March 2012 | Issue 147

March madness

With the extremely pleasant winter weather Calgary’s been enjoying lately, I was tempted to call this column “March mildness,” but I thought that might misrepresent the city’s condo market, which has been anything but mild these past few months. Check out Jim Zang’s market overview in this issue, and find out for yourselves the experts’ rosy predictions for the multi-family market in 2012.

March 21 also marks the first day of spring, and if you have a mind to work on some spring renovation ideas then our showcase articles on bathroom design and shower heads may be a good place to start.

Jessica Patterson’s On Trend feature tells us that creating the ultimate spa-like environment in your bathroom has been the goal for most interior designers to fashion your own private space away from the rest of the world, a relaxing cocoon of comfort, if you will. My Shopping feature deals more with the prosaic need to shower daily and we examine the latest shower heads in the market today that make personal cleanliness more of an experience than a chore. If a full-on bathroom overhaul is not in the books this year, then our Focus On feature on woven baskets is the best inexpensive idea to give this most utilitarian room a fresh design accent and lend it a comfy, down-to-earth look.

The condo market is indeed getting hotter, and can only get hotter with Bucci Development’s latest project in Mission: Tribeca. Our cover feature explains that, although the name may be partly inspired by the cool, Lower Manhattan district, this latest multi-family development gets its name from the idea of modern day tribes and how their new values lead to meaningful change. Tribes + CA = leading edge multi-family design in Calgary.

We get to look at The Edge condo development in Airdrie, whose full potential is now being realized after Streetside took over the project to complete the two-building complex. We also see what’s new at Galleries Renfrew, which continues to tout a leisurely luxurious lifestyle in the inner city. Cardel Lifestyles has been having an extraordinary year and it’s looking rosier than ever as it launches sales for the third building of its enormously popular development of Panorama West in Panorama Hills. We also visit Montrose in High River to explore the small town lifestyle and values this vibrant town has to offer.

Maria Bartolotti has been a wonderful addition to our editorial line-up as she continues to explore the complex sides of multi-family living. This month she discusses how to deal with noisy neighbours.

Winter seems to have taken it easy on us this year (knock on wood and I hope I didn’t just jinx it), but whatever the weather, you can trust that Condo Living will bring you the latest news of what’s going on in the industry.


Pepper Rodriguez
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In This Issue

Daring to be different

Daring to be different

The name alone evokes images of stately urban sophistication, but Tribeca — Bucci Development’s newest…

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A focus on customer satisfaction

A focus on customer satisfaction

Cardel Lifestyles is building strength in Calgary’s new condo and townhome market. As the company…

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Montrose memories

Montrose memories

The rolling prairies around High River evoke a sense of nostalgia, memories of a simpler…

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Blissful baths

Blissful baths

For many people, especially those with children, the bathroom is the final frontier. A sanctuary.…

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