April 2014 | Issue 172

Condo sales go supersonic

The origin of that loud boom that was reported to have been heard through  several northwest communities in March may still be a mystery, but I think it may have been the sound of condo sales in Calgary breaking the sound barrier. Spring is always a good indicator of how the real estate market is going to perform, and it looks like we’re in for a doozy.

All our condo profiles this month report surging sales, even Streetside’s Hunter House — our cover feature for the month — has been enjoying a strong quarter, and this even before their ad campaign began. That’s going to surge even more soon, as they open their new show homes for their stacked bungalows on March 22. Verve by FRAM+Slokker is spearheading sales in East Village, and its enviable location in the middle of this rejuvenated community is only one of its considerable charms. The Guardian is also doing terrific business with its high-end finish attracting downtown professionals. Chalet No. 5 by Sabal Homes is continuing the series of successful, uncommonly stylish townhomes in Copperfield, while the Villas at Watermark are already sold out in their first phase. Even the developments we feature in Around Town are all reporting better than expected sales, so cover your ears, as another sales “boom” looks imminent.

We also announce the finalists in this year’s SAM Awards, which again features some of the best multi-family developments in town. Calgarians are all winners with the free street festivals we have in the inner-city, Elizabeth Booth tells us what we can look forward to in the coming season.

This issue also features a couple of green-themed stories. Kathy McCormick’s Shopping feature tells us about the more sustainable lighting products available out there in the light of the new law banning incandescent bulbs. While Style writer, David Crosson, enumerates the new wave of eco-friendly design trends.

Condo starts are expected to hit a high in 2014, which bodes well for the buyers, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t challenges ahead. You can be sure that it’s something Condo Living will be keeping an eye on in the year ahead.

In This Issue

Opening new worlds

Opening new worlds

A spacious lifestyle isn’t always what comes to mind when talking about living in a…

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Sky-high lifestyle

Sky-high lifestyle

With so many new inner-city condo developments underway in Calgary it can be hard to…

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Wonder Villas

Wonder Villas

Villas have always been one of the hottest commodities in Calgary’s multi-family market, and there…

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Hail Britannia

Hail Britannia

Forget the million dollar luxury homes, or the million dollar streets; Calgary now has million…

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