Sarina captures Kensington’s charm
Sleek, sustainable townhomes geared to young, active owners
For 30-somethings Andy Kanyar and Theresa Llewellyn, living sustainably in a walkable, vibrant inner-city neighbourhood was top of mind when it came to their new home wish list.
And the latest offering by Sarina Homes in Kensington — a collection of 16 sleek and elegant urban townhomes — ticked all of the boxes. The couple had been living in a townhome in Rocky Ridge for more than four years, but wanted a home closer-in, with more space including a finished lower level and a small yard for their black lab Caesar, a rescue dog caught in Hurricane Katrina. They also felt drawn to the river valley, to downtown, where Theresa works as an asset manager, and to the humming restaurant and arts scene.
“We’re really excited about moving closer in,” says Theresa, who is looking forward to walking Caesar along the river pathways. Although the couple was more than ready to make a move from Rocky Ridge, they didn’t envision finding a home in their area of choice — Kensington/ Sunnyside — for another year at least. But the home’s modern esthetic, LEED Silver designation and stellar location sealed the deal. And it’s all wrapped up in a very sleek, urban package with clean lines and a local take on Danish modern expressionism.
“It really checked all of the boxes — the style, the location and thankfully, it hit the price bracket too,” says Andy, a medical sales representative, adding they were expecting to pay close to $900,000 for an infill in the Sunnyside/Kensington area. “That’s why we were thinking we would have to work our way to that number, but this home met the price number we could handle immediately.”
It’s a design that has earned Sarina accolades for innovation and esthetic prowess. Buyers have flocked to Sarina’s pods of townhomes in other inner-city neighbourhoods — in particular Marda Loop, South Calgary and Killarney.
“But we are really excited about these urban townhomes in Kensington,” says Naz Virani, owner of Sarina Homes. “They are really special to us in the sense that each home is built to a LEED Silver designation.”
And upping the green ante even further, Sarina has partnered with SAIT in a pilot solar panel sustainability project, meaning each home is fully outfitted with rooftop solar panels at no extra cost to the homeowner.
The Kensington urban towns feature almost 2,000-square feet of living space on three levels. An open-concept main floor offers a well laid-out kitchen with an eating bar, along with a dining room and a living space with a cosy fireplace. Upstairs, the plan incorporates a double master design, while a third bedroom with separate ensuite is housed in the lower level. Large windows, skylights, nine-foot ceilings and lots of options provide buyers with plenty of customization.
The couple, who bought the home in May, chose a warm colour palette for the interior — dove grey walls, espresso cabinetry, grey-brown hardwood and light grey quartz countertops.
Andy Kanyar and Theresa Llewellyn purchased a 1,960 sq. ft. unit in Kensington, an inner-city townhome that offers a small yard for their black lab Caesar.
Each Sarina home is fully outfitted with rooftop solar panels at no extra cost to the homeowner.
A large window and grey-brown hardwood highlight this room.
The Sarina kitchen and dining area is well laid-out and features an open concept.
The plan incorporates a double master design.