There are hundreds of condominium buildings in Calgary. Each one is unique in its own way. Some have very distinguishing features such as a great architectural design, a swimming pool, running track, or maybe retail shops in the buildings. But can you name something that less than 10 condominium buildings in Calgary possess? The answer is a building concierge. This person is, by definition according to Webster’s dictionary, a caretaker or doorkeeper. In today’s age of busy lifestyles a concierge is so much more to the people who are lucky enough to reside in a building featuring a concierge service.
“Knowing that Arnold and Elaine, our building’s concierge’s, are on the job to ensure my guests are warmly greeted and know where to find my condo gives me great peace of mind. Not to mention the added sense of security I have because everyone who enters the building is received at the front desk” says Chateau La Caille resident Carol Bennet.
For Don Skelton of 500 Eau Claire, having a concierge in the building meant he could renovate his condo without taking on a scheduling nightmare. “When we moved into the building we had no idea of the value that having a concierge would bring. We spent months having work done on our condo, and if we had to let each tradesperson into the unit day after day, I would have had to quit my job. With our concierge there to let each tradesperson into the unit, our renovation went much smoother than expected. We couldn’t have done it without their service.”
Service is what the job of concierge is all about. For the owners and residents in the building, service can mean different things to each one. A smiling face to greet you after a gruelling day at the office, co-ordinating tradespeople for your renovation, facilitating fire equipment testing, disseminating condominium corporation information to all owners, having someone to accept your drycleaning when it is dropped off are a few of the many responsibilities and services a concierge has to offer. Most importantly, the concierge is the face of your building’s community that the rest of the city sees on a daily basis. The concierge is also a reflection of those who reside in the building.
With so few buildings in Calgary offering this dynamic service it is not surprising that these buildings are so desirable for people looking to buy condominiums. And this demand seems to be increasing. Of the few buildings offering concierge service, all but two have been built in the past seven years. Currently, there are 2 new concierge buildings under construction in the Eau Claire area alone and a third in Connaught. Maybe you see a need in your life for the services a concierge has to offer! Find out which concierge will meet your service needs.