ing that piece of mind that it’s solidly con­structed.”

After open­ing for oc­cu­pancy in 2010, there are now six stan­dard-sized suites re­main­ing, which in­clude one- and twobed­room floor plans and seven pent­houses.

These units are dressed to the nines in top-end spec­i­fi­ca­tions. The stan­dard suites even come fully fur­nished.

“You’re buy­ing like a turnkey suite,” says Blaeser. “It’s fur­nished right down to the ice­cream scoop.”

The pent­houses are a step above, she says.

“The pent­houses are pretty spe­cial in that they are de­signed for a very spe­cific buyer,” says Blaeser. “We have some pent­houses that are fin­ished on the in­te­rior, but for the most part, we have left them un­fin­ished, so the per­son who comes in to pur­chase them will have the op­por­tu­nity to work with our de­sign team to cus­tom­ize them to their needs.”

The suites come with fea­tures such as gourmet kitchens, pro­gram­mable steam show­ers, iPod dock­ing sta­tions and pull­out couches, along with spa­cious din­ing and liv­ing ar­eas and “in­cred­i­ble moun­tain vis­tas,” says Blaeser.

They also have gen­er­ous­sized bal­conies with gas hookups for bar­be­cu­ing with a view.

“It’s huge,” says Blaeser of the bal­conies. “Can­more is all about the out­doors and there is noth­ing bet­ter than be­ing able take it all in, walk­ing just steps out of your unit.”

The multi-level pent­houses, which range from 1,300 to al­most 2,500 square feet, have 20-foot-tall ceil­ings and most in­clude pri­vate hot tubs on the bal­conies.

Stan­dard suites start at $155,000, while pent­houses start at $365,000.

That price be­comes even more af­ford­able through the re­sort’s rental pro­gram, which al­lows res­i­dents to make money on their suites when they aren’t us­ing them.

“There’s a phe­nom­e­nal rental pro­gram and it’s ac­tu­ally one of the high­est net­ting rental pro­grams to own­ers in the town of Can­more,” says Blaeser.

Ali Shivji bought a one-bed­room unit on the ground floor at the re­sort and makes use of the rental pro­gram.

He and his fam­ily en­joy ski­ing and wanted a reg­u­lar place to stay while en­joy­ing the out­doors in Can­more. But when they’re not there, the in­vest­ment doesn’t go to waste.

“It’s a place that we can call home, but know that when we aren’t there, it can still gen­er­ate rev­enue and there­for cover most, if not all, of the ba­sic costs,” says Shivji.

While he owns the suite with his wife, it’s also used by rel­a­tives.

“It’s re­ally more of a fam­ily in­vest­ment than any­thing else,” he says.

Out­side the walls of the homes, there’s plenty to en­joy at the re­sort, in­clud­ing Habi­tat Restau­rant and Bar.

“It’s just like you’re ac­tu­ally step­ping into an uber-chic bistro in Toronto,” says Blaeser.

“It’s a real de­par­ture from the typ­i­cal moun­tain ca­sual style din­ing that you see in Can­more. We ac­tu­ally of­fer room ser­vice to all our own­ers and guests seven days a week.”

There’s also an in­door swim­ming pool and hot tub with a kids’ pool and wa­ter­slide. Other ameni­ties in­clude a state-ofthe-art fit­ness cen­tre, heated un­der­ground park­ing, a mod­ern busi­ness cen­tre and three well-ap­pointed meet­ing rooms.

Shivji says he makes good use of the re­sort ameni­ties.

“I love the hot tubs,” he says. “There’s an in­door-out­door hot tub, so you can go from the out­door to the in­door when it’s cold, which is pretty cool.”

Off the re­sort, Can­more boasts four sea­sons of out­door fun, with ski­ing and golf courses just a short drive away.

Golfers can turn to Sil­ver­tip Re­sort Golf Course or Ste­wart Creek Golf and Coun­try Club in Can­more, while skiers only have to drive no more than an hour to en­joy Norquay, Lake Louise and Sun­shine Vil­lage.

“Can­more is such a unique recre­ational spot,” says Blaeser.

“It’s the No. 1 es­cape spot for any­one who wants to get out of the city and just feel con­tent and peace­ful in the moun­tains.”

Visit our web­site un­der the head­ing, ‘Rec Prop­er­ties,’ for more pho­tos and sto­ries.

Pho­tos, Grande Rock­ies Re­sort

Ameni­ties in­clude a heated in­door swim­ming pool and hot tub with a kids’ pool and wa­ter­slide.

The great room in a suite at the Grande Rock­ies Re­sort.

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