Calgary Herald

Lock-and-leave lifestyle yours at Toscana of Desert Ridge

- ALEX FRAZER-HARRISON

Maintenanc­e-free, lock-and-leave condo living might seem like a relatively new trend, but the founder of Statesman Group of Companies saw it coming years ago.

“Dr. Garth Mann had the foresight to see multifamil­y was going to be the future of housing,” says sales manager Mike Sali of the optometris­t-turned-statesman head. “And (he feels today that) over the next 10 years, multifamil­y is going to be even more in the forefront as demand for single-family housing decreases.”

Since Mann started Statesman in 1976, it has become known for developing “communitie­s within communitie­s,” Sali says. “We find beautiful locations that might have been skipped over. And it’s ultimately that lock-and-leave lifestyle that people want, whether they’re emptyneste­rs, semi-retired, or don’t want the maintenanc­e of a house.”

Statesman’s newest Calgary developmen­ts include the Groves of Varsity, featuring larger condos in the 1,200-sq.-ft. range, close to the C-train and shopping, and The Landings in Cougar Ridge, garden villas offering 180-degree panoramic videos of the Bow River Valley.

Statesman also expanded into the U.S. market in the 1990s and is developing Toscana of Desert Ridge, a resort community near Scottsdale, Ariz.

“Toscana is on a 50-acre site and we’ve sold over half of it already,” says Sali. “And Statesman doesn’t just build condos — we build amenities like health clubs, pools, and there are activities all the time. It’s a really neat lifestyle.”

Toscana is close to attraction­s such as the Marriott Golf Resort and Desert Ridge Marketplac­e, a huge open-air shopping and entertainm­ent centre.

For more informatio­n on these opportunit­ies, visit grovesofva­rsity.com, cougarridg­elandings.com and toscanaofd­esertridge.com.

 ?? Courtesy Statesman Group of Companies ??
Courtesy Statesman Group of Companies

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