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July 01, 2013

Living at The Edge

Streetside adds a little cool factor to Airdrie’s east side

Jim Zang

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There’s a saying in the sports entertainment world that goes something like this: We’ll sell you the whole seat, but you’ll only need the edge.

Many condo buyers in Airdrie, it appears, are saying the same thing: We only need The Edge. The Edge condominiums, that is.

In fact, if you listen to many of the residents of these new condos from Streetside Developments, that’s what you’ll hear them saying. They could live in abigger home, but why?

Many are ‘right-sizing’ from single-family homes or farms. They want to stay in the area, but no longer want the ball and chain of single-family homeownership weighing them down. Others are first-time homebuyers, young singles and families, who see the value and opportunity The Edge offers.

“The demographic has certainly been a lot different than what we expected,” says Lindsey Michalchuk, Lead Sales Consultant for the project. “We thought it would attract first time homebuyers from Calgary but what we’re actually seeing is about 50 per cent ‘right sizers’ from the surrounding area, with a mix of first-time buyers from Airdrie, Crossfield, Carstairs and Calgary.”

The development features two four-storey buildings, with the second building, offering 119 condo units (20 one-bedroom and 99 two-bedroom) under construction and selling right now. Possessions are scheduled for later this fall.

Five one-bedroom suites remain available, with two different floor plan options starting at around 598 square-feet and ranging in price from $161,958 to $173,693 (plus GST).

Two-bedroom homes (82 remain for sale) come in a choice of 14 floor plans from 805 to just under 1,000 square-feet and are priced starting at $188,116 all the way up to $280,827. The show suite is a two-bedroom plus den/office model that measures in at a very roomy feeling 837 square-feet.

“We have a variety of features and price points for our wide variety of buyers,” says Michalchuk.

All suites come with stainless steel appliances, and a menagerie of other upgrades included standard.

“We’ve gone ahead and made many of the upgrade selections,” says Michalchuk, “so that all the units will be ready for move-in this fall.”

For example, granite is standard in the one-bedroom units, but not necessarily in all two-bedrooms, while some two-bedroom suites have upgraded flooring, counters and backsplashes. With so many units, and so many floor plans, and so many upgrade combinations, there truly is something to suit every homebuyer’s fancy.

Need some extra space? Each condo has at least one outdoor deck. Top floor east-facing units have a view of the lake. If it’s inside space you crave, check out the airiness of the 16-foot ceilings in the corner units.

And, speaking of space, each one-bedroom home at The Edge comes with an underground parking stall, most with an additional storage area. A majority of the two-bedroom suites have underground parking also, including two spots for residents of the corner suites and plenty of above ground guest parking.

Condo fees can run anywhere from $218 to $356 a month, says, Michalchuk, and include everything except electricity, cable, Internet and property taxes. “Although right now,” she says, “ we’re offering a free Shaw cable TV and Internet package for the first year.”

While the development itself isn’t loaded with extra amenities — all those bells and whistles cost money, you know, and “we wanted to keep the condo fees low,” says Michalchuk — the area in which it’s located is.

The Edge is located on the east side of Airdrie, just off East Lake Boulevard. Genesis Place recreation centre is right next door. Next door to that is the East Lake Athletic Park and just down the road from that is Bert Church school. 

So what’s the best thing about The Edge? Lifestyle? Location? Affordability? Cool factor?

Of course it doesn’t hurt when the developer is a multi-award winning condominium developer like Streetside, one of the region’s busiest and best, voted Grand SAM winner as multi-family builder of the year for 2012 at the most recent Canadian Home Builders’ Association – Calgary Region’s annual awards gala.

“It’s close,” says Michalchuk,  “but it’s got to be location. We’re in a quiet area surrounded by an abundance of amenities and recreation opportunities. And, with its unique exterior, our building is like nothing else you’d find in Airdrie.”

Fast Facts
Community: East Lake, Airdrie
Project: The Edge
Developer: Streetside Developments
Style: Apartment style condos
Size: One-bedroom from  598 sq. ft.
Two-bedroom from 805 sq. ft.
Price: $161,958 - $280,827
Address: 1104, 604 East Lake Blvd.
Directions: East on Yankee Valley Blvd. turn north at East Lake Blvd.
Hours: Monday to Thursday 1-7 p.m.; Friday to Sunday and holidays 12 – 5 p.m.

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