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CONTENTS March 2013 | voLuMe 9 issue 159

FOCuS On 10 Nifty knobs Put some bling in your cabinetry COvER FEATuRE 12 Evanston style Evanston Square introduces its first apartment-style condo show suite COnDO pROFILES 18 The genius of Edison Avi Urban shows how intelligent multi-family living can be 24 Stylish Evolution Embassy bosa introduces loft living in East Village 31 Perfect TEN follow-up to UNO promises even better lifestyle COMMunITY pROFILE 36 The wonders of Walden Environmentally conscious living remains paramount as growth continues LIFESTYLE 41 Ascent from the ordinary Condo owner revels in simple life FEATuRE 47 Glass life Create your own Pandora in your living room On TREnD 53 Beyond basic bathroom design chic, sleek and simple for 2013

12 ShOppInG 58 Sinks in sync Sinks and vanities play a key role in raising the bathroom’s ‘wow’ factor nEWS 63 Calgary’s economy boosts new home market CMHC predicts housing starts, prices to increase in 2013 COLuMn 67 Hope at Large 69 Around Town ITEMS 8 Editor’s Message 72 Maps 76 Ad Index 76 Condo Comics

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In swing this spring With the exception of having to move clocks an hour ahead, springtime always brings out the eternal optimist in me. Even just the promise of seeing the greening landscape again is enough to get me up in the morning. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that I’m not jinxing it for everyone wishing for spring and then getting blanketed by snow until May — but, hey, our own Balzac Billy groundhog did predict an early end to winter. This feeling of rebirth is mirrored in the high spirits of the Calgary housing market, and Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation expects the sector to benefit from Alberta’s growing economy. Deanna McArthur talks more about this in her feature on Calgary’s housing market forecast in this issue. One of the rites of spring is looking at our home and deciding which parts can stand a little sprucing up (if not moving to another home altogether). This issue, we look at the emerging design trends in bathrooms, as explored by our Shopping story by Kathy McCormick and On Trend design feature by Jessica Patterson. Even our Focus On photo feature on knobs and pulls enlightens us on how we can retouch the look of our rooms by this simple, easy way. One way we can bring a piece of spring in our living rooms no matter the season is through terrariums and vivariums, and I talk more about this emerging hobby in these pages. But this feeling of anticipation for spring is reflected even more in the condo features we have today, all of whom are seeing a surge in traffic in their respective show suites as the weather gets better. Our cover feature on Evanston Square sees Streetside Developments welcoming spring by introducing their apartment style show suite to this vibrant and engaging multifamily complex in the northwest. TEN Mount Royal is further proof that location is the key to success in the game, as buyers quickly snap up units in the follow-up project to the hit UNO project. Edison at Walden by Avi Urban is also enjoying a surge in interest to what could be the smartest townhomes — in design, value and functionality — in this part of town. While Evolution by Embassy Bosa closes in on 70 per cent sales of its first phase, marking this East Village development a Next month: certified hit. It’s our ‘green’ These are exciting times in Calgary, the condo market issue, look for all is booming, so many terrific options all over the city. One things eco-friendly thing’s for sure, the choices are a-plenty, and making a decision to find your new condo starts right here.

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Put some bling in your cabinetry THE SIMPLEST, EASIEST and most economical way to change the look of your bedroom, bathroom or kitchen is to change the knobs of your cabinetry. Think of these knobs as fashion accessories for your drawers and cupboards, a simple switch and they get an instant makeover. The best part is the unlimited amount of choice, from a variety of metal finishes, to vintage crystal and stained glass options. One thing is for sure your cabinetry will never look the same again. cL

