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December 2015 | Issue 192

Christmas is upon us

It may not be quite December when you read this, but that may even be too late to get all of your Christmas shopping and Christmas entertainment preparations done in time. But we here at Condo Living want to help all we can, so we’ve assembled a Christmas themed edition here to get you ready for this giving — if hectic — season. Think of it as a Christmas concept album that talks about what to give, where to shop, and how to bring out the holiday cheer in your Christmas parties at home.

First off, we have Aaliya Essa’s delightful Christmas ornament collection in Focus On, after all nothing brings the festivities to your home more than decorating your Christmas tree. Then we have David Crosson offering the best design tips to enliven your holiday home entertainment, and decking the halls with tacky boughs of holly isn’t really in the agenda. Then, Kathy McCormick takes you on a shopping trip to get the best stocking stuffers that you can buy from Calgary and area shops. And lastly, we have Shelley Boetcher telling us what the city — and beyond — offers for holiday entertainment, shopping and events this Christmas season. Just talking about all that makes me want to grab an eggnog or something.

There is still much to celebrate this season, despite the somber housing market numbers that the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation says in their fall forecast that Jim Zang interprets for us in this issue. Looks like we’re headed for an even tougher go in 2016, but that a glimmer of growth lies beyond in 2017.

Our cover feature — Ezra on Riley Park — certainly is worth celebrating. With its one-of-a-kind location in the inner-city community of Hillhurst/Sunnyside, backing onto the enchanting Riley Park, it has indeed turned quite a few heads. And now 50 per cent of the first tower has already been purchased. How’s that for Christmas cheer?

Then we also have more exciting multi-family choices in the suburbs and in the inner-city. Emerald Sky by Carlisle Group in Kincora is the only suburban all-concrete development right now. Newport by Genesis in Airdrie attracts with its variety of townhome offerings; as does Stonecroft with its two offerings in Auburn Bay and Copperfield in the southeast. Vogue is the epitome of stylish downtown living. Verve and Ink — both in East Village — are two very different condo offerings, but both add to why this rejuvenated neighbourhood is one of the hottest spots in the market right now.

From all indications, the coming year will likely try Calgarians’ resilience even more, and the housing sector will likely be tested again. But industry leaders remain confident that smarter growth initiatives are the way to survive and thrive in these trying times. We’ll be there to let you know how it goes.

Pepper Rodriguez
Editor

In This Issue

Love at first site

Love at first site

Have you ever had the feeling of an instant connection to a location? An unshakeable…

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Community in the clouds

Community in the clouds

Imagine a neighbourhood with an amazing sense of community. If you think this can only…

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Magic of Mahogany

Magic of Mahogany

The glittering blue sapphire that is its lake may be the crowning jewel of Mahogany,…

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A Calgary Christmas

A Calgary Christmas

Bright lights. Cold nights. Happy faces, gifts and good food.

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