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December 2014 | Issue 108 Cover

December 2014 | Issue 108

December to remember

I realize that this holiday issue goes hits stands on the third week of November, which seems a little to early to be spreading Christmas cheer
(but try telling that to the malls, seems the tinsel is out earlier every year). Still, there is a lot to cheer about in Calgary’s condo market, and from the looks of it Santa came early this year to our developers.

New condominium starts have fuelled the surge in Calgary’s housing starts this year. According to the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp. the multi-family sector climbed to 8,731 starts year-to-date in September 2014 from 4,010 over the same period last year. The mileage on my vehicle certainly felt that surge, as I raced all over town to check out the new developments that were opening up it seemed every week this fall. Five of our six condo profiles certainly bear this out (one is on a Victoria, B.C. condo), and even more are detailed in the Around Town section of this issue.

More can be expected next year, as our cover feature on Embassy BOSA’s new The Royal indicates. This B.C.-based developer is certainly keeping Calgary humming along with its string of highly successful developments in the East Village, and more coming along in Currie Barracks and this one in Mount Royal Village. We also talk about the new ultra-luxury development of The XII in Mission, Viridian by Trico Homes, Alex by Assured Communities and Villas at Watermark by Macdonald Developments. We go even further afield — in Victoria, B.C.’s Oak Bay — to see the luxury townhomes of Village Walk where nearly half of buyers have been from Calgary.

The holidays also mean the start of winter and Courtney Allen takes us on a journey to discover the joys of ice skating in outdoor rinks, and she goes all over the city to tell us where to find them. Kathy McCormick also travelled far and wide to bring us Christmas gift ideas from Calgary’s best local shops. David Crosson also gives us tips on DIY Christmas décor, while Aaliya Essa brings us the hottest toys in her Focus On photo feature.

So, early as it may be, let us at Source Media Group be the first to greet you a Merry Christmas and holiday tidings. You can expect more from us next year, as we continue to chart our city’s condo growth and the changing lifestyles that this brings.

Pepper Rodriguez
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In This Issue

A Royal Lineage

A Royal Lineage

Embassy BOSA has played a key role in the development of Calgary’s downtown into a…

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Vibrant Virid

Vibrant Virid

Viridian’s not just the name of Trico Homes’ new condo, it’s also a colour in…

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Frozen fun

Frozen fun

Is there a better sound than that of skates slicing through a thin skiff of…

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Boomer Ville

Boomer Ville

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