July 2015 | Issue 187

Bringing cool back
Condo living is cool. It’s hip, and it’s cost-effective with options ranging from inner-city high-rises to suburban townhomes, there’s something for every lifestyle. That’s why even in these days of economic uncertainty there seems to be no shortage of new condos hitting the market.

Take our cover feature this issue on The Duke by Avi Urban. This hip, new undertaking by the multi-family arm of renowned home builder Homes by Avi promises to bring cool back to the heretofore forgotten area of trendy Mission — the Cathedral District — with their innovative take on apartment-style condos and townhomes. 

Indeed, inner-city living has become a preferred lifestyle choice for the Millennials, and as Richard White relates in his Condoscapes column, it’s become a global trend. We certainly see it in Calgary — The Guardian by Hon Towers in Victoria Park, Verve by FRAM + Slokker in East Village, both of which are featured in this issue — are some of the prime examples of this movement. And it’s not just the young moving in these new projects, but also downsizers.

Lest we forget, the suburban condos remain the best-sellers in the business. The ARRIVE series of townhomes from the Partners Group is now on its third incarnation in Evanston after enormously successful projects in Redstone and Skyview Ranch (where it now has a fourth ARRIVE already selling). Then there’s GableCraft’s The Timbers in Sherwood, which was received very warmly despite launching on one of the coolest days (and drizzly) this spring. The block-long opening day line-up is still something that remains a familiar sight when new condo projects like this launch in the suburbs.

It’s clear that Calgary has abounding opportunities as far as multi-family residential choices goes. But once you move to your new condo, space does sometimes become an issue. Your mom’s old furniture probably won’t work in these new — more modern — confines. That’s where our intrepid writers David Crosson and Kathy McCormick deal with in their monthly Style and Shopping features, respectively. This month they talk about the dining room — how to design it and furnish it to fit your condo.

And with Stampede just around the corner, we have Courtney Allen giving us — especially readers new to the city — a tour on what to expect in this year’s 10-day extravaganza. 


“Summer’s here and the time is right for dancing in the street,” the song says (I prefer the Van Halen version). And despite the omnipresent news about the economy being in the doldrums, there remains to be signs for optimism — Statistics Canada says Alberta’s job market is holding up despite the oil price slump. But whatever the weather, trust Condo Living to fill you in on what’s going on in town.

In This Issue

Duke at Mission

Duke at Mission

The British royalty's Duke of Windsor; jazz artist, Duke Ellington; John Wayne's "The Duke;" David…

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Verve thrills

Verve thrills

Excitement is in the air in East Village, as Calgary’s most anticipated inner-city redevelopment project…

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YEE-HAW!! It’s Stampede!

YEE-HAW!! It’s Stampede!

It was red. And made of straw. With a drawstring to keep it in place…

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Fine dining

Fine dining

It seems the consumption of food — once an art of gastronomic indulgence — has…

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