Morello collection has plenty to of­fer

‘Some­thing very dif­fer­ent for Cal­gary’

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There’s been sig­nif­i­cant chat­ter of late about the lack of three-bed­room condo of­fer­ings in the city.

All of that is chang­ing, thanks to a new de­vel­op­ment tucked away in the es­tab­lished south­east com­mu­nity of Mid­na­pore. The Morello is a collection of 21 con­tem­po­rary homes of­fer­ing gen­er­ous floor plans rang­ing from 800 to al­most 1,600 square feet, with sev­eral units fea­tur­ing three bed­rooms and three bath­rooms.

Young fam­i­lies, empty nesters and those want­ing more room need look no fur­ther.

“This is some­thing very dif­fer­ent for Cal­gary,” says Larry Laine, the de­vel­oper be­hind the project.

“We re­ally wanted to cre­ate some­thing unique and we put a lot of thought into the de­sign.”

With a nod to a softer, con­tem­po­rary es­thetic, the Morello’s de­sign in­cor­po­rates some out­side-the-box think­ing.

It’s con­fig­ured in a plus-sign shape, so that each home en­cap­su­lates a cor­ner unit with win­dows wrap­ping around on two sides.

The build­ing ex­tends up­wards of three storeys with pent­house suites cap­tur­ing views of the down­town sky­line.

The mod­ern-themed ex­te­rior blends ju­di­cious use of acrylic stucco pep­pered with cul­tured stone ac­cents. It’s an invit­ing first im­pres­sion.

Homes are bright with lots of nat­u­ral light and all have ac­cess to a pri­vate ter­race. Some suites have ac­cess to two, one that ex­tends from the mas­ter suite and an­other from the liv­ing space.

In­te­ri­ors fea­ture clean lines and con­tem­po­rary de­tail­ing with up­scale fin­ishes from hand-scraped, wide-planked hick­ory hard­wood floor­ing to quartz coun­ter­tops and cus­tom-crafted mill­work.

“You just can’t find these unit sizes in down­town Cal­gary. Young fam­i­lies, down­siz­ers, they don’t want to live in a shoe­box,” says Laine.

When Laine pur­chased the property six years ago, he wanted to cre­ate a smaller con­do­minium project with spa­cious, wellap­pointed homes that of­fered pri­vacy.

“Plus we wanted to keep the condo fees to a min­i­mum. People don’t want to pay for what they are not us­ing,” he notes.

As a re­sult, the Morello of­fers lit­tle in the way of on-site ameni­ties; no swim­ming pool or guest suites. But at 34 cents per square foot, the condo fees are rea­son­able and in­clude all main­te­nance, gas, wa­ter and ac­cess to Lake Mid­na­pore’s pri­vate res­i­dents’ beach club, which fea­tures a sandy beach, ac­tiv­ity ar­eas with swim­ming in the sum­mer and skat­ing, to­bog­gan­ing and ice fish­ing in the win­ter.

“It’s one of Cal­gary’s old­est lake com­mu­ni­ties and as such, it is com­pletely un­der the radar,” says Laine.

Lake Mid­na­pore is just one of the fea­tures of the neigh­bour­hood’s fea­tures. The es­tab­lished neigh­bour­hood, which is full of gro- cery stores, cof­fee shops and is a quick walk to the CTrain sta­tion. “It re­ally is a walk­a­ble neigh­bour­hood,” says Laine, not­ing that its walk score hits 77.

“This re­ally is a hid­den gem.”

Prices start at $299,000, in­clud­ing GST and one un­der­ground park­ing stall. Oc­cu­pancy is to start June 1.

Pine View De­vel­op­ments

The mas­ter bed­room in the Morello show suite is spa­cious.

Pine View De­vel­op­ments

The great room and kitchen fea­ture wide-planked hick­ory hard­wood floor­ing.

The din­ing nook in the apart­ment that is be­ing built in an es­tab­lished neigh­bour­hood.

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