June 20, 2014 by admin

Alanna Vaugeois inside the Riviera on the Bow showhome in Parkdale

A room with a river view.

Alanna Vaugeois knew Parkdale would be the community to suit her.

When the 23-year-old paramedic spotted the sales signs for a new condominium development, Riviera on the Bow by DaVinci Homes, she knew she needed to investigate.

“I always wanted to live in Parkdale. It suits my lifestyle – it’s so close to the mountains, it’s closer into the city centre. I go to Edworthy Park all the time to run or rollerblade, so it would have been perfect for my lifestyle. My work is five minutes away from there,” Vaugeois says.

Her curious nature led her to follow through with finding out more.

“I drove by (the signs) a couple of times, and I wasn’t sure when they were selling, so I thought, I have to check it out. Thank God I did, because the last unit of the size I wanted was available,” she says.

Riviera on the Bow is a 31-unit, four-storey building with underground, heated parking that is expected to begin construction this summer on Parkdale Boulevard.

There are 19 different floor plans, ranging in size from about 700 square feet for the smallest units to 1,900 square feet in one of the two penthouses. The average unit size in the building is about 1,000 to 1,180 square feet.

The first three floors feature airy 8.5-foot ceilings, with nine-foot ceilings in the penthouses. Units each have a balcony with a gas hookup for barbecues. The kitchens feature full-sized appliances, a boon for those who enjoy cooking as well as entertaining. Vaugeois chose a spacious 706-square-foot, one-bedroom home with a balcony.

“It was the last one on my floor facing the river,” she says. “I liked the view and the location. I can see the river from my balcony. There are no buildings between me and the river.”

Her unit has a large flex room that could be used for a study. The kitchen is located at the back of the home, and is open to the dining nook and the great room, with its windows out onto the balcony. The bedroom has a large walk-in closet, and next to the bedroom is a closet with stacked laundry appliances.

“I’m getting engineered hardwood and a fireplace in the living room. Quartz countertops with white cabinets and dark flooring.”

For her first home, Vaugeois was looking for a place that would be low maintenance, given that she loves to travel.

“I was thinking I would wait another year to buy, but then I came across this, and thought, I can’t turn this down. It’s always been my dream to live in that area,” she says.

While this is Vaugeois’s first home purchase, Nancy Marshall hopes it will be her last. The nurse practitioner moved two years ago to Parkdale from Royal Oak, trading her townhome for an apartment-style condo. Now the opportunity to live in a new building within a smaller community is what appeals to Marshall about the Riviera on the Bow.

“My only bit of trepidation was that (Riviera) was so close to Memorial (Parkdale Boulevard). That was probably the one thing that hedged me for a while. Then I went to the show home and saw the kitchen layout and the sorts of finishes they would have. I thought this would be wonderful,” says Marshall, 62. “It will likely be the last place I purchase, and it keeps me in the area. Looking at all the soundproofing, the windows and air-conditioning in the summer and knowing that Parkdale quiets down after the rush hour, I thought, I can do this.”