Seton Park Place brings convenience to the doorstep
Access like this drives interest in real estate near Calgary’s downtown core, where an after-work dinner with friends or Saturday afternoon in boutique shops is a short stroll away.
Seton follows a similar formula. The major mixed-use development by Brookfield Residential stretches 148 hectares across the southeast Calgary landscape. And its blueprint is extensive.
“That’s the nice thing about living right there,” Poona says. “The amenities are so close — you’re a block or two away.”
She and Doug, both in their early 60s, bought an apartment-style condo at Seton Park Place by Cedarglen Living, the first residential development to open sales in Seton.
The 142-unit building offers prices from $200,000, including tax.
“We took a drive out there, had a look around, and then went on the website,” says Poona of Seton.
“It shows you what the actual community will look like once it’s completed. (And) it’s only going to get better, especially with all the amenities that are going out that direction.”
“Seton is nice,” says Doug. “It has everything that we need. And I think it’s going to have a beautiful view because it faces south toward De Winton.”
At build out, Seton will be home to 2,500 residents and 12,000 jobs. It will also contain up to 1.5 million square feet of office space and one million square feet of retail space. There are plans for a high school, recreation centre, and movie theatre, all under construction.
South Health Campus, Calgary’s newest hospital, is part of the Seton development, as well.
“As we get older, that’ll be more important to us, for sure,” says Poona of the convenient distance to the hospital.
However, she adds, the hospital makes sense for other demographics, too.
“I think it’s not only good for people our age but for even the younger people that are working at the hospital or just starting out,” Poona says.
“I think it’s a great spot to be.”
In the meantime, the Hartls like staying active. Poona says she can be found on the golf course during the summer and curling rink in the winter.
They both look forward to taking advantage of the planned Seton recreation facility, operated by YMCA Calgary, and slated to open in 2018.
Among the 330,000-square-foot facility’s features are three gymnasiums, a 50-metre 10-lane competitive pool, leisure pool, hot tubs, a fitness centre, walking and running track, and full-service library.
It’s a special location, says Cedarglen’s area manager Danielle Halstead.
“Everything is there,” she says. “To the south you’ve got park, east you’ve got the (YMCA), right behind us is the hospital, and to the west is all the shopping.”
The proposed Greenline LRT is just north of the Cedarglen site, too.
The Hartls, who are originally from Manitoba, have lived in Calgary for 13 years. Seton Park Place is their third purchase through Cedarglen. They’re currently in a condo at the builder’s multi-family development in New Brighton and lived in a bungalow by its single-family division before that.
They bought the largest condo available at the Seton development, turning to a three-bedroom, two-bathroom condo measuring more than 1,200 square feet.
“We wanted a little more living space,” Poona says. This includes having two bedrooms available for guests.
“We have a lot of family,” Poona says. “It’s nice, if family comes, that we have the extra space.”
Looking at the floor plan, the couple put emphasis on the size and functionality of the kitchen.
“I cook a lot and we have family over a lot for dinners,” Poona says. And going the low maintenance condo route made the most sense for them.
“We are at the point in our lives that we like to lock the door and leave and not have to worry about cutting grass and shovelling snow and doing that sort of thing,” says Poona, adding they often spend snowier months in Palm Springs, Calif.
Along with three bedroom options are floor plans with one bedroom and one bathroom, two bedrooms and one bathroom, and two bedrooms with two bathrooms.
There are 19 plans in total, ranging from 571 square feet to 1,241 square feet. Patios and balconies start at 69 square feet and reach 242 square feet. The first release was in the building’s east wing, and comprising 74 units. Since opening in October, 59 have been sold.
“Only because we have been so successful on the east wing, we’ve decided to do the west wing earlier,” Halstead says.
The next release, composed of another 68 units, opened sales last weekend.