Bridgeland Hill close to the core
Condos a magnet for young professionals looking to buy a home, rather than rent
When Sean Borbridge finished breakfast with his parents at one of their favourite spots on Edmonton Trail, they decided to take a stroll further down into Bridgeland.
“At the time, I was looking for a place to rent close to downtown, but the prices were so high and the difference between rent and a mortgage, in the end, wasn’t that great,” says the 22-year-old.
In their walk from Diner Deluxe down the Trail, they passed the new site for Bridgeland Hill, a condo project by Gablecraft Homes. The site intrigued them enough that they later checked out the sales centre and show suite for the project, located on First Avenue — the main business hub of Bridgeland with its popular cafes, restaurants and iconic stores like Luke’s Pharmacy and the Bridgeland Market.
“The day before, I guess it had been crazy with a lineup (300 people were at the centre opening) and I was impressed with the project.”
The technical specialist with a technology company bought a one bedroom plus den unit in Bridgeland Hill and expects to move in sometime in mid-2016. Borbridge lives with his parents in Hidden Valley and works just outside the downtown core.
“This (Bridgeland) is a super up-andcoming neighbourhood,” says Borbridge. “I can ride my bike or can walk right downtown in 10 minutes.”
He also says while Bridgeland has great amenities like cafes and restaurants, it doesn’t have the party atmosphere of other inner-city neighbourhoods, “so I’ll be able to get a good night’s sleep before going to work.”
Sister company Apex CityHomes is building Bridgeland Crossings — whose first phase is 90 per cent sold while phase two has just launched. David Magnan, sales director for Bridgeland Hill, describes the neighbourhood as vibrant, drawing a lot of young people to its core while at the same time retaining a strong sense of community. The units in Bridgeland Hill range in size from 577 to 1,088 square feet. One bedrooms start at $294,900 (one bedroom plus den at $299,900), two bedrooms from $389,900 and three bedrooms at $529,900. The three bedroom plus office penthouse is $555,900.
The Hill project will be built along Edmonton Trail toward 4th Avenue N.E., starting just below Bucci’s Next condo development, which was very popular with buyers.
Along Edmonton Trail, some of Calgary’s most popular breakfast spots can be found, including Diner Deluxe and OEB, extending onto First Avenue with the Blue Star Diner. During the last couple of years, other eclectic restaurants — including the Black Pig Bistro, Tazza, Shiki Menya and Zipang — have joined long-standing, Italian-themed restaurants in the neighbourhood.
The west- and south-facing units in Bridgeland Hill will have views of downtown, while the north facing condos will look over green space. Extra-sized windows from the main living area lead onto large balconies on each unit, some facing an inner courtyard. There are no upgrade choices for finishings, Magnan says, because Gablecraft ensures everything is high end in the first place, which helps preserve the value of each unit.
Features include stainless-steel appliances (including a five-burner gas stove), polished quartz counters in the kitchen and bathrooms, HARO-planked laminate flooring, Moen kitchen fixtures and porcelain tile flooring in the “spa” bathrooms.
Amenities include a fitness facility, a 2,000-square-foot landscaped courtyard, underground parking and a private storage room for bikes accessed by a separate ramp from Edmonton Trail — one of the features that attracted Borbridge. Each unit has a storage locker. Condo fees will be 35 cents per square foot, per month.
The project launched in September and already 40 per cent of Bridgeland Hill — with its marketing tagline of “Young. Energetic. Connected’ — is sold.
Magnan says the popularity of the project is a combination of attractive pricing, the reputation of the builder and the neighbourhood the project is in. Borbridge echoes those sentiments — and obviously there are others like him, as he was sur- prised at the number of people in their 20s and their parents who were at the sales centre the same time he was.
“I think it’s a pretty good investment — and so did my parents. I researched the builder and there is a range of housing with a range of buyers.”
And while Borbridge says like most young Calgarians, “I don’t know where I’ll be in five years — but this will never be difficult to sell if I want to move up, or to rent. It has everything, including bike storage and heated underground parking.” Best of all, he says, “it has high-end finishings just right for a young guy and it’s in my price range.” PROJECT: Bridgeland Hill BUILDER/ DEVELOPER: Gablecraft Homes LOCATION: The sales centre is at 736 1st Ave. N.E. PRICES: One bedrooms start at $294,900 (one bedroom plus den at $299,900); two bedrooms start at $389,900 and three bedrooms at $529,900. The three bedroom plus office penthouse is $555,900. INFORMATION: Visit the website at www.bridgelandhill.gablecrafthomes.ca
Technical specialist Sean Borbridge, 22, bought a condo unit in Bridgeland Hill and expects to move in sometime in mid-2016.
A rendering of a great room in a condo unit at Bridgeland Hill displays the HARO-planked laminate.
The kitchen features stainless-steel appliances and polished quartz counters.