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treetside Developments takes its pioneering design expertise in multi-family homes to a whole new level, as it unveils the new show suite for the apartment-style component of its highly popular Evanston Square development in the northwest. Streetside Developments is giving buyers a sneak-a-peek of their latest multi-family building in March — and introduce them to a completely different process of building an apartment-style condo show suite that’s being done for the first time in Calgary. What’s so different about the process? In order to give buyers a look at their future investment, Streetside Developments used a unique construction method and completely built out a main floor suite before working on the rest of the building — a suite that someone will actually move into one day. This innovative show suite will be a building block for the rest of the four-storey low rise. “What’s unique about this show suite is that it’s a free-standing suite that will actually become a part of the condominium building as construction continues,” says Tammy Schuiling, Marketing Manager for Streetside Developments. “The suite is being built on top of the (underground) parkade and looks like a stand alone cube, at least until the rest of the building catches up,” she adds. There will be 67 total suites in this low-rise with nine floor plans to choose from, and buyers can see what it’s all about when the show suite is unveiled in the beginning of March. Available are studio apartments from 418 square-feet, one-bedroom units range from 600 to 709 square-feet, and two-bedroom units are ranging from 845 to 956 square-feet. All suites feature oversized windows, nine-foot ceilings, and stylish French doors that lead out to the balcony. Like all of Evanston Square, the low-rise building will have attractive James Hardie fibre cement board on the exterior, which not only has a fantastic 50-year warranty but has even better protective features. “This has a really great insulation value, fire rating, and better for keeping out the water than stucco by far,” says Karen Payne, Evanston Square Lead Sales Consultant. Evanston Square offers townhomes and apartment-style condos, but the latter will actually be the first such development in this popular community. “The option of apartment-style condo living was not available here before,” Payne says. “There is a lot of development going on in Evanston, and when you are pioneering in a community, that means you usually get better pricing, so there are advantages for buyers who get in sooner,” says Payne.

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Evanston is an established community with lots of already existing amenities and new infrastructure — including new roads and access points — that are coming on-line soon. “The road systems up here in the north end of the city are improving all the time, like Stoney Trail allows commuters to go in either direction from here,” says Payne. “It’s close to the airport and great for buyers who do a lot of travelling, and some buyers who do a lot of driving to Edmonton, accessibility here is much better because Stoney Trail takes you straight to Deerfoot Trail and points north,” she adds. The wide range of products available in Evanston Square makes it appealing to variety of buyers. “We’ve been seeing first time homebuyers, people down-sizing, and professionals that work in and around the north end of the city,” Payne says. “We have a courtyard, a green space in the center with a beautiful landscaping plan for when it’s done, streets here are wider to include parking pads in front of the townhome garages,” she adds. Another added bonus is buyers for a limited time will be given a one-year free subscription to Telus-Optik TV and Internet, with WiFi and PVR — a $1,100 value. Studio apartments start at $136,000, and a one-bedroom is from $173,000, while two-bedroom suites the price starts at $222,000, each unit includes parking for either above ground or an underground stall. Evanston Square townhomes, meanwhile, start from the $240,000s. Possessions for the apartment building begins by December 2013, which is a great incentive for buyers looking to get in early. ■

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FA S T FA C T S Community:

Evanston

Project:

Evanston square

Developer:

streetside developments

Style:

low rise apartment style condos and townhomes

Size:

apartment style condos start at 418 sq. ft., townhomes are from 1,061 sq. ft.

Price:

apartments start at $136,000, townhomes start from the $240,000s

Sales Centre: 103 & 105 Evanspark way n.w. Directions:

deerfoot tr. north, exit onto beddington tr., turn right onto symons valley pkwy, and follow the signs

Website:

www.evanstonsquare.com

“wE havE a courtyard, a grEEn spacE in thE cEntEr with a bEautiful landscaping plan.”


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homas Edison changed the way we lived with a flick of a switch, and in the same way Avi Urban promises that we will never look at multi-family living in Calgary the same again with the introduction of its Edison at Walden townhomes. The three-storey townhomes in this popular, environmentally conscious community in the southeast, combines “highly detailed and innovative architectural design with a studied approach to the latest trends and finishes,” says Avi Urban President Charron Ungar. “Edison at Walden is the next generation of all the things we’ve learned from our past successes. It’s the culmination of years in research and feedback for our Avi Urban townhomes.” Edison at Walden will actually be patterned after Avi Urban’s hit The Enclave in Castle Keep that sold out in no time last year. It will be a statement to upscale townhome living at an affordable price, this time in the Genstar Development community of Walden. There will be 157 three-storey townhomes with two- and three-bedroom options starting in the $250,000s, and range in size from 1,130 to 1,400 square-feet with five distinctive floor plans. All have two-car attached garages and walk-out decks. “The double tandem garages are heated and insulated and you can actually park a third car along the driveway,” says area manager Todd Broadbent.

