Grosvenor adds new gem

18-storey condo tower in Belt­line of­fers a wide range of op­tions

Calgary Herald - Calgary Herald New Condos - - Front Page - JOSH SKAPIN

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

Pho­tos: Grosvenor

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.

Michelle Hofer/For the Cal­gary Herald

Dal­ton Ka­mensek, 24, has pur­chased an apart­ment in Belt­line’s 18-storey Smith build­ing by de­vel­oper Grosvenor.

Michelle Hofer/For The Cal­gary Herald

Dal­ton Ka­mensek says the Smith condo looks “higher end,” with up­graded in­te­rior de­tails.

Grosvenor

The kitchens at Smith condo fea­ture a five-burner gas stove.

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