Ven adds up to great home

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For an au­dit man­ager seek­ing a move to the in­ner-city, the ben­e­fits of buy­ing at Ven quickly added up.

Colin Mitchell, 31, de­cided he was ready to leave rent­ing be­hind and find a place of his own. And from the get-go, life in the es­tab­lished com­mu­nity of Kens­ing­ton stood out.

“I’ve al­ways thought of Kens­ing­ton as a fan­tas­tic area that would be great to live in,” says Mitchell, call­ing it, “high en­ergy.”

Kens­ing­ton is a his­toric neigh­bour­hood in north­west Cal­gary noted for its walk­a­ble ameni­ties and prox­im­ity to tran­sit.

“I love the green space. It’s a very vi­brant type of neigh­bour­hood that cer­tainly ap­peals to me as a young pro­fes­sional.”

When weigh­ing his op­tions, Mitchell had a check­list of wants for his new home.

He kept his eye out for a de­vel­op­ment that was clean, bright and mod­ern, fea­tur­ing an open-lay­out and high ceil­ings.

He found this at Ven. Mitchell dis­cov­ered the project af­ter a tip from a fam­ily friend in the real es­tate busi­ness, and vis­ited its sales cen­tre at 306 10th St. N.W.

Ven is a 114-unit com­plex by award-win­ning de­vel­oper Bucci De­vel­op­ments. The re­main­ing apart­ments start in the $320,000s.

“It checked all my boxes,” says Mitchell. He bought a 780-square-foot plan plus a bal­cony. It has one bed­room, a den and two bath­rooms.

“It’s enough space on its own, but feels like even more to me based on the great use of space that they’ve done with that,” Mitchell adds. “It’s a place I ex­pect will be easy for me to main­tain and keep clean.”

Bucci’s em­pha­sizes en­ergy ef­fi­ciency in each of its de­vel­op­ments and Ven is no ex­cep­tion. The com­plex is con­structed to a Built Green Canada sil­ver stan­dard. This is a na­tional pro­gram that mea­sures a de­vel­op­ment’s en­ergy ef­fi­ciency based on its ma­te­ri­als and the meth­ods used in its con­struc­tion.

“I’m a big fan of their green fo­cus,” says Mitchell. Ven achieves this through use of en­ergy-ef­fi­cient ap­pli­ances, dou­ble-glazed en­ergy-ef­fi­cient win­dows, mas­ter bed­rooms pre-wired for ceil­ing fans, low-flow plumb­ing fix­tures and dual flush toi­lets that use about 20 per cent less wa­ter than aver­age toi­lets.

There’s also an eight-by-20foot wall fea­tur­ing lush plants in the com­plex’s lobby.

“When you come in on a cold win­ter’s day, you’re greeted by this re­ally nice ozone smell of or­ganic growth right in your lobby while you get your mail,” says com­pany vice-pres­i­dent of de­vel­op­ment Mike Bucci.

Don Molyneaux/For the Cal­gary Herald

Colin Mitchell, 31, knew he wanted to find a home in the “high en­ergy” com­mu­nity of Kens­ing­ton, and quickly dis­cov­ered the Ven de­vel­op­ment suited his needs.

Pho­tos: Bucci De­vel­op­ments

Bucci De­vel­op­ments fo­cuses on its kitchens, like this one in an apart­ment in its Ven build­ing in north­west Cal­gary’s Kens­ing­ton.

The coun­ter­top in the bath­room is mar­ble in the “A Plan” show suite at Ven by Bucci De­vel­op­ments.

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