First home: 19-year-old fulfils her dream

Seton West is “a brand-new building, close to the hospital, grocery store and restaurants and the price was amazing,” says new homebuyer.



In today’s world, saving for a down payment on a home can be a daunting task. But for 19-year-old Mollen Beselt, it was a concept woven into her DNA.
At 13, she secured her first job, working in her father’s restaurant; she worked weekends and summers throughout high school and college, saving enough money to cover the entire down payment on her first home. In November, she hired a realtor and began the search, eventually finding her dream home at Seton West, a sophisticated collection of 368 condominiums spread over six, four-storey buildings in the southeast community of Seton. She signed on the dotted line in January and couldn’t be happier.“I grew up in McKenzie Towne, and I watched the development of Seton happen in front of my eyes, and I watched the hospital come online. I knew it is where I wanted to work, and I knew that when I finished college, I wanted to buy a home. I wasn’t keen on renting,” says Beselt, who recently finished her training as a hospital unit clerk and is now working on a temporary assignment in Lethbridge.

Beselt had her heart set on Seton from the start and initially began looking at resale condominiums in the community, but nothing jumped out. On the advice of her realtor, she began searching in surrounding communities, and still had no luck finding “the one.”  But in January, she toured the new-build Seton West development by award-winning, multi-family builder Logel Homes.

“It took me two months of searching, but as soon as I walked in to the show home, I was set on it. I immediately called my dad and we went to look at it again and he agreed with me — the area was ideal; it’s a brand-new building, close to the hospital, grocery store and restaurants and the price was amazing.”She purchased the award-winning Carr 2 model, a 543-square-foot one-bedroom condominium with an oversized outdoor terrace — it’s 89 square feet and is plumbed with a gas line. The kitchen design was a big selling point for Beselt, as was the fact that she had a wide range of choice on finishes and the ability to customize.

“The layout is really unique and I love the kitchen — the fact that it doesn’t have an island makes the living area so much larger. The best part was that I got to choose all of my tiles and flooring and add upgrades, and I really got to make the condo feel like my home and my own, even before I moved in. It was the most fun experience ever,” she says.

She added a barn door on the bedroom, pot lights throughout, air conditioning and floor-to-ceiling tile in the bathroom.

The home comes standard with a walk-in pantry, vinyl plank flooring, quartz countertops, stainless steel appliances, and a smooth-top stove. Nine-foot ceilings and an eight-foot sliding door to the terrace, along with plenty of windows, create a bright and airy feeling.

“I’m so excited to entertain. I love putting on my hostess hat and having friends over for drinks and appetizers.”Beselt, who plans to work at the South Calgary Health Campus once her temporary contract is completed in November, is also excited for the walkable and bikeable lifestyle within the community of Seton. “I have a cycling bike and it even has a little basket, so I can cycle to the grocery store, get a bottle of wine, bike to the gym. Driving is not my favourite, so being able to bike and walk is ideal for me.”

She’s pumped to be able to work out at the YMCA — her entire family are members. “So, I can still do spin classes with my mom.”

Scott Farquhar, area sales manager for Seton West, says that being within walking distance to the Seton Urban District with its selection of grocery stores, the library, restaurants, pubs, banking, workout facilities, including “the world’s largest YMCA” and medical — the South Calgary Health Campus is within walking distance, is a huge draw for people.

“We’re also less than a five-minute walk to the future Seton HOA, which is a six-acre site with two tennis courts, a picnic area and a splash park. It’s going to be amazing,” says Farquhar.

Sales have been swift on the project and the final two buildings were released one month apart, due to record demand. Seton West offers 11, one- and two-bedroom floor plans, ranging from just under 500 square feet to almost 1,100 square feet. Logel Homes’ Seton West 2 project, a collection of 238 condominiums centred around a scenic and tranquil pond, will also be launching in late 2023.Beselt will be taking possession in November of this year and is slowly purchasing furnishings for her new abode. She’s also thinking about getting a dog, as the area is so conducive to fur babies — a dog park is one of the amenity features of Seton West, as is underground parking, bike storage and a large storage locker.

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