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December 01, 2018

Nesting instinct

Nest fulfils millennials’, urbanists’ dreams of home ownership

Pepper Rodriguez

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The inner-city community of Mission has it all. It’s close to downtown, surrounded by recreational, commercial and entertainment amenities, and an unmatched historical heritage that dates back to the founding of the city. What it doesn’t have is affordable, convenient and smart multi-family developments that answer the needs of its market.

That is until Nest came along.

Nest is a 15-storey, 82-unit condo development going up on the corner of 18th Avenue and 1st Street S.E. It boasts of six floor plans, all of them either one-bedroom suites or studios from 420 to 560 square-feet. With starting prices in the low $200,000s, it is as unique as can be in a community this close to the downtown.

Unique is something that its developer, Bowman, specializes in. Dan Bowman is a long-time Calgarian who has made his mark in condo developments and magazine publishing. He was the founder of Avenue magazine and has had a hand in creating some of the most architecturally progressive condo buildings in the city and in Banff.

For Nest, Bowman has assembled a team that will work with him in accomplishing his vision, including BMP Construction, Casola Koppe Architects and Aly Velji Design.

They faced a very challenging unique site, one which Bowman feels will offer an ultimately rewarding lifestyle. It’s located on a park beside the Elbow River, the views alone will be spectacular, and almost guaranteed to never change.

“The site is narrow but its location alone is one of the most unique aspects of Nest,” Bowman tells Condo Living. “There’s nowhere else you can find a spot this close to the downtown core, with views of the river valley and the mountains, and surrounded by a network of already-existing bike paths and walking paths. It is close to all
dining and entertainment opportunities on 4th Street and 17th Avenue, not to mention the Saddledome, and Repsol Sports Centre.” gives Nest a walk score of 92, a transit score of 79, and a bike score of 100, it is just about the most convenient and accessible location in town, and perfect for buyers who want a car-free life. “The site is uniquely suited for such a development,” he says.

In fact, Nest is particularly targeted at this demographic as it has no underground parkade. By doing so, Bowman was able to keep costs down and pass the savings on to buyers. Bowman says the Mission community association is totally behind the development, they realize the benefit to the community of offering such affordable and stylish housing.

“We are making some alterations along the south side of 18th Street to accommodate some parking for vehicles, but by and large we believe that our buyers enjoy a lifestyle free from cars,” he says.

Nest’s focus on “smart equity” has found a receptive audience among millennials and downsizers, and response has been strong since the presentation centre on 124 17th Avenue S.E. opened.

“We’ve attracted a lot of young professionals in their 30s, particularly those who work at the Repsol Sports Centre and downtown. Downsizers and investors are coming in too, because they know just how valuable this location is and will be in the future, especially after all the redevelopment work along 17th Avenue is completed. Repsol
alone hosts some 30 sporting events every year and Nest can provide an affordable alternative to house those athletes and workers.”

With a strong focus on affordability long-term value¨ and a transparent purchase process Nest is aiming to provide first time home buyers with an opportunity to build equity by buying instead of renting.

All Nest residents will also have the chance to choose from a package of exclusive perks from partners such as Repsol Sports Centre, Uber¨Car2Go¨ and The Bike Shop.

Although Mission was one of the most heavily affected communities in Calgary during the 2013 floods, Bowman says their location was among the few in the community that didn’t experience any overland flooding. “We also raised the property by a foot for further flood mitigation.”

The smart design that they have at Nest is also getting a lot of positive feedback. It is a concrete building that uses pre-fabricated concrete slabs that allows for better fire- and sound-proofing and a sturdier build that will withstand Calgary’s unique climate.

Nest homes have been masterfully designed to maximize utility energy efficiency style and comfort as well. Award-winning interior designer, Alykhan Velji, also designed its common areas. “We wanted the common spaces to feel less like a lobby space and more of a meeting hub. An area where people can come and work or just hang out,” Bowman says.

Nest’s smart lifestyle also includes smart home features like state-of-the-art internet connectivity, the building will be fitted with smart technology like keyless entry, programmable lighting and thermostats, and enough internet to stream, download in seconds, and never worry about buffering again.

“We will also have a dog wash, private basement storage space, communal workshop and a bike share program,” Bowman says. “We have more in the works.”

Fast Facts:

Project: Nest
Community: Mission
Developer: Bowman
Style: Affordable apartment-style condos in a 15 storey high-rise
Size: From 420 to 560 sq. ft.
Price: Starting from the low $200,000s
Sales Centre: 124 17th Avenue S.E.
Hours: Tuesdays to Thursdays noon to 9 p.m., Saturdays and Sundays 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays and Fridays by appointment only.

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