CAPELLA HOMES OFFER SPACE TO PURSUE DREAMS
Maintenance-free living provides more time for work, play and travel
Is it appropriate to call it downsizing when you actually move to a larger place?
For Mount Royal University psychology instructor Monica Baehr and her now-retired husband, moving from their tiny wartime home in West Hillhurst to Brookfield Residential’s Capella in University
District is more of a fresh start.
“It’s an incentive to get my life into a more orderly space, mentally and physically,” says Baehr, who has been a University of Calgary student and is now semi-retired.
The couple purchased their small two-bedroom home for $69,500 in the early 1980s. They built an addition, raised a son and have enjoyed successful careers in academia at MRU and up the hill at the University of Calgary. Baehr says she has a few more teaching years left in her but wants to prepare for the next phase.
“If we’re going to move, now is the time. We still have the energy and health for the coming years, but I’d like to prepare for where I’m going to live until the end, God help me,” she says with a laugh.
Wanting to stay close to the university, Baehr and her husband considered a few northwest neighbourhoods, but University District by West Campus Development
Trust held tremendous appeal. Shopping is within walking distance, there are pathways for their hour-long daily walks, and Foothills Medical Centre is just minutes away.
“I wanted to be close to the hospital. I mean, stuff comes up — that just becomes a part of life,” she says frankly.
After researching various multi-family projects within University District, Brookfield’s Capella offered a single-level floor plan they felt would work best for their unique lifestyle: the Vela, a three-bedroom, two-bathroom unit with 1,778 square feet of total space (including a balcony).
“I wanted a big enough place that we could each have our own space and pursue our common and different activities,” she says.
Theirs will be a south-facing unit in one of the eight single-level estate residence buildings. The base model is a two-bedroom plus flex room; Option A converts the flex room to a third bedroom and Option B includes a fireplace. They went with the extra bedroom so each of them has a place to work, study and relax.
The master and additional bedrooms are at the rear of the unit. Baehr appreciates the open kitchen, dining and living room in the Vela and the cosy, very usable outdoor space on the 134 square foot balcony.
Capella is scheduled to break ground this fall and their unit should be completed in the Spring of 2021.
“That’s fine because I need a lot of time to get myself ready for that. I have a lot of stuff,” she says.
Selling their little house in West Hillhurst won’t be a concern, as developers eager to knock it down to build new homes are lining up to buy it.
Baehr falls into one of the two principle demographics that Capella caters to: downsizers and young professionals looking for maintenance-free living that frees up time to work, play and travel.
The project, located 2.5 blocks north of the University District’s dynamic retail area, consists of a five-storey building with apartment-style condos and seven buildings of single-level luxury estate residences.
Brookfield is using its own blueprints from a similar and successful model in California, which has translated well into the vision that West Campus Trust has for University District. It’s also garnered the builder/developer several BILD Calgary nominations and awards.
Brookfield community manager
Elisa Plett says they also took feedback from customers who looked at the completed Ivy townhome project on the north side of the University District and incorporated suggestions into the creation of Capella.
“People told us that they want to downsize, they want to stay in the area, and they don’t want stairs. That’s why we’ve hit the nail on the head with the types of homes we’re creating in Capella,” she says.
The Vela is priced from the mid-$800,000s and is one of seven current and future two- and three-bedroom floor plans offered in the estate residences.
The Capella show suite is in the Discovery Centre in University District.
Mount Royal University psychology instructor Monica Baehr and her husband purchased a three-bedroom unit in Capella that will suit their lifestyle in retirement. DON MOLYNEAux
The dining area in the Capella show suite. PHOTOS: BROOKFIELD RESIDENTIAL
Brookfield Residential is using its blueprints from a similar model in California that has translated well into the vision for the University District.
The open kitchen in Capella apartment condos is a strong selling point.