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April 01, 2019

A stay-cation lifestyle

Cherishing the small town, lake resort feel of Westman Village

Darlene Casten

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Sometimes less is more — way more. For Sarah downsizing meant gaining an entire village - a village with a gym, swimming pool, restaurants, coffee bar and a beach lifestyle.


Jayman BUILT has created an unparalleled multi-family living concept on the shores of Mahogany Lake. Westman Village is virtually a micro-town on the shores of this southeast lake community, with rental apartments, condominiums, luxury
condominiums, a 55+ building and an assisted living facility.  It is all tied together by the Village Centre — a three-storey amenities building accessible to all the residential buildings through the underground parkade or glass overhead walkway.

Inside the Village Centre is a swimming pool with slide, gym, yoga/spin studio, cooking demonstration room, woodworking shop, theatre, wine cellar with dining area, party room with pool tables bar and televisions, craft studio, botanical garden
and outdoor terrace.

Besides having all of her daily needs and then some on her doorstep, Sarah also has her family and career all within the confines of Westman Village.

Sarah’s parents were the first to move into the development’s leased apartment building,  Lyric, followed by her brother (and former roommate), who bought in the Calligraphy I building.

That prompted Sarah to look seriously at downsizing from her Jayman BUILT townhome. As a Jayman employee, she was well aware of the unique project and says it was the right timing because she was contemplating simplifying her life by living
in a single-floor apartment-style condo.

She purchased a 711-square-foot one-bedroom, one-bathroom apartment with a den and says it has been a great move for her lifestyle.

“The cleaning here is great,” she laughs.

The move also allowed her to update her surroundings. She chose a light, bright and airy look for her apartment with soft grey laminate flooring, all white walls and cabinets and a modern white hexagon backsplash. Dark grey granite countertops ground the light colour palette in the kitchen and washroom.

Over-height ceilings add to the roomy feel of the open-concept living space. A bright, royal blue will be her accent colour, she says including custom-made drapery for her patio sliding door that looks out onto Mahogany Lake.

A job opportunity within the company in the sales office has her working only a few floors away from her apartment. Sarah says she loves being able to simply ride the elevator to her job or can take a 5-minute walk to spend time with her parents
and brother.

When she feels like ‘getting out’ she doesn’t have far to go, which she appreciates.

The library and concierge are her favourite features of Westman Village.

When she’s in the mood to socialize and meet her neighbours, Sarah says there is always someone in Village Centre to chat with.

“Everyone is very friendly, whether you are here or the Village Centre,” she says.

The development has a resort feel that lends itself to good vibes, says Sarah.

There is always something going on, she adds.

“I’ve partaken in a couple of art classes — painting ceramics,” she says.

The avid reader said the library has saved her night before.

“I’ve found some good books in there,” she says. “One night I finished a book and thought now what am I going to do tonight? I went over to the Village Centre and found a book.”

She’s also spent some time in the glassed-in tropical garden with a good book.

Having a concierge comes in handy, particularly when she first moved in and was making more online purchases, she adds. The deliveries are left with the concierge and the homeowner is notified it has arrived.

Having 24-hour security is another plus because, she says it gives peace of mind when she is out walking her five-year-old Shih Tzu, Koach.

“Late at night, if I take Koach for a walk I know I’m safe on my own,” she says.

Sarah is looking forward to warmer days when she and Koach will be able to walk along the promenade around the lakes, which is within view of her large patio.

She also envisions time spent out there on a comfortable chaise lounge, reading a Jodi Picoult book.

The non-enthusiastic cook is also thrilled about the opening of a healthy fast food spot in the commercial street of Westman Village.

“I cannot wait to go to Chopped Leaf,” she says.

Twenty retailers have opened or are in the process of setting up shop. An Anolog Coffee and Mode Fitness Studio are located in the Village Centre. Diner Deluxe is opening its third Calgary location, serving up their locally sourced breakfast and
lunch menu, and Chairman’s Steakhouse will offer fine dining in the Village’s centrally-located retail street. The practical things of life are also available — a pharmacy, dental office and a high-end liquor store with a selection of wine, craft beer and
spirits are also open or opening in Westman Village.

For more information about future phases of Westman Village, visit www.westmanvillage.com

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