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March 01, 2019

Seton beckons

Seton’s urban district also has outdoorsy appeal

Darlene Casten

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How did a farm girl at heart end up in south Calgary’s Seton Urban District?

Carleigh, who loves her family’s High River roots, explains Seton’s urban district called to her for a variety of reasons.

First of all, when Carleigh was looking to move out of her parent’s Cranston home two years ago, Seton was still up and coming, with wide open spaces still waiting for condominium construction.

Seton’s health and wellness district was anchored by the South Health Campus and the retail district was already well known for upscale restaurant Starbelly and gastro pub The Tommyfield, as well as a grocery store, fast food outlets and smaller service shops.

Carleigh says the future of the area, including the LRT green line, the YMCA and library, the MEC store, as well as the VIP Cineplex, were an important factor in her decision to purchase in Seton early on.

“I wanted somewhere new and that was establishing because I also saw it as an investment,” she says. “Seton was just getting going.”

Cedarglen Living was one of the first builders to begin residential development in the area with Seton Park Place, located a block from the YMCA, two blocks from the hospital and a 10-minute walk to the Seton Superstore.

When Carleigh visited the show home in 2016 she had her pick of one of two end units. She purchased a two-bedroom, two-bathroom apartment condominium just under 1,000 square-feet for around $270,000.

“I put down a down payment in November 2016,” she says. “I was making money before I even moved in.”

She took possession last May and still has a view of the grasslands to the east and on her wraparound patio she can see the mountains to the west, which suits her outdoorsy side.

“It’s a beautiful sunrise,” she says.

More importantly, she has a half-an-hour drive to her grandparent’s farm in High River and it is a 40-minute drive to her boyfriend’s house in Airdrie.

“I just hop on Stoney and can avoid most the traffic that is happening in the city,” she says, adding to get around the city is typically also a 30- to 40-minute commute because of the proximity of Deerfoot Trail.

Carleigh says the walkability of the area, which is designed to be a self-sufficient urban centre in the suburbs, suits her active lifestyle.

“I can walk to the Superstore from here and I’ve done that a couple of times — on a nice summer or fall day,” she says. “It is 10 minutes there and 10 minutes back so why would you drive when you only need to pick up seven things? There’s a couple bars that are walking distance — if you want to go
meet for drinks and just up 52nd there is a Brewhouse — it is like a 20-minute walk, but still nothing drastic.”

Inside her condo, she was able to reflect her love of farm life in her design choices. Cedarglen’s design centre allowed her to mix and match from their flooring, cabinetry, countertop and paint selections to create a modern farmhouse look.

“I went with more of a farm rustic look,” she says. “I like the dark greys in the cupboards. It’s really easy to match with furniture. You can pull any colour to go with it.”

Her palette combines medium browns with light greys that she’s combined with chunky wood furniture and a masculine leather couch with nail head details.

The dining room in the open living space gives her room for a table to seat six and three bar stools at the eat-up kitchen peninsula.

“I just had my parents and brother and his girlfriend over for breakfast and we just moved the couch a little bit towards the wall and we had lots of room,” she says.

She says all of her choices, including quartz countertops in the kitchen and bathroom, undermount sinks, stainless steel appliances, wide plank laminate flooring and flat-profile cabinets were all standard. The only upgrade she made was adding a rough in for an air conditioning unit.

The layout of the apartment is another plus, she says. The entrance is a hallway that leads to the main living space, separating her from any noise from outside her door.

“The bedroom wall is the only one share with someone,” she explains. “In the open living space I don’t hear a lot of noise.”

She likes having the extra space of the second room for storage and has rented it out to a family member for a couple of months.

Underground parking was also something she was looking for.

“It’s nice to not have to go outside into the cold to start your car,” she says.

Cedarglen Living is currently selling units under construction in phase two of Seton Park Place. The show home can be found at 20 Seton Park S.E.

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