Parkline Townhomes (shown above) are being built adjacent to the Fort Rouge Rapid Transit Station.
If you’re living in Winnipeg, chances are, you’re familiar with Qualico. Qualico was founded in Winnipeg 65 years ago, and through smart business decisions and product diversification, what was once a handful of homes in River Heights built by a husband and wife duo has grown into a company that builds over 3,000 homes a year, and employs over 1,900 across Canada and in the United States.
Today, Qualico is proud to be headquartered in Winnipeg and is Western Canada’s largest fully integrated, privately owned real estate company with operations throughout Canada (and even in Texas).
Qualico’s activities span the entire building spectrum, from community development, to building commercial properties, as well as owning companies like Star Building Materials and The Floor Show, and managing thousands of condominium properties across Western Canada via Qualico’s property management group, Rancho.
Qualico’s condominiums are brought to Winnipeggers by their multi-family business unit, StreetSide Developments. StreetSide condos have become a staple for urban Winnipeggers, first-time buyers, and downsizers alike. StreetSide has developed so many condominium properties in Winnipeg, you’d be hard-pressed to drive across the city without passing at least one of their past projects (like the iconic Place Joseph Royal in St. Boniface and the Ship Street Village condos on Waterfront, for example).
“What we know about the Winnipeg market is that home buyers do their research. They have high expectations on having product variety, product availability, and most of all, seeing value for dollar,” says Marty Maykut, vice president of StreetSide Developments Winnipeg.
“We have apartment and townhome style condominiums, but also took on the challenging task of converting seven historic buildings in the Exchange District into SoHo-feeling lofts,” says Maykut. “These types of conversion projects and improvements to the city’s historic downtown areas are examples of how StreetSide and Qualico are committed to building a better Winnipeg,” adds Maykut.
Something new in South Osborne
While it may not present the same challenges as century-old conversions, StreetSide’s newest endeavour is also a unique addition to the Winnipeg market. Getting in on the ground level is the perfect way to describe its two upcoming offerings in South Osborne. Adjacent to the Fort Rouge Rapid Transit Station, this TOD (transit oriented development) is sure to be a hub and popular destination to live in the coming years.
As the rapid transit lines are expanded, the already operational transit station will take riders to even more places throughout the city without the need for a vehicle. Its prime spot tucked into a residential neighbourhood off of South Osborne provides a community feel with access to so many great spots – walking distance to South Osborne goodies like the Park Theatre, Deseo Bistro, Vera’s Pizzeria and more.
The first development to be released in the South Osborne neighbourhood will be Parkline Townhomes – urban and affordable two-storey homes with basements, and some with income suite opportunities to help pay the mortgage.
The flexibility of adding an income-generating suite isn’t the only consideration StreetSide took into account with Parkline; the option to fence in a private yard is an ideal option for outdoor lovers and dog owners alike.
Changing the face of the neighbourhood
Many more developments are on the way, expanding to areas of the city that have been longing for new housing types. Mature neighbourhoods such as Charleswood and Silver Heights have residents who want to stay in the area, but are looking for new, low maintenance homes, and StreetSide is gearing up to provide just that. Devonshire Village (near Kildonan Green in Regent West) will also be a future home to StreetSide apartment and townhome style condos.
Combined with currently selling developments in Bridgwater Forest, Sage Creek, St. Boniface, Royalwood and the Exchange District, it’s clear that StreetSide is fully intent on contributing to Winnipeg’s growth and providing real options to its residents.