Optima Living takes over management of The Edward

Western Canada-based operator will manage the luxury retirement independent living residence in Marda Loop.

Section23 Developments, builder of The Edward in South Calgary, has chosen a Western Canadian-based company to manage the independent living residence. Optima Living will operate the luxury retirement community, which is more in keeping with a five-star resort.

The Edward features 90 studio, one- and two-bedroom suites, from 390 square feet to 1,095 square feet, available for lease. Select suites have views or private outdoor spaces. Each pet-friendly suite has hardwood floors and granite countertops in a compact, European-style kitchen. Fresh air is circulated from outside and not between suites, and each suite has an independent thermostat. The five-storey concrete building features underground parking and is located beside the restored King Edward school, now repurposed as the cSPACE arts hub, in Marda Loop.

Residents enjoy upscale services like a personal concierge, salon and spa, luxury transportation plus support and customized care services, now to be managed by Optima. The Edward boasts a lobby lounge, a piano bar, a theatre, an arts studio and a fitness centre. 

The selection of Optima Living as operator for The Edward was based on its experience and proven track record in the professional management of 18 retirement communities in Western Canada,” said Chris Plosz, Section23 president. “We are very excited to welcome The Edward to the Optima family and will fulfil our mission of providing intimate, home-style living for seniors by providing the best quality of life,” said Ali Shivji, Optima principal. “Our goal is to enable each resident to experience a full and independent lifestyle.”

The design and operational philosophy of The Edward, as conceived by Section23 founder Robert Ollerenshaw, was to create an elevated, non-traditional retirement experience. In addition to The Edward, Section23 is developing Rangeview, a community rising from the fields of the former Ollerenshaw homestead in southeast Calgary. The company also owns Baywest Homes.

The Edward is located at 3023 16th St. S.W.

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