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March 01, 2014

The cutting edge

Riverview’s Toronto Crescent show home is beyond cool

Pepper Rodriguez

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Look out, Mount Royal! Watch out, Elbow Park! The next millionaire’s row hot spot in Calgary isn’t in any of those traditional, upscale neighbourhoods, it’s in the little heard of community of St. Andrews Heights. Want proof? How about this stunning, $4 million, cutting-edge-in-every-way show home by Riverview Custom Homes?

This newly-built, West Coast-inspired home in the northwest not only looks stylish and sleek with its glass and limestone exterior, but it isn’t even the most expensive home along the new millionaires’ row street of Toronto Crescent N.W.

The enviable million-dollar views afforded along the south-facing escarpment are the defining feature of the neighbourhood, and it sets the stage for an impressive array of the most contemporary homes in the city. But even in this distinguished company, Riverview’s custom designed home is a showstopper.

“There are limited ridge lots left in Calgary that are suitable for development. This makes our showpiece home all the more desirable,” says Riverview Custom Homes’ owner, Christopher York. “We made full use of this unique location and designed a home where you can enjoy spectacular views from every floor.”

The 5,386-square-foot home on 2540 Toronto Crescent is so spectacular that it is currently nominated as a finalist in the 2013 National SAM Awards — the only single-family home from Calgary in the 4,000-square-foot and greater category to make it to that celebrated list.

This four-level, five-bedroom home with five-and-a-half bathrooms and detached triple-car garage has some of the slickest features around, including extensive automation for everything from the thermostat, to audio, to the window coverings.

There are hidden surprises everywhere, including pop-up ventilation for the cooktop on the centre island and a rising TV stand in the bonus room upstairs for ingenious, seamless creativity. “There’s an interesting feature in every room of the home,” York tells New Home Living.

The interior design by Paul LaVoie relies heavily on a monochromatic tone that conveys universality of its look. In other words, it may be a unique, custom designed home, but its features will appeal to everyone. “There is a great sense of consistency throughout the home which is paired nicely with the unique features from floor to floor,” York adds.

Throughout the home is the theme of bringing the outdoors inside, of connecting every aspect of the home. For example the cedar soffits with black steel strips and steel fascia continue from the exterior to become the ceiling. The baseboards and casings are flush with the wall, and the baseboard transitions continuously flow around the doors to continue this central theme of connectivity.

“This involved a lot of painstaking attention to detail, but I think it all paid off,” York says.

Key to this design is the central spine wall, which extends from the front to the back of the house and from the basement to the loft. “It contains 2,200 square-feet of zebrano paneling with black reveal strips for that consistency in appearance of the interiors,” York explains.

An exemplary, stylishly modern staircase also connects all four levels of the home. It’s made out of riff cut white oak with an arched center stringer that has been glazed black. The treads are two-inch-thick solid riff cut oak and stained a medium grey. The handrail is 12-millimetre-thick glass with chrome stand-offs and chrome railing, with LED floor lights following the spine wall on the main and second floors.

The open-to-above stairwell itself is entirely of glass and steel, which adds to the stunning curb appeal of the exterior and furthers the enormous amount of natural light brought to the interior.

The kitchen and bathrooms — what are usually the focal points of design in any home — are as lavish as any you will see in any glossy home magazine spread. The custom kitchen comes with stained zebrano gables and high gloss lacquer door fronts.  Cabinet doors are servo drive (touch electronic), and high-end Miele appliances are integrated to match the cabinetry.

But even with its top-of-the-line contemporary features, the home never strays far away from its functional aspects as a family home. “This is a great home for couples or families who love to entertain. The open concept kitchen area provides an ample amount of mingle room, while the sitting and lounge rooms provide a nice escape,” York says.

He credits LaVoie and architect Matt Klinkenborg in helping bring this extraordinary vision to life.  Riverview Custom Homes is one of Calgary’s best builders to bring about a revolution in modern design in the inner-city. “We have more spec homes coming down the pipeline that we can’t wait to show,” he says.

Fast Facts:
Builder: Riverview Custom Homes
Community: St. Andrews Heights N.W.
Style: West Coast-inspired luxury custom home
Size: 5,386 sq. ft.
Price: $4 million
Address: 2540 Toronto Crescent N.W.
Hours: By appointment only

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