Dreaming of Luxury
Do you find yourself day dreaming of luxury in a home? Are you picking up the latest magazines when it comes to looking for “high end finishes”? Would you like to live somewhere in the inner core of Calgary or in the beltline where there are five star restaurants nearby and theatres within blocks of your residence? And, would you like someone to facilitate services for you like in a concierge? If you are nodding your head in agreement as you read this, then you may want to consider living in a condominium. Day dream no more! Instead start looking for a luxury condo to call home.
When any one talks about a “luxury condo” usually “high end” finishes come to mind. That is things like large windows with great views, high ceilings and crown moldings. Or perhaps you think of granite countertops, gleaming hardwood floors, a gourmet kitchen and a sumptuous ensuite. Can you name any other items that would fit this list? If so, just add them into your “wish list”!
The city of Calgary offers many condominiums both established as well as new that fit the above description. But then again, there are many individual condo units in a variety of buildings that also qualify as “luxury” condominiums. With spectacular renovations having been done to some individual units, so called “luxury” condos may be seen in all quadrants of our city. Just look at the number of condominiums that sell for half a million dollars and up year after year!
Services & Features
And don’t forget there are additional services that a luxury condo offers its owners. There are concierge services in more and more condominium buildings around our city. For some people concierge service is a real luxury, facilitating a wide variety of services including security.
Additional amenities in luxury condominiums buildings include such “goodies” as car wash bays and exercise rooms that come fully equipped. Also, many luxury condo building have guest suites for your company, meeting rooms, board rooms, party rooms and hobby rooms. Why some luxury condo buildings even include a video room or theatre and a wine cellar! Now that’s luxury at its finest.
Perhaps, you also envision luxury as being in a great location in proximity with your favourite amenities within walking distance. That would give you the luxury of more time. And who doesn’t want more time these days? Haven’t you heard it said over and over again, “If I only had more time”! With so much that needs to be done these days, wouldn’t it be great to have a shorter commute to work? And wouldn’t it be so wonderful to be close to a grocery store, a movie theatre, restaurants and other services? This is why many people, including myself, would consider “great location” a luxury. You could match this type of criteria without an accompanying hefty price tag. You know you could afford this type of luxury.
The Job is Done For You
Just about every condominium building offers maintenance services for its owners. The management company of just about every condo building coordinates lawn and garden care, snow removal, garbage removal as well as building maintenance which includes the parkade. Also included in this package are carpet cleaning, window cleaning, administrative duties and many other “behind the scenes” jobs about which condominium owners need not worry. Of course, this is all included in your monthly condominium fee. Considering all you get in return, the monthly condominium fee is well worth it. You would likely be paying much more for these services if you lived in a single dwelling not to mention all the coordinating you would have to do for the same services. However, in a condominium you can relax as all these services are coordinated by your condo board and local management company. How easy is that?
So, how do you define luxury? Is it those “high end” finishes like large windows with great views and vaulted ceilings? Is it the crown moldings and a “spa” ensuite? Or is luxury a gourmet kitchen with shining granite countertops? Or is it hardwood floors throughout a condo unit?
Or is luxury defined by service. The service of a concierge that can arrange and facilitate various services for you is true luxury! Or is luxury defined by the amenities in a condominium building such as fully equipped gyms, car wash bays as well as guest suites for visitors and craft rooms.
Or is luxury defined by more time. More time can be yours when you choose a location that is closer to work, closer to the theatre, closer to your favourite restaurants. And, oh, what you couldn’t do with more time! It really would be too much to be within walking distance of all this and more. And, remember to acquire this type of luxury, you don’t have to pay a big price. But the return on this type of investment will generate more time for you and the things you like to do.
Are you still day dreaming of that luxury condominium? If so, day dream no more!