August 23, 2013

Waterfront lifestyle floated

The downtown Waterfront condo development is all about urban lifestyle, sandwiched by work and play.

It fronts the blue and green of the Bow River, along with Prince’s Island and Sien Lok Park, and it is backed by glittering office skyscrapers.

Developed by Anthem Properties, Waterfront — which notably stayed dry during June’s floods — recently opened a new show suite illustrating the finer points the tower and terrace homes of the new Outlook phase will offer.

Suite C-B is a stylish one-bedroom unit, a plan offering between 521 and 524 square feet of space, with an exterior balcony of 68 square feet.

Upon entering, a closet to the left with built-ins helps keep outdoor gear tidy and easily accessible.

The main living space is open from the kitchen, next to the unit’s entrance, through the dining nook and the great room, with its wall of windows and sliding glass door access to the balcony. Maintaining a cohesive look, wide-plank wood laminate flooring is found throughout the home, including the master bedroom.

The galley kitchen, to the right, offers sleek quartz countertops, with a light-coloured quartz counter and white tile backsplash around the gas range.

A layer of cabinets directly above the backsplash continue with glossy white exteriors.

A final row of contemporary flat-panel wood-grain cabinets above, reaching to the ceiling, as well as below waist-level, frame the white cooking area with medium wood grain.

The refrigerator and dishwasher are concealed with custom panels matching the cabinetry to provide an uninterrupted appearance on the back wall.

In a reversal of tone, the quartz countertop on the island is darker, with a white kick panel under the extended eating ledge with room for three.

Facing the dining nook, a built-in shelf at one end with a cabinet below provides extra storage. A large stainless steel undermount sink is centred on the island, with the stainless steel microwave tucked into the far corner.

A dining table provides space for more to gather for an evening with dinner.

The great room is bright with its windows and balcony access, and has space for comfortable seating to settle down to a good conversation with a guest, or to enjoy an evening of television.

The balcony, spacious for entertaining, has a rough-in for a natural gas barbecue.

The master bedroom, which is next to the great room, enjoys natural light from windows that reach almost to the floor from the ceiling.

The closet, stretching the width of the bedroom with two sets of double doors, removes the need for a bureau because the built-in drawers, shelves and racks inside offer generous storage space.

Next to the front entrance is a short hallway with a closet for stacked laundry.

The three-piece bathroom features a quartz countertop with undermount sink, and an open shelf running the length of the mirror that stretches across the width of the room.


Project: Watermark.

Developer/builder: Anthem Properties.

Area: Eau Claire in downtown Calgary

Price: Junior one-bedroom units start at $330,000.

The largest unit is 1,436 square feet, and priced at $1.3 million.

Condo fees are 35 cents per interior square foot.

Directions: The project is at 216 Riverfront Ave. S.W. Waterfront is across the street to the east of Eau Claire Market.

Hours: Sales centre and show suite open daily from noon to 5 p.m., and closed on Fridays.

Information: Visit


Waterfront is a master-planned community by Vancouver-based Anthem Properties next to Eau Claire Market and overlooking Prince’s Island Park.

Towers I and II were completed in 2011.

This year saw the launch of the sale of Outlook, a collection of tower and terrace homes.

Waterfront offers its residents executive concierge service, an exterior courtyard, a fitness centre, an indoor whirlpool, his and her steam rooms, a yoga studio, an owner’s lounge, a movie theatre and a guest suite.



Anthem Properties, developer of the Watermark project overlooking the Bow River, is a real estate investment, development and management company operating in Western Canada.

Headquartered in Vancouver, the company has more than 3.5 million square feet of commercial space, 16 hectares of urban and suburban land held for future development, and about 3,500 residential condo units in the design development stage or under construction.

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