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August 01, 2015

Lovely arrival

ARRIVE at Redstone has everything a young couple needs

Darlene Casten

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When Andy Au and Nancy Tanedo say patience pays off, they know from experience.

The couple was looking for a condo about a year-and-a-half ago when they found a Partners Development building in the northeast community of Skyview Ranch that caught their eye.

However, there were only two units left so the salesperson suggested they wait for pre-sales of a new project in neighbouring Redstone.

“When it became available we went on the registry right away,” Andy recalls.

As more information became available about the ARRIVE at Redstone townhouse condominium, the couple were more convinced that it would be their first home.

When they put down their down payment pre-construction, they knew right away which spot they wanted — a great location backing onto a water feature with the Rocky Mountains in the background

“The pond was a big selling feature for us,” he said. “To have this type of view is rare for a townhome.”

ARRIVE had homes that worked for the couple now and well into the future, they say.

“We really liked the floor plan,” Andy says of their three-story walkout with the option for three bedrooms. “It really suited our needs more than other show homes we were looking at.”

For now the second and third bedroom serve as an office and guest room, but if a baby comes along there is room in the undeveloped basement for a man cave and Andy’s office, as well as a third bathroom.

“We could be here for five or ten years,” Nancy says.

The building’s gold level BuiltGreen® rating means they can confidently keep the home for many years, and even rent it out in the future, knowing it is well built and energy efficient.

With all that in mind, the couple patiently waited for another year to move in while it was under construction. With their floor plan and location settled, the pair says all they had to do was save and plan for the future.

“We were saving up,” Andy says. “We put it on hold and worked out our finances for another year.”

He said they saved money by purchasing pre-construction. They bought the 1,275 square foot unit for $299,900. It also allowed them to choose their interior finishing.

“We didn’t want to pay top dollar for something we didn’t even select,” he says.

They mirrored the modern exterior of the building inside their home. The main floor is anchored by grey laminate and a softer tone of grey on the wall, which is broken by wide four-inch white baseboards.

In the kitchen and bathrooms, grey and white marble tiles on the backsplash and walls give a luxurious touch.

Flat cabinets in the kitchen with horizontal hardware provide clean lines and the stainless steel Frigidaire refrigerator and dishwasher and Samsung flattop stove and over the range microwave fit the modern décor.

The main floor is lit with stylish drum lighting with glass ball accents that came standard with the home.

Andy says almost everything in their home came standard, which he adds impressed many people.

They were living with Tanedo’s mother in nearby Castleridge and as first time homebuyers had little of their own belongings.

Over the year their home was being built they socked away money so that when it was time to move in they’d have some funds to furnish it the way they like.

So when their possession date hit, they hit the shops.

They bought contemporary furnishings that complemented their interior finishing, but remained practical.

“We did smart shopping,” Andy says. “We went to sales, like Boxing Day, and blow-outs.”

In their open concept main floor the generously-sized space is divided by a large cushy couch where they can cuddle up and watch their 58-inch flat screen and on the other side is a modern wood dining table from Revolve Furnishing that can expand to seat eight people.

Andy says they have already hosted up to 30 people in their new home and said it’s a big plus because he has a large family and they both have lots of friends that they want to be able to entertain in their brand-new home.

One of the reasons he says they bought in the area was because of the proximity to their families and easy access to major routes like Stoney Trail and Deerfoot Trail. Those roadways also take them to major amenities, like CrossIron Mills mall and the Calgary International Airport.

“With CrossIron everything is there for us — movies, shopping, Costco,” he said.

He says having the airport nearby is not only convenient, but entertaining as well.

“We can see planes land all the time,” he said, adding there is very little noise, unless a jumbo jet comes in for a landing.

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