September 2016 | issue 201

It’s been a soggy month in Calgary, and experts say it’s the city’s wettest July in 90 years. I did wish for some rain a couple of months back when my lawn really needed it, but July (and even the beginning of August) was a little more soggy than I wanted. It felt like I was back home in a Philippine monsoon for a bit. Except we never had hail there.

Was this wild weather payback for the mild winter we enjoyed? I don’t know. What I do know is not all the hail in the world will dampen enthusiasm for the coming Calgary Home + Design Show.

Even after all these years of going to the Calgary Home + Design Show (this year will be my eighth, but who’s counting), I still find new stuff here to be excited about. Their headliners, for example, are always top notch, and this year isn’t any different, starting with Todd Talbot.

The Love It Or List It Vancouver star talked with Jim Zang on how he loves to interact with attendees to these expos and how he loves coming back to Calgary. And if you find yourselves down at the BMO Centre at Stampede Park from September 22 to 25, keep an eye out for me, think of it as a Pokemon Go hunt, except there’s only one of me to catch.

We also have some fun discussions this issue on back-to-school stories (fun for parents, not so much for the kids). David Crosson gives us his views on creating a workplace for students in the home — putting the home in homework, as it were. While Kathy McCormick gives us the details on which smart device works best for school life and home life. 

No matter the weather or the time of year, it’s always great to be able to check out the condos available out there. From an investment point of view or from a need to get into new digs, Condo Living is always the best source for information on the newest multi-family developments out there.

This issue, we start with our cover feature on StreetSide Developments’ Vivace at West 85th which brings an urban design to suburban condo living. The amenity-rich neighbourhood is certainly full of entertainment, shopping and dining opportunities. Brad Remington Homes’ My Legacy Park is another suburban development that continues to make waves, hitting a high note on sales with the release of their fourth and final building. And Stonecroft in Auburn Bay is also getting down to the final few opportunities to live in a comfortable and affordable lake lifestyle.

Inner-city condo offerings are also very much in demand. Take for example FRAM + Slokker’s developments in East Village where they are moving quickly with Verve, the second of five buildings they will be completing here. Bucci Developments’ Radius in Bridgeland is also doing well with their centrally located project. Park Point by Qualex Landmark takes advantage of the beautiful park setting to lure in a diverse range of buyers. While Brookfield’s Ashford brings a new affordability in the much-sought community of Altadore.

These are just a small sample of what’s available in the city, and if you check out the Legacy community feature, I’m sure you’ll find more of them there. 

The wet summer’s just about over, here’s to a pleasant fall.

In This Issue

Live Vivace!

Live Vivace!

With a name as exotic-sounding as Vivace, people can’t help but picture an extraordinary lifestyle…

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Radiant beauty

Radiant beauty

Radius Bridgeland, a stunning new seven story condominium development by Bucci Developments, is well rounded…

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Affordability comes to Altadore

Affordability comes to Altadore

One of Calgary’s top inner city communities just got a triple-dose of appeal with the…

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Artistic Legacy

Artistic Legacy

It’s rare that a new community — one that skirts the perimeter of a burgeoning…

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