Lido adds charm to Kens­ing­ton

Classy con­do­minium com­plex rises on neigh­bour­hood’s his­toric cafe site

Calgary Herald - Calgary Herald New Condos - - Front Page - CLAIRE YOUNG

A Kens­ing­ton cou­ple was on the brink of con­sid­er­ing, just maybe, down­siz­ing to an­other com­mu­nity when along came Lido by Bat­tis­tella.

Af­ter more than two decades of liv­ing in the vi­brant in­ner-city com­mu­nity, Ann Case­beer and Cam Wad­dell didn’t rel­ish up­root­ing them­selves from their neigh­bour­hood.

“We were look­ing for some­thing that is not a starter place. We want some­thing smaller than what we have, but we couldn’t find any- thing suit­able,” Wad­dell says. “There were a lot of two-bed­rooms, but they were small. We fi­nally found this place that ad­ver­tised three bed­rooms. It was what we were look­ing for in terms of size, con­ve­nience and, frankly, find­ing places for all the stuff we have col­lected over the years. The down­siz­ing thing is a ma­jor piece.”

Lido is a 60-unit, mixed-use con­do­minium de­vel­op­ment in Kens­ing­ton, a project by Bat­tis­tella De­vel­op­ments, on the cor­ner of 10th Street and 2nd Av­enue N.W.

... we want to down­size, but not down­grade ANN CASE­BEER

While they ini­tially in­ves­ti­gated the three-bed­room units, Wad­dell and Case­beer opted for a two-bed­room unit of about 1,400 square feet.

“The units on the south­west cor­ner, the large two-bed­rooms, caught our eye be­cause they are a good size and there’s a good-size den in them,” says Wad­dell, adding that they like the sunny ex­po­sure.

“The par­tic­u­lar unit we bought has a large out­door deck area.”

Case­beer ap­pre­ci­ates Bat­tis­tella’s rep­u­ta­tion as builder, the de­sign of Lido and all the in­te­rior touches.

“We’re in a time of our life where we want to down­size, but not down­grade,” Case­beer says.

“It’s just a win-win. We’ll be mov­ing from a re­ally lovely home into a re­ally nice condo and be able to stay in the neigh­bour­hood.”

Through the years, they have wit­nessed Kens­ing­ton chang­ing, evolv­ing and grow­ing.

“Change is hope­fully progress. Cer­tainly the build­ing is con­scious of main­tain­ing a piece of the his­tory. Even the name, the Lido, and they are try­ing to in­cor­po­rate a cafe,” says Case­beer.

The Lido was a leg­endary Kens­ing­ton eatery where the new Lido condo build­ing will be built. Case­beer and Wad­dell had eggs and toast there on oc­ca­sion, though their four chil­dren fre­quented it reg­u­larly.

“We have been watch­ing a lot of pro­posed de­vel­op­ment and we’ve seen the street land­scape change, with some of those small houses go­ing,” Case­beer says. “That’s sad, but it’s a vi­brant neigh­bour­hood that is go­ing to sus­tain and grow, and that’s good for all of us who live here. It’s im­por­tant that we have in­ner-city neigh­bour­hoods that are about fam­i­lies with schools and people of all di­ver­sity and age. That’s one of the rea­sons we like Kens­ing­ton.”

The ground floor of Lido will fea­ture re­tail shops and cafes, while the sec­ond floor will be a bou­tique ho­tel, says Traci Wil­son, di­rec­tor of mar­ket­ing and sales at Bat­tis­tella De­vel­op­ments. The City of Cal­gary will have pub­lic park­ing on the first level of the un­der­ground parkade, with the lower two lev­els for own­ers. There are five floors of res­i­den­tial units above the ho­tel, with one- to three­bed­room of­fer­ings rang­ing in size from 430 square feet to 1,500 square feet.

“These con­dos were de­signed to make the most of each space, to not have nar­row hall­ways and to make sure that the bed­rooms were big enough to fit king-sized beds,” Wil­son says. “Most of the units are two-bed­room or big­ger. We’ve had a lot of people look­ing for big­ger units, ei­ther be­cause they are down­siz­ing from big homes or up­siz­ing from smaller con­dos.”

Two-bed­room units are from 900 square feet to 1,400 square feet. Three-bed­rooms are 1,500 square feet, while the three-bed­room pent­house is about 1,650 square feet. Fin­ish­ing comes in three dif­fer­ent mid-century glam themes, floor­ing is a durable hy­brid plank and the kitchens have gas ranges and Fisher and Paykel ap­pli­ances.

“The kitchens are de­signed to flow into the liv­ing space, to make the kitchens ac­tu­ally look like fur­ni­ture pieces. On the is­land, there is a built-in din­ing room ta­ble that can seat six people on three sides,” Wil­son says.

One-bed­rooms start in the $240,000s, two-bed­rooms start in the $530,000s, and three-bed­rooms start in the $900,000s. Monthly condo fees will be about 49 cents per square foot. Lido will be graced by a land­scaped, rooftop gar­den pa­tio. Each unit, ex­cept the small onebed­rooms on the third floor, come with a park­ing stall.

Kens­ing­ton is a com­mu­nity Case­beer and Wad­dell look for­ward to liv­ing in for years to come.

“Some of our kids were young when we moved here and they were able to walk to school. All those things made our life eas­ier. It is a neigh­bour­hood where you can age in place and still feel a part of it,” says Case­beer.

Gavin Young/Cal­gary Herald

Long­time Kens­ing­ton cou­ple Ann Case­beer and Cam Wad­dell have pur­chased a two-bed­room unit in the new Lido by Bat­tis­tella De­vel­op­ments, which is slated to start con­struc­tion this year. The condo is go­ing up at the cor­ner of 10th Street and 2nd Av­enue N.W.

Pho­tos: Bat­tis­tella De­vel­op­ments

An artist’s ren­der­ing il­lus­trates the brightly lit Bauhaus-style kitchen at Lido by Bat­tis­tella in Kens­ing­ton.

A bright, Glam-style great room will in­vite gath­er­ings with friends and fam­ily at Lido by Bat­tis­tella.

A Bauhaus-style mas­ter bath­room will grace units at Lido by Bat­tis­tella.

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