While it may be clear that condo living is the right fit, determining the appropriate size and bedroom orientation is not always as simple.
Condo developments typically have a range of floor plan sizes. Some have one bedroom, two bedrooms, or two bedrooms plus a den.
Brooke Hawco, area sales manager at the Mark 101 at Sage Hill by Shane Multi-Family, says the floor plan one picks should line up with their lifestyle and priorities.

To sort this out, she starts by asking about the potential buyer’s current home. 
“I ask what they are living in now, what works for them and what doesn’t,” says Hawco. “What sort of lifestyle do they have? Do they have kids? Do they have a partner?”
Reflecting on the positives and negatives of one’s current living situation is something that anyone should try before even exploring what’s on the market.

This helps set clear priorities for themselves before setting foot in a sales centre. When communicated with a sales person, these priorities also help improve the level of assistance they can provide.
“I’ll point them toward our plans that I think are most suited toward what they are looking for based on what they shared,” says Hawco.
When it comes to one-bedroom condos that are smaller in size, first-time buyers and mature singles connect with this segment the most.

At the Mark 101, one-bedroom options are 613 square feet and 623 square feet.
Couples moving from single-family homes will more likely see a match on the other end of the spectrum.
“People who are downsizing don’t want to over-downsize,” Hawco says. “Otherwise, they are going to have to end up moving again, so it’s important to not get something too small. They should want to stick to a two-bedroom, two-bathroom because they are used to more space.”

At the Mark 101, these are floor plans ranging from 865 to 946 square feet.
Depending on one’s needs, the development’s most spacious plans may make sense for single people, too.
“We have a lot of people who buy two-bedroom and two-bathroom floor plans,” says Hawco.
For people in their 50s and 60s, the second bedroom typically functions as a spare bedroom. The younger demographic, however, have shown interest in using the secondary bedroom as a home office.

Two-bedroom, two-bathroom floor plans may also be appealing to young couples who are looking to start a family, with the secondary bedroom eventually playing the role of nursery.
The Mark 101 is an award-winning multi-family development selling into its third and final phase. This development is located near a variety of desirable shopping and dining amenities in northwest Calgary’s scenic Symons Valley corridor.