Who Calls Currie Home, Christian & Kristen
January 17, 2020
Born, raised and still in love with Calgary, Christian Pedersen and his fiancé Kristen (just engaged this December) bought their Slokker Homes condo in Currie’s AXESS building back in 2018. For Christian, Currie always held a special interest. He grew up in the area and knew he wanted to live close by in the future. He even recalls playing soccer in the fields of Currie as a child with family friends, visiting the barracks regularly with his aunt who had a partner stationed there.
Now, their one-bedroom plus den in the AXESS building provides the perfect backdrop to their active lifestyle filled with trips to the Mount Royal University fitness facilities, bike rides around the area, views of the mountains, walks around Currie, and strolls to a nearby ice cream shop.
Both Christian and Kristen are teachers working in Calgary. Until recently, Christian worked as a substitute teacher in schools across the city. Being able to drive to virtually any community in Calgary on short notice became critical for his lifestyle and career. So, when he and Kristen happened to drive by the AXESS show home in Currie in the fall of 2018, they felt the need to take a tour. Impressed by the sales centre and the friendly and extensive walkthrough given by the Slokker staff, Kristen and Christian strongly considered buying their first condo together in Currie (and getting out of Kristen’s mom’s house where they had been living). So much so they came back for a second tour. Then took the plunge together.
“The main attraction of Currie for us was the location. We wanted to live more central because that’s where most of our friends live. Now our friends are within ten to fifteen minutes of the area. While I was subbing [substitute teaching], short notice calls to anywhere in the city made living central ideal,” says Christian.
Kristen and Christian also fell in love with the style of homes in Currie, from the single-family homes with classic styling to the more modern rowhomes, they identify with the traditional-yet-contemporary look. Especially the plentiful front porches. Before buying their condo, they looked at the rowhouses, too, and see themselves considering these down the road as well. Asked about their future homebuying plans, Christian says: “We’ve looked a lot in Currie just because we like the area so much […] I think if the right house became available at the right price we would think about it, but it’s not super urgent so maybe two to three years from now. Kristen really wants a dog and it’s a little easier if you have a yard, so that’s probably the main factor.”
Their one-bedroom plus den condo is the perfect size for the couple right now, allowing them to live a low-maintenance lifestyle surrounded by modern styling they can make their own. “I would say we have a simple and modern home. I am very happy with how everything in our condo looks and flows. We have lots of natural lighting, which I love, and lots of plants that also enjoy the light. I think our home is about utility and function, but it is still very expressive of our style with sentimental pieces. Our home is a very welcoming and cozy place that I am always excited to return to.”
As Mount Royal alumni, both Kristen and Christian have full access to the fitness facilities at the nearby university. Just a few blocks from their condo, they can easily pop over to the school in the morning to get a workout in. And when they have more time for leisure than their early morning routine allows, they’ll squeeze in a game of squash, badminton or basketball. On weekends, they’ll take a short walk over to Christian’s favourite ice cream shop in the community. And when it’s warm, they’ll cycle around the community to grab groceries and take in the captivating views.
“I […] enjoy exploring the various memorials and plaques that are around the community. I used to spend quite a bit of time in the neighbourhood when I was young. Kristen and I are also very excited for the upcoming upgrades to enhance the fields and landscapes behind the playground.”
Both Kristen and Christian are excited for all the new developments in their community, including the just-announced next phase of Alexandria Park like the Bark Park and the walking paths.