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August 01, 2016

Right time to right-size

Brent and Kerry find the right fit for their lifestyle in Riverstone

Darlene Casten

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Its that age old question — what do you get for the person who has it all.


Brent and Kerry had a beautiful 3,600-square-foot home in Douglasdale Point, with a swimming pool and beautiful yard. However, their blended family was growing up and Brent was beginning to think about making a change.


After 12 years keeping up their high-maintenance house had him looking around for a condo, but Kerry says it took her time to warm up to the idea.


“I didn’t want to just downsize in price,” Kerry explains. “I didn’t want to feel like I was going backwards.”


It wasn’t until they found Mosaic Riverstone by Brookfield Residential that Kerry says she could envision herself in a condominium.


“One-and-a-half years ago, we biked down and my wife said ‘I could do this’,” Brent says. “She said, ‘I can see myself in this place’.” 


The Tuscan-style buildings are nestled in the southeast neighbourhood of Riverstone, just down a grassy hill from Cranston. Mosaic is only a short walk from the Bow River Valley and faces Fish Creek Park. 


Kerry and Brent said they frequently bike the endless Fish Creek pathways and Kerry also regularly goes for run in the park and it’s a perfect place to walk Logan, their 13-year-old Yorkie Maltese.


Brent says he can see his future in Riverstone.


“When I retire I will learn to fly fish on the Bow,” he says.


The surrounding estate neighbourhood was also appealing, says Kerry.


“My wife enjoys the finer things in life,” Brent says and that includes her surrounding.


A lot of their furniture had to be sold when they finally decided to ‘right-size’, but in the end they say paring down their possessions feels good.


“I wanted to ‘right size’ to what suited our lifestyle,” she says.


They also had been practicing condo life on weekends at their property in Fernie and at their vacation home in Scottsdale, Arizona, Kerry says.


“If we didn’t have our condos in Fernie and Arizona, I don’t know if we’d have considered moving into one in Calgary,” she says.


Brent says moving into their 1,600-square-foot, three bedroom, two-bathroom Mosaic condominium has been great for peace of mind.


“You can just be just as happy, if not happier,” he says.


There have been some adjustments for the couple, who both work from a home office. They pared down their office furniture and now work from one room, a move they are both enjoying.


The yard work is also much more manageable, Brent adds. 


“I go out and pick the flowers and sweep and I’m done in two minutes,” Brent says.


Their deck is large enough for a stand-up dining table, sitting area for four, their gas fire pit and is perfect for entertaining. Kerry had two antique flower potholders powder coated in a Tiffany blue to bring some life and greenery to the deck. 


The deck overlooks a park that leads to Fish Creek, a view that will be preserved forever. 


“You see deer and hear frogs in the pond,” Brent says. “You feel like you are outside the city.”


Mosaic offers stacked bungalows and for Brent and Kerry a top floor unit was important, not only for the view, but also for their health. Climbing the stairs from the foyer to their unit will add longevity, says Brent.


“Stairs add 10 years to your life,” Brent says.


The L-shaped living room and dining room are a collection of items from their previous home and new pieces that create functionality for their everyday lives and for entertaining. 


Kerry says she gravitates to antiques, citing Junktiques and Crickle Wood Furniture, as her favourite stores for homey pieces.


A family heirloom grandfather clock stands in the corner of the room. It’s as sentimental as it is beautiful and Kerry said she couldn’t leave it behind.


The wide-planked engineered hardwood floors tie in well with their aesthetic.


The couple paired their antique collection with modern sophistication. They sourced their own lighting and appliance packages. Brent said they chose high-end Samsung appliances because they wanted an induction stove top and dual zone oven. 


They also worked with Brookfield to add features like a gas fireplace in their living space with a porcelain tile surround.


“I knew what I wanted so we really pushed the envelope,” Kerry says. “Brookfield has been amazing to work with.” CL

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