March 2017 | issue 207

Spring in Calgary isn’t quite like the cherry blossom season they have elsewhere in the world; quite the opposite some years, in fact. But I always look forward to this season of rebirth and renewal all the same — especially this year after that colder-than-usual winter.

It’s our busiest time of the year here at Condo Living, when condo builders and land developers launch their spring collections, and we cover a lot of them in this issue. The annual Calgary Home + Garden Show is also something I always look forward to. And they have quite the stellar line-up this year. Check out our feature on Tiffany Pratt in these pages, she’s one of the headliners of this year’s show and she is quite the interesting character.

Our cover feature on Avenue West End by Grosvenor Americas reveals a lot about the underlying strength in Calgary’s condo market. Avenue — and Smith, which just opened in-building show suites — are just a couple of Grosvenor’s hit developments in the downtown, and the London-based developer is deep in the planning stages for two more multi-family developments in the Beltline. “We want to plant our flag in the Beltline, which we think is one of the best neighbourhoods in Calgary,” Grosvenor’s Robert Duteau tells me.

Ezra by Birchwood Properties and Vogue by LaCaille are two other inner-city condo developments we cover in this issue. Both have been quite successful in attracting not just the young urban denizens who like the excitement living close to downtown, but also the downsizer crowd who have been attracted by their more spacious floor plans. Townhome plans offered at Avenue and Smith are also attracting an older demographic that may not have considered urban living before. Regatta by Brookfield Residential is our only representation from the suburbs this time in our condo profile segment, but if you look at our Around Town, you’ll see more new developments including Avi Urban’s Maverick in Livingston, the Henry in Parkdale and Ink by Battistella in East Village.

Speaking of East Village, we have the complete rundown from Andrea Cox on what’s the latest in this forward-looking community just east of the downtown. Aaliya Essa also talks about Livingston, the new Brookfield Residential community in the north.

Rounding out this issue are David Crosson’s take on designing with tiles (specifically in the bathroom) in STYLE, and we have Shelley Boettcher picking some of the city’s best art galleries in A Day In.

Spring is indeed something to look forward to. The warm weather will most certainly be welcome, but I’m not necessarily ever thrilled with the whole spring-back daylight saving time thing. But sleep-deprived or not, Condo Living will be here to update you with the latest in the Calgary multi-family industry.

In This Issue

Avenue of growth

Avenue of growth

The ability to adapt to current market conditions is a rare talent, but if you’re…

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Refined, regal Regatta

Refined, regal Regatta

The cottage lake lifestyle that Auburn Bay is famous for provides the calm, inviting background…

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East Village

East Village

The sun shines brilliantly and a soft dusting of snow has turned the inner-city sanctuary…

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friendly fringe

friendly fringe

It doesn’t have to be lonely on the fringe.

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