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February 01, 2014

Excellence and opulence

A tale of two developments in Quarry Park

Pepper Rodriguez

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Quarry Park is fast fulfilling its vision as a completely self-sufficient mini-city of its own, where residents can live, work and play within its confines. A social and commercial hub has emerged in The Market at Quarry Park, even as more and more employers start putting down roots in this 385-acre southeast neighbourhood, making it the ideal modern community.

Quarry Park’s developer, Remington Developments, has done a masterful job in not just creating a community to suit a modern lifestyle, but in offering two multi-family developments that personify the genteel sensibilities of the community.

Their Champagne and The Gates projects are aimed at the mid- to high-range markets and have both been big hits for Remington. “Response to both developments has been phenomenal,” says Remington Residential Sales Manager Julie Seidel.

She says they ended 2013 with their biggest sales month to date for Champagne with sold homes ranging from $350,000 to over $1.5 million. 

The Gates is just as noteworthy with lots of interest and already a handful of conditional sales for the 32-unit, three-storey boutique project that is ready to officially launch this spring. “There’s a lot of interest for The Gates, which is filling a demand for mid-range homes in Quarry Park.”

Seidel says they are seeing plenty of demand for both developments from young professionals, working couples and empty-nesters – many of whom work for the companies that are moving their head offices to Quarry Park — including Imperial Oil. “The downsizer market is also playing a significant role,” she adds.

There’s a bit of urgency in the demand, pushed by corporate interest — firms rushing to arrange housing for visiting executives and employees. “A lot of buyers who were planning to buy their downsizer home here after they retire, are moving up their plans to buy now so they can secure their dream home before it’s too late.”

Champagne is a 177-unit, five-building complex with exquisite upscale refinements and a charming French countryside-inspired architecture that blends well with its riverside location. Building 1 is fully occupied while construction is well underway for the next three buildings. Building 4 was just released last month and a few two-bedroom suites remain in the Building 2 for immediate occupancy.

The Gates is a 32-unit, three-storey boutique project designed to take advantage of the grandeur of the community’s abundant natural surroundings while providing buyers with the space and style absent in most downtown condos.

Champagne sits by the banks of the Bow River and The Gates is close by overlooking a green belt and the river. Residents in both developments still enjoy 92 acres of park space right at their very doorstep including miles of walking paths and bike trails that lead to the river’s edge and beyond.

But even if Quarry Park feels like a world apart from the city’s bustle, it is only 15 minutes to downtown and its proximity to Deerfoot Trail and Glenmore Trail make it splendidly accessible to virtually any part of town.

“Quarry Park is a perfect example of creativity and innovation with a host of amenities within the community including restaurants, Co-op, banks and other services,” Seidel says.

Any worries about living this close to the river are immediately put to rest, as Quarry Park was unaffected by the historic June 2013 floods. Remington Developments’ flood mitigation design — that includes insulated, reinforced and landscaped rip rap berm built one metre above one-in-100 year flood level — worked to perfection, leaving Champagne, The Gates and the rest of Quarry Park untouched by the rushing waters.

Champagne is impressive both in and out; it’s impeccable “penthouse specifications” finish brings a high standard in its interior design. The use of insulated pre-cast concrete for the buildings not only cancels out most sound transfer in each unit, but provides for a better retention of indoor temperatures and a sturdy, virtually fireproof material.

The Gates offers buyers numerous exclusive advantages: spacious floor plans; outstanding value and class-leading quality; designer finishings; underground parking; and generous landscaping in a park-like setting. Available are 770-square-foot one-bedroom plus den starting from the $290,000s. There are also two- and three-bedroom units (starting from 1,020 to 1,315 square-feet) from the $360,000’s.

Champagne offers one-bedroom units from 910 square-feet, and two-bedrooms from 1,220 square-feet. Price for a one-bedroom starts in the $350,000’s, while two-bedrooms are from $525,000.

Quarry Park has quickly become a prestigious, exclusive village for a very discerning market where there is something to cater to everyone’s taste and lifestyle. From high-end single family manor homes to elegant boulevard townhomes, the addition of Champagne’s luxury river-front residences and The Gates offer something special to the market.  This community is truly one-of-a-kind as distinguished refinement meets urban convenience.

Fast Facts
Community: Quarry Park
Project: Champagne and The Gates
Developer: Remington Development Corporation
Style: Champagne – luxury river-front, pre-cast concrete condos
The Gates – boutique one-, two- and three-bedroom apartment style condos
Size: Champagne starts at 910 sq. ft; The Gates start at 770 sq. ft.
Price: Champagne starts in the $350,000s, The Gates are from the $290,000s
Sales Centre: 350 Quarry Park Boulevard S.E.
Directions: Head east on Glenmore Trail from Deerfoot Trail and exit on 18th St. S.E. and follow signs
Hours: Monday to Thursday – noon to 8 p.m., Friday – Closed, Saturday and Sunday – noon to 5 p.m.

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