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December 01, 2017

Live off the land

The Guardian puts residents smack in the middle of exciting urban lifestyle

Brandi Holmes

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When you purchase a home in a downtown high-rise, you are not only buying the condo, but also the culture and lifestyle of the community the building is located in. In the case of The Guardian by Hon Developments you are purchasing the opportunity to live in gorgeous twin steel and glass towers in the heart of historic Victoria Park.

Living in Victoria Park doesn’t just mean being conveniently located at the edge of the downtown in one of Calgary’s oldest neighbourhoods, but also means being in the heart of the urban transformation taking place on the east side of the city’s core.

With the opening of the Studio Bell National Music Centre in July of 2016, the New Central Library scheduled to open in 2018 and the plethora of parks and attractions already existing in East Village and Victoria Park, this area has certainly become an emerging social and cultural epicentre in Calgary. Adding to this excitement is the City’s announcement of the River’s District, which will encompass Victoria Park as part of a master plan with over $150 million in infrastructure and streetscape improvements over the next 10 years.

Living in The Guardian, the tallest residential towers in the city, puts one right in the middle of all this excitement. Its stature as a landmark to the emerging lifestyle scene is as remarkable as its gleaming twin tower beauty.

It’s exactly how Hon Towers planned the two 44-storey towers to be. “The Guardian is envisioned to be a catalyst of change in Victoria Park and has been instrumental in kick-starting the revitalization of this historic neighbourhood,” says Ernest Hon, director of sales and marketing. “We’ve brought a new energy to the community, and many of our buyers want to be apart of this growth.”

Buyers have bought in on The Guardians’ vision — the North Tower is all but sold out and the South Tower is over 60 per cent sold. Adding to the appeal is that both towers are now complete and offer immediate possession, so buyers can actually see the exact finished suite they want.

Owners have already moved in and they make up the whole spectrum of the market, from young professionals interested in the up and coming nature of Victoria Park, to active downsizers who want to experience downtown life. The combination of location, quality finishes, and dramatic views means that the homes at the Guardian have a broad appeal.

“The suites are thoughtfully designed from the inside out to provide floor plans which maximize usable space, finished with high quality materials, and taking advantage of the spectacular views in all directions” Hon says.

With one-bedrooms starting at $278,900, two-bedrooms at $445,900 with wrap around balconies, and Paramount Suites on the top floors of the towers starting at $1.4 million, The Guardian has a downtown home for everyone.

The sandstone-clad columns along the street pay homage to the history of Victoria Park as the warehouse district, and the vibrant live-work units along the street front has injected life into the neighbourhood. The double-height lobby gives a dramatic sense of arrival before three high-speed elevators whisk residents up to their homes.

The Guardian already comes with plenty of in-house amenities for residents to enjoy and socialize, such as a rooftop garden terrace, social club, fitness centre, and a workshop. The well-appointed fitness centre includes an impressive Technogym cable machine wall, custom engraved dumbbell weights, and a full suite of machines to meet all resident’s needs. All are designed to make the two towers a community in itself, but life in Victoria Park/East Village area is its own reward.

Victoria Park has so much to offer only steps away from The Guardians’ doors. Sunterra Market only two blocks away addresses daily grocery needs; the newly opened Cardinale serves delicious modern Italian fare is right across the street. Other neighbourhood gems include Caffe Rosso for artisanal coffee and Village Ice Cream for the city’s most sought-after handmade ice creams.

Undoubtedly, Victoria Park has shifted into high gear as a centre of the culinary scene in Calgary, with celebrated restaurants and bars such as Bar von der Fels, Proof, 10 Foot Henry, and Native Tongues Taqueria all within 10 minutes walk.

Then there are the entertainment places like the Saddledome just next door, the numerous art galleries and Design District along 11th Avenue — all so conveniently close. And don’t forget that the homes at The Guardian are the best seats in the house for the ten days of the Stampede, with its nightly fireworks show.

Victoria Park is a walkable community, but The Guardian does offer indoor, secure parking for your car when you need it. Close proximity to Macleod Trail makes it quite accessible to driving to other parts of town, and the LRT station nearby is also a reliable option.

For those looking for a home to experience the downtown life and taking part in Calgary’s most exciting neighbourhood transformation, there is no better option than living in The Guardian.



Community: Victoria Park

Project: The Guardian

Developer: Hon Developments

Style: High-rise condominiums

Size: From 441 sq. ft.

Price: Starting at $278,900

Sales centre: 456 – 12 Ave S.E. in the Victoria Park Bungalow Schoolhouse

Hours: Monday to Thursday noon to 6 p.m., weekends noon to 5 p.m.


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