In order to simplify their lives, more and more Calgarians are considering downsizing their homes to capitalize on the advantages offered by low-maintenance condo living. In turn, many developers are meeting the demand for high-quality condos with features you’d expect to see in detached single-family homes.
However, not all condo developers are created equal, and some may not offer the high-end standard features you deserve. Take a look below to know what features should come standard in your next Calgary condo.
When it comes to apartment style condos you want premium features packed into your space. Just because condos are modest in size doesn’t mean they need to be the same in design. Stainless steel appliances, luxury vinyl plank flooring and sophisticated kitchen and bathroom designs are no longer upgrades in today’s market. A good builder should be offering these sorts of features standard on new builds.
In Calgary’s condo market, the bar has been set, and industry is responding. Take Origins at Cranston and Vivace at West 85th for example. Both developments offer standard, premium features such as full-tile backsplashes and chrome Moen plumbing fixtures. High-quality hardwood-patterned vinyl plank flooring also comes standard and is both durable and refined. To round it out, both developments come with contemporary stainless steel appliance and designer lighting packages which should be a given in today’s market. Walking into a modern condo shouldn't feel limiting; you should be able to enjoy those high-end finishes which ensure a beautiful space.
Townhome living might present a downsized lifestyle compared to the single-family home, but it certainly doesn’t need to translate into a downgrade in features. Today’s urban dwellers are expecting the same look and feel of the spacious, detached homes currently on the market - and good builders are continuing to step up to the plate and deliver.
An example here is the Killarney Townes development near the Calgary city centre. This charming infill development features contemporary finishes throughout each and every townhome. This includes quartz countertops for a sophisticated look as well as knock-down textured ceilings, and a choice of two designer colour palettes. Each unit also comes standard with a gorgeous gas fireplace, featuring percosi quartz surround. The Killarney Townes development also adds the prestige of 9-foot ceilings, single car garages, and spa-like ensuites. They also come with the option of a fully finished basement as well as room for any additional features homeowners may like to include.
Those looking for something other than the conventional apartment condo or townhome may want to consider the attached bungalows of Hunter House in Silverado. A cross between the coveted features of the single-family home and the low-maintenance lifestyle of condo living, attached bungalows strike the perfect balance.
These bungalows offer the space of larger homes but don’t require the hassle of upkeep. The real benefit is the interior of your unit can also be designed to perfection. How about stylish hardwood flooring, 10-foot ceilings throughout, full-height cabinetry and quartz countertops just to start. You can also expect gourmet stainless steel appliances, tile flooring in the baths and laundry and three designer colour palettes to choose from.
With so many high-end features combined with the low-maintenance lifestyle offered by Hunter House, this development may be the perfect place for you to call home.
When shopping the market for a condo, many people often equate downsizing with downgrading. But in today’s market, good developers believe homeowners shouldn't have to compromise high-end features for a low-maintenance lifestyle. If you're downsizing after retirement or just looking to live more simply, don’t feel the need to lower your expectations. A good condo developer will offer the low-maintenance lifestyle you've been looking for with the high-end features you deserve.