WESTMAN VIL­LAGE: CAL­GARY’S FIRST RE­SORT-STYLE COM­MU­NITY CON­NECTED THROUGH UN­DER­GROUND PAS­SAGES

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In this city of never-end­ing win­ter, flip flops are the of­fi­cial footwear of Westman Vil­lage, Cal­gary’s first and only re­sort-style com­mu­nity.

That’s be­cause res­i­dents can com­fort­ably walk from their home to the gym, the yoga stu­dio, the pool, the lounge, the gar­den, the cof­fee shop and even go out to din­ner with­out putting so much as a toe out­side.

Westman Vil­lage by Jay­man Built is a com­plete, multi­gen­er­a­tional com­mu­nity in Ma­hogany in southeast Cal­gary, where res­i­dents are con­nected to the sur­round­ing ameni­ties via heated un­der­ground walk­ways and sky­walks.

It was the vi­sion of A.C. Westman, founder of Jay­man Built, that peo­ple of all ages and walks of life could live and play to­gether in a year-round re­sort-style at­mos­phere in the sub­urbs. A place where Cal­gary’s con­tin­u­ous freeze thaw cy­cle and icy side­walks have no im­pact on its res­i­dents’ qual­ity of life.

“There are so many ameni­ties just out the door, that our cus­tomers feel like they’re on a cruise ship, with the big re­al­iza­tion that this will be their per­ma­nent new home,” says Wal­lace Chow, ex­ec­u­tive vice-pres­i­dent of Jay­man’s mul­ti­fam­ily di­vi­sion.

He says 95 per cent of res­i­dences are con­nected through un­der­ground pas­sages or Plus 15 bridges.

“Win­ter doesn’t ex­ist at Westman Vil­lage,” he says with a smile.

Apart from the sheer en­joy­ment and high qual­ity of life in this con­nected, care­free en­vi­ron­ment, Chow says there’s an­other huge ad­van­tage of liv­ing in Westman Vil­lage.

“Res­i­dents al­most im­me­di­ately feel a sense of ca­ma­raderie and friend­ship, whether it’s at the gym, swim­ming in the salt­wa­ter pool, play­ing a round on the golf sim­u­la­tor or just peo­ple watch­ing. With­out ver­bal­iz­ing it, they can sense this is a com­mu­nity that just feels like home,” he ex­plains.

With the goal of cre­at­ing a multi­gen­er­a­tional com­mu­nity, Jay­man has cre­ated di­verse mul­ti­fam­ily home types within Westman Vil­lage. From rental units for fam­i­lies just start­ing out to ac­com­mo­da­tion and full­time care for its most el­derly of res­i­dents, ev­ery type of life­style and price range is avail­able.

Spe­cific to the 55-plus home buyer, Westman Vil­lage has cre­ated Odyssey for adult ac­tive liv­ing. Odyssey Con­do­mini­ums are avail­able in one and two-bed­room con­fig­u­ra­tions, from

696 square feet to 1,393 square feet priced from the $280,000s plus GST.

Homes within the two-build­ing com­plex have open floor plans, high-end in­te­rior fin­ish­ings and ap­pli­ances that ap­peal to the empty nester or down­sizer ac­cus­tomed to life in a sin­gle-fam­ily home. They’re ready for a condo but ex­pect a higher qual­ity of life. They ap­pre­ci­ate the heated pri­vate park­ing, ad­di­tional stor­age, 24-hour se­cu­rity, concierge service and the sky­walks to the

40,000-square-foot leisure cen­tre-style Vil­lage Cen­tre.

“Our 55-plus res­i­dent is ac­tive and wants to keep up their healthy life­style. They want to keep in shape, go to the gym, walk on the track, take a spin class or swim and play pick­le­ball or ten­nis reg­u­larly. And they want to do it with like-minded peo­ple,” Chow says.

He notes that Odyssey res­i­dents who en­joy in­de­pen­dent liv­ing but may re­quire ad­di­tional sup­port can pur­chase la carte ser­vices of­fered through Jour­ney Club, a lux­ury se­nior liv­ing build­ing with first-class care lo­cated next door.

There’s so much hap­pen­ing ev­ery day at the Vil­lage Cen­tre, how­ever, this state-of-the-art fa­cil­ity isn’t just for sport and ac­tiv­ity. It’s also the so­cial hub of Westman Vil­lage with theatre space, a party room, wood work­ing shop and pro­gram­ming with cook­ing and art classes. A com­mu­nity por­tal keeps res­i­dents ap­prised of the lat­est news and events.

As a com­plete com­mu­nity, Westman Vil­lage has 42,000 square feet of com­mer­cial and bou­tique re­tail space in­stantly ac­ces­si­ble to res­i­dents and the sur­round­ing neigh­bour­hood.

“We have more than 20 re­tail­ers in Westman Vil­lage, in­clud­ing a café, a spe­cialty wine and spir­its shop, dryclean­ers, phar­macy and health and den­tal ser­vices,” Chow says.

For fine din­ing and su­perb en­ter­tain­ment, Westman Vil­lage is also where Chair­man’s Steak­house and Alvin’s Jazz Club are lo­cated — both open to an ador­ing pub­lic from all over Cal­gary with se­cure, un­der­ground ac­cess only avail­able to res­i­dents.

Once win­ter be­gins to of­fi­cially with­draw, res­i­dents can fully en­joy the walk­ing trails, the dog park, lush land­scap­ing, out­door seat­ing and Ma­hogany’s beau­ti­ful fresh­wa­ter lake and beaches.

Visit all 20-show homes at Westman Vil­lage, in­clud­ing two suites at Odyssey. In­for­ma­tion re­gard­ing avail­able res­i­dences is avail­able at the Westman Vil­lage Pre­sen­ta­tion Cen­tre at 188 Ma­hogany Gar­dens S.E., open Mon. to Thurs. from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m., Satur­days, Sun­days and hol­i­days from noon to 5 p.m.

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Odyssey res­i­dents can ex­pect open floor plans, high-end in­te­rior fin­ish­ings and ap­pli­ances that ap­peal to the empty nester or down­sizer ac­cus­tomed to life in a sin­gle-fam­ily home.

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