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August 2015 | Issue 188

Linking Calgary

The dog days of summer are here and the natural splendour of Calgary’s prairie landscape is easy to enjoy, especially if it’s right in your backyard. And with the Rotary/Mattamy Greenway pathway ringing our fair city almost complete, that recreational opportunity is going to be easier for a lot more Calgarians to enjoy.

Our writer Elizabeth Chorney-Booth talked to Calgary Parks Foundation about this ambitious 138-kilometre pathway that — once complete — will essentially go around the entire city, providing city-dwellers the chance to reaalllly stretch their legs. 

Residents in Calgary’s outlying suburban communities will definitely benefit the most from this, as this extensive pathway system does pass through a lot of them as it winds its way around the city. Just remember to hydrate and protect yourself from the sun — it does get hot out there.

One of the communities the Greenway passes through is Auburn Bay in the southeast — the location of our cover feature: Auburn Walk by Cardel Lifestyles. This regional pathway is, however, just one of the leisure activities at hand in this Brookfield Residential community that is marking its 10th anniversary this year. Cardel Lifestyles’ Brad Logel points out that the astonishingly rich line-up of amenities in Auburn Bay is one of the reasons they have been so successful — and there’s more to come, including the rising Seton commercial complex just across the road.

The other suburban condo developments we feature in this issue also resonate with the amount of easy-living amenities they are located near to — both ZEN Ravenswood by Avalon Master Builder and Sonoma at Nolan Hill by Morrison Homes are a short drive away to major commercial centres (CrossIron Mills and Beacon Heights shopping centres, respectively). While the new Jackson by Avi Urban in Walden is close enough to both the Shawnessy commercial centre and the one going up in Seton.

There’s no shortage of amenities around the inner-city condos, as well. Scollen House in Mission is in the heart of the thriving entertainment district of Mission — which remains the hottest inner-city community for condo development these days. And Park Point in the Beltline is the latest in Qualex Landmark’s architecturally-defining district that the Vancouver-based developer virtually single-handedly reinvigorated.

It’s clear that Calgary has abounding opportunities as far as multi-family residential amenities goes, just read Shelley Boettcher’s A Day In features (this time on Marda Loop) and you’ll see that. Rounding out this issue’s offering, David Crosson talks of the importance of stairwells in establishing the character of your home. Meanwhile, Kathy McCormick tackles water treatment systems for the home and how they are becoming essential in everyday life.

Location, location, location is the permanent buzzword for the real estate industry but amenities are also key. Condo developers are very much cognizant of that fact and have made providing these easy services a central part of their community development. Really, you can’t go wrong whether you choose to live in Calgary’s suburbs or in the inner-city.

In This Issue

A Walk to remember

A Walk to remember

During Calgary's amazing summers, it's always a bonus to be living in an area where…

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Making the Point

Making the Point

Architectural diversity has been one of the most positive outcomes of the revitalization of Calgary’s…

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The thrill of the Loop

The thrill of the Loop

Lovely Marda Loop has a little of everything: a summer festival, cafés and patios, businesses…

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Dragon boats

Dragon boats

The ancient Chinese tradition of dragon boat racing continues to flourish in Calgary. Dragon headed…

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