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August 01, 2018

A room with a view

Panoramic vistas add luster to luxury living at Avenue West End

Darlene Casten

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It’s amazing the difference a block can make.


A Calgary musician and music therapist made a small move late last year and it brought her big gains.

In 2017, Shannon was living in a one bedroom, one bathroom, 780-square-foot apartment on 6th Avenue and 10th Street S.W.

A block away on 5th Avenue, Shannon watched as Grosvenor Americas and Cressey Development Group built their latest Calgary condominium, Avenue West End (Avenue).

As the 23-storey luxury condominium neared completion, Shannon decided to go take a look at the sales centre.

“I had been watching this building being built,” she says. “It was a thought in the back of my mind about moving into something larger. It was just kind of a fleeting thought. In April (2017) I decided to go into the sales centre.”

When she entered the 17th floor apartment, her fleeting thoughts became concrete.

“I saw the view and I was like — it’s mine,” she says. “I was sold quite quickly.”

Her old apartment faced north and had a view of the Bow River, but it couldn’t compare to the diverse 720-degree view at Avenue that takes in Kensington, the Peace Bridge, the river valley bluffs and the river as it winds west to east.

“On a clear day you can see the Rocky Mountains. I’m very drawn to rivers and mountains,” she explains. “I grew up in Silver Springs and had a view of the river. I went to school in Vancouver and was near the ocean. I’ve always been near the water and I’d say that is the biggest draw for me here.”

The two-bedroom, two-bathroom 1,138-square -foot condo was almost ready for possession.

Grosvenor’s luxury finishes at Avenue include quartz countertops in the kitchen and marble in the bathroom, hardwood flooring, heated floors in the master bathroom and floor to ceiling windows.

Avenue is international developer Grosvenor’s third foray into the Calgary residential high-rise market and is their most luxurious building to date that includes street-side townhomes, apartments and a two-storey, 2,315-square-foot penthouse with a 2,000-square-foot terrace.

The steel and glass tower on the corner of 5th Avenue and 10th Street S.W. was designed by Order of Canada winning architect James Cheng. The front courtyard has a high-end hotel feel with a porte-cochère entry.
In addition to the luxury finishes in each home, the building has a concierge, gym, pet wash station and bike repair area.

Avenue’s trademarked CresseyKitchen™ also increases the lux factor.

Grosvenor worked with Vancouver-based developer, Cressey Development Group, to create their signature kitchen that economizes on space, while providing plenty of storage and style. The CresseyKitchen™ was introduced to the Calgary market at Avenue.

The modern kitchen’s European appliances, including the refrigerator, are fully integrated into the modern cabinetry for a sleek look. The countertop five-burner gas stove top and wall oven is by Porter and Charles and the in-island dishwasher is Blomberg.

Marble backsplash adds natural beauty and a built-in wine rack at the end of the spacious island contributes to the home’s sophistication.

Shannon says after the view, the kitchen was the next thing to catch her eye.

“It has a very clean look,” she says. “I think that is what appeals to me. Everything is very clean and simple.”

Keeping her space organized was important to Shannon, a music therapist and musician, who has many instruments stored in her home.

The second bedroom serves as her office, with a desktop computer, piano and her variety of drums, guitars and other instruments. It still has room for a fold-up treadmill.

“This was all about location and size,” she says. “For work I have a lot of gear that I need office space for.”

More space also has improved her ability to host friends, she adds.

“I entertain more here than the other place,” she says. “I have more space to entertain now.”

A spacious balcony with room for a pair of chairs and a table adds to the square footage, she notes, and allows for her to enjoy the incredible view.

Getting outside, appreciating nature, roaming around downtown Calgary on foot or driving to the mountains are all made convenient when you live at a central location, says Shannon.

“I’m very fond of Analog on 17th Avenue and I’m very fond of Monogram on 4th and 2nd — they are both local, so it’s supporting that local feel,” she says. “I like Trolley. It’s a fun little pub. It takes less than 10 minutes to walk to 17th and six minutes to Kensington. I do lots of walking in this area.”

The simple move a block away has changed her perspective, she says.

“I just wake up and say I can’t believe I live here and the view,” Shannon says.

“You can’t help but wake up here and be excited to start your day.”

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