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January 2014 | Issue 169

Resolute in 2014

It’s the coldest day of 2013 (so far) as I write this, but warm thoughts for the year ahead keep my mind from spiraling into hypothermic depression. One of the items cheering me up these days is the new look for our magazine. It’s not an over-the-top redesign, but a more subtle renovation that jazzes up the pages to make it an even more enjoyable read.

That’s not the only new thing we have in store. We also welcome Bernice Winters and Dr. June Donaldson in our pages. The co-founders of the Alberta Condo Owners Association will have a page dedicated to discussing condo owners’ concerns and help them achieve the group’s goal of giving condo owners a more distinctive voice in issues that concern them.

Speaking of distinct voices, Battistella again brings another one-of-a-kind condo design in Kensington with LIDO, their follow-up to the ultra-successful PIXEL. But this new mid-rise promises to be even more unique, as it will be among the first developments in Calgary that will have a hotel component and a public parkade that will surely help ease the parking concerns in this vibrant inner-city neighbourhood.

We also feature a couple of new developments in the thriving north sector of the city. Cardel Lifestyles has a knack of finding the best communities for their popular line of condos and Sage Place in Sage Hill is no different — except this time it has a more modern design to go with the convenient lifestyle of this northwest community. Arrive @ Redstone is Partners Development Group’s newest townhome development in this new northeast community and it promises affordability and style that first-time homebuyers are looking for. Further north is StoneKeep at King’s Heights by Merge Developments. They are located in an already established community in Airdrie, which also has the best access to Deerfoot Trail.

We also have Janine Workman looking into the livability of the Beltline in our inner-city community feature, and Jennifer Seamone examines Apex Land’s Heartland in Cochrane. We also have Karen Durrie writing about the emerging boom of Calgary’s outlying towns as the land crunch in city seems to have been a boon for the residential developments of Airdrie, Cochrane, Chestermere and beyond. We’ll see more about this in our line of Loving (Airdrie, East Side, and Cochrane) Living mini-magazines that we publish through the year.

Our magazine is read by a lot of newcomers to the city and we thought it would be useful to inform them of the various ways of getting around the inner-city, and Elizabeth Booth takes us on this tour.

Condo starts are expected to rise in 2014, which bodes well for the buyers, but there is the nagging question of the increasing lack of serviced land in Calgary’s suburbs that may present some problems ahead. But you can be sure that it’s something Condo Living will be keeping an eye on in the year ahead. Happy New Year!

In This Issue

LIDO legacy

LIDO legacy

The corner of 10th Street and 2nd Avenue N.W. has long been a centre of…

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A place in the sun

A place in the sun

A high-level of consistency has been the trademark at Cardel Lifestyles, and the top builder…

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ARRIVE home

ARRIVE home

A townhome design revolution is quietly taking place in the new northeast community of Redstone…

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It’s a keeper!

It’s a keeper!

First time homebuyers may have a modest budget, but that doesn’t mean they can’t enjoy…

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