Sa­rina cap­tures Kens­ing­ton’s charm

Sleek, sus­tain­able town­homes geared to young, ac­tive own­ers

Calgary Herald - Calgary Herald New Condos - - Front Page - AN­DREA COX

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.

Michelle Hofer/For Cal­gary Her­ald

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.

Michelle Hofer/For Cal­gary Her­ald

Each Sa­rina home is fully out­fit­ted with rooftop so­lar pan­els at no ex­tra cost to the home­owner.

For the Cal­gary Her­ald

A large win­dow and grey-brown hard­wood high­light this room.

Sa­rina Homes

The Sa­rina kitchen and din­ing area is well laid-out and fea­tures an open con­cept.

Sa­rina Homes

The plan in­cor­po­rates a dou­ble master de­sign.

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