Morello collection has plenty to offer
‘Something very different for Calgary’
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.
The master bedroom in the Morello show suite is spacious.
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.