For over 30 years, Ocgrow Group has built and delivered high quality residential and commercial projects that inspire clients and communities across western Canada.  They have been a leading owner and developer of wide range of real estate assets, from multi-family condos to mixed use commercial retail centers, from Vancouver to Calgary.

Build Canada Magazine got a chance to catch up with Sales Manager Miguel Tumang, to talk about their upcoming flagship latest project called VERTOS, and the benefits of living in the new waterfront community of Greystone in Greater Calgary. 

Using the tagline ‘Inspired by nature, Energized by the City’, what was the inspiration behind VERTOS?

The approach to VERTOS was to create a new style of waterfront living, reimagined, just west of Calgary to create an amazing urban lifestyle with best of all nature has to offer with all the incredible outdoor living amenities so closely.   This new small town vibrancy added with a modern look in the new waterfront community of Greystone in Cochrane. We wanted to incorporate a contemporary trendy lifestyle within minutes of all major attractions, while maintaining that amazing mountain resort luxury lifestyle, while being able to live only steps from the waterfront, at such an affordable price for families.

What does the Greystone community have to offer residents?

The Greystone community is only a 15-minute drive to Calgary and consists of 140 acres in downtown Cochrane and offers everything at your doorstep. The community will have a diverse selection of residential and commercial development, a new hotel, a 10-acre park, a community plaza, and a large pond.   A new grocery anchored shopping centre, new retail development & so much more.  There’s an amazing sense of community spirt and values, and there’s also a thriving tech-business scene that will feature a business park.  The Spray Lakes family sports centre is within walking distance and the entire community has amazing walking paths and bike trails.

Tell us about your flagship community VERTOS?

As the largest developer in Greystone, Ocgrow Group’s VERTOS is a luxury collection of 12 unique buildings with 304 luxury units, consisting of a combination of garden level condominiums and luxury townhomes with amazing views of the Bow River and close to Banff National Park.  We have a selection of spacious 1, 2, and 3-Bedroom Floorplans ranging from 519 sq ft – 1,043 sq ft starting from $289,900 to $399,950.

What kind of buyer would be interested in VERTOS?

With VERTOS it’s a mixed demographic. From investors, seniors, and young families.  Whether the purchasers are first-time buyers growing into a new home or empty nesters ready to downsize, we ensure all their homes are designed with the utmost care and attention to detail.

What are some of the local amenities?

A 30-minute drive brings you to the most breathtaking mountain destinations in the world.  The Kananaskis and world famous Banff National parks are just West of VERTOS.  Hiking, boating, fishing, and enjoying the outdoors are just a few of the wonderful things the area has to offer.   Living along the Bow River at Greystone, will offer lush garden pathways, new playgrounds, many biking & hiking trails to enjoy the best of the outdoors.  The Spray Lakes family sports & aquatic centre is only 1 block away to from your doorstep at VERTOS.   The Tuscany train station in NW Calgary is only 15 min away, as it the University of Calgary, & all major hospitals, etc.  Calgary’s international airport only short drive as well.   Paradise near the Rockies & truly resort style living are available at VERTOS.

What are some of the interior suite features that will impress buyers?

Some of the home features with VERTOS include open plan interiors with 9-foot high ceilings throughout the entire living space with luxury wide plank flooring.  With respect to the opulent style kitchen, we have quartz stone countertops against polished chrome pulls and soft close drawers, contemporary stainless-steel appliances, and the kitchen centre island has extended overhangs that provides extra counter space.  Spa inspired bathrooms all include raindrop shower heads with stone tiled flooring throughout.

I assume the private roof top decks with waterfront views will be a selling feature?

Absolutely, share some private time some with friends and family and a BBQ with a beautiful view of the Bow River.

Will clients be able to sit down with a design consultant to select interior finishes that suit their taste? 

We start with a VERTOS Welcome Presentation for all new buyers or representative realtors to introduce our options and selections.  We allow our communication channels to be open for the entire day, just so we can care for anyone who may be buying or investing from outside Alberta or even Canada. Of course, we connect and follow up with everyone on the same day, so we can work as closely with them as possible and respond to any details or updates needed.

Can you tell me about the warranty that’s offered to potential clients.? 

We’re apart of the Alberta New Home Warranty Program – VERTOS offers this for all our buyers.  The best home protection in the industry, which covers new home quality and after-possession care.  At Ocgrow, we’re always thinking about what’s best for our customers.  To give all homeowners additional peace of mind, we’re offering full protection with the Alberta New Home Warranty Program (ANHWP).  This warranty covers new home quality and after-possession care.  ANHWP has proudly served over 100,000 new homeowners and home builders since 1974. All homeowners and investors of VERTOS, are backed by Canada’s most experienced, and most reputable home warranty provider.

How has been the response so far?     

The response has been overwhelming.  A lot of people are very excited, and we have a lot of locals who are giving this interest who want to get more of a feel of the project because they’re looking at it for residential and of course an investment.  We are receiving interest from people outside Alberta, in British Columbia, and Ontario, and even getting a lot of interest from potential buyers in Southeast Asia.