The Vestel show suite’s sleek urban decor was created by Tamara Bowman.
Photograph by: Jeff Lyons, The Starphoenix, The StarPhoenix
Proximity to Saskatoon’s lively Broadway district is one reason why The Vestel condominium project on Eighth Street East is attracting interest from across the country, says marketing agent Slade Desrochers, with Realty Executives Saskatoon.
The apartment condominium is a project of Shining Bank, a development group comprised of former Saskatonians who are executives with Waiward Steel Fabricators in Edmonton.
The developers purchased the land for The Vestel in 2007. The infill lots were home to six houses in various states of disrepair.
“The construction of The Vestel has improved the neighbourhood dramatically,” Desrochers says.
Miners Construction was hired as the project’s general contractor. “They have a fantastic reputation in the city,” Desrochers says.
Buyers also have the assurance of third-party new home warranty coverage.
Desrochers says the builders went to great lengths to harmonize the building’s design with the mature neighbourhood. Even the site’s existing trees, including a number of towering spruce, were saved. “Only two trees had to go,” Desrochers says.
The Vestel offers 30 suites on three floors. There are 29 two-bedroom suites, ranging in size from 1,084 to 1,183 square feet.
“Buyers can choose from five floor plans and two colour schemes,” Desrochers says.
Designer Tamara Bowman, founder of Metric Design, created the show suite’s exciting contemporary look.
The modern kitchen features staggered cabinets with new garage-style doors, stainless steel appliances, granite countertops and glass subway tile. The raised eating bar is ideal for entertaining.
“The floor plans are very smart,” Desrochers says, “with the bedrooms located on opposite sides of the large living room. The master bedroom has a large ensuite bath, while the second bedroom has an adjacent full bathroom.”
Nine-foot ceilings create an open and spacious feeling. Living rooms on the third floor feature vaulted ceilings.
The exterior of The Vestel is a pleasing combination of engineered exposed beams, cultured stacked stone and acrylic stucco. Every unit has an oversized balcony, while corner units have a second balcony off the master bedroom.
Heated underground parking, elevator service, fire sprinklers and front entrance video camera security enhance convenience and safety for residents. “Soundproofing in the building is second to none. The first thing people comment on is how quiet it is,” Desrochers says.
Two-bedroom units at The Vestel are priced from $362,000 to $399,000.
Desrochers says The Vestel appeals to a wide segment of the market, from ages 25 to 75. The project has attracted the interest of professionals moving to Saskatoon from B.C. and Ontario, including engineers in the mining sector.
“They work downtown and like the idea of walking or biking to work,” he adds.
The Vestel show suite is open Wednesdays from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., Saturdays and Sundays from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. or by appointment. For details, visit www.thevestel.ca.