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March 01, 2014

Calm waters

ZEN in Auburn Bay is one with stylish living

Portia Yip

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Living a balanced lifestyle is no easy feat, but with ZEN in Auburn Bay the essential building blocks for a healthier lifestyle are already in place.

ZEN townhomes, by Avalon Master Builder, bring imagination, stylish comfort, green living and functional convenience to a home you can feel better about both inside and out.

Dean Clark, Sales and Marketing Coordinator for Avalon says phase one of ZEN in Auburn Bay is completely sold out. “We’re currently in the second stage and anticipate having everything turned over by the end of the year.”

ZEN in Auburn Bay has 189 townhomes including single-level Garden Home models or two-storey townhomes. The Garden Homes are particularly attractive with a secluded sunken patio at the entrance providing ample outdoor space for guests and pets alike. The two-storey townhomes feature outdoor space in the back with private fenced-in yards. ZEN residents also have access to dog wash stations to keep four-legged friends clean and happy.

Interest in ZEN in Auburn Bay has largely been from first time buyers with professional females taking a liking to the Garden Homes, and small families for the two-storey townhomes. “They’re finding it to suit their lifestyle a lot better especially since it’s really low maintenance,” says Clark.

For the Garden Homes, two-bedroom options are available in the Ellison floor plan, ranging in size from 1,017 to 1,049 square-feet or the Liberty from 1,064 to 1,125 square-feet. The lovely three-bedroom option ranges from 1,064 to 1,125 square-feet and comes in the Liberty or Ellison III layout.

All the Garden Homes feature an open concept design with in-floor heating (a blessing on those wintery nights, or those who have chilly feet), bright and airy bedrooms, two large bathrooms, stainless steel beauties in the kitchen, and the option to upgrade to quartz countertops or premium wood-grain vinyl flooring.

Avalon offers colour palettes for ZEN in Wind, Water, Earth or Fire depending on personal tastes, but the selection can be endless. “If buyers like one colour package, but want tile or cabinets from another, then they’re welcome to pick and choose to really make it their own,” says Clark.

Avalon has created innovative and healthier homes for their customers and the environment for over 30 years, and that dedication is reflected in ZEN’s green features.  Energy efficiency standards are taken to a whole new level where customers can expect to save 36 per cent in energy savings each month.

“All of our homes are EnerGuide rated,” says Clark. “A third party comes in to do the energy audit on all of our homes and to verify that they are as efficient as we say they are.”

Other green features include a maintenance-free irrigation system with water-wise landscaping, 50 per cent of waste material being recycled and a high quality air ventilator. Clark explains the indoor air system constantly circulates fresh air and expels any stale or moist air.

Another option is available for those who want a home to be built as eco-friendly as possible. Avalon has teamed up with trusted TV contractor Mike Holmes for the Holmes Approved Homes program. “Buyers have the option to build their homes as Holmes Approved Homes if they want to take the efficiency and durability further than what we already provide,” says Clark.

A ZEN townhome has much to offer but when asked what the main difference is between ZEN in Auburn Bay and the ZEN homes in other communities, Clark says it’s the lakeside community. “You’re only two blocks away from the new South Health Campus and with that comes the new Seton urban development all within walking distance.”

Seton blends an urban and downtown-like environment with a suburban location so you don’t need to travel far to find an abundance of shopping, recreation, entertainment, health services and other activities right next door.

Auburn Bay itself has plenty of green spaces, ponds and playgrounds surrounding a spectacular 43-acre freshwater lake with its own private beach. And if you ever need to make a quick escape back to city centre, transit is available along with easy access to Deerfoot Trail.

ZEN townhomes offer a peace of mind that lasts long after residents move in as Avalon prides itself on customer service. “Even after our customers have moved into their homes, we don’t go away,” says Clark. “If they have questions or concerns, we’re always there to help them.”

The ZEN Garden Homes start in the $270,000s, and the two-storey townhomes in the $300,000s. Avalon is also excited to branch out into Okotoks for its next series of ZEN townhomes.

But owning a ZEN townhome, no matter which location, is simple. “It’s really all about balance,” says Clark. “That’s why we place ourselves where we do in the community so that everything is close at hand.”

Fast Facts
Community: Auburn Bay
Project: ZEN in Auburn Bay
Developer: Avalon Master Builder
Style: Bungalow garden homes and two-storey townhomes
Size: From 1,017 to 1,125 sq. ft.
Price: Starting in the $270,000s
Sales Centre: 82 Auburn Bay Link S.E.
Hours: Monday to Thursday 2 p.m. to 8 p.m.; Friday to Sunday and holidays, noon to 5 p.m.
Website: http://www.zeninbalance.com

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