June 2016 | issue 198

During the course of my job, I usually am able to see condominium projects at their birth — or at the start of pre-construction sales if you want the less dramatic description. That’s when you only really see floor plans or an artist’s rendering of the project, or — if you’re lucky — a custom-made show suite that allows you to experience the kind of lifestyle the condo will offer. (These can be a very pricey for most developers though, so not all go to such elaborate lengths.)

But it is rare for me to actually walk the halls, tour the suites and see the final completed product. (You can’t blame the developers, their responsibility is to the buyer, of course, and the less people that walk through a condo before possession, the less chances of messing something up before they hand the unit over to owners.) 

I did get a chance to walk through a couple of stunning developments this past week — MARK on 10th by Qualex Landmark and THE RIVER by 26th Avenue River Investments Inc.;  and it’s very gratifying to see what we talk about in our condo profiles come true. It felt like every praise and admiration that we heaped on both these projects as they were being built were really worth it, and I truly envy the owners. We actually get to talk about THE RIVER in this issue, and trust me, we’ll talk about MARK on 10th when we get one of their residents to interview for a lifestyle feature.

Right now, I’m more excited to see the final product of the condo line-up we have for you this month. Starting with Avi Urban that just came off its big Grand SAM Multi-Family Builder of the Year award at the 2015 SAM Awards. Their amazing array of inner-city and suburban condos really gives them an edge. Then we have Sarina Homes — a newcomer to the apartment-style condo scene — debuting their Avenue 33 in Marda Loop. Another inner-city looker is Mission 34 on Parkhill by Calgary Urban Equities and Assured Communities, and buyers are excited about its location along the revitalized Mission Road in the southwest.

In the suburban side, we have Hunter House by StreetSide Developments in Silverado that offers spacious stacked and row townhomes. The Link at Evanston is Brookfield Residential’s first foray to build townhomes outside one of their own communities. Viridian by Trico Homes is also in the growing northwest in the community of Sage Hill — which has really become popular with its thriving retail and entertainment amenities.

We also take a peek into bare land condos in our community feature on Lakes of Muirfield and Maria Bartolotti explains more about it in her Ask Maria column. I’m really excited about Shelley Boettcher’s feature on farmers’ markets — I’m hoping they’ll open readers’ eyes on the amazing local goods that are out there.

I do love my job talking about condos — going to the sales centres, talking to buyers and developers about their dream homes — and it is really gratifying for me to see the fruition of all these condo talks .

In This Issue

The Avi advantage

The Avi advantage

Winning isn’t everything, but it is wonderful to be appreciated. Avi Urban is in the…

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Sarina’s style

Sarina’s style

A chance to customize with high-end finishing and a vibrant urban location will suit inner-city…

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Prairie perfect

Prairie perfect

The glorious sunsets that paint the majestic grasslands of southern Alberta in blazing hues of…

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Art of his world

Art of his world

Thousands of Calgarians have had a glimpse into Peter Kinjo’s world.

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