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Linda Palfi
CNC Properties
Box 47033 Creekside, Calgary, Alberta
P: 403-998-7732
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Courtyards at Garrison Woods

Well, here's the lap of luxury in a development restricted to those over the age of 18! These four condo apartment buildings are arrayed around the amenity building shown in my photo, which houses a full-sized indoor swimming pool, a gym and a social room. Built by a partnership of Apex Corporation and Ceco Developments, the first buildings were completed in 2000, and the last one in 2003. There are a total of 176 large two-bedroom or one-bedroom-plus-den homes in the four residential buildings, indoor assigned parking for everyone, plus indoor visitor parking and a car-wash bay. Two of the four residential buildings also each have a small office owned by the condo corporation. The south-east building has a lovely ribbon of park behind it, separating it from Somme Avenue.

All suite finishings were high end, and marketing was targeted to well-off empty nesters. A couple of the suites are owned by the condo corporation and operate as guest suites. Suites in all four buildings have in-floor heating, nine-foot ceilings, a gas fireplace, natural gas supply to the patio or balcony, open plans and in-suite plus out-of-suite storage. 'Last I heard pets were allowed, with approval, of course.

2200 Marda Link: The south-west three-storey L-shaped building houses 52 suites and a small common-property office. In 2007 two suites were legally merged into a single home of 1,916 sq. ft! Four suites are 720-square-foot lofts with their upper portion tucked under the roof, so they have vaulted ceilings reaching to 16.5 feet.

3000 Marda Link: The south-east three-storey building houses 49 suites and also has a small common-property office off the lobby. The largest suites are at the "elbow" of the building, where floor plans are larger than 1,600 sq. ft., and topping out at 1,840 sq. ft. There are also another four small loft suites on the top floor, looking north over the amenity building.

3650 Marda Link: The east-side building is laid out like a letter "c", houses 38 suites, eight of them being top-floor lofts facing either east or west, with those great soaring ceilings. As with all four buildings, the parkade beneath is common property, so both owners and visitors use assigned common-property stalls, with enough for everyone.

3651 Marda Link: The last-built residential building in this phased development is across Marda Link from its sisters and the amenity building. It is the same layout as #3650, but rotated 90 degrees, so its front door looks south to the amenity building. It also has eight loft suites and the same parking underneath.



Gateway Marda Loop


This two-building and 133-suite project (some lofts!) was completed in 2002 by Resiance Corporation, and was the second of its five "Gateway" projects developed in Calgary by the company.  This Condo Directory also has an entry for the nearby Gateway Garrison Woods, which is actually more in Marda Loop than this development, so don't be confused by the names.  You'll also find entries for Gateway Garrison Green a bit to the south, Gateway Southcentre, and Gateway Shawnessy Centre.

Gateway Marda Loop has two L-shaped three-storey elevator-served buildings running east to west atop below-grade indoor parking and in between have surface visitor parking for 20 vehicles, garage entrances, and utility areas/service parking, with space left over for some nice lawns and trees.  The buildings' low profiles, sloping roofs, and house-like dormers blend them in with the low-profile houses and townhouses of the neighbourhood.  There are 123 titled parking stalls downstairs, so 10 of the 133 suites use on-street parking, and there are 23 roomy titled storage lockers.

Every Gateway Marda Loop suite has either a large patio or a generous balcony, all with a natural-gas outlet.  There is a mix of one and two-bedroom suites with entry-level suites starting at 531 square feet, although most one-bedroom homes are larger.  The two-bedroom suites are in the 900-square foot range and top out at a very roomy 1,131 square feet.  Thirty two top-floor suites with the larger floor areas have a spacious loft level and two-level living room windows, while a smaller number of single-level top-floor suites enjoy a vaulted living room ceiling into the dormers.

Exterior windows and doors here are common property for maintenance and eventual replacement.  Unit factors are assigned to suites "...proportional to the potential value of the unit", but they are largely in proportion to floor areas.  There's also some variation in the UF for titled parking stalls, but none of these will make a large difference in the monthly contributions.  Lockers have a consistent UF of one each.  I keep the Gateway Marda Loop condo plan on file.



Killarney Manor


There are 55 suites in this concrete and brick-clad eight-storey building, some of them large loft suites offering amazing views of downtown. The sixth and seventh floors are stepped back to give the building a tapered look, and it's those floors that house six two-level suites, three facing east to downtown and three facing west with views of the Rockies, plus a large one-level suite each on the north and south ends. Building residents have access to an enormous south-side top-floor roof deck with picnic tables; 'nice! (see my two photos)

It was 1981 when International Holdings (Calgary) Ltd. erected this building as a condominium, although I believe that numerous suites were initially investor owned and rented out. Since 2000 it seems that more resident owners are in the building, sprucing up the lobby and catching up on some maintenance. The structure has one level of covered parking at and slightly below grade, and beneath that a level of indoor parking. Suites start above the parking on the second floor, which the condominium plan calls "main". The lofts on the sixth and seventh floors, then, are really elevated as the seventh and eighth floors, giving them views even over top of the brand-new Casel Condos to the east.

