Grosvenor adds new gem
18-storey condo tower in Beltline offers a wide range of options
An eclectic collection of shops and restaurants are the jewel of Calgary’s historic Beltline district. They give the area its pulse and personality.
They’re also a reason that when Dalton Kamensek decided to buy a new home, he chose to stay in the neighbourhood. Kamensek bought an apartment at Smith, a new 18-storey condo tower by veteran developer Grosvenor. He currently has a place at Drake, a project by the same company in the same neighbourhood.
“I like this location. You can’t beat this location,” says Kamensek, 24, who works in sales. “It’s like you’re living downtown.”
Drake is a 135-unit project that was popular from the get-go and its developer sees the same for Smith.
“We really liked developing in the Beltline and Drake was a successful project,” says Michael Ward, Grosvenor’s vice-presi- dent. “Smith is a continuation of our focus and our strategy … in that central Beltline area, where all the amenities are that people like to dine at and shop at.”
Grosvenor picked Smith as a title for the development because it extends the theme, similar to Drake, of an identifiable name. But it’s also a nod to the business people that share the neighbourhood.
“A smith is someone who creates something, like a blacksmith or a goldsmith, someone who is a craftsman and takes pride in what they do,” Ward says.
“That’s something we see a lot of in the Beltline, whether it’s the restaurant owners or the chefs or the people that own the clothing stores, we affectionately call the Smiths of the Beltline.
“These are people who take great pride in their craft, do it well, and that’s why the Beltline is such an interesting place to live.”
Smith is a 129-unit project with six townhomes, or as the developer calls them, city homes, at the base.
They start in t he mid$200,000s.
The building contains studio apartments, along with onebedroom, one-bedroom-plusden and two-bedroom apartments.
There was also a three-bedroom orientation. Ward says the three-bedroom plan was used as a test case to see if there was interest in a larger option and it has since been sold.
“Then there are two fairly spectacular penthouse units,” says Ward.
They have two bedrooms and measure 1,525 to 1,582 square feet.
The other two- bedroom units are 855 to 1,055 square feet and the one-bedroom plans span 498 to 678-square feet. One bedroom-plus-den units range from 621 to 765 square feet.
For smaller square footage, there are the 449- to 479-square-foot studios.
“A lot of the initial uptake tend to be those smaller units,” says Ward.
“What’s interesting about them — a parking stall for the studio units is optional and so a number of buyers elect to buy the condominium without a parking stall because the building has a bike share program.
Quite a few people just walk to work.
And with parking being so expensive in Calgary and car ownership being so expensive, people are electing to forgo it.”
Kamensek went the one-bedroomplus-den route. After his first look at what Smith had to offer, his impression was, these were “higher-end.”
“A couple of things like having a concierge in the building ... The kitchens are a little bit more upgraded.”
This includes stainless steel appliances, quartz slab counters, soft-close door and drawer hinges, an integrated dishwasher, pot lighting over the prep area, tile backsplash and a five-burner gas cooktop.
“I’m trying to learn how to cook, and when I lived with my parents they always cooked on gas, so you get used to it,” says Kamensek.
Other features include a terrace, patio or balcony, wide-plank laminate hardwood floors, a stacked washer and dryer, and in the bathrooms there are polished chrome faucets, quartz counters and floating vanities. The building has a front-desk concierge and a lit underground parkade. Construction on Smith is expected to start this fall with possessions slated for late 2016. For more information, visit Smith17. com
Style and functionality is key in the kitchen of an apartment at Smith by Grosvenor.
An artist’s rendering of the exterior of a new condo tower by Grosvenor called Smith.
Dalton Kamensek, 24, has purchased an apartment in Beltline’s 18-storey Smith building by developer Grosvenor.
Dalton Kamensek says the Smith condo looks “higher end,” with upgraded interior details.
The kitchens at Smith condo feature a five-burner gas stove.