February 2014 | Issue 170

Cool runnings

By the time some of you read this, the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi may be well underway, and everyone will be anxious to see how our athletes will do against the world’s best. Everything else takes a backseat in those two weeks — especially when Team Canada’s all-star hockey team takes the ice. But we believe we’ve assembled our own stellar line-up of condo profiles and features in this issue that will be contenders in any competition.

First off, let’s talk about Jim Zang’s in-depth piece on the emerging market for cruise ship condos. Buy a home and see the world, all in one fell swoop, that is if you have the dough (not to mention the time), but I’m sure Calgary’s high-rollers in the oil and gas field will have no problem with the concept, which is next logical step-up from the (multi-) million-dollar home.

Then we have Elizabeth Booth’s examination of what to do in the inner-city during the winter months. Turns out — a lot. It’s a very informative piece that we thought would be appreciated by those new to Calgary (which many of our readers are) and gives them a hand in finding their way around their new environment. We’ll be re-visiting the theme throughout the year with more features in the same vein.

We also got to talk to emerging HGTV design star Tommy Smythe, the headliner at this year’s Home + Garden Show at the BMO Centre. You are all encouraged to check out the show to hear his latest design tips and see all the amazing new trends on the home front.

Of course, our ever-growing line-up of condo profiles takes a backset to no one, and we’ve assembled some of the city’s best this month, starting with the spectacular Verve by FRAM Slokker in East Village that will wow with its sleek contemporary design that you can see in their new show suite. There’s Albert Park Station by Carlisle Group that makes the most of its central location with condos under $200,000 so near the downtown. Valmont at Aspen Stone is in the sought-after west-end of Calgary and offers a tranquil and conveniently located (not to mention, stylish) condos. Remington Developments offers two of the most distinguished condos in Quarry Park with The Gates and Champagne that nicely fits the mid- to high-range sector of the market. Then there’s Copperfield Park II in the southeast that has greatly benefitted from the opening of the Stoney Trail extension, as they continue to make waves with their line of “love it, live it, afford it” condos. And finally, the aptly-named The Park that’s sandwiched by two historic parks in the Beltline.

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.

Pepper Rodriguez
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In This Issue

Village Verve

Village Verve

The promise of a refined contemporary lifestyle is what buyers can look forward to with…

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Straight ‘A’s

Straight ‘A’s

When you’re looking for your first home, you always look for the three ‘A’s. That…

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Downtown tranquility

Downtown tranquility

With one foot firmly in history and the other striding into the future, The Park…

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Lake appeal

Lake appeal

Suddenly, the deep south doesn’t seem as far anymore. With the opening of the long-delayed…

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