The kitchen, with full-size appliances and a full-height glass tile backsplash in the E floor plan at Riviera on the Bow, by DaVinci Homes.
There’s something about a grand entrance.
Riviera on the Bow’s entrance lobby makes a statement with its three glass chandeliers lined up above, glossy tile underfoot and stylized long grass detail along the upper walls. There’s a great sense of arrival.
While there’s the option for owners in this 31-unit, four-storey apartment-style condominium by DaVinci Homes to just hop out of their car in the underground heated garage and take the elevator to their floor, the lobby experience is worth the daily diversion, even if only to check the mailbox.
A variety of homes are move-in ready in the completed building, and the show suites give a excellent sense of living space, layout, finishes and views. The units in the building are generously sized, ranging from 720 to 1,888 square feet.
The E plan is one of the smallest two-bedroom and den plans at 997 square feet. This home has an open plan, with a central living space flanked by two bedrooms. Thoughtful details, meanwhile, provide privacy and help define space. A wall at one end of the kitchen island, for instance, shields sight lines into the second bedroom, while maintaining traffic flow through the kitchen.
The front foyer in the E floor plan at Riviera on the Bow, by DaVinci Homes.
The kitchen, one of the working areas of the home, is well-supplied with full-height cabinets. Even the island includes cabinets on both sides to make the most of the space, while still including two spots for sitting at the counter.
Contributing to the elegant feeling of the home is the treatment of the doorway to the 97-square-foot patio. The glass door is centred with steps, and is framed with two long windows to make up the outer wall of the great room. The covered patio with a gas barbecue outlet provides private outdoor living space to the home.
A few key construction considerations contribute to the living comfort of these homes. Each unit has in-floor heating, which also serves to further control sound between floors. Likewise, the windows are a higher grade, meaning that traffic sounds from Parkdale Boulevard are minimal inside. For the hotter months, the central air conditioning will be appreciated.
Whether one is moving from a single-family home or from a smaller apartment, the convenience of full-size appliances — from laundry to the full-size wall oven — makes the household tasks efficient while serving the needs of entertaining larger parties.
Many south-facing units in this building feature views of the Bow River, especially from the upper levels. Situated in Parkdale, Riviera on the Bow is close to amenities such as the bike path system, parks, shopping and easy commutes to the University of Calgary, Foothills Medical Centre or downtown.
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
DEVELOPMENT: Riviera on the Bow
BUILDER/DEVELOPER: DaVinci Homes
LOCATION: 3320 3rd Ave. N.W., in Parkdale
PRICES: For the weekend of Oct. 14, the E and E1 floor plans are on a significant sale, at $64,500 off regular price for the two-bedroom with den plans. Unit E on the first floor will be $483,500 plus GST, while E1 on the second and third floor will be $493,500 plus GST.
HOURS: The sales centre and show suites are open from Monday to Thursday from 2 to 7 p.m. and weekends from noon to 5 p.m.