They have a broad street appeal with incredible landscaping and James Hardie fibre cement board that not only gives the townhomes a contemporary look that blends well with the neighbourhood, but increases the safety, durability and value of your home. Homes come standard with nine-foot ceilings on the main floor, full-height tile backsplashes and extended height cabinetry and six-by-24-inch designer tile in the kitchen, bathrooms and entryway to give it that extra sheen of sophistication. Of course the oversized windows all around ensures that the interiors are bathed in natural light. “There has been a terrific response to the product since we opened last November,” says Broadbent. “Young singles and couples in their 20s — largely the demographic of Walden itself — have been attracted to Edison at Walden, because of the quality and affordability it gives them, but also for the high sense of style that we offer.” The Iris, for example, has a modern, open concept main floor, including an oversized patio and 35 square-feet of counterspace in its elegantly functional kitchen giving residents all the workspace they may need with lots of storage space available. It comes with two master bedrooms, each including a three-piece ensuite and large closet, which are some of the most sought after features among first time homebuyers.

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It is just steps away from shops and local amenities in a community that seems to be maturing at a rapid pace. “We also have the mix-and-match finish option that has proven to be really popular among our customers,” Broadbent says. “There is also a fully landscaped courtyard, which has become an Avi Urban signature in many of our developments.” It is its location along Walden Drive, however, that has been the biggest factor in its success, It is just steps away from shops and local amenities in a community that seems to be maturing at a rapid pace. “Accessibility is not a problem, as we are just off of Macleod Trail, and Highway 22x is also nearby making a quick getaway to Kananaskis even more tempting,” Broadbent says. “This is an amenity-rich area with the Shawnessy shopping centre just five minutes away, and the Gates of Walden commercial area within the neighbourhood just opened providing even more convenience to residents.” Ungar believes that what they are creating “will be Calgary’s most stunning example of a highly livable and extremely attractive” townhome development. “A highly functional yet stylish selection of home plans combine with amazing specification at Edison, we have ensured the designs reflect the latest interior design trends in combination with maximum value and functionality,” he adds. CL

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Fa s t Fac ts Community: Walden Project:

Edison at Walden

Developer: Avi Urban Style:

Three-storey townhomes

Size:

1,130 to 1,400 sq. ft.

Price:

Starting from the $250,000s

Address:

285 Walden Drive S.E.

Directions: South on Macleod Tr., east on 194 Ave. S.E., right on Walden Gate and follow the signs. Hours:

Monday to Thursday 2-8 p.m., weekends and holidays noon to 5 p.m.

Website: www.aviurban.com


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Embassy Bosa introduces loft living

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volution by Embassy Bosa is bringing a new sense of style to the budding community of East Village, as they introduce two-bedroom residences with lofts in their FUSE mid-rise building. “We’re really enthusiastic about the mid-rise plans that include one-bedroom-plus-den, and two-bedroom-with-second floor flex area suites. FUSE introduces a totally new lifestyle in East Village,” Embassy Bosa’s Natalie Bosa tells Condo Living. “They are the best representation of the kind of stylish, relaxed urban lifestyle that East Village has to offer but they feel more like a single-family home than a condo.” FUSE is Evolution’s first phase, which includes a 21-storey tower with an eight-storey mid-rise beside it. There will be 143 homes in the tower and 60 units plus five townhomes. The townhomes, however, have already sold out, and Phase I tower is actually over 70 per cent sold. “Feedback from our customers has been great, they are not

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only buying into what Evolution offers them but the entire vision of East Village,” she says. The mid-rise suites range from an 838-square-foot onebedroom-with-den and go all the way up to 1,300-squarefoot two-level two-bedroom-plus flex suites. It’s basically a community-within-a-community-within-a-community with only 60 neighbours, Bosa says you’ll feel like living in your own private club. The private rooftop garden on the second level raises this feeling of exclusivity by another notch, and most of the midrise units actually capture a view of this green oasis. “The garden rooftop is the private sanctuary for residents where they can enjoy the sun, and gather with their friends for barbecues during the warmer months,” she says. And that’s not the only in-house amenity at Evolution. There is a fully equipped fitness centre complete with steam room, sauna and change facilities. There’s also a lounge where res-


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Fa s t Fac ts Community: East Village Project:

Evolution

Developer: Embassy Bosa Style:

Apartment condominiums and townhomes

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Tower units start at 680 sq. ft.; mid-rise suites are from 838 sq. ft.

