On the level: Midtown bungalow townhomes provide best of both worlds

Main floor master bedrooms provide single-level living lifestyle, along with second floor bedrooms, lofts and rooftop terraces.

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Averton is switching things up.

It has taken the traditional townhome model and transformed it into a bungalow-style home that goes the extra mile.

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That’s what caught the attention of Jeanine Piechowicz and her family, who found exactly what they were looking for when they discovered Averton’s new take on the townhome in St. Albert’s Midtown neighbourhood.

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“I wanted high-end luxury kind of living,” said Piechowicz, who was also looking for architectural design features and larger windows but in a newer home. “And I wanted a bungalow, that’s what sold me on this place because it’s my husband and I and our little French bulldog. I don’t want to go upstairs to go to the bedroom and up and down and up and down, I just don’t want that. I wanted it all to be on one level but I (also) wanted a big entertaining area.”

The Piechowiczes purchased Averton’s Boulevard A, part of its new Boulevard series: two- and three-bedroom townhomes with a main-floor primary suite, up to 2,400 square feet of living space and rooftop terraces. There’s an option for an upper-level primary suite and a finished basement could add 1,230 sq. ft.

At 2,093 sq. ft., the Piechowiczes version has two bedrooms and 2½ bathrooms and is very similar to the Boulevard A that was the second grand prize in the 2024 Full House Lottery.

The Boulevard A’s main floor includes an open concept great room, dining and kitchen spaces, as well as a full primary suite with a walk-in closet and ensuite. There’s also a powder room and a laundry/mudroom on the main floor, which accounts for 1,343 sq. ft. of what totally feels like bungalow living.

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A second floor, at 579 sq. ft., includes a bedroom, a bonus space with views to below and access to the rooftop terrace. A third floor, at 171 sq. ft., houses a loft with soaring views and another rooftop terrace. A finished basement, as in the lottery home — the Piechowiczes did not finish their basement although they plan to — came equipped with a comic book zone/reading space and an additional bedroom and bathroom.

“We really feel it is very elegant and sophisticated but still casual,” said Piechowicz, adding that the second floor with its bedroom works well as a guest suite and gives visitors their own floor within the home. As for the third floor, they’re still deciding how they want to use that indoor and outdoor space since they just took possession in mid-March.

Family Town

Midtown, which markets itself as design town, green town and dog town, could in the case of the Piechowiczes be called family town.

Based on a recommendation from their older son, who called Midtown a cool place, the Piechowiczes went to check it out even though, ironically, the couple both initially ruled out St. Albert when they decided it was time to leave their long time northeast Edmonton home. To this day, Piechowicz is not sure why but noted it was likely because they really didn’t know the city.

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Now, however, not only did their older son consider Midtown, so did the family’s daughter. Though the two siblings bought elsewhere, the Piechowiczes’ youngest son, Eric, ended up buying a Trailside model — a collection of townhomes right-sized for first-time homebuyers and small families.

Originally looking at moving to Calgary, in part drawn by its proximity to the mountains, that changed once housing costs were factored in.

“I’m a first-time home buyer … so a unit like I have here at Midtown was worth about $250,000 more in Calgary,” said Eric. “So the price point was one thing and then it’s nice to be around family. I think if I had moved to Calgary it would have been a bit of an inconvenience but it’s nice that me, my mom and my dad can all share living in the same neighbourhood.”

Growth Town

While show homes opened in 2021, Midtown, near the Enjoy Centre and Ray Gibbon Drive and the Henday, is still in its early stages.

Averton — the builder and developer of Midtown — said once completed, the neighbourhood will be home to more than 1,000 residents.

With its first phase about 60 per cent finished, Averton has just introduced the Boulevard models a bit earlier this year.

“The Boulevard series is something very special, it’s a product no one else is really thinking about — main-floor living and loft living in the townhouse part of the market,” said Averton president and CEO Paul Lanni, adding it has real elements of single-family living but in a townhome.

Later this year, Averton plans to introduce executive rental units while a seniors’ residence is scheduled to break ground. Midtown is also one of Canada’s only Built Green communities and features 45 acres of walkable conveniences and neighbourhood amenities.

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