Touring a One-of-a-Kind East Crestwood Listing with Edmonton Builder Urbis Infill Homes
In the world of real estate, it's not uncommon to hear the phrase "one-of-a-kind" tossed around quite liberally. While it’s well-intentioned, it can be an often overused marketing slogan designed only to capture your attention. But let us assure you… when it comes to the remarkable property we're about to introduce, labelling it as "one-of-a-kind" is not just a slogan – it's an undeniable truth that is evident the moment you pull up to 9616 Riverside Drive.
An Urbis Infill Build
Nestled within the highly coveted neighbourhood of East Crestwood with the best view on the block, 9616 Riverside Drive is an Urbis Infill Homes new build home that fits seamlessly into the neighbourhood’s celebrated charm.
A family-run business led by Rick and Mike Arndt and Katie Warwa, Urbis stands out with its experience in architecture and design, knowledge of Edmonton’s established communities, and reputation within the Edmonton real estate industry.
Partner, Business Development and Lead of Sales/Marketing, Mike Arndt, toured us through the property and pinpointed some of the notable features potential buyers could enjoy with this gorgeous riverside build.
An Organic Fit
Urbis starts every project by leveraging the lot and its surrounding neighbourhood’s best features, a principle that shines through with 9616 Riverside Drive. The home exudes an elevated yet understated ambiance, perfectly proportioned and seamlessly integrated into the established East Crestwood neighbourhood.
The home has a ‘Prairie Contemporary Modern’ exterior, inspired by renowned architect Frank Lloyd Wright, with a low sloped roofline and multiple front-of-house balconies providing sweeping views across the city.
“You can’t get a better view than this,” says Mike. “You can see downtown and the high-level bridge all the way to the University of Alberta.” The Fall foliage along Riverside Drive created a picturesque backdrop for the home on our recent visit.
Architect Wright was a proponent of designing in harmony with humanity and the environment, a philosophy he called ‘organic architecture.’ He held that a building should coexist in harmony with its surroundings, never the result of an imposed style, and that rings true with this Urbis Infill home.
Expansive windows and balconies bring the outdoors in while a three-car rear attached-garage creates a unique courtyard space in the back. It has an almost park-like feel, perfect for Fall evenings cuddled up next to the wood-burning exterior fireplace.
From the architecture itself to the colourways and materials used, 9616 Riverside Drive feels organic and very ‘East Crestwood.’ It feels like it truly belongs.
Timeless Charm and Thoughtful Design
In an era where a lot of the luxury listings focus on glossy, radiant whites and extravagant, attention-seeking design, 9616 Riverside Drive stands out from the crowd with its warm-hued interior with transitional finishings.
The home’s design seamlessly combines modern aesthetics with more traditional elements, embracing the use of warm natural woods and stonework to create an inviting, moody feel. Parts of the home feel even 1970s-inspired, providing potential Edmonton homebuyers with a unique and nostalgic twist.
Tour the Home
At 6,783 sq. ft. of living space with 4 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms, and a 10,000 sq. ft. professionally landscaped lot this Edmonton home for sale covers a generous footprint yet manages to feel cozy and intimate, a unique feat for a home of such grand proportions.
Stepping into the front foyer, guests are greeted with a floor-to-ceiling stone feature wall along with a gorgeous oak screen that spans multiple levels and provides a tantalizing glimpse of the floating stairway behind it.
Natural stone and wood elements are used strategically throughout. Oak hardwood flooring sets a stunning foundation, complemented by walnut doors, wooden beams, and finely crafted wood interior window details that lend to a timeless traditional look.
The main floor boasts two main living spaces with the kitchen at the heart of the home, an ideal setup for those who love to entertain. The flat panel walnut cabinetry profile provides a modern look while its dark colourway adds a more traditional feel. Sleek grey Dekton countertops contrast beautifully with a travertine backsplash, emanating a timeless sense of luxury. A gas range, dual ovens, and hidden appliance garage add practical features perfect for the aspiring home chef.
A peninsula home bar thoughtfully divides the kitchen from the great room with its Dekton base serving as an artistic focal point while providing panoramic views of the home’s main floor living areas. Recessed shelving provides an ideal place to showcase glassware. The great room's pièce de résistance is its marble fireplace hearth flanked by open shelving and stacked stone, a beautiful design element that leaves a lasting impression.
A corridor leading to the attached garage provides ample storage space with its floor-to-ceiling windows providing views of the exterior courtyard. Ample natural light streams through, reflecting beautifully off the marbled porcelain tile flooring.
An Upper Floor Retreat
Heading upstairs you have the option to use the elevator (ideal for those wishing to age in place) or the breathtaking floating staircase with custom iron railings and oak wood caps.
A versatile lounge awaits, the perfect place to work from home (or relax) with a built-in bookcase and patio access providing citywide views. The loft backs the open-to-below staircase with an industrial-inspired hanging light fixture that stands as an art piece in its own right.
The primary retreat boasts a tray ceiling with an oak wood inset, bringing the warmth found throughout the main floor upstairs. The bedroom flows to the ensuite through a spacious walk-in closet featuring a stunning Dekton island, the perfect platform to display watches or jewelry.
The ensuite is a blend of style and functionality, featuring a chic Caesarstone vanity with his and hers sinks that contrast beautifully against the repeated tray ceiling. The standalone tub introduces a modern element with its square cornered shape, while the cabinetry feels more traditional with its warm-hued colouring. A curbless shower is adorned with large-format tiles that extend from the floor to the ceiling, while a heated bench provides the ultimate ensuite luxury.
The second bedroom mirrors the primary’s charm with a tray ceiling, full walk-in closet, and its own adjoining ensuite with gorgeous finishes like a modern textured tile backsplash and tub surround.
While Mike at Urbis’s vote is for the lounge, our personal favourite space in this home is the upper floor loft that opens to a rooftop patio providing panoramic city views. It features a well-equipped wet bar with Caesarstone countertops, open shelving, and its own dishwasher, as well as a cozy cabin-inspired freestanding gas stove and 3-piece bathroom, perfect for rinsing off and warming up after a dip in the hot tub mid-Winter.
Below Grade and Technical Features
The finished basement features two remarkably spacious bedrooms along with a rec room with wet bar and space suitable for a designated gym and wine cellar.
More technical components include two high-efficiency dual-stage furnaces, a high-efficiency boiler system, and an alarmed sump pump with an option to turn off the waterline remote from your phone. Triple-pane windows contribute to energy efficiency, while a sealed building envelope ensures optimal insulation. Recessed TV boxes are placed throughout, ready to accommodate smart home features for enhanced convenience and entertainment.
The Urbis Touch
What sets Urbis Infill Homes apart is their attention to detail and commitment to the minutiae that only an architect might discern. It’s the subtle details that might escape initial notice but can ultimately make a profound impact on the space.
A striking example of this is the height of the rise in the home’s staircase, a feature articulated by Mike during our visit. Considerable thought went into crafting shorter stair risers to ensure a more comfortable ascent.
These intricate refinements throughout the property are what makes Urbis unique and they’re a testament to the architectural expertise and background of their team. They also have an unwavering commitment to quality, evidenced by their impeccable track record of zero warranty claims to date.
Urbis believes all homebuyers should “live without compromise,” assuring that your new home will provide not only everything you desire but also more than you could ever need.
Visit 9616 Riverside Drive
9616 Riverside Drive is one of those properties that needs to be seen to be believed. From its thoughtful architectural elements to its one-of-a-kind location, we are thrilled to be bringing this extraordinary home to the Edmonton real estate market.
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