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February 2015 | Issue 182

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Over the holidays, the Alberta Legislature passed Bill 9, or the Condominium Property Amendment Act, which is focused on modernizing Alberta’s condominium laws and setting a framework that supports responsible self-governance of condominium corporations. It’s a big step forward and something that everyone owning a condo — or contemplating on buying one — should know.

The new bill aims to give better protection to condo purchasers, and enhance transparency and accountability of condo boards, and improve dispute resolutions, among other things. It is not without controversy though, as the Canadian Condominium Institute — Southern Alberta chapter (CCI-SA) raises a technicality on whether the amendment did pass last December (see Ask Maria on page 85 for more details).

That’s not the only good news in the New Year. Calgary saw a surge in new home starts in 2014 led by new multi-family construction (multi-family starts in 2014 totalled 10,637 units, 72 per cent higher than 2013’s 6,182). The folks at Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp. caution that 2015 does look like a softer year, as they expect employment growth to slow down and increased competition from the resale market.

A big contribution to the overall surge in multi-family housing is The Guardian, our cover feature for the month. Construction for the twin towers is well underway, the North Tower is nearing completion and possessions are slated in the spring this year. The Hon Tower development adds 620 homes in the booming Victoria Park, which is again looking to be the most prestigious address in the inner city as these spires — the tallest residential towers in Calgary — adds a lot of cachet to the neighbourhood.

AVLI on Atlantic brings a new sense for the future in historic Inglewood; while Elements by Cedarglen Living brings style and affordability as the last multi-family development in New Brighton. Valmont at Aspen Stone in the northwest is so popular it’s down to its final units, while Cranston Ridge by Cardel Lifestyles makes the most of its view-tastic location in the southeast neighbourhood of Cranston. We also update readers on what’s available in the new community of Nolan Hill in the northwest.

As well, this feature-heavy issue talks about how hockey legends are banding in the fight against Alzheimer’s in the Gordie Howe C.A.R.E.S. Pro Am tournament. We also spotlight what to expect at the Calgary Home + Garden Show extravaganza, which is the best reminder to me that spring is just around the corner.

We also have David Crosson discussing STYLE in the master bedroom, Kathy McCormick shopping for knives, with Aaliya Essa complementing this with a Focus On photo feature on cutting boards. Shelley Boetcher takes us for a spin in the fun neighbourhoods of Inglewood and Ramsay in her A Day In… feature.

It may be a while before we see the level of multi-family development activity we saw in 2014, but you can be sure that Condo Living will still be your best guide to what’s available out there.

Pepper Rodriguez
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Tallest in the land

Tallest in the land

Calgary’s skyline continues to soar skyward, and The Guardian twin towers have cemented their place…

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It’s show time!

It’s show time!

The weather outside may be frightful right now — we are still in the dead…

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Legendary lifestyles

Legendary lifestyles

There’s something quite mythical about it. The undulating grasslands, the pristine rolling hills along Calgary’s…

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Aspen charmer

Aspen charmer

Valmont is a little piece of heaven nestled into the community of Aspen Stone.

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