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February 01, 2019

A Step Up

ZEN Urban District focuses on Seton’s connected lifestyle

Pepper Rodriguez

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You can say that ZEN Urban District offers the best kind of a walking lifestyle. Owners are able to walk up to their private rooftop patio and relish the scenic views; they can walk around Seton’s self-contained, work-play-live mini-downtown community; and they can walk into a lifestyle they could never have expected at such an affordable price.


ZEN Urban Districts’ line of affordable and stylish two-level townhomes and single-level flats in Seton are designed to fit the contemporary lifestyle of this master-planned community by Brookfield Residential. Seton promises to bring a new sense of urban living to the suburban communities in the south. And
that promise is quickly being fulfilled.

The vaunted amenities that Seton has pledged are mostly already up and running. The Seton YMCA — touted to be the biggest in the world — is opening this January, the public high school has already taken in its first batch of students, and the Cineplex cinemas have become a popular addition to the community that already boasts plenty of commercial and entertainment opportunities.

“Because of our proximity to the South Health Campus, a lot of our buyers have been hospital workers, who are able to walk to work,” says Marni Chenier, sales and marketing coordinator at Avalon Master Builder, ZEN’s developer. “It’s only 422 steps from our site to the hospital.”

She says the 70-unit townhome complex is 70 per cent sold, mostly to first time homebuyers and investors. Many are attracted to the stylish, affordable and energy efficient two-storey townhomes and level living flats.

With prices starting from the $170,000s, they remain one of the most affordable options for living in Seton. And varied floorplans from 493-square-foot “Level Living Flats” to 1,632-square-foot “Two-Level City Homes,” ZEN Urban District has one for every lifestyle.

Chenier does note that 40 per cent of their sales have been to investors, particularly to those who want to turn their investment into an Airbnb business.

Chenier says Avalon is actively promoting ZEN Urban District as an investment property. “We’ve had a few of the turned-over units become rental properties. I spoke with one of the Airbnb renters and he loved staying there! A male in his late 20s, his girlfriend was having surgery at the South Health
Campus, he rented one of the level living flats, so he could have a nearby place to sleep and shower.”

The private rooftop patios are also a big selling point for ZEN Urban District. Chenier says all the Two-Level City Homes have this terrific, private entertaining space upstairs.

“These are great spaces for entertaining, relaxing and enjoying the view of the Rocky Mountains. Our Urban District homes are built using a unique engineered wall system, that reduces heat loss and increases energy and cost savings,” she points out.

Additionally, the rooftop patio space has the option to be developed into an attic space and make it into a loft or flex room, it adds on 160 square-feet of living space.

ZEN Urban District offers one-, two- and three-bedroom homes. Like all of Avalon’s ZEN townhomes, ZEN Urban District includes stylish and energy efficient features: from Energy Star appliances, low-flow faucets, showerheads and toilets to a highly efficient furnace and duct system that saves you money.

“Our contemporary architectural design uses Hardie board siding that not only gives us a more stylish curb appeal, but creates a sturdier, fire-resistant structure,” Chenier says.

But the location in Seton is its biggest appeal. “The location of our townhomes is great for buyers that want the convenience of living close to local shops, amenities and services. We’re within walking distance of grocery stores, restaurants, entertainment (Cineplex VIP in Seton) and shops including the newly
opened MEC (Mountain Equipment Co-op). Also, we're just minutes away from the new Brookfield Residential YMCA in Seton that opens this month.”

Popular is the two-level townhome, The Ambrosia. It has a private, fenced backyard along with a private rooftop patio. With two bedrooms and two-and-a-half baths, it’s perfect for downsizers or young couples at 1,168 square-feet. It starts from $312,900, including GST.

Single-level flats range in size from 493 to 676 square-feet, while the two-level townhomes are from 1,143 to 1,493 square-feet.

“Life in Seton is going to be about easy access to everything — people can live closer to where they work, they can shop, they can be entertained and from a health and fitness perspective, it is all here,” she adds. In fact, ZEN Urban District has been so popular that Avalon is planning to launch a second
townhome development in Seton later this year.

Visit the show home at 19474 – 37 Street S.E. or go to www.zeninbalance.com for more information.

Fast Facts:
Community: Seton
Project: ZEN Urban District
Developer: Avalon Master Builder
Style: Single-level flats, and two-storey townhomes
Size: Flats are from 493 sq. ft, two-storey townhomes are from 1,143 sq. ft.
Price: From the $170,000s including GST
Sales Centre: 19474 – 37 Street S.E.
Hours: Monday to Thursday 2 to 8 p.m., Friday, weekends and holidays noon to 5 p.m.
Directions: South on Deerfoot Tr., exit onto Seton Blvd. and follow the signs.
Website: www.zeninbalance.com

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