All but a couple of suites at Killarney Manor offer two bedrooms and one bathroom, while the six lofts have their full bathroom upstairs and a half bathroom on their main floor. Floor areas range from 710 to 830 square feet for most suites, and between 1,023 and 1,173 for the loft suites. Finishes range from original to New York high-end in some of the premium view suites that warrant such upgrades.

Killarney Manor is a dog-free building. There's bicycle storage on the covered parking level. There are two elevators, which we don't see in newer buildings of only 55 homes. Exterior windows and doors are common property for maintenance and their eventual replacement. I have the condominium plan on file.



Marda Station


This cheerful yellow five-storey building led off the urban development boom in Marda Loop in 1999, built by the well-known local Streetside Development Corporation. Although it looks to be four storeys at the front, there's a fifth level of suites facing north, overlooking the commercial lot fronting onto 33rd Avenue, which was developed at the same time by the same builder. In fact, the commercial property at grade overlaps the condo building's in-ground parkade through a strata-lot subdivision.

There are 42 spacious homes at Marda Station, where the name harkens back to the streetcar terminus and loop. The parkade below houses 43 titled stalls, plus a dozen indoor visitor parking stalls. There are also 42 titled storage lockers in the basement, plus another 41 titled lockers tucked under the roof on the fifth floor, across the hall from the north-facing row of top-floor suites. With 83 lockers in all there are enough so that virtually every suite has two, which is a rare storage luxury.

All suites are two-bedroom homes with either two full bathrooms or a bath and a half. The smallest suite is 879 sq. ft., with most being closer to 1,000, and topping out at 1,260 sq. ft. All suites have natural-gas fireplaces and open designs. The building has a 900-square-foot party room/lounge with a kitchen, fireplace, pool table, TV, games tables and double doors to its balcony. Of course the location is steps from all the shops and cafes of Marda Loop, and the nearby new Garrison Woods Safeway. Exterior doors and windows at Marda Station are common property for maintenance and for future replacement. I have on file all original sales literature and floor plans.




This modern concrete building houses four large two-storey suites upstairs and four one-level ground-floor suites, completed late in 2011 by Niklas Group, builder of numerous other stylish small Calgary condo developments. The two front-facing one-bedroom suites having their own entrance off the sidewalk.  There are stairs up at both ends of the building and a corridor down the middle of it.  Every suite here will be on a corner, and there's indoor parking beneath the building.

The four two-level homes will each offer about 1,300 square feet of space, two bedrooms with double en-suite full bathrooms, a half bathroom on the living/dining level and two balconies plus two almost-balconies, being a door and window that open onto a small projection with railing, one off the dining room and the other off the second bedroom; cute!

Exterior windows and doors at Meritage are common property for maintenance and eventual replacement.  I keep on file the original floor plans and will have the condominium plan on file shortly after the building is complete.



Treo at Marda Loop

Built of concrete and steel by Cidex Homes and completed in 2010, Treo houses 52 condo suites in four floors set above retail space at the sidewalk level and one floor of offices above that. The building largely faces onto Thirty-Third Avenue but the residential entrance is on Twentieth Street as seen in my second photo. This is the largest new building in the old Marda Loop/Garrison Woods neighbourhood, showing how urbanization is coming to what used to be Calgary's suburbs.  "Marda Loop", after all, is where the streetcar used to turn at the end of the line and head back downtown.

There are 44 two-bedroom and two-bathroom suites and eight one-bedroom suites at Treo, four of those also having a second bathroom.  Every suite has nine-foot ceilings, hardwood and tile flooring, granite counters, a balcony, an indoor titled-property parking stall and at least one assigned storage locker in a separate clean and dry room. There is a courtyard with benches on the building's south side.  The retail and office floors plus the first one and a half levels of the in-ground garage are a strata corporation separate from Treo Condos, and with a co-operation agreement between them. The residential parking is separately secured from the retail and office parking.

The developer is known for many other Calgary condo landmarks, including Westgate Park, Wildflower townhouse developments at Bridlewood and at Hidden Valley, and "Treo"  house and condo projects in three other city locations.

Unit Factors at Treo Mardo Loop are allocated to suites in proportion to their sizes, while parking stalls are assigned a UF of one each.  The lockers are common property, so pay no condo contribution or property tax.   I keep on file the building's Condominium Plan and all suite floor plans.



Valhalla Court


These 37 one and two-bedroom apartments were built in Marda Loop in 2003, fitted between 34th Avenue and 33rd and the off-ramp off north-bound Crowchild Trail. There's a good setback from 33rd avenue, though, and some lower floors face onto the sloped lawns of that setback, so hardly notice the traffic beyond.

The three-storey building's main feature is its courtyard design, giving most suites light from two ends, and creating a pleasant open-to-the-sky area in the middle where there's gazebo seating and gardens. The building is modern frame construction atop a concrete in-ground parkade that houses 38 titled stalls and six or seven common-property indoor visitor parking spots. Suite finishings were nicely modern with maple cabinetry, but not over the top, so don't expect hardwood, granite or fireplaces. All suites have in-suite laundries with storage space; 'no lockers outside of suites.

The location is right across the street from the new Marda Loop Safeway, and also steps from all the shops, cafes, video stores and other services of The Loop, which takes its name from the streetcar turnaround that once looped around these blocks. Exterior windows and doors at Valhalla Court are common property. I have the Condo Plan on file.

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