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Tower units are from $355,000, and mid-rise suites start from $410,600

Sales Centre Address: East Village Experience Centre, 553 Riverfront Avenue S.E. Hours: Noon to 6 p.m. Monday to Thursday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, closed holidays Website: www.evolutioncalgary.com

idents can play pool or host parties with their friends. The midrise also features a separate stylish lobby and two elevators for added accessibility. The suites themselves are studies in elegance and functionality with a hip, modern design flair. Laminate hardwood flooring grace the main living area, tile and carpet in the bathroom and bedroom. There’s in-floor heating in the bathrooms, granite countertops, soft close cabinets and drawers, top-of-the-line appliances (including gas stoves) and floor-to-ceiling windows. The impeccable design touch matches the panoramic views available from almost anywhere in the complex. The kind of pampered lifestyle Evolution offers with its top shelf standard specifications and generous in-house amenities make it even more desirable. Everything you see in their stateof-the-art show suite in the East Village Experience Centre is standard. “You don’t need to upgrade anything, as we included the best of the best in our standard line-up,” Bosa says.

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But it is the prime location of East Village that is its biggest advantage. “I lived in Calgary for three years back in 2003, and I never visited the East Village neighbourhood. But when I finally saw what the City had planned for it, I was amazed. I couldn’t believe that there was still this fantastic part of town just by the river and within walking distance to the downtown remained undeveloped. An opportunity of this kind is rare.” The 49-acre area that stretches from Fort Calgary to the edge of downtown with the Bow River running right by it is beginning to blossom with key pieces of its development already falling into place. Evolution — one of two multi-family complexes going up in the area — has already begun construction of its first phase in September. Evolution represents the best in affordable upscale lifestyle that captures an enviable location right next to the Bow River. “The exterior of our building is designed to honour the East Village history and pay tribute to the character of many of the existing heritage buildings but as well signify as the ‘evolution’ of this wonderful part of town into its full potential,” Bosa says. Most of their buyers — which span a wide range from single professionals to downsizing couples — are buying into the vision of East Village. “They like the idea of living near downtown with easy access to all the fine dining and arts and culture scene that Calgary has to offer,” she adds. There are big plans ahead for east Village and its environs, including the renovation of the King Eddy and the Cantos Music Centre, as well and the expansion of Stampede Park with lots more restaurants and entertainment venues slotted to come in. “You really don’t need a car when you live here,” Bosa says. “You’ll be in the heart of all the action.” Evolution homes — unlike other developments — include a parking stall in the underground garage. Suites range from 680 square-feet. One-bedrooms, two-bedroom units range from 900 square-feet to 2,500 squarefeet penthouses. A 700-square-foot one bedroom + den units in the tower start at $355,000 and 838-square-foot one bedroom + den in the mid-rise are from $410,600. CL

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Follow-up to UNO promises even better lifestyle

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n Olympic competitions, or any kind of match involving the display of artistic prowess, a score of 10 signifies perfection. This kind of flawlessness is exactly what is embodied in TEN Mount Royal, the newest multi-family development in this most prestigious inner city community. TEN is the follow-up to Maple Projects’ highly successful UNO condo apartments also in Mount Royal that sold out in almost no time last year. Maple Projects president Ajay Nehru tells Condo Living they will apply the same principles that were so well received in the first building — same number of units, same high standards — but TEN will attract an even wider range of clientele.

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“UNO was perfect for singles and young couples and TEN will be likewise while also attracting a slightly older generation, downsizers and retirees from around Mount Royal who may want a smaller place but remain in the neighborhood and still have the kind of style and luxury they are used to,” Nehru says. Like UNO, TEN will be a four-storey, contemporary style building. The exterior displays an imaginative design flair that evokes the future while still honoring Mount Royal’s storied past. A generous amount of glass and designer brick detail will allow it to blend with the upscale look of the neighborhood. “The concept was to bring sought after value to a remarkable site,” says Nehru, and its site on 1720 10 Street S.W. is as prestigious


