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February 01, 2015

Tallest in the land

The Guardian remains the best condo deal in town


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Calgary’s skyline continues to soar skyward, and The Guardian twin towers have cemented their place in this expanding firmament not only as the tallest residential structure in all of Calgary, but also the one that offers the most varied, exciting, affordable lifestyle in the inner-city.

The 44-storey Guardian North Tower, in fact, is nearing the completion of its top floor and has well surpassed the mark previously held by its next door neighbour, ArriVa, to grab the title of tallest residential building in all of Calgary. Its twin, The Guardian South, will be as tall and it is not far behind in construction, as it has already reached the 35th floor.

But what has made the towering success of The Guardian so remarkable is that its soaring stature was not followed by soaring prices. In fact, one-bedroom suites start at $264,900 making them among the most affordable condos in the downtown.

Luxurious two-bedroom suites are also offered from the $445,900, and “king-of-the-domain” two-bedroom Paramount Suites are from $1.44 million. With all it has to offer, no wonder the South Tower is already past the 50 per cent sold mark.

“One of the reasons why the Guardian has been so successful is because our homebuyers appreciate that not all square-feet are made equal,” says Ernest Hon, Director of Sales and Marketing for Hon Developments.

“Our floor plans are designed with them in mind: living spaces are generously proportioned to allow flexibility in furniture layout, and every bedroom has expansive windows to take advantage of the views.”

With construction going on at a rapid clip, buyers can also expect to move in earlier. The sold-out North Tower will begin possessions in spring this year, while the South Tower is expected to follow suit about the same time next year. With the majority of its concrete structure already complete in the Guardian South, buyers certainly appreciate the peace of mind of timely completion.

Hon Developments, the developers of The Guardian, realized the landmark potential of the twin-tower project early on and had pulled out all the stops in creating the most enviable multi-family living environment in the city.

The identical towers together will house 620 residential units while the mixed-use podium will contain parking, residential amenities, neighborhood retail, and live-work units. The towers are constructed of reinforced concrete and the façade is clad with glass window walls and metal panels giving it a distinct modern appeal.

“Being the tallest residential towers in the city means that The Guardian is going to afford impressive views not only of downtown, but of the rivers and mountains as well,” says Hon. “And the fact that The Guardian is located just on the edge of downtown but surrounded by low-rise heritage buildings also means that the views will be largely unobstructed.”

Living in the tallest residential tower in Calgary already carries a certain cachet for buyers — and Hon Developments makes the most of the suites’ spectacular views by building even bigger balconies.

The views from these slender skyscrapers are breath taking, and the interiors are designed to match. Each home draws in abundant natural light from the floor-to-ceiling glass windows and flows comfortably from room to room.

Meanwhile, the finishings at The Guardian are similarly top notch, including features such as eco-wood flooring throughout the suite, over-sized imported ceramic tile in the bathrooms, linear glass backsplashes in the kitchens, and appliances from Germany’s AEG and Blomberg. The Paramount Suites also feature a Miele appliance package.

But one of the really special things about The Guardian suites are the Italian-made kitchen and bathroom cabinetry from Armony Cucine, renowned throughout Europe for clean, crisp, modern design, exquisite materials and high-performance features.

Then there’s the location. Victoria Park is the historic cultural centre of Calgary and an ongoing revitalization program will soon bring it back to its former glory. Hon says the site — just across the road from Stampede Park — is central to everything needed to lead a lifestyle of easy convenience.

“The Guardian embraces urban living with easy access to downtown, the rivers, parks, Stampede Park, 17th Avenue and Inglewood,” Hon says. “Anyone paying attention to Calgary can see that a lot is going on in this part of the city and even more is on the books. The neighborhood is home to Calgary’s creative hub and has already seen an influx of great new retail shops, cafes, and restaurants. Our buyers are anticipating something special to happen here and want to be on the ground floor.”

Completing the lifestyle picture is the fabulous array of in-house amenities residents of The Guardian get to enjoy, including a fully outfitted gym (The Lion’s Gym), a yoga studio (Shanti Yoga Studio) and a workshop. They will also have The Social Club — a 1,350 square-foot social lounge with communal long table, big screen TVs, fridge and cozy seats. The Social Club opens onto a garden terrace complete with lounge seating and concrete firebowl.

There is a wide range of suites available: from 441 to 572-square-foot one-bedrooms from $264,900; to 809 to 979-square-foot two-bedrooms from $445,900. There are also Paramount Suites (larger two-bedroom + den or two-bedroom + den + media room) from 1,716 to 2,619 square-feet from $1.44 million.

“Life within The Guardian is defined by good design,” Hon says. “From the optimized floor plans and modern interior design to the brown brick exterior of the podium that compliments the historic warehouse district, The Guardian was built to enrich the lives of its residents, paying attention to every detail in the process.”

Fast Facts
Victoria Park
Project: The Guardian
Developer: Hon Developments
Style: High-rise condominium
Size: From 441 sq. ft.
Price: Starting at $264,900
Presentation centre: 456-12th Ave. S.E. in the historic Victoria Park Bungalow Schoolhouse
Hours: Monday to Thursday noon to 6 p.m., weekends and holidays noon to 5 p.m.

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