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February 2013 | Issue 158

The road ahead
During a recent dinner meeting hosted by the Canadian Home Builders’ Association – Calgary Region, we heard Alberta Premier Alison Redford outline the challenges for the year ahead. And they are plenty; specifically what are we going to do with the estimated 1 million people expected to stream into Alberta in the next 20 years.

Calgary itself is expected to attract 120,000 new residents by 2014, that’s a lot of people needing housing. CHBA – Calgary president Charron Ungar says he wants a more unified vision between the City and industry that would best address the expected growth. He believes that a balanced approach that nurtures both inner-city and suburban growth is essential to cope with this coming boom.
We here at Condo Living can see that strong collaboration between City Hall and industry is the only way to manage growth, but, like our good friend Mr. Ungar says, “ensuring proper and adequate housing in all areas of our city should be our main focus.” It is a sentiment we fully support.

This issue gives us a good balance of urban and suburban developments that buyers are responding to. First off is the landmark The Guardian high-rise, which graces our cover this issue. It is going to be the tallest residential building in Calgary at 44 storeys, and sales have been very robust for this inner-city development because of the luxury it offers at such a reasonable price. We also talk about Qualex-Landmark’s fifth multi-family tower in Calgary in the last 10 years, and MARK on 10th promises a knockout combination of a central Beltline location with some eye-popping in-house amenities.

On the suburban side, we have Stonecroft Auburn Bay townhomes that makes the most of its location in this lakeside community in what soon will be the beating heart of the south with the new South Health Campus hospital and upcoming Seton commercial centre. Sabal Homes is also offering a new line of attached homes in neighbouring Mahogany that gives first time homebuyers the opportunity to get out of the rental rut and buy a new home without having to pay any condo fees.

This Valentine-themed issue also gives us some ideas to ramp up romance in the home. Jessica Patterson talks to experts in putting the love in lovely décor in On Trend, and Kathy McCormick lays out tips on what’s needed to bring love alive in the bedroom décor.

There’s also the Calgary Home + Garden Show, and their headliner Paul Lafrance — the star of HGTV’s Decked Out — took the time to chat with us and offer a sneak-peak in what we can expect at this year’s show, and how he got about to be Canada’s premiere deck designer.

These are exciting times in Calgary, the condo market is booming, so many terrific options all over the city. One thing’s for sure, the choices are a-plenty, and making a decision to find your new condo starts right here. 

In This Issue

Reaching for the sky

Reaching for the sky

It would have seemed unthinkable just ten years ago, but there’s a skyscraper race going…

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MARK of distinction

MARK of distinction

The view from the top floor of a high rise can no doubt be an…

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New Brighton rising

New Brighton rising

When the community of New Brighton was established in 2002, the whole southeast sector of…

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Deck DIY

Deck DIY

Building the deck of your dreams with your own hands (and maybe your friends’ as…

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