November 2016 | issue 203

I can’t believe that it’s already Thanksgiving! I know, the magazine date may say it’s November, but I am about to buy turkey for the weekend Thanksgiving party we’re having as I write this.

Good food and good friends aren’t the only things that I’m thankful for this season. The fact that the struggling Calgary economy hasn’t been as bad as I had imagined it would be last year is another. Despite the challenges, home builders and land developers continue to introduce new products that give a sense of confidence that these bad times won’t last. The new Livingston and Cornerstone communities are testament to this.

In fact, some experts are saying things will start turning around next year. A BMO Blue Book report for October says Alberta’s real GDP shrank by four per cent in 2015 and is expected to contract by another 2.3 per cent by the end of this year, before rebounding in 2017. The report forecasts 2.3 per cent growth in Alberta next year — second only to B.C.’s mark of 2.5 per cent.

Good times ahead, definitely.

Our cover feature on The Guardian captures this kind of optimism in the market, especially after talking to one of their buyers, Clint Baker, an oil and gas professional who just recently moved in to his two-bedroom condo. The two towers of The Guardian have the distinction of being the tallest residential towers in the city, and with homeowners already moving in is giving a new sense of energy in Victoria Park and it is catching.

We go way out to the inner-city, the suburbs and to the outlying cities and towns of Calgary to bring you what’s new in the world of condos this month. We’ve got the aforementioned The Guardian and Birchwood Properties’ Ezra on Riley Park as your inner-city options, the latter is also getting ready for move-ins with the nearing completion of its first building. Then we have Cardel Lifestyles’ Walden Place launching their second building in the southeastern suburbs, and Trico Homes’ Verona townhomes and Mark 101 from Nuovo by Shane Homes coming to us from the northwest. Then there’s The Rise townhomes by Jayman Modus in Cochrane and Mattamy Homes’ new Gates at Hillcrest townhomes in Airdrie to show us the out-of-town options. As we always strive to do in Condo Living, we take the readers on these home-finding trips without the mileage.

That’s not all we have to offer. We’ve got renowned local architecture blogger (and our own Condoscapes columnist) Richard White talking to us about high-rise condos and how they’ve shaped the lifestyle, especially in the Core. We also have Shelley Boettcher taking us on a tour of Christmas markets happening in Calgary this month (who knew Christmas markets happened in November? Not me, but Shelley did — and, boy, are there a lot!)

There’s also David Crosson and Kathy McCormick giving us the lowdown on kitchen style — David doing the work on establishing the aesthetic appeal, and Kathy showing us the kinds of cookware now available.

Finally, on a sad note, our thoughts and prayers go to our Condo Conversation columnist Bernice Winter, whose husband is going through some difficult health issues, which forced her to suspend her column this month. We’re pulling for you, Bernie.

I’d keep on talking about all the other stuff we have in this issue, but I have a turkey to dress. Hope you had a happy and blessed Thanksgiving, Calgary!

In This Issue

Choosing The Guardian

Choosing The Guardian

The graceful twin spires of The Guardian capture the youthful, energetic vibe of Calgary in…

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Above the crowd

Above the crowd

There are lots of good reasons to move to Cochrane. The small town feel, the…

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Community connections

Community connections

Symons Gate is all about establishing connections. Connections to nature, to the community within, and…

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The price is Right

The price is Right

In a buyers’ market, focusing on the price point is a big deal for a…

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