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May 29, 2018

A smarter life style

Holland Park blends European inspired architecture with modern convenience


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In this age of smart phones and smart cars, smart townhomes can’t be far behind. Excel Homes’ latest multi-family development is just that, as Holland Park brings smart living to Walden.

Holland Park, which opened in March in this popular southeast community by Genstar Developments, presents a new era of townhome living that blends smart technology with European-inspired modern architecture for a truly modern lifestyle.

Stephanie Chapman the marketing and communications specialist for Excel Homes says, “Our vision for Holland Park is that it encompasses all aspects of living and encourages a fuss-free lifestyle.”

Holland Park townhomes can come equipped with smart home options that help make everyday lives a bit easier. The Nest Tech Package, for example, features advantages such as security and the ability to control features of the home from your phone. Residents can think of it as their own condo concierge.

It isn’t just the smart tech options but the forward-thinking design of Holland Park units that make it a true townhome for the 21st Century.

“Residents can also expect a low maintenance, lock-and-leave lifestyle with all snow removal and landscaping taken cared of. This leaves much more time for them to enjoy their lives rather than worrying about maintaining the exterior of their homes,” Chapman says.

“Buyers’ will also appreciate the double car (or tandem) garages that are offered, which will help to give each person in the home a place to park their vehicle, or it can be utilized as additional storage space.”

The townhomes have a larger feel, as they are 20-feet wide, which is wider than what can be usually expected in standard townhomes these days, she adds. The nine-foot ceilings of the main floor and oversized windows abet this feeling of grand spaciousness.

Holland Park also comes with in-house amenities designed to bring neighbours closer and create the bonds of community.

“Residents will appreciate the community garden which allows a place for them to not only grow their own fruits, veggies, herbs, and spices, but also to reconnect and get to know one another on a more personal level.”

Holland Park, in short, is all about a balanced lifestyle. “It is designed to encourage a healthier lifestyle and positive choices,” Chapman says. It helps that it is a pet-friendly environment as well. “Bring your four-legged friends with you,” she says.

At completion, Holland Park will feature 126 townhomes across 21 buildings with two- and three-bedrooms, two-and-a-half bath floor plans.

There are nine models to choose ranging from 1,177 to 1,452 square-feet, starting from $279,900 and ranging into the low $300,000s.

Holland Park offers standard luxury finishes such as nine-foot ceilings on the main floor, Energy Star stainless steel appliances, quartz countertops, ceramic backsplash and chrome finishes. There are also upgrade options available such as the aforementioned Nest Tech package, gas range, chimney style hood fan, side-by-side French door fridge, pot lighting and many others.

The newly opened show homes are located at 68 Walcrest Gate S.E. and they exemplify everything the vision for a smart, balanced lifestyle.

The first show home is Plan K and features the Classic Dark colour palette. It is a 1,293-square-foot unit with three bedrooms plus an optional den.  This plan has a tandem garage and starts at $315,689 and goes to $ 320,849.

The second is of Plan P and showcases the Classic Light colour palette. This unit is 1,452 square-feet, has a double garage and three bedrooms plus a flex room. Prices start at $366,257. 

“We anticipate seeing a strong mix of buyers in Holland Park; everyone from first-time homebuyers, to young couples, to people entering their golden years. The development is perfect for anyone looking to cut back on maintaining the exterior of their homes, ensuring they have more time to enjoy their lives,” Chapman says.

The Dutch architecture of the exterior blends well into Walden, a Genstar Development community that prides itself for the inner-city feel and look of its homes and its strong connection to nature.

“The exteriors of Holland Park are definitely contemporary, and we use a combination of fibre cement board and vinyl siding, as well as brick and both black aluminium windows and white vinyl windows to achieve a stunning curb presence,” she says.

Holland Park residents will also appreciate the fact that Walden is an established community. It is a bustling neighbourhood with many great amenities nearby in the Gates of Walden including the Save On Foods, Starbucks, restaurants, banks, and even its own neighbourhood pub, Chapman says.

“It’s also located in close proximity to McLeod Trial and the Somerset-Bridlewood LRT, ensuring getting to and from home is quick, easy, and convenient.  For those who are looking to slow down, embrace the great outdoors, or start an exercise regime Walden boasts numerous pathways, playgrounds, and parks, making it easy to get out and explore.”

Chapman notes that Holland Park is an urban trend-setting development. “These townhomes are not only stylish but also very affordable and offered at extremely attainable price points. We feel Holland Park fits well in Calgary as it is a very modern and contemporary project, which we feel can be felt throughout Calgary as a whole. It will change the way buyers look at townhomes forever.”

Fast Facts:

Community: Walden

Project: Holland Park

Builder: Excel Homes 

Style: Townhomes 

Size: 1,177 to 1,452 sq. ft.

Price: Starting from $279,900 to mid $300,000s

Sales Centre: 68 Walcrest Gate S.E. 

Hours: Monday – Thursday 2 to 8 p.m., Friday – Sunday 12 to 5 p.m.


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