FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Q: What type of construction is used for the The Charles Condominiums?
A: The Charles will be a four-storey apartment style condominium with a basement parkade. The foundation is precast piles and the parkade is comprised of concrete walls and floors. A concrete floor separates the parking level from the main floor. The four-storey building is wood framed from the main floor to the roof with engineered wood joists and beams and tongue and groove subfloor comprising the floors. It has an engineered wood truss sloped roof.
Q: What is the heating system used for The Charles Condominiums?
A: Each suite is heated with compact linear convector baseboard heaters, cooled with a ductless mini-split air conditioner, and has a ducted transfer fan to circulate fresh air throughout the suite. The common areas of the building are conditioned by two make-up air units which also supply the fresh air to the suites. The parkade is heated with electric unit heaters.
Q: What security measures will be incorporated at The Charles Condominiums?
A: Access to the building will be via secure interphone located at the building entries. Closed circuit TV will monitor all building entry points including the lower level parkade. Deadbolts and peep holes will be installed in all suite entrance doors. Programmable key fobs will be used to access the building entries and parkade.
Q: What level of soundproofing can be expected at The Charles Condominiums?
A: All floor and wall soundproofing requirements are built to exceed the building code requirements. The walls between the suites are constructed of a double wood stud wall with drywall, sheathing, and R12 batt insulation on each side with a 1” air gap in between. The floors are constructed of Engineered Floor Joists R22 batt insulation between floors, gypcrete floor topping, resilient channel, and 2 layers of 5/8″ drywall
Q: What materials and features will the exterior of the building have?
A: The Charles Condominiums will be finished with stucco, vinyl siding and premium longboard metal siding finishes at the main entry canopy and other prominent areas of the building. Balcony and window details will incorporate painted engineered wood trim.
Q: I am concerned about the chance of a fire at the building. How has this been addressed?
A: The unlikely event of a fire has been extensively considered at The Charles. The building is equipped with a comprehensive fire alarm system that includes a full fire-supressing sprinkler system, fire alarm horns and strobe lights, hard-wired in-suite early detection smoke and heat detectors, and emergency exit lighting and signage. The suites are separated from each other with a 1-hour fire resistance rating on wall and floors are separated from the underground parkade by a 2-hour fire-resistance rating.
Q: Is air conditioning standard at The Charles Condominiums?
A: Air conditioning is standard in all suites at The Charles.
Q: What will the roadway construction be?
A: The roadway and parking areas within the The Charles development will be asphalt with a concrete ramp to the parkade.
Q: What type of roof will the building have?
A:The Charles Condominiums will have an engineered wood truss roof with 25 year asphalt shingles.
Q: What kind of windows will be installed?
A: The windows at The Charles are triple-pane for maximum energy-efficiency and sound-proofing.
Q: Can I customize my new Condominiums at The Charles? What options are available if so and how can I find out what upgrades might fit my budget?
A: If you select your new The Charles condominium early in construction commencement, you may customize certain aspects of the design and planning. Of course, the location of kitchens, bathrooms, electrical services, etc. cannot be modified, but early purchasers can select from our menu of optional interior finishing to create their own personal look and lifestyle. Optional upgrades include: custom flooring, kitchen cabinets, countertops, a wide spectrum of interior paint colours, and appliances. Once you purchase your new condominium you will then have the opportunity to visit our new state-of-the-art, 3500 square foot Design Centre to meet with our design consultant and make your interior upgrade selections.
Q: Can I choose the paint colours for my suite?
A: The standard paint colour for the interior of the suites at The Charles is ‘Wentworth White’. If you select your suite early in the construction phase you will have the opportunity to meet with our interior designer to discuss a wide choice of interior finishes.
Q: Can I select the type of flooring I want?
A: The standard flooring within the suites is vinyl plank with carpet in bedrooms which are available in a variety of colours. If you select your suite early in the construction phase you will have the opportunity to meet with our interior designer to discuss a wide choice of interior finishes including flooring.
Q: Can I choose the type of kitchen cabinets for my suite?
A: The standard cabinets are flat panel Contempra cabinets which are available in a variety of colours. Homeowners may choose from a range of optional or upgrade cabinet styles. Please speak to our sales team about scheduling a visit to our design centre, where an extensive range of cabinets, counters, tile and flooring are displayed.
Q: What appliances are included with my purchase price at The Charles?
A: A kitchen appliance package, which includes a full size fridge, a self-cleaning range, a built-in dishwasher, and an ‘over the range’ (OTR) microwave will be included in the price of your condominium. A stacking washer and dryer will be available as an additional upgrade.
In addition to our 1-Year StreetSide warranty on workmanship and materials, your new home is protected by a broad coverage plan through one of western Canada’s leading warranty providers, National Home Warranty. It protects you against defects for your individual unit and common areas and starts the moment you take possession.
National Home Warranty coverage is provided as follows:
- 1 year – Defects in labour and materials; and
- 5 years – Structure of the building.
For more further information, definitions and additional benefits of purchasing a home with coverage under National Home Warranty, please visit nationalhomewarranty.com
Q: When will construction commence on The Charles Condominiums, and when will the project be ready for occupancy?
A: Construction started on Phase 1 of The Charles Condominiums in the Fall of 2016 with initial possessions, with first possessions taken place in late 2017. Phase 2 of the development will begin construction in 2020.
Q: Who is the developer and designer of The Charles Condominiums?
A: StreetSide Developments, Winnipeg’s largest and longest-standing condominium developer, is the driving force behind this master-planned community. StreetSide also happens to be one of the Qualico Companies, western Canada’s largest real estate developer, delivering quality residences to Canadians for six decades.
