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June 2014 | Issue 174

Living room romance

The living room, now often termed ‘the great room’ by builders, has traditionally been the place where the family gathers and where they entertain. Its traditional, formal function as a common area where adults can be in the company of their friends has given way to a more informal gathering place that can be enjoyed by all members of the household. And that concept took an even tighter hold with the advent of the open concept floor plan.

Our Style writer, David Crosson, focuses on this predominant floor plan that is used in both multi-family and single-family settings. He tells us in his inimitable style how we can arrange furniture in this situation to make the full use of the space an open concept floor plans offers. Our Shopping writer, Kathy McCormick, gives us an overview on picking your sofas (design, fabric, size) to fit your living room, while our Focus On photo feature by Aaliya Essa presents accent chairs that you can use to complete the look of your room. This concentrated approach is just another way we at Condo Living try to keep our features on point and give our readers a complete picture of what they can do in their home.

Speaking of complete, Remington Developments’ Quarry Park community is nearing completion, each day coming closer and closer to its vision of becoming a total live-work-play neighbourhood. The developer is putting the finishing touches on where you can live in this modern, forward-thinking community with the upcoming launch of The Gates, their second multi-family offering in Quarry Park that promises a boutique lifestyle in the comforts of this singular riverside neighbourhood.

We feature five more distinctive condo developments in these pages — including a slew of brand new developments: Mission 34 by Assured Developments, Viridian by Trico Homes, Willow at Sherwood by Avi Urban, ZEN in Okotoks by Avalon, and Cove Properties’ The Armory in Currie Barracks (which we also spotlight as one of our community features). This is probably the most concerted number of condo-specific editorials you will see in any of Calgary’s real estate magazines, as we continue to bring our readers the latest and best information in their search of their own apartment-style suite or townhome.

This issue (one of the biggest we’ve published this year) also shines a light on the outstanding women in Calgary’s home building industry, and our Elizabeth Booth talks to some of the best in Part One of her Women in the Industry feature. With the sun out, we also thought it appropriate to talk about the best restaurant patios in the inner-city, because who knows how long we get to enjoy the sunshine.

With the sun shining or not, you can trust us to bring you the latest on what’s happening in the condo market and how this can affect your lives — from buying one, decorating your home, and enjoying the lifestyle.

In This Issue

Fulfilling the vision

Fulfilling the vision

The grand vision for Quarry Park was always to create a modern lifestyle where residents…

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Mission accomplished

Mission accomplished

If the busy sales launch for Mission 34 during a bitterly cold winter day was…

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History in the making

History in the making

With so many new multi-family homes popping up around town, condo buyers can pretty much…

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Marching to the future

Marching to the future

Living in a park-like community that offers spectacular views of the Rockies yet remains less…

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