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Cantiro’s West Block Glenora wins the Award of Excellence for two years in a row

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Laura Severs Michael Reynolds enjoys the eighth floor view from the kitchen of his West Block Glenora home. Michael Reynolds enjoys the eighth floor view from the kitchen of his West Block Glenora home. Photo courtesy Nancy Reynolds /Postal media

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It was no surprise to Nancy and Michael Reynolds that West Block – their new home – was named Edmonton’s Best Apartment Building for two consecutive years.

“We thought it was (Edmonton’s best condo) when we bought it,” Nancy said, and that was in 2017, about two years before the downtown luxury condominium project was ready to welcome its first residents. “It’s nice that it was recognized.”

This recognition came from the Canadian Home Builders’ Association-Edmonton Region through their Awards of Excellence in 2020 and 2021, with 100 West Block receiving the award in the Best Apartment Building category each time.

There are currently six units left, starting at $ 523,950.

West Block is just part of the entire West Block Glenora, a 3.5 acre, phased project designed as a community within a community. The mixed-use development includes this first award-winning condominium building with 60 units as well as retail and commercial space. Developer Cantiro is considering plans to add townhouses, retirement homes, as well as more condominiums or perhaps apartments, all of which have been developed around the future LRT station that will come to Glenora.

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The great room of a house in the West Block Glenora of Cantiro. The great room of a house in the West Block Glenora of Cantiro. Courtesy photo, Cantiro /Postal media

The Reynolds, who lived nearby before buying it, wanted to stay nearby. They liked being near downtown but not downtown. You were one of the first buyers and one of the first to move in.

Your 1,300-square-foot two-bedroom apartment on the eighth floor has breathtaking city views – almost 180 degree views of the northeast and south of Edmonton with floor-to-ceiling windows – is contemporary in style, has a decent sized kitchen and lots of storage space.

“I was concerned about the size of the kitchen because we talk a lot,” said Nancy. “I cook a lot and thought it would be very small. Well it wasn’t a problem and part of it is because it was so well planned. “
These, she said, include pull-out drawers for the lower ones, which means easy access to everything, while the upper ones have the full depth of the countertop to give the couple more room for their storage needs.

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Michael, meanwhile, has his own favorites and those interested in the building’s amenities: the concierge service, the Parkade’s in-house car wash, storage rooms with locked rooms that are a massive improvement on the old-style box cages that are in some garages and the gym.

“There is no way you can recreate the gym at home and still it’s not massive,” said Michael. “You have chosen the equipment very well, there is everything you could wish for.”

Both are enthusiastic about a multitude of other advantages that the building offers, including a bookable guest suite, a social room as well as indoor and outdoor lounges.

They believe the retail and service space – shops, personal services, and restaurants – help connect the West Block with the rest of Glenora and neighboring Grovenor, making it part of the neighborhood.

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And on leaving her old home, Nancy said, “We really enjoyed the move. I keep telling people that I actually didn’t miss the house, which is shocking because we really loved our house and worked a lot on it and renovated it to make it the way we wanted it to be. “

Winning decisions

While Cantiro was also named Builder of the Year-Multi Family at last month’s CHBA-Edmonton Region Awards, Edmontoners looking for award-winning multi-family options have a number of options.

For those looking for apartment-style options, Carrington Communities have swept this category – Apartment Style $ 225,000 to $ 325,000 and Apartment Style over $ 325,000 – for the Mullholland and Charm models, respectively.

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Mullholland in its Elan development in Allard is a 1,173-square-foot, two-bedroom unit that feels more like a bungalow. This winning suite features two-tone cabinets – dark blue on the island and white on the walls – a full-height kitchen splashback and hardwood floors in a chevron pattern. Mullholland starts at $ 269,900.

The Charm, at the Allure in MacTaggart, on 1,650 sq. ft., is a unique condominium. The luxurious two-bedroom unit with 10-foot ceilings and an integrated bar is outfitted with covered green cabinets and is slightly masculine with its sophisticated look and gray and gold accents. It is on sale for $ 961,280. For those on a smaller budget, Carrington’s nearby Edge development has a similar interior package – The Vermouth – where one-bedroom units start at $ 199,900 and two-bedroom units start at $ 335,900. Edge is in the framing and roofing phase and has been recognized as the best sales and information center.

Terraced houses, maisonettes

Other 2021 multi-family winners included City Homes Master Builder for its Bristol Townhouses in The Collections at Creekwood, Parkwood Master Builder for The Clove Unit 1 in Cloverdale, Alair Homes for its Tribeca 7 Executive Row House in Queen Mary Park and Brookfield Residential for its Vista Pointe development – best townhouse / duplex project – in Chappelle Gardens; the Vista Pointe models Michelangelo and Finlay were also winners.

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