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as they come. Like UNO, TEN Mount Royal is just off the teeming shopping and entertainment area of Uptown 17th Avenue. “But it is still set back far enough from the busy scene to screen residents from the noise and hubbub,” Nehru says. Exacting care was taken to ensure that suites are as fresh and contemporary as ever, with an urban style and sophistication that matches the affluent and exclusive surroundings. Available are one-bedroom and two-bedroom suites that start from $248,800 — prices unlikely ever to be seen again in this elegant, upscale inner city community. Maple Projects is also employing the same strategy they used for UNO that has proven to be so successful. The development does

Fa s t Fac ts Community: Lower Mount Royal Project:

TEN Mount Royal

Developer: Maple Projects Inc. Style:

One-bedroom and two-bedroom apartment-style condos

Size:

One-bedroom starts at 555 sq. ft., two-bedrooms start at 833 sq. ft.

Price:

Starts at $248,800

Address:

1720 10th St. S.W.

Hours:

Monday to Thursday 12 to 6 p.m., weekends and holidays noon to 5 p.m.

Website: www.tenmountroyal.com not depend on any pre-sales program to start. “We’re just waiting for permits from the city and we’re ready to start building right away, first possessions are most likely going to be by the spring or summer of 2014,” Nehru says. There will only be 47 boutique, apartment-style condos in this four-storey building with two levels of underground parking. Each home boasts of an open-concept floor plan with nine-foot ceilings, and all top floor homes feature vaulted ceilings of up to 14 feet. In keeping with its urbane image, suites also come standard with all stainless steel appliances, window coverings, radiant in-floor heating and five-inch plank flooring. “There’s no need to upgrade in our suites, as upgraded finishings are standard. We put a lot of thought into the design of the units to create as much livability as we could with an emphasis on kitchens and bathrooms,” he says. Nehru expects buyers to be urban professionals who like the idea of walking to work and TEN’s close proximity to trendy 17th Avenue. “I think TEN will be made up of homeowners rather than investors, we are already over 40 per cent sold — mainly from pent up demand from UNO,” he adds. TEN’s Presentation Centre is now open across the street from the building site. “Mount Royal has a strong neighborhood feel that appeals to a wide range of homeowners,” Nehru adds. “It offers a balanced lifestyle — residents have access to all the action and attraction of the city’s core while living in an area with a suburban aura.” CL

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The wonders of Walden Environmentally conscious living remains paramount as growth continues

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nspired by its lush natural surroundings, close to the river with winding paths around tranquil wetland areas, Walden was always envisioned to be an environmentally conscious, sustainable community. That vision is slowly being realized, as they enjoyed their best year in sales, selling 225 homes in 2012. Genstar Development Manager Patrick Briscoe says this “definitely shows that people know Walden is there, and buyers are attracted to the site.” The prestigious land developer is already well into phases 11 and 12 of this southeast community just off Macleod Trail, even as its Gates of Walden commercial centre is already open for business. With an unmistakable emphasis on healthy living and connections to nature, the community of Walden is a model of low-impact urban development. Parks, open spaces, wetlands and a ribbon of trails promote walking and biking while helping to preserve this peaceful setting at the edge of Calgary’s burgeoning south. “There is a lot more to come in the second stage of Walden,” says Briscoe. “The pathways will essentially link a corridor all the way down to the Bow River.” The 5000-acre smart growth community is conceived as two residential villages anchored by a higher density urban core. The community has been designed to accommodate 4,000 units, housing over 10,000 Calgarians. Homes in Walden also reflect this closeness to nature. “What we have tried to do in Walden is have both the naturalized type parks and combine this with the modern looking homes,” says Briscoe. “Which at the end of the day really comes together quite well, and separates Walden from most of the competition, especially in south Calgary,” he adds. Walden’s location is one of its most attractive features, it

has terrific accessibility to downtown through Macleod Trail, and is an excellent gateway for a quick trip to Kananaskis via Highway 22. “As far as hitting the mountains, you can head directly south to get to Fernie, access from the location is incredible,” says Briscoe. This community has attracted a wide variety of buyers, from young, active families, to first time homebuyers wanting to set down some roots, and professionals working in the south part of the city. Young families especially like the fact that Walden is surrounded by well-established communities with tons of amenities already available, including the Somerset LRT station, the Shawnessy shopping centre, the newly opened South Health Campus hospital, and several schools nearby.

