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July 01, 2008

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Nicole Bross

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Keynote striking a chord with condominium shoppers of all ages

By Nicole Bross

The bells of change are ringing in the Calgary condo market as a new project sets the tone for an innovative way of living, working and playing in our city.
Keynote, which will be Calgary’s largest mixed residential and office building project, is rising over First Street S.E. in a prime location residents and businesses will sing over, and will offer an ideal setting that provides living, working, dining and shopping amenities all in one place. With today’s focus on minimizing your environmental footprint, Keynote offers an opportunity for residents to live green without sacrificing the lifestyle they desire.

“It has always been the intention of the Keynote Development Corporation to create an urban village that encompasses all the conveniences of choosing a condominium lifestyle,” says Jeannie Elrafie, Keynote’s sales manager. “With the announcement of our two anchor tenants, CH2M Hill, (a global engineering firm) in the office building and Sunterra Market’s 32,000-square-foot grocery market complete with a fully-licensed restaurant, wine store and cafe onsite, Keynote promises to be the ultimate urban village for our residents.”

Keynote consists of three towers, two residential and one office, with retail space, including Sunterra and other shops, at ground level. At 26 and 34 storeys, the two residential towers are situated at 45-degree angles to offer wide-open views of downtown, the Rocky Mountains and the river valley. A plus-15 garden connects all three buildings, providing a peaceful spot for lunch and a spot of fresh air. Elrafie says the building’s exterior appearance is sure to turn heads with its blend of modern and historical design.

“The exterior blue-glazing glass walls and angled rooflines give Keynote a contemporary look,” she says, “while a brick retail podium integrates the historical warehouse character of the Beltline.”
 Aside from the on-site facilities, Keynote is also within a few minutes’ walk from many top-rated restaurants and entertainment, the Saddle-dome and Stampede grounds and the trendy shops of 17 Avenue, as well as the LRT and downtown core itself. Elrafie says this mix appeals to both young professionals who are moving up and baby boomers who are downsizing from their large suburban homes.
Residents have 11 different floor plans to choose from, ranging from 560 to 1,089 square-feet, with either one- or two-bedroom layouts. On the top floors, sky suites and penthouses from 1,550 to 6,000 square-feet are also available. Keynote currently has a show suite open across the street from the building site, at 1119 First Street S.E., which demonstrates the Drum, a one-bedroom, one-bathroom model. At 654 square-feet, the unit, owing to its efficient use of space and angular dimensions, seems much larger. Indeed, no room in the unit is rectangular, making the living space seem edgy and contemporary. The floor-to-ceiling windows along the entire outside wall in both the living room and bedroom showcase the view as a work of art and give the impression of being suspended weightlessly above the city, as well as providing plenty of sunshine.
The kitchen features a curved, granite-topped island with a double sink and space for seating on the outer side. A stainless steel appliance package comes standard, as does the environmentally-friendly cork flooring. The adjoining living and dining area is spacious and decorated in light, airy colours to further emphasize the open floor plan. The bedroom is almost triangular in shape and offers two full walls of windows, providing views sure to be the perfect beginning and ending of every day. A walk-through closet leads to the bathroom, which also opens onto the living area. The bathroom contains a striking and ultra-modern square vessel sink and a soaker tub with a contemporary inlaid tile pattern. The unit also has space for a stacked laundry system and has a corner balcony.

Elrafie says units in the second tower are being released for sale gradually, as building progresses. A new batch has just come on the market for sale, with 67 units out of a total of 250 currently avail-able. Prices start at $332,000 for a one-bedroom and $477,000 for a two-bedroom suite. Visit the sales centre, at 1119 1 Street S.E.—open seven days a week, and you’ll no doubt be singing the praises of Keynote as well.
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