There is nothing like a stroll through a park or a few moments listening to the soothing sound of a bubbling fountain to help reduce the stress of a busy day.
For many condominium owners, this escape is as close as a hop down the elevator.
Although the growth of large condo projects in the inner city might look like an urban jungle is taking root, if you look a little closer you'll find private gardens, pathways, fountains, and gazebos cropping up in the most unexpected places.
"This is a beautiful place in the summer," says Nel Storey as she takes a stroll along a wooden boardwalk that connects the three buildings of River Grande Estates in Erlton. The private, secured walkway winds its way past fountains, a gazebo, and flowerbeds where colorful roses dominate during the summer. That path even extends into the lobbies of the three buildings, where trees and plants grow year-round.
"The people who live here take great pride in our courtyard. We've had family photos taken out here, and we've hosted weddings in our gazebo. And whenever someone comes to visit, the first thing our residents do is take them down to the courtyard."
The demographics at River Grande Estates run the gamut from retired people to young professionals, and its location close to downtown, just a quick walk from the Talisman Centre, created a demand for the condos when the first phase opened in 1999...
Alex Frazer-Harrison - Condo Xtra
Erlton is one of Calgary's smaller inner-city neighborhoods. Despite its small size, Erlton carries big pull for its inner-city setting.
From quintessential brownstones to eclectic turn-of-the century homes, the community of Erlton is a mixed bag of inner-city trendiness and high-end living.
Primarily an adult community, Erlton appeals to the modern professional. Erlton has a prime location near the Elbow River, its handy LRT access, as well as its walking distance proximity to both downtown and the pedestrian haven of 4th Street.
One of the major drawing points for the neighbourhood has been the Talisman Centre, a hub for fitness, training recreation and sports activities, Erlton residents enjoy convenient access to the center's pools, gymnasiums, tracks, weight rooms, drop in classes and personal training services.
For many residents, their weekday commute consists of a stroll along the river or weaving through the character streets of Mission into the downtown core.....