The land where Brookfield Residential’s Regatta condos would one day be built in Auburn Bay was just a pile of dirt when Stan Bradbury knocked on the door of the sales office.
The 73-year-old widower was determined to find a new home in the community, close to his only son and two grandsons. When he learned that Brookfield was preparing to launch a three-building multi-family development across from the shopping centre in Auburn Bay, he wanted to be first in line.
“I walked in and said, when this building is released, you call me. I want a top floor unit on the northwest corner,” he recalls. “There was no doubt about being anywhere else, regardless of what size the place was.”
The wraparound deck on that corner unit offered views of the city and mountains. It was Bradbury’s primary reason to nab that unit on the fourth and uppermost floor. Fortunately for him, the unit in that corner was one of the Regatta’s larger floor plans; the spacious 934-square-foot Rideau with two bedrooms, two bathrooms and a huge kitchen with a starting price of $266,900 including GST.
Next to the view and the deck, Bradbury is happy with the condo’s layout and the kitchen.
“It’s a galley-type kitchen. The counter with the sink in the middle is long enough for four bar stools. There’s full cabinetry — really extensive,” he says.
Bradbury took his time moving into the condo, setting up bookshelves and planning this new phase of his life. The second bedroom, so far, is designated as the “utility room.”
“It’s my TV room with my two recliners, my exercise bike and soon, a small desk and chair. It’s got a window overlooking the mountains. What more do you want?” he asks, rhetorically.
On the wall of the second bedroom are eight paintings that Bradbury brought with him when he and his wife moved from Eastern Canada to Calgary in 1996. The series depict the waterfalls and lakes of the Rideau Canal, which connects Bradbury’s hometown of Ottawa with Kingston on Lake Ontario.
“It didn’t factor into my decision to purchase something called the Rideau. Just very coincidental,” he says.
The view, the location close to family and amenities like walking paths and the soon-to-open Brookfield Residential YMCA at Seton are fantastic perks, easing the pain of downsizing from a 2,600-square-foot walk-out bungalow on a golf course that he once shared with his wife.
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