Discovery Files : The West End

We often like to explore new neighbourhoods on the weekend. Everyone I know has been talking about the West End here in Calgary, and all of the amazing things to see and do there. I hadn't ever been to this area of my city and I figured it was time to visit this up and coming community.

Another thing we love to do is to check out model suites on weekends. It's always fun and inspiring, and a great place to gather new design inspiration. I particularly love it when you stumble upon something truly fantastic. We discovered the Avenue West End Development, a beautiful building with unparalleled views overlooking the Bow River and nestled amidst the other charming spots we'd discovered.

Over the past week, I’ve been sharing my experiences in the contemporary Avenue West End show suites and established West End community to highlight the amazing perks of riverside living at its best.

We headed over with our bikes early on Saturday morning. Our first stop was Alforno for some lattes and their delicious fresh baked goods. The Alforno interior is beautiful and it was hard to leave.

Our next stop was to bike along the river. It was such a beautiful day and we couldn't believe how close in proximity the river was to the core of the West End. Myself, Luke, and the boys found ourselves wishing we could live so close to the pathways and parks along the river.

We spent some time in the suites and found ourselves so impressed with the fact that every beautiful finish, including marble accents, high end appliances, heated bathroom flooring and their stunning CresseyKitchen™, comes standard.

As an interior designer, I’m always looking for new d├ęcor inspiration and love to decorate new spaces. Avenue West End has amazing neutral backdrops throughout, making it fun to incorporate bold statement pieces like my local artwork. Having such amazing interior features like marble and glass makes creating a whole look and theme a lot of fun (and simple!). 
The building also has so many well thought out amenities, like an amazing fitness facility and a concierge (no more missed deliveries!), a dedicated bike tune-up/repair room, and a shared dog/bike wash station in the parkade (no muddy paws from river walks).

I could envision myself hosting fun Friday night gatherings in the CresseyKitchen™ , with the help of neighbouring businesses VineStyles and Janice Beaton Cheese, and enjoying laid back weekends in the contemporary suites we visited.

The seamless floorpans were well thought out and provided lots of concealed storage; which can tend to be an oversight in compact living spaces. Visit the Avenue West End site (here) to learn more.

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