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June 01, 2018

Promising growth

Grow reshapes idea of inner-city condo living

Pepper Rodriguez

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Sunlight, water and a nutrient-rich soil are the essentials of growing a perfect garden, the same way as affordability, value and neighbourhood are key to finding the ideal home. In this regard, RNDSQR’s newest, award-winning development is a garden of inner-city living delight.


Grow, which won at the 2017 BILD Awards for Best New Design Award (Multi-Family) for units up to 599 square-feet, promises to revolutionize inner-city condo living by emphasizing the connection between residents and the neighbourhood they live in.

Growing a community is the commitment for this 20-unit development going up in the inner-city community of Bankview in the southwest.

“We have a communal garden that provides an environment where residents can get to know each other, and we also have rooftop community space including garden plots where residents can grow their herbs and vegetables,” says RNDSQR founder Alkarim Devani. It’s quite literally planting the seeds of community in their gardens.

Grow is a strikingly original concept in multi-family living in the heart of Bankview, says Devani. “It is one of Calgary’s most eclectic neighbourhoods, and Grow brings a new sense of inner-city style with a wide range of options to suit different lifestyles and budgets,” he says.

The zigzag style of its architecture is modern and eye-catching and matches the contemporary sensibilities of the neighbourhood. Grow combines modern form and function with rooftop gardens for every home. “This is the type of mindful, unique detail that shatters the cookie cutter mold,” Devani says.

Grow spans the entire breadth of condo forms by offering three townhomes, 14 apartment-style condos and three lofts in the development. “We ensure that we have different homes to fit different lifestyle needs and budgets,” he says.

A full-time sales centre opens on 33rd Avenue S.W. on June 8 with a Grow show suite. Before June 8, there is a temporary presentation centre on 4034 16th Street S.W. open every Saturday noon to 5 p.m.

Response has already been strong for Grow and the new sales centre and show suite will undoubtedly bolster sales. “We already have four sold,” he notes. With prices starting from $289,000, it is as budget-friendly as condos in the outer suburbs.

Furthermore, Grow is something totally different that hasn’t been seen in Calgary, Devani says. MoDA meticulously designed the building, located on 16A Street in Bankview, with interiors by RNDSQR. The recent BILD awards win wasn’t its only recognition as it has also won a Special Mention from the Architizer A+ Awards. “Grow is for people who value the style and life-enhancing benefits of modern design,” he adds.

The imaginative facade climbs from the street in three switchbacks that allow equal natural light and access to all units. The green roof is where owners find their personal garden plot as well a common space for sharing meals, games and the big Alberta sky with your neighbours.

A storage space and parking are also included for most units. “It is destined to be a landmark — for its style and livability — Grow is reasonably priced to encourage a diverse community, including families,” Devani says.

Grow has 20 one-, two- and three-bedroom units ranging in size from 515 to 1,315 square-feet. “We at RNDSQR pride ourselves for our custom-homes background and we strive to create homes that have personality and are distinctive,” Devani points out.

The modern look and feel of each suite is enhanced by high-end features and finishes like matte black hardware, Mutina Italian tile, Muuto lighting, luxury laminate plank flooring, custom cabinets with soft close hinges, Kitchen Aid stainless steel appliances, and Quartz counter tops. The Ecobee smart thermostat is also included to help save money and stay cozy — plus you’ll never lose your keys with the digital smart lock.

There are two modern colour options to choose from: the spring finish, and the fall finish, and both are guaranteed to match the contemporary urban lifestyle that Grow promises. Move-ins will be by spring 2019.

RNDSQR itself is making a name for itself in its young history, as the family-run business — in its two years of existence — has released more than 60 townhomes, 20 condos and a mixed use building completed last year in Altadore.

Besides Grow, RNDSQR, which has made its reputation in building some of the most iconic infill custom homes is also introducing Peaks + Plains.

Peaks + Plains is in Altadore along 48 Avenues, S.W. It is inspired by the mountains and prairies that meet in Calgary. “It pays homage to the beauty of our hometown, drawing inspiration from the big sky and sheltering Rockies,” says Devani. “It combines a modern Scandinavian aesthetic with honest, natural materials in an unbeatable location.”

Full-time sales centre is now open on 33rd Avenue S.W.


Fast Facts:

Community: Bankview

Project: Grow

Developer: RNDSQR

Style: Apartment-style condominiums

Size: One- to three-bedroom units ranging from 515 to 1,315 sq. ft.

Price: From $289,000

Presentation Centre: 2212 33rd Ave. S.W.

Hours: Wednesday to Friday 2 p.m. - 8 p.m. Saturday & Sunday 12 p.m. - 5 p.m.

Website: www.rndsqr.ca

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