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One of the first new communities to jump the Anthony Henday in the northeast has its first homeowner, and she’s totally stoked.
Millennial Kayla Gamroth, who at one point wondered how in the world she could afford to buy a home these days, might be in a new Marquis West home for Christmas.
“The sales team, when we first signed everything — and got approved for our mortgage — we were told March of next year,” said Gamroth of their Jayman Built home now under construction. “We met with our site supervisor about five weeks ago, and he said, practically, he’s pushing to get us in before Christmas. So that would be about three and a half to four months early!”
As she lives near Marquis West Gamroth keeps an eye out to see how the build is going, noting there is weekly, if not daily, progress.
So, how did this come about?
Gamroth, who lost her job during the pandemic, moved back home to her parent’s house. She was joined there by her two brothers: one older, one younger. Being a creative thinker, she came up with an idea that just might work where she and her older brother, who was also considering living accommodations of his own, would combine their resources and buy together.
“Me and my brother, as two young people, getting the opportunity to pool our resources and our money, and get in on what could be the new up and coming neighbourhood is exciting and not something that either of us ever thought was possible being single people,” said Gamroth.
“I’m so happy to have the opportunity to be the first buyer of Marquis West, it’ll be so exciting to see the neighbourhood fill with families over the coming months and years,” she added. “I guess this means I better be on standby to bake banana bread and roll out the welcome mat. I’m really looking forward to having the chance to help cultivate a vibrant community in our little pocket of northeast Edmonton.”
The ‘Whoa’ Moments
There was the ‘whoa’ when they descended into the basement. Greenspace nearby evoked a similar response.
When Gamroth and her brother checked out Jayman’s Sonata — not in Marquis West as the show homes weren’t ready at that time; further, Jayman selected its Opus for its Marquis West show home debut — the first whoa came into play.
Going through the Sonata, they were told this home has a “whoa” basement and Gamroth wondered what’s a whoa basement? She goes downstairs and goes “whoa!” impressed by the lower level’s high ceilings and larger windows.
As the Sonata features a unique main floor split (you enter the home just off the great room and then climb some stairs to reach the higher dining and kitchen spaces), this allows for greater basement height.
“It was unlike anything I’ve ever seen in a basement,” said Gamroth, adding this was important as while she would have the main and second floors, her brother’s lower level had to be just as appealing. “There’s a full-size window halfway up the wall. You forget you’re in a basement.”
Converting the basement into a legal suite means her brother’s lower level space gets a separate entrance, a full kitchen, its own furnace and all the comforts of a new home including the higher ceilings in the entertaining and main living spaces. He also gets his own design choices and went for a more masculine, contemporary look with black cabinetry and darker countertops.
Upstairs, Gamroth selected a more feminine and clean look, with medium toned woods and gold knobs, a light coloured floor and lighter carpet.
“Jayman’s Sonata is one of our most popular models and has been recognized in both the CHBA Awards of Excellence and BILD Calgary in previous years,” said Armina Seetram, Jayman’s Marquis West area sales manager. “This three-bedroom and two-and-a-half bathroom home comes in at 1,652 square feet (excluding the added legal suite) and the main floor living space has a unique and modern feeling with an 11-foot-high ceiling, creating a sense of openness that is bright and airy.”
Meanwhile, that other whoa moment for Gamroth was the wide open spaces. Marquis West, at 178th Avenue and Meridian Street N.W., is close to Edmonton’s new Northeast River Valley Park, with 190 acres of parkland, a lake and walking trail connections.
In Marquis West, Jayman is building laned homes starting from the $380,000s, including lot and GST. The show home is an Opus 18 featuring three bedrooms and 2.5 bathrooms, with a developed lower level adding another bedroom, ensuite and rec room. It’s priced at $589,900, including lot and GST.
“Marquis is a hidden gem that targets the buyers who are looking to still be in Edmonton but want to be away from all the noise,” said Seetram.