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July 2013 | Issue 163

Bargain bin

The bargain hunting gene is encoded in my DNA. I love browsing through flea markets and garage sales on the hunt for that special, one-of-a-kind collectible or memorabilia for my Batman collection. The wife frowns on it, but the call is strong. All of us have our own little collectible passion — whether its wine or cars or buttons — it’s an itch that needs to be scratched. And for those who love antiques, Kathy McCormick just has what you need. She takes us on a whirlwind tour of antique stores and flea markets in her Shopping story and gives us some tips to tell if an article is a genuine antique or junk. But then again, what one considers junk is really up to the individual doing the considering.

The selection of condos we have for you this month are as much a bargain, whatever the price, with their strong eye on quality and value. The Park, by Lake Placid Group, is such a terrific opportunity that sales have been just zooming along and our cover feature explains why its location between two of the Beltline’s best parks make it such a compelling condo. The Edge by Streetside continues to ride the wave of affordability in Airdrie, while Albert Park Station is the Carlisle Groups’ latest amazing development in one of the most sought after multi-family locations near the MaxBell LRT station. Mosaic Bridgeland also further illustrates Brookfield Homes’ knack for finding the most strategic land for its popular line of townhomes, and this one just across the bridge from downtown is turning into one of the hottest sites in town.

Karen Durrie updates us on what’s happening in the former military land of Currie Barracks that shows you can still honour the historic past while designing homes for the future. Karen does double duty for us again in this issue with her explanation on what a bare land condo is, explaining in very clear terms on how different they are from your standard condominiums.

Jessica Patterson gives us some design ideas for the garden and flowerbeds, which you can still do even in the limited patio space you may have in your townhome or apartment condo. We also have a feature on backyard critters that can become a problem, especially in developments that edge on Calgary’s environmental preserves of Fish Creek and Nose Hill parks. Aaliya Essa also takes a fun look at Stampede-themed equine art for your home as summer rolls in.

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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