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