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June 01, 2016

the river of dreams

The dream comes true, as THE RIVER welcomes residents

Pepper Rodriguez

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The promise of living at Calgary’s most prestigious address is now a reality for the lucky residents of THE RIVER, which now stands as perhaps the most luxurious development the inner-city can offer.


Residents started moving in last November and THE RIVER will welcome its last few buyers by May to complete one of the most ambitious multi-family projects in Calgary’s history. This will leave just four homes unsold in the 38-suite complex — all ready for quick possession — and from the looks of it, they won’t last long as it is truly a rare find.


“We didn’t know that there were any more availabilities here,” says Marcelle Landry, who had just moved into one of the four stunning townhomes at THE RIVER. “We were already living in Mission and had always been curious about this development, we just assumed it was sold out. We’re really glad to have found it wasn’t, and we really love the home we found here,” she tells Condo Living.


Sales had been brisk, especially after buyers began seeing the project take shape. 


THE RIVER’s sales director, Anne Clarke, says sales really took off when the tower began coming off the ground, and stayed steady even as the Calgary market started to slow.


“What we offer here speaks to a very niche market.  Those looking for a luxury condominium lifestyle quickly discover that there’s really nothing out there that can match the comfort, luxury and convenience found at THE RIVER,” Clarke says.


THE RIVER — developed by 26th Avenue River Holdings Inc., an affiliate of Ledcor Properties — is comprised of 38 ultra-luxury condos and townhomes. Its one-of-a-kind location in Mission, on the banks of the meandering Elbow River, is one of its greatest advantages. 


“The Mission area is so rich in character — it’s a historic riverside village where people can easily find entertainment, shopping, dining within walking distance and go home to a completely blissful environment,” Clarke says. “The Talisman Centre and riverside pathways are a short walk away for your recreational activities, and downtown, as well, is tantalizingly close.”


But that’s not all that THE RIVER has going for it. 


Every home was designed to astound, and unlike other developments where the choices among the final unsold units are not very exciting, what THE RIVER has left are pure magic.


One of the remaining units for sale is a sub-penthouse suite, located on the 14th floor of the 15-storey tower, with a list price of $7.99 million, and its beauty is matched only by the unblemished views of the cityscape and lush river valley below. 


There is also a multi-level street-facing townhome that will fit the lifestyle of single professionals or young families with the enormous amount of storage functionality and pizzazz it possesses.


THE RIVER broke several condo sales records in Calgary when it was first introduced. A 5,600-square-foot penthouse unit in the tower sold for a record $8.99 million in May 2012. This was the highest price ever paid for a Penthouse condo in Calgary.


And even after the 2013 floods, this stately development never even missed a step. Landry, whose townhome sits right on the banks of the river, says she is very much satisfied with how the developers handled adversity and came up with a plan to mitigate the situation. “I think we’re as safe as we can be here,” she says.  


Besides it’s sturdy construction and emergency preparedness plans, THE RIVER is quite simply amazing.


There are no compromises, all features in THE RIVER are of impeccable quality. The gourmet kitchen includes Downsview cabinetry; Subzero, Wolf, Asko and Miele appliances and Caesarstone countertop. 


The quality and luxury continues in the master suite, with marble lined steam shower with body sprays and rain shower head. Innovative home automation system knows your personal preferences and makes sure that everything is just the way you like it. 


In-house amenities include full time concierge, security, guest suite, fitness centre, social room, chef’s catering kitchen, executive boardroom, bike storage, and a car wash and pet wash facility. These are just a few of the defining features that elevate THE RIVER and establish a new benchmark in quality and luxury.


“Our luxury estate condominiums encompass all the great features of an estate home such as size, privacy and exclusivity, but with the convenience of a lock-and-go lifestyle,” says Clarke. 


“When we said THE RIVER was going to be an exceptional development, we meant it.  Every home has been meticulously designed with quality finishing with privacy in mind, the amenities are spacious and inviting and the river and mountain views are truly stunning.”CL

 

FAST FACTS 

Community: Mission/Cliff Bungalow

Project: THE RIVER

Developer: 26th Avenue River 

Investments Inc.

Style: Luxury estate townhomes and condominiums

Size: 1,400 – 5,600 sq. ft.

Price: Starting at $1.89 to $8 million

Hours: By appointment only

Website: www.therivercalgary.com

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