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Alluring by design: Allure offers

customization, luxury amenities in
southwest Edmonton
It was an alluring prospect for Jim and Karen Sklarchuk. The retired couple found one of
Edmonton’s newest condominium projects — a boutique-style, 47-unit development in an in-
demand southwest location — to be exactly what they were looking for.

L AU R  S E V E R S

Published on: October 13, 2017 | Last Updated: October 13, 2017 12:09 PM MDT
Allure by Carrington Communities — a boutique-style, 47-unit development located in the Uplands of Mactaggart
neighbourhood in southwest Edmonton — features oversized patios with glass-panel railings that overlook a horseshoe-
shaped pond. S U P P L I E D

It was an alluring prospect for Jim and Karen
Sklarchuk.
The retired couple found one of Edmonton’s newest condominium projects
— a boutique-style, 47-unit development in an in-demand southwest location
— to be exactly what they were looking for.

“Certainly the cast-in-place concrete construction and the no-fuss, no-muss
lifestyle of the Allure played a major role in our purchase,” said Jim.

Allure, from Carrington Communities, was unveiled to the public in late June,
with construction having started just over two years ago. Located in the
Uplands of Mactaggart, which is perched on the banks of the Mactaggart
Sanctuary, residents started moving into Allure this past August.

The four-storey building, which features contemporary West Coast
architectural styling on the exterior and a modern aesthetic with luxurious
touches inside, includes spacious suites ranging from 1,312 to 1,678 square
feet. The Sklarchuk unit, a 1,650-square-foot two bedroom and den
combination, transports their visitors directly to central Italy.

“I like to call it a little bit of Tuscany,” said Kathy Douglas, project sales
manager for Allure. And that it is. Close the eight-foot-tall entry door into
their unit and the Sklarchuks have customized their suite into a home that
exudes Tuscan elegance and charm.

“We’re trying to stay in places where the temperature in Fahrenheit is
warmer than our ages,” joked Jim, who was busy with moving and organizing
a multitude of boxes as the couple settled into their new home.

Not just Tuscan

With soaring 10-foot ceilings in each of the suites and eight-foot tall
doorways, once you’re inside an Allure unit it feels more like a private home
as opposed to a typical condominium. Most of the remaining units — Allure is
currently 50 per cent sold — are at various finishing stages, allowing for
prospective owners to put their own touch on the interiors.
Douglas points out that it’s all about personal style and taste, and no one is
ound by design packages at Allure. She points to the in-house interior
design studio, providing buyers with a home that meets their individual
design needs.

“You won’t find an identical suite in the building,” said Douglas, referring to
how Allure’s five diúerent floorplans have been finished. “Buyers are letting
their imaginations run wild.”

Touring just a few of the units, it’s easy to see how buyers are putting their
own stamp on their future homes. While the Sklarchuks went Tuscan, a
number of others are going modern. Some are mixing in a traditional twist to
the modern backdrop, while others are adding a bit of a European feel.

Each unit also comes with oversized patios and glass-panel railings, so that
the views overlooking the nearby pond are not obscured. The pond’s
horseshoe shape ensures that everyone suite surrounding it enjoys a
stunning, relaxing view.

Not so common

Common space is front and centre inside the development. A two-storey
lobby is what first catches your eye. Think elegant hotel as opposed to just a
regular entryway. Explore further and you’ll find that Allure was constructed
in a way where its amenities are set in the middle of the building, with the
residential units across the large hallways.

The main floor Silver Salon dining room, with a working kitchen, is designed
for special functions and available to residents to rent out for a nominal fee
to host dinner parties, holiday events or various celebrations. The room also
includes a separate conversation area, where participants can branch oú
from the 14-seat dining table and lounge next to the cosy fireplace.

On the second floor there’s a members’ lounge that includes a full bar, poker
table, pool table, flat-screen TVs, and a variety of seating options. On the
third floor, the amenities are all about exercise. The building’s Precision
Athletic Club is equipped with state-of-the-art fitness equipment and flat-
screen TVs. Meanwhile, tranquility awaits in the Satya Studio, a yoga
studio. The fourth floor central space is framed by windows, or residents can
head up another level to the rooftop patio.

“The amenities,” adds Douglas, “are an extension of your home.”
Not just for parking

This is not your typical parkade. Indoor visitor parking is available on the first
level, but it’s the secured garages on both the first and second parkade floors
that take these parking spots to yet another level.

There are double, triple and quadruple underground garages, but it’s not the
size that makes these spaces unique, it’s the customization options. From
the outside they look inconspicuous, but if you get a chance to look inside
you can see how Allure provides buyers the possibility to transform the
ordinary into the extraordinary.

“One of the motivating factors was the garage,” said Jim, about his decision
to purchase at Allure. Already hard at work in his garage/man cave, there’s
customized shelving dotted with a variety of diúerent Coca-Cola
memorabilia, including a vintage-style Coke vending machine. A picture of
Elvis needs to be hanged, as do other items, but this quadruple garage has
become much more than just a parking spot for the Sklarchuks’ vehicles.
Allure’s parkade also includes a separate wash bay.

Satisfied buyers

While Jim and Karen are enjoying their retirement in their new Tuscan-style
condo, they also are satisfied buyers.

“When we bought we had some minor issues, but Carrington has been
wonderful to deal with. They were accommodating and helpful throughout
the process,” said Jim, who also noted that he and Karen spent hours with
Allure’s design centre staú, and credits them for all the assistance they
provided. “They gave us so much help to make it reflect our style.”

You know Jim is sincere, as the Sklarchuks do no hesitate to speak their
mind. Take the wall of clocks Karen asked for in their unit. “Now we look up at
the clocks and tell our guests it’s time to leave,” said Jim with a smile.

ABOUT ALLURE BY CARRINGTON

What: A four-storey boutique condominium project with 47 units.
Wh ere: Located at 4042 Mactaggart Drive NW in the Uplands of Mactaggart,
just east of Rabbit Hill Road in southwest Edmonton.

Completion: The building was completed in early summer of 2017. Residents
began moving in during August 2017.

Features and fees: Cast-in-place concrete construction, which provides
superior sound attenuation. Suites include 10-foot ceilings and designer
finishes. Condo fees are pegged at approximately 40 cents per square feet.

Showsuite hours: Saturday and Sunday, noon to 3 p.m. Tuesday 2 p.m. to 6
p.m. Private tours of the building are available upon appointment.

Units and pricing: Twenty-two of the units are still available, with sizes
ranging from 1,312 sq. ft. to 1,650 sq. ft. Prices start in the low $700s.

The developer: Carrington Communities is part of the Carrington Group of
Companies, which also includes Bedrock Homes. At the 2015 CHBA Awards
of Excellence, Carrington Communities was named Edmonton’s multi-family
builder of the year for the second year in a row.

For More Information: www.liveatallure.ca (http://liveatallure.ca/) or call Kathy
Douglas at 587-499-5133.

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