October 22, 2012

Seeing is believing at Waterfront, where luxury gets a room with a view

Located in the heart of Calgary, overlooking Prince’s Island Park and the Bow River, Waterfront by Anthem Properties is transforming what used to be an old-bus barn site into one of downtown Calgary’s hottest addresses.

Two of the four towers and a six-storey podium are already completed, rising above a desirable riverside property across the street from Eau Claire Market and only a few blocks from Calgary’s bustling Chinatown.

“As Calgary is booming, there is a lot of positive energy, but people have less and less time, and their needs start to shift,” says director of sales and marketing Robert Marchand, as to why now is the time to buy a maintenance-free, luxury condo in the core.

“Their lifestyle is pulling them in different directions, and they want luxury — something that’s high-end and offers convenience. They also want to be able to see it, touch it and live in it now, without the long wait typical of other pre-sale homes.”

The newest release at Waterfront includes two-bedroom and two-bedroom-with-den suites, as well as a three-bedroom-and-den penthouse option. Floor plans go up to 2,500 very efficient square feet.

“People are surprised at the efficiency in the space,” continues Marchand, adding 1,200 square feet may sound smaller than a 3,500-square-foot single-family home at first, until you realize how much wasted space there is in a house. “Now, they’re moving into something that perhaps is more suited for one or two people. These aren’t microsuites.”

The open-concept design offers an impressive entertaining space and maximizes the impact of the floor-to-ceiling windows that provide spectacular views of the Bow River or downtown. But the luxury doesn’t stop at the suite’s front door. Waterfront also provides a concierge service, 1,500-square-foot private gym, rooftop gardens, recreation room and social lounge, as well as a 16-seat private theatre that can be reserved for enjoying movies with friends or playing video games.

Its adjacency to Eau Claire Market also gives owners access to wellness services, food outlets and a movie theatre, while downtown amenities and transit are just a short walk away.

A nearby pedestrian bridge connects nature enthusiasts to Prince’s Island Park, and the Bow River Pathway runs along the back of the Waterfront property for scenic, riverside strolls.

“We do believe that, when it comes to Waterfront’s move-in ready suites, seeing is believing,” Marchand says.

For more information, visit the presentation centre at 216 Riverfront Ave. S.W. from noon to 5 p.m., Saturday to Thursday, log onto waterfrontcalgary.com or call 403-536-8802 to book a one-on-one appointment.

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