August 2014 | Issue 176

The joys of summer

The temperatures are in the mid to high 20 degrees Celsius as I write this, it is the height of summer — and after the winter we had, I am not about to complain about the heat. It’s time to enjoy the outdoors and frolic in the sun — yes, I said ‘frolic’ — that’s exactly the kind of joy that our features on Calgary’s best playgrounds and off-leash parks engender. For families with toddlers Dana Wheatley’s comprehensive list of the best tot lots to bring them in the city is quite helpful. While parents of babies of the four-legged kind can check out Janine Workman’s list of spots in the inner-city where puppies can be puppies.

For folks who’d rather enjoy their time in the sun in the privacy of their own yard, we have David Crosson’s STYLE feature on garden design, and Karen Durrie’s special on flowerpot arrangements for condos and single-family homes. We didn’t forget indoor décor in this issue either in case it gets too hot outside. We have Kathy McCormick discussing the beauty of laminate flooring that can totally transform the look of your home, and Aaliya Essa’s Focus On photo essay on decorative bowls shows how easy it is to bring the colours of summer indoors.

We pay special attention in this issue to the community of Hillhurst-Sunnyside, which welcomes its newest multi-family development — Kensington. Naming the new eight-storey development after the most common moniker the community is known by is a stroke of genius for Bucci Developments. It informs much on the identity of its second development in this inner-city community just north of the downtown core. We also have Elizabeth Booth writing about the joys of life in the community itself and how it has become one of the hottest condo markets despite last year’s flood.

We have five other condo developments in this issue — normally one of the quietest months in the industry, but not this year as all developers report smoking hot sales. Brad Remington Homes is now going into its third Copperfield Park development, as its last phase is already almost all sold out. Groves of Varsity is in its third and final building as well, and both Stonecroft condos in the southeast communities of  Copperfield and Auburn Bay are also doing extremely well. The Providence Group has a hit in their einstein2 project in Bridgeland (another inner city development). While Courtyards of Chestermere is on an incredible run as well in this outlying town east of the city.

The market it seems is as hot as the weather right now, and hasn’t taken the usual respite during the summer months. I can only speculate at what happens in the fall — during what is traditionally the busiest time for the industry. But Condo Living will be there for the ride.

In This Issue

The heart of Kensington

The heart of Kensington

The community on the northwest edge of downtown is officially known as Hillhurst-Sunnyside, but to…

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Stately success

Stately success

Finding a condo home is not just about one thing, but a combination of several…

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Genius squared

Genius squared

The genius, as the saying goes, is in the details. And einstein2 offers plenty of…

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Copperfield Park’s three-quel

Copperfield Park’s three-quel

New professionals. A couple looking to build a life together. A young family. People dreaming…

Read more about Copperfield Park’s three-quel


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