It is said that New York is not a place, it’s a feeling.
The team at Gracorp Properties agrees and is bringing the best of that New York vibe to its new collection of condominium homes — The Gramercy — in University District.
Inspired by an energy that you can feel but is hard to describe, the team made Manhattan its muse while crafting this new University District project, directly across from Central Park.
Before we get into The Gramercy nitty-gritty, let’s learn a little more about its creator Gracorp Properties, the team that is also behind Rhapsody located right down the street!
So, let’s meet Gracorp! This real estate development firm has long, strong, deep and healthy roots as a subsidiary of one of Canada’s largest and most respected construction companies called Graham Construction which was founded in 1926! From railroads and hospitals to dams, schools and towers, Gracorp’s parent company has people, projects and offices from Calgary to Vancouver to Seattle, Washington.
Within Graham Construction, the team from Gracorp Properties that is bringing The Gramercy’s and Rhapsody’s vision to life began as a small group of real estate professionals with a mission and the means to master it: create lasting partnerships to develop exceptional projects. Today, it is a chosen U/D developer partner for its experience and the quality of its development and project management.
“On the heels of announcing U/D’s first purpose build rental project Rhapsody, The Gramercy, U/D’s first concrete for sale condo, is our newest project at University District in NW Calgary,” says Novy Cheema, Director of Real Estate for Gracorp. “We are thrilled to be part of University District and are excited to share the news here, telling the story of the passion and focus we put into every project. This commitment is definitely going to show at The Gramercy at our March 7 public launch , throughout construction (starting about a year from now) and sales phases … all the way to our expected occupancy in November 2022!”
From its high-rise projects and large-scale commercial expertise, Gracorp draws on years of experience with concrete construction.
“We are proud to announce that The Gramercy will be the first residential project in University District made of concrete,” says Novy. “This translates into excellent soundproofing, commercial-grade stability and durability. These are important factors for a project in the centre of the community activity.”
“We chose to build at U/D because it is a highly sought-after community, attractive to people moving from larger homes who would love to stay in the NW,” he adds. “We really like the area for its planned amenities and those already in the works. And I must underscore how much we value our relationship with West Campus Development Trust, built on that very word: trust!”
When the team of architects, designers, builders and branders sat together to conceive The Gramercy, they decided to tap into the nostalgia that classic New York black-and-white architectural photography evokes paired with the grounding quality of concrete construction and the soulful connection to peaceful parks and bustling places of businesses so close by. Together, these elements set the stage for an exciting and relatable project right from the start!
Creating the concept for this new NW Calgary community construction called for something that would integrate lively urban excitement with a neighbourhood feel, outstanding design and appreciation for greenery. There are a lot of variables to consider, but honing in on the timeless elegance of historic and stylish New York made perfect sense.
The allure of Gramercy starts with its location. This new construction — starting February 2021 — is directly across from Central Park. Its unique footprint — where the action is and its ease of walkability a la much-loved Manhattan neighborhoods — make it a desirable location. So close by is Rhapsody where Save-On-Foods, Analog Coffee, Market Wines, Pet Planetand Press’d Sandwich Shop and more are opening.
Today’s homebuyers care about location and amenities. But architectural style, quality and contemporary building features matter, too!
So let’s take a look at the overall curb appeal of The Gramercy. Picture brick-front character and charm with uplifting, touches that evoke classic NYC. Further, there is artful landscape design — unlike any other project in U/D — that blends seamlessly with its neighbouring buildings. A collection of tall trees will anchor the landscape and can be enjoyed as they follow the seasons, Spring through Winter!
From the outside in, the Gramercy reflects the kind of landmark new development that potential buyers will be curious to learn about and consider purchasing because of this unique style.
Just as New York is all about the people, their pets, and the lifestyle, The Gramercy places value on the day to day vibe that residents can enjoy. From its rooftop lounge and gym to its indoor lounge space to the community garden, life is easy at The Gramercy.
It’s sustainable: There is an electric vehicle charging station and the entire building is Built Green® Gold in the LEED Certified community of U/D.
And it’s secure…with a keyless entry system and video surveillance for peace of mind.
Furthermore, what sets The Gramercy apart — besides its central location and steps to Central Park — lies at its very foundation. The Gramercy is the first residential mixed-use concrete construction at U/D.
“As the first all-concrete construction in U/D, Gramercy’s 1 & 2-bedroom condos marry contemporary, urban with traditional refinement,” says Maureen Henderson of West Campus Development Trust, the entity responsible for crafting the entire University District development. “The quality and stability of all-concrete construction differentiates The Gramercy and lays the foundation for a condo project to covet.”
On the ground floor, restaurants and shops will help further bring the building to life.
University District’s future Central Park
Once inside the 83 residential suite building, a host of signature design elements — like overheight ceilings, nostalgic black-and-white photography, wallpaper and natural stone accents — complement the practical features we all appreciate as part of condo-life!
Every suite has a balcony. The corner units have two!
The Gramercy’s one-bedroom, one-bathroom suites range in size from 596 to 675 square feet. Its two-bedroom residences have two bathrooms and start at 845 square feet to 1140 square feet. Exposed concrete accents bring chic, urban interest to every unit.
All suites will also have luxurious and easy maintenance vinyl plank flooring. With three colour palettes to choose from, residents can personalize their space to their most loved colours and textures.
Expansive windows to allow a flood of natural light into the open-concept living and kitchen areas. Kitchens feature full-height cabinets, stainless Energy Star® appliances and stone counters. A host of customization options will be available such as appliance upgrades and a flex pace that can be either storage, pantry or desk area.
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