November 2011 | Issue 143

Star gazing


As editor of two monthly magazines where I still do most of the writing, I can’t blame people if their image of me is of some desk jockey chained to his laptop. There are days that certainly feel like that (especially as deadline looms) but I do still get some time to venture outside and even hobnob with some of the industry’s movers and shakers in our never-ending quest to give readers the latest happenings in Calgary’s new homes and condos market.

This past month saw me chatting it up with a couple of international home industry celebrities: first was Jillian Harris of Extreme Home Makeover and The Bachelorette fame, and then the guy whom all contractors hope to become one day — Mike Holmes. I met up with Jillian at the recent Calgary Home + Design Show and she was a delight and as bubbly as her TV persona suggests as she spoke about her passion for home design to a jam-packed, spellbound audience. Mike was ever the consummate professional as he toured Avalon Master Builder’s Discovery 5 Net Zero home and reminds us the beauty of using old school home building methods with the advancements in green technology to come up with sturdy, energy-efficient homes.

As for condominiums, CALLA is the star of this issue, as the latest development from Qualex-Landmark graces our cover and shows us the garden-inspired living it offers in the Beltline community of Connaught. We also check out the resurgent resort market in Canmore, spearheaded by Spring Creek Mountain Village. Montana’s new Empire suite inspires us to reach for the stars and Mattamy Homes’ townhomes in Windsong offer the big-sky backdrop of Airdrie for the best star-gazing (literally) vantage point.

Aly Velji gives us a tour of his latest design triumph in Mosaic Lakeside in Auburn Bay where he designed the five recently opened show suites. And our photo feature on chaise lounges brings this from the psychiatrist’s office to our living rooms, where our TV feature transports you into a new world of home entertainment.

The stars, it seems, are aligned in our favour here in Calgary as far as the new homes and condos market goes and it certainly seems we’re moving in the right direction. But whatever the future brings, you can trust that Condo Living will be there to provide the latest market news and developments.

Pepper Rodriguez


In This Issue

CALLA is chic

CALLA is chic

The garden provides a little piece of nature in a place that’s far from it;…

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Canmore calling

Canmore calling

The promise that Canmore holds has always been as a haven for city-weary denizens looking…

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Mad about Montana

Mad about Montana

Showtime’s hit series Mad Men shows the suave sophistication and genteel refinement of early 1960s…

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Brookfield bravura

Brookfield bravura

Editor’s Note:
Condo Living design columnist Aly Velji is everywhere these days it seems.…

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