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December 01, 2007

A Little Italy

Villa D’Este by Knightsbridge Homes puts the Tuscan in Tuscany

Pepper Rodriguez

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Offering the freedom of the outdoors with all the spaciousness indoors for a carefree lifestyle, Villa D’Este—Knightsbridge Homes’ Italian renaissance condominiums in the community of Tuscany—offers such luxurious appointments that it is really estate living in a multi-family setting.

Nestled on an eight-acre site on a natural ravine just off Tuscany Boulevard, Villa D’Este offers stunning views of the surrounding natural ravine, as well as panoramic vistas of the valley, cityscape and Rockies.

The buildings themselves blend magnificently with the natural setting with its Italian-flavored architecture featuring plenty of brick combined with hardiboard and red concrete roofing tile. The fully landscaped setting turns Villa D’Este into a villa that would look just at home besides the azure waters of the Mediterranean as it does in this hilly northwest community.

But what is really appealing to buyers is the sheer spaciousness of the units. Ranging from 1,389-square-feet to as much as 1,615-square-feet, Villa D’Este models come with nine-foot ceilings through most of the living area, big windows that let plenty of natural light in and an open concept floorplan that makes for a truly cosy roominess that has become rare in the multi-family market.

“Though there are no age restrictions in our condominium, we noticed that a lot of our buyers are empty-nesters, semi-retirees and retired couples many of whom are attracted to the spaciousness that our units offer,” says Knightsbridge Homes area manager, Tina DeGiusti.

“Many of our buyers are stepping down from bigger single-family homes but don’t want to be stuck in a cramped condo, the spaciousness of our suites allows them to maintain the lifestyle they have been accustomed to,” she tells Condo Living. “Downsizing doesn’t have to mean a change in their lifestyle, at Villa D’Este they can still entertain and throw parties in style and comfort.”

Full-size furniture like king beds and six-seat dining tables can be used with ease. “You don’t have to be contented with apartment-sized furniture, buyers can fit even the biggest furniture from their previous home into one of our units with relative ease.”

She noted that many buyers also have vacation properties elsewhere. “The maintenance-free lifestyle Villa D’Este offers is attractive to them because they can just lock up their homes and leave for their trips without having to worry about mail or the upkeep of their lawn and other trivial details like that,” she points out.

Another factor that sets Villa D’Este apart is the stunning standard package that comes with the units. “Everything you see in the show suite is standard, with the exception of the ceiling fan and the central vacuum. But the hardwood floors, granite countertops, custom ensuite, the stainless steel appliances are all included in the price,” DeGiusti says.

Villa D’Este’s patios are more than just an afterthought serving little purpose; they are big enough to host barbecue parties in the summer. “With the big decks, buyers can really get to appreciate the beauty of their surroundings,” she adds.

Villa D’Este is composed of three, three-storey buildings with 40 units in each. Phases One and Two are sold out and the last phase is already 50 per cent sold. “It has been very encouraging, buyers see something in Villa D’Este that isn’t being offered in any other multi-family projects in the northwest,” she says.

Villa D’Este is Knightsbridge Homes’ most ambitious multi-family project yet. “We’ve made our name in the high-end custom homes for the past 16 years in Calgary and we’ve completed three multi-family projects, but Villa D’Este is the grandest one so far,” DeGiusti says.

With a wide range of bungalow and two-storey models available, the units are exceptionally well priced, given the condo size, location and spectacular views. The remaining residences start at $399,900 and go to mid-$600,000s plus GST.  Villa D’Este is a true gem with its key amenity of being close to all, including shopping, schools, golf, Twelve Mile Coulee Ravine and the Rocky Mountains.  CL

Show suite hours are Monday, Thursday, Friday and weekends from noon to 5 p.m. For more information visit  wwww.knightsbridgehomes.com

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