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June 2013 | Issue 162

Look back in wonder

As Calgary’s distinctive downtown skyline transforms into skyscraper central, its worth while to look back and see how this once flat prairie land became home to these new canyons of glass and steel and how condo developers helped in this amazing transformation. One of Calgary’s most prominent observers of this architectural revolution, Richard White, begins his two-part look at the condo developments that have influenced the new look of downtown and where it’s headed. You just might be surprised by his revelations on how this all came about.

That’s not the only surprise in store for readers, we also have Karen Durrie looking at the rising popularity of villas, and why they’ve become the housing option of choice for the baby boomer crowd. Marty Hope interviews Lisa Feist about Streetside’s big win at the SAM Awards this year, and I get to chat with Mike Holmes about his Holmes Approved Homes. Yes, that Mike Holmes! He was in Calgary recently to visit ZEN in Auburn Bay by Avalon Master Builder, which is one of the builders under his Holmes Approved Homes program, and let me tell you, he’s just as awesome and friendly in person as he seems to be on TV.

Stars also crowd our line-up of condo features, starting with the latest from Remington Development: The Gates, our cover feature this issue. It is their new apartment style condo in Quarry Park that takes the virtues of affordable luxury to a whole new level. We also have PIXEL by Battistella, one of the most successful multi-family developments in recent years and they are down to their last handful of units. Speaking of last chances, Panorama West in the north central community of Panorama Hills is in its final phase as well and may just be the final opportunity to get into a new home in this popular established neighbourhood. Stonecroft Copperfield is following up their hit townhome development here with two new developments: Harmony and Symmetry which gives buyers even more options to live in this family-friendly southeast community.

Jessica Patterson talks to designers on how homeowners can utilize the design space of their open concept homes, while Kathy McCormick takes us on a shopping spree for the new barbecue grills out there. 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. 

Pepper Rodriguez
Editor
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In This Issue

Gateway to the good life

Gateway to the good life

A new development in Quarry Park is proving condo living doesn’t mean compromising on space,…

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Smooth landing

Smooth landing

The west side of Calgary has always been one of the most sought after residential…

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That’s a wrap

That’s a wrap

Panorama West has been one of the best success stories in Calgary’s booming multi-family market,…

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The hit parade

The hit parade

Stonecroft Copperfield townhomes — with their pitch perfect combination of location, design and affordability —…

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