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January 01, 2019

Amazing Alvaro

Luxury townhomes come to Bridgeland

Pepper Rodriguez

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Bridgeland is a vibrant, dynamic inner-city community that has everything, and Cruz Developments is adding to the heady mix with the introduction of luxury townhomes.

Alvaro in Bridgeland will be the first multi-family development from this 12-year Calgary-based custom home builder and they are bringing their expertise in crafting highly personalized living spaces to the townhome market.

“We know how special the land we found in Bridgeland is and we wanted to come up with a development that is just as special,” says Cruz Development President Danny Astete.

Alvaro, named as a nod to Astete’s Spanish roots, collects 10 three- and four-storey townhomes and two single-level condos with secure, heated underground parking. “Each unit gets one stall and there is an opportunity to purchase more.”

Cruz Developments has made its mark in Calgary as a builder of some of the most unique custom infills in the city, and it is this skill and experience that they bring to bear in Alvaro.

“Buyers are allowed a high level of personalization in each of the homes as only Cruz Developments can provide,” Astete says. And they have the expertise to do this economically.

“Our townhomes are priced about $457 per square-foot, which is an unbeatable price in an inner-city community where infill homes are usually north of the $1 million mark,” he tells Condo Living.

Astete says Alvaro fills a gap in the inner-city market between the micro-suites of the high-rise condo towers, and the pricey single-family infills. “We provide a high level of luxury affordably; comfortably spacious homes in a community that is the envy of many. And quite an exclusive development, too, as
there are only 12 homes.”

The Alvaro luxury townhomes have two floorplans, and one includes a lower level that can be developed for extra living space. All of the townhomes are three-bedroom plans ranging from 1,450 to over 2,000 square-feet (including basement development).

“We want to put a premium on quality and style so we have partnered with Paul Lavoie Interior Design to come up with some very unique designs that will emphasize a contemporary look for our interiors,” Astete says.

The open concept floorplans allow for an array of design and decorating possibilities with nine-foot ceilings on levels one, two and three. “It will be easy for buyers to put their own stamp on the décor of their home with the two palettes of colours that we designed for them to choose from,” Astete says.

The gourmet kitchen will have a stainless steel fridge, full-height cabinets with soft-close doors and drawers, tile backsplash and more. Luxury vinyl plank and carpet flooring are standard, as are the quartz countertops, and above standard sound attenuation is provided as well.

Townhomes also have spacious, private balconies and there is also a shared garden courtyard. “We’re also a pet friendly development and there are no restrictions on size of pets,” Astete says.

Alvaro has attracted a diverse set of buyers — from young professional couples, move-up buyers, as well as those looking to downsize. “Our location in the heart of Bridgeland is an important factor in attracting such a varied clientele. The young professionals love its proximity to downtown; the move-up
buyers love the amenity-rich neighbourhood that’s near to dog parks, schools, the zoo, St. Patrick’s Island, and other fun activities for young children; while downsizers love the space we can provide in an inner-city setting.”

Prices start from $265,000 for the one-bed single-level condo with underground parking, which Astete says gives the best value for first-time homebuyers looking for an urban lifestyle. A three-storey one-bedroom is at $399,000 and a four-storey townhome is from $649,000. All prices include GST.

A sales centre at 204 1409 Edmonton Trail N.E. is open already, just a few blocks from the actual site on the scenic slope of Bridgeland. “You can get unobstructed views of the city from the second floor decks or the rooftop patio off the master bedroom of your Alvaro townhome,” Astete says.

Bridgeland itself has become a sort of a foodie haven in Calgary with a dazzling array of diners, pubs, coffee shops and other hangout spots. “We felt it’s the perfect neighbourhood for this kind of luxury townhome development,” he adds.

Fast Facts:
Project: Alvaro
Community: Bridgeland
Developer: Cruz Developments
Style: Apartment condos and three- and four-storey townhomes
Size: From 453 to over 2,000 sq. ft.
Price: Townhomes start from $399,000 including GST
Presentation Centre: 204 1409 Edmonton Tr. N.E.
Hours: Monday to Friday 9 to 5 p.m., Saturday noon to 4 p.m., by appointment any other time.

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