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November 01, 2015

A community for life

Avi Urban’s Jackson at Walden provides welcome setting for settling down

Pepper Rodriguez

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Building the perfect home is one thing, but building a community everyone would like to live in is quite another. Luckily, Avi Urban has both attributes down pat, as this award winning multi-family division of Homes by Avi demonstrates again with their latest: Jackson at Walden.

Avi Urban has proven time and again their extraordinary ability to set the bar higher with each venture by offering homes that suit a wide variety of lifestyles, complemented by an environment that nurtures the bonds of community.

Jackson is the sequel to Avi Urban’s enormously successful Edison, Jackson’s all-but sold-out predecessor in Walden. Like Edison, Jackson puts a premium on creating shared spaces within the compound where neighbours can get to know each other and start the bonds of a community.

“Jackson is the continuing evolution of everything we’ve done, coming together in this new and vibrant community,” says Avi Urban President Charron Ungar. “And it’s not just from an architectural perspective, but also from a siting perspective, a landscaping perspective, and an orientation perspective. Essentially, a philosophy to renew what we do and to come up with something unique, I think that’s really going to come through.”

Jackson’s unique green space will incorporate rain gardens, a variety of grasses, native plants and trees. “This kind of detailed landscaping has been thought out in a way that will entice people to the outdoors in these interactive gathering spaces to fully appreciate their homes, from the inside out,” he adds. “This way, we can build these elaborate exteriors and gathering spaces knowing the finished product will also ultimately build community among neighbours after the actual construction is done.”

“We’re introducing the outdoor living room concept to include custom designed furniture, lighting, and walkway treatments that will blend well and create these outdoor spaces for people to share and come together in.”

Jackson at Walden will feature 150 three-storey townhomes offered in two- and three-bedroom models ranging from 1,150 to 1,423 square-feet. All will have double-attached garages, and some even have enough space for a third car on the driveway. And although it is distinctly a suburban townhome, it will definitely have an urban feel to it. Prices start from the $300,000s.

Jackson takes a page from Avi Urban’s past developments in scope and overall look, but Jackson is also an evolution of original ideas. “At Avi Urban, innovation is always at the top of our must-do list in every development,” says Ungar. “We draw from our nearly 20 enormously successful developments to come up with a fresh new take on multi-family living that impacts not just the looks of the condo, but the lifestyle of its residents.”

Jackson will undoubtedly add Avi Urban’s unique urban touch to the exciting streetscape of Walden. Signature stained natural wood siding, painted panel board and batten and sleek metals blend together in the very best way, giving every home its own unique sense of individuality. Deep reds, arctic whites, and grays with crisp dark highlights layer these proud three storey townhomes, while custom details including metal eyebrows, private patios and a personally selected front door colour add distinction that results in astounding finishes.

The inspiration for Jackson’s design comes from a farmhouse style popular in the Napa area of northern California, and combines it with the West Coast look seen in Vancouver and Seattle. “It will have plenty of painted panels and trim, metal details, and wood highlights, to give it this juxtaposition of a modern contemporary forms combined with traditional elements. The wood siding will play very well against the James Hardie siding,” he says.

Interiors are likewise brilliant with floor plans that feature pocket offices, banquette seating, tech nooks and walk-in closets mean clever and cool use of space with lots of functional storage space located where you need it. Two car tandem garages with 50 square feet more than the average side-by-side garage offer a generous parking layout (including a driveway — for three car parking!).

“The overall flow and functionality of the floor plans have also been refined and we’ve added as much space as we can in the six models available,” he tells Condo Living.

Avi Urban has opened four Jackson at Walden show suites in the finished development of Edison at Walden location. “Re-purposing the Edison show homes gives us an opportunity to show buyers the full effect of experiencing a complete Avi Urban community, which is an interactive development vibrantly inhabited with proud homeowners.” Ungar adds.

It’s this thoughtful, inclusive way of engaging the community they create that has made Avi Urban stand out. What’s even more laudable is that all their developments — whether they’re in the inner-city or in the suburbs — have this spirit of togetherness. “I grew up in Calgary’s suburbs, but as an adult I’ve loved living in the inner-city and I believe that understanding the needs and wants of both worlds allows us to be one of the few condo developers who have been able to find success in both markets,” Ungar says.

FAST FACTS
Community: Walden
Project: Jackson at Walden
Developer: Avi Urban
Style: Three-storey townhomes
Size: 1,150 to 1,423 sq. ft.
Price: Starting from the $300,000s
Address: 283 Walden Drive S.E.
Directions: South on Macleod Tr., east on 194 Ave. S.E., right on Walden Gate and follow the signs.
Hours: Monday to Thursday 2 to 8 p.m., weekends and holidays noon to 5 p.m.
Website: Register at www.aviurban.com to get updates

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