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March 02, 2008

Bella Casa, Su Casa

Prism Developments’ latest offering brings fresh face to International Avenue

Sherry Hume

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As housing continues to be one of Calgary’s foremost concerns, condo development has become increasingly important in providing living spaces for a city with an ever-increasing population.

Prism Developments is among the first to see the potential in one of Calgary’s southeast communities, and with the development of Bella Casa, the company is poised be one of the forerunners to provide quality housing in this amenity-rich area.

Located on 17th Avenue S.E., Bella Casa is a multi-family development that will reflect the future of the area surrounding what has been re-named International Avenue. H.S. (Happy) Mann, sales manager with Prism Developments, says that the City’s vision for growth along International Avenue is what attracted the company to the area. “This area is representative of a vision of the future,” says Mann. “Due to that, we have taken this project in hand and look forward to similar future developments.” Mann, who is also a realtor with CIR Realtors, says Prism wanted to provide quality homes with a strong service element, and that he believes that this will be the future of Calgary’s core expansion plans. Mann also says that Bella Casa is an easy commute to the downtown core, while offering easy access to the south industrial area and satellite towns outside Calgary. “The growth this area is seeing is truly remarkable,” says Mann. “The future holds a lot for both businesses and residents.”

This attractive building offers Mediterranean-style architecture, with attractive acrylic stucco-and-brick accents creating an aesthetically-pleasing exterior. However, the quality of the entire project will be key in this innovative development. This four-storey condominium project will include 92 units with eight unique floor plans to choose from. Ranging in size from 543 to 938 square-feet, Bella Casa units start at $188,500, and offer titled heated-underground parking stalls.

The entire first floor will consist of ten commercial spaces that will be comprised of services such as a coffee shop, a doctor’s office, dentist and possibly a pharmacy. Mann says, with the commercial base, the company hopes to provide everything residents could possibly need on-site. In addition to the service amenities, Bella Casa will incorporate a residents’ lounge on the second floor—a space where friends can meet and visit, relax around the fireplace or enjoy the games area. As well, the lounge will lead out into the private exterior courtyard featuring a fountain, gazebo and built-in barbecues. This area gives owners the freedom to entertain and enjoy the outdoors at the same time.

The units, themselves, are quite varied in design and layout, but also offer many choices when it comes to design features. In the kitchen alone, there are 16 different vinyl floorings to choose from, or owners can choose laminate with accent tile. There are also three colour schemes to choose from, and owners can select black or white appliance packages. Each unit features raised eating bars, nine-foot knockdown ceilings, and most have walk-in closets and master-ensuites. Each of the floor plan designs will cater to a different lifestyle, and all will offer quality workmanship and features.

Construction of Bella Casa is already underway, with anticipated completion some time in late 2008 or spring 2009.

To learn more about this innovative new project, visit the sales centre at 5430 – 17th Avenue S.E., or go to

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