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smart | location Young people finding it all downtown – including

urban living in Exchange District loft condos Urban dwellers to reach 20,000 in next few years, with help from StreetSide Developments


t’s not an illusion that more and more young people are spending their time downtown. “Young people are grabbing hold of their down-

town, making it their own,” says Jason Syvixay, Manag- ing Director of the Downtown Winnipeg BIZ. “Tey see the downtown as a hip place to live – with unique cafes, restaurants, clubs, and community gathering places – that are all within walking distance and pedestrian- oriented.” It’s the truly urban lifestyle that they’re chasing – and

they’re finding it at District Condos in the East Exchange. Historic buildings that have been converted into

dreamy open-concept lofts, each suite at District has its own character with original brick walls, exposed wood beams and ceilings. Sizes and layouts also vary with studio, one-, two- and three-bedroom options. Winnipeg’s StreetSide Developments preserved the

character of the buildings while converting the spaces for modern functionality. With nearly 24,000 students learning and lingering

downtown, there was demand for increased downtown housing. “We wanted to solidify our commitment to Winnipeg

and its downtown, and offer Winnipeggers the reward- ing urban lifestyle they’d expect from bigger city centres right here at home,” says Marty Maykut, Vice President of StreetSide Developments. “Tey can also access it afford- ably, with remaining suites starting from the low $200’s.” The District Condos commitment spans nearly an

entire city block’s worth of buildings (seven in total) – three of which have already been developed, with one completely sold out. Select move-in-ready suites are available at 110 James Ave. and 132 James Ave. With so much diversity in the suites’ dimensions, four

distinct floorplans are staged and available for viewing at 110 James Ave. Each one showcases the century-old exposed beams

and brick, large new double-pane windows, and towering 10- to 14-foot ceilings – with all of the old world charm complemented with contemporary finishes. With rising interest in the downtown lifestyle, and help

Couches that turn into beds are perfect for providing a crash pad to your pals.

from StreetSide’s investment, Winnipeg will see a growth of 3,500 more people establishing homes downtown over the next few years, creating a like-minded community of nearly 20,000 urban dwellers. Perhaps the biggest draw to call the downtown home

is the unfettered access to boutique restaurants, shops, and any number of sports, arts and cultural institutions. “I think the best thing about living here is feeling like

we have so many good options for spontaneous activi- ties,” says Jason Sheldon, a resident at District. “We don’t

need to plan excursions – we can just hop on our bikes and enjoy any number of activities within a few minutes.” “I consider the entire Exchange District our backyard,”

adds Jason’s wife, Jenny-Lynn. “We really wanted a place that matched our lifestyles – and we have found it in the Exchange.” District Condos’ display suites at 110 James Ave. are

available for viewing Monday to Tursday, Saturday and Sunday. Visit for more information, or call 204-942-3584.

September 2015

Smart Biz 9

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