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October 01, 2018

High above it all

Renewal plans for the Rivers District puts The Guardian in the middle of the action

Pepper Rodriguez

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The City of Calgary has ramped up its efforts to revitalize the historic inner-city community of Victoria Park, and the $150 million effort bodes well for residents of The Guardian towers.

Calgary Municipal Land Corporation (CMLC) is leading the Rivers District redevelopment efforts and looks to mirror the success it has enjoyed in the rejuvenation of neighbouring East Village. Rather than reinventing the community as something it simply isn’t, the vision announced for Victoria Park imagines a high-density, mixed-use neighbourhood that draws on the beauty of its natural surroundings, the strength of its cultural heritage and the spirit of entertainment that resides in its DNA.

Ernest Hon, Director of Sales and Marketing for Hon Developments, the visionary developers of The Guardian towers, couldn’t be happier.

“The east side of the city core has seen tremendous new development over the last few years and The Guardian’s location is a perfect vantage point to experience the revitalization of Victoria Park,” says Hon. 

It’s exactly how Hon Towers planned the two 44-storey towers to be. “The Guardian is a catalyst of change in Victoria Park and has been instrumental in kick-starting the renaissance of this historic neighbourhood,” he explains.  “The two buildings are Calgary’s tallest residential towers and are a visible statement to the new energy in the community.”

The Rivers District Master Plan will bring more than four million square feet of new development, and turn this community into a home for some 8,000 residents. CMLC also envisions modernized amenities and infrastructure — event centre/arena facility and expanded convention space — along with new offerings, as key elements in our vision for an east-end Cultural and Entertainment District. All of this investment in the public realm will see exciting additions such as public art, enhanced transportation connectivity, and upgraded parks and open spaces.

Imagine the totally urban lifestyle this can afford. Residents today at the two towers — the first new residential development in Victoria Park in a long time, and the tallest in the city — already get a taste of what’s to come. 

They already get to take advantage of the lively nightlife scene, the bountiful cafes and restaurants in the area, take in the sights including the new National Music Centre and the Central Library.

Adding to the vibrancy will be the addition of an LRT station for the Green Line that will bring better transit connectivity, as well as new commercial tenants at the base of The Guardian — including a salon and a café — that brings much needed amenities to the whole community.

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 South Tower is over 60 per cent sold, but there are still plenty of options available from the affordable one-bedroom suites starting at $278,900 plus GST. There are also generous two-bedroom suites — all of which are corner suites with wrap-around floor-to-ceiling windows — that start at $445,900. 

“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 Towers paid particular attention to the kitchens in all the suites. Equipped with advanced German-engineered appliances by AEG and Blomberg, along with non-porous quartz countertops, the modern kitchens also includes seamless and functional cabinetry by Italian-designed Armony Cucine — renowned throughout Europe for its refined design and a leader in environmentally responsible manufacturing. 

Towards the top of the building are the Paramount Suites that takes up floors 36 to 41 of the towers. They offer expansive living spaces from 1,700 up to 2,619 square-feet with unobstructed, unrivaled views of the city and beyond.

“They’re an exclusive collection with only three Paramount Suites per floor,” says Ernest Hon, Director of Sales and Marketing for Hon Developments, the visionary developers of The Guardian towers.

These suites are the ultimate expression of urban living in Calgary, open concept layouts with two bedrooms and two and a half bathrooms in each unit. “It’s the perfect space for entertaining and enjoying the urban lifestyle,” Hon tells Condo Living.

Priced from $1.2 million to $2.4 million, the Paramount Suites appeal to a wide demographic. Hon says their buyers range from older couples who want to live the downtown life, up to young professionals who are attracted to the up-and-coming nature of the Victoria Park community.

All residents at The Guardian also have access to an incredible variety of in-house amenities including a commercially equipped gym, concierge service in the lobby, a workshop for DIY projects, a 1,350 square-foot social club or lounge, and an outdoor garden terrace. 

The two buildings house over 620 residential units in total with a mixed-use podium of shared amenities, retail space, and live-work units to encourage a vibrant streetscape and community. The podium is also fitted with a brick and sandstone exterior reminiscent of the heritage buildings and warehouse aesthetic of the community. “From the inside to the outside, the design and quality of materials used in The Guardian make it stand out from other developments in the area,” says Hon.

Fast Facts: 
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 SE 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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