In a short period of time, U/D went from a vision of a master-planned community to a liveable, walkable, mindfully-made neighbourhood where future residents like Melissa Bontorin and Garrett Bowman, first-time homebuyers, millennials and urban living newbies, are calling home.
In our second installment of Block Talk, a series that introduces residents and neighbours, Melissa and Garrett offer insights on starting life together in U/D. Keep reading to learn more about urban living and what drew them to our vibrant community.
University District is a departure for us, especially having both grown up surrounded by the outdoors. After living in residence while studying at the University of Alberta, where we first met, our attraction to apartment and condo living grew. We moved back to Calgary and shortly after began toying with the idea of purchasing a place together.
We knew living in a dynamic community with easy access to recreational options, entertainment and cultural activities was a must. When we came upon August by Avi Urban in U/D, immediately we were drawn to the development’s modern amenities, comfortable living space and elegant style. It ticked all of our boxes!
We really fell in love with U/D’s urban lifestyle concept. With all of our daily needs in easy reach, it felt natural that the community would be our home base. Well thought-out, planned to make life simpler and connected to already familiar neighbourhoods. We’re so excited to move in!
From our perspective, U/D has been designed with the community experience in mind. It’s a gathering place where we’ll see familiar faces at the grocery store on a daily shopping run or while out walking their dog on the pathways.
With its open spaces, community ping pong table (which we’ll be playing plenty of!) and an inclusive playground for kids and adults to enjoy some outdoor amusement, U/D seems to encourage people to explore and have fun. We feel like we can build our social network and form lasting bonds with our fellow neighbours. These features are what set U/D apart from other communities. For us, it’s really about the experience and U/D offers one like no other.
There are so many ways to answer that question! An ideal Saturday would be getting dressed and taking advantage of all that U/D has to offer.
We were thrilled to hear that YYC Cycle would start the day with a workout class at YYC Cycle, and after working up an appetite, we would treat ourselves to OEB for a hearty breakfast. You can’t go wrong with their eggs benedict – yum!
Beyond a typical day off of going to meet with friends or doing some house chores, the best way to end off a Saturday night is to catch a movie or sit out on our balcony, in which case we’d stop at the nearby wine store. So many idyllic ways to enjoy a day off together!
As University District develops, the community will be bustling with new residents like Melissa and Garrett, and the addition of new retailers over the next year. Watch for more exciting announcements about home options, rental opportunities, retailers and park openings anticipated. You can stay up-to-date by registering for the monthly newsletter or contacting our Discovery Centre.
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