Q: How can I reserve a new The Charles condominium and when will I have to make payments with respect to my purchase?
A: If you are not yet ready to write a formal Offer to Purchase, you can place a temporary, short-term reservation on the condominium of your choice (subject to availability), by meeting with our sales representatives and completing a Reservation Form together with a refundable deposit of $2000. This deposit may then be directly applied to the Offer to Purchase, along with the remainder of the required deposit. The balance of your purchase price will be due just prior to occupancy.
Q: What are the advantages of selecting my The Charles Condominium early, and are The Charles purchase prices going to increase after construction is complete?
A: There are many advantages to selecting your condominium home early. For example you may want to obtain a particular exposure and location within the development itself. It is also easier to customize and select materials and products when you are involved with the project at an early stage. Perhaps most importantly you will be purchasing your The Charles Condominium at the lowest possible price.
Q: Is the GST included in the purchase price?
A: Yes. The net GST is included in the stated Purchase Price. The Purchase price includes 5% GST net of the GST New Housing rebate allowable. The Purchaser assigns the GST New Housing Rebate to the Vendor at time of closing. To be eligible for the GST Rebate, the Purchaser, or a member of the Purchaser’s immediate family, will on closing occupy the suite as his/her primary place of residence.
Q: What are my real estate taxes likely to cost at The Charles Condominiums?
A: Property taxes are to be set by the City of Winnipeg which does not confirm amounts until a later time. These taxes will be dependent on the size and purchase price of the unit.
Q: When will your display suite be ready?
A: You can visit our display suites Tuesdays & Thursdays from 2 – 7 PM and Saturdays/Sundays from 12-5PM at 545 Dale Blvd. Contact our sales team to make a private appointment for offers or reserves for The Charles at firstname.lastname@example.org
Q: Who will be selling this project, and how can I contact them?
A: Jennifer Gulay (204.794.9464) from Royal LePage Alliance. She can be reached at email@example.com.
Q: What are the advantages of a Condominium and how does condominium ownership work?
A: A condominium is a legal form of shared ownership, where the owner holds title to the individual condominium and a shared interest in the building and grounds common elements. A condominium allows for the financial benefits of ownership while leaving the chores of property upkeep and maintenance to our professional property managers. Residents will purchase their condominium homes outright, and pay a monthly “condo fee” to fund all shared common area expenses.
Q: What are the Common Element Fees at The Charles and what is included in the common element charge?
A: The common element “condo fee” will be based on your pro rata share of the common elements of the overall project. Current common element fees are expected to be approximately between $240-350 per month including sewer and water. Common element costs include all “common elements” or shared costs including (but not limited to) maintenance, grounds keeping and landscaping; service contracts; professional management; building insurance (owners require separate insurance for condominium contents and betterments); snow removal; common area lights, power, and heating / cooling; in suite and common area water and sewer including maintenance and replacement. Residents pay separately for telephone, internet cable TV, in suite hydro, contents and betterments insurance and realty taxes.
Q: As a suite owner will I have any part to play in the on-going operation and management of The Charles Condominiums?
A: The project will be professionally managed by a property manager engaged by the Developers and later by the Condominium Corporation Board of Directors. As a suite owner in the building you have voting rights in your condominium corporation. An annual general meeting of all suite holders will be conducted to review the business of the corporation. You may participate in the management of the corporation to a greater extent if you wish to stand for election to the Condominium Corporation’s Board of Directors.
Q: Can I purchase a condominium at The Charles and rent it until I am ready to occupy myself?
A: You may rent your condominium provided all rules and regulations of the Corporation contained in the condominium documents are complied with.
Q: How many floors and suites will the building have?
A: The building will have 4 floors plus an underground parkade level and will be constructed in 2 phases. There will be 46 suites in Phase 1 and 76 suites in Phase 2, for a total of 122 suites once complete.
Q: What type of insurance will I require for my new condominium home at The Charles?
A: The condominium corporation will provide insurance for the overall building. Owners will require separate condominium suite owners insurance on their contents and on any options or upgrades. The Condominium Declaration provides further information.
Q: Is parking available? How many parking stalls are included with my purchase at The Charles Condominiums and are extra stalls available?
A: Secure parking is standard at The Charles Condominiums. Each suite price includes exclusive use of one parking stall. This parking stall is an electrified exterior stall or an underground heated stall depending on the suite you choose. “Exclusive Use” of an extra outdoor parking space is available for an additional cost and dependent on availability.
Q: Is there designated visitor parking at The Charles Condominiums?
A: The The Charles offers designated parking spaces for visitors, accessible parking stalls, and a loading zone within the development.
Q: What rules and regulations should I know about with respect to The Charles?
A: The rules and regulations will be described in detail in the condominium declaration and by-laws. These documents, typical to all condominium projects, describe in detail the rules regulating the use of the suites, common elements, improvements etc.
Q: How will I dispose of my garbage and recycling at The Charles?
A: There will be two partial enclosures in the parking area where homeowners can bring their garbage and recycling.
Q: What are the common areas?
A: Residents will enjoy unprecedented access to common green space, enclosed by a shared fence, inviting neighbours to socialize and create community. Heated, underground parking, an exercise room and lounge, and private balconies make everyday living easier and more
enjoyable – allowing you to really savour the neighbourhood you love.
Q: Is there storage lockers?
A: There is storage lockers that come with each suite. Please speak to your sales representative about the varying price points for a credit should you choose to forgo a locker, or select a different option.
Q: Where is mail collected?
A: There will be mailboxes in the main entry lobby area.
Q: Are pets allowed at The Charles?
A: The project by-laws and declaration will describe the rules in detail, however a maximum of two pets will be permitted at The Charles. All pets must be registered with the board.