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“Walden is now making a turn, to a more mature type of neighbourhood.” And now the new Gates of Walden shopping center is open too, which includes 110,000 square-feet of retail space for a Shoppers Drug Mart, Windsor Rose Pub, Pet Planet, starbucks, RBC and a variety of other shops and services to come shortly. “Walden is now making a turn, to a more mature type of neighbourhood,” explains Briscoe. “We just opened the Gates to Walden shopping center here, and later on this year we will be under construction for a Save-On Foods supermarket.” Genstar has brought together some of Calgary’s best known quality homebuilders, who are all committed to fulfilling Genstar’s vision for Walden. These include Excel Homes, Homes by Avi, and Cardel Homes. They are also welcoming California Homes to the fold, and its stylish brand of custom built homes is sure to add to the community’s prestige. Also new to the neighbourhood are The Edison townhomes from Avi Urban — Homes by Avi’s multi-family division. “Our semi-estate homes, which will be backing out onto the naturalized parks, will be built by Cardel and California Homes,” says Briscoe. “The starting point for homes in Walden is from $300,000, and $250,000 for townhomes.” As Walden continues to grow and establish itself as a distinguished community, this adds a lot of positive attention to this community, and we’re seeing that it is starting to get a lot more busy, says Briscoe. “On full build out there will 4,000 homes in Walden community, and currently there are about 700 homes built to date,” says Briscoe. This is a great opportunity for buyers to get in and enjoy the newly added amenities, and appreciate the natural landscapes they could call their home. CL

Fa s t Fac ts Commmunity: Walden Builders:

Multi-family: Avi Urban - Edison at Walden Starter Homes: Excel Homes,Homes by Avi Move Up Homes: Cardel Homes, Homes by Avi Estate Homes: California Homes, Cardel Homes

Developer: Genstar Development Price:

Townhomes start from the $250,000s Single-family homes start from the $300,000s

Directions: South on Macleod Trail, left onto 194th Avenue S.E., right onto Walden Gate, follow the signs Website: www.waldenliving.ca

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hen not skiing, rock climbing or adven- “Besides the obvious of no yard work, living here gives turing in Canada’s mountain playground me more time in my day,” George says. “My condo isn’t to the west, George loves the quiet and a big area to clean, as compared to a house.” That said, George’s two-bedroom, 800-square-foot uncomplicated, maintenance-free lifestyle that comes with owning a condo. It’s even better that condo has room to spare and more than enough for his his contemporary style condo comes with spectacular needs. “I chose it for the space,” he views of the city and a layout that fits all of his mini- says, adding that it fits with his eye malist design needs. for minimalist design. Large south-facing patio doors George bought a unit at the Ascent by Jayman Aspire, the former name of Jayman MasterBUILT’s multi family double as bay windows, bringing in arm. It’s a splendid location on 26 St. S.E. near a bluff lots of natural light. Sunny days see overlooking the Inglewood Golf and Country Club, the the living room blasted with warm Inglewood Bird Sanctuary and Wildwoods Park, as well light. It’s no wonder George calls the room his favourite and enjoys as the Bow River. There are also lots of intertwining bike relaxing there. paths and parks in the vicinity. To George, choosing a condo The spectacular views aside, George says he chose the Ascent because of its accessibility. “I chose the Ascent over owning a house also made a because it’s close to work, close to my friends, close to lot of financial sense. “I can afford downtown, close to a lot of things,” he says. a house, but the problem is, I would George, 34, is a former chef, and likes the functionality be house-broke. All of my money would be soaked into basic utilities and a mortgage.” of his condo’s kitchen, with its stylish granite countertops Living in the Ascent means more of his paycheque and ample storage space, and the aesthetic punch that the stainless steel appliances give. stays in his pocket. And the ‘green’ benefit doesn’t stop Living here he finds also frees up a lot of his time. at his pocket book.

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“People are very friendly here. I’ve met so many people in the building.” Jayman MasterBUILT is dedicated to green initiatives and uses the Built Green environmentally-friendly construction approach in all its developments in Alberta. Jayman homes are built to bronze-level certification, which focuses on improved air quality, lower environmental impact and energy efficiency. They bring this sustainable thinking in the Ascent. The building has a solar thermal 40 – 80 kilowatt system by SkyFire Energy on the roof with three 500 gallon storage tanks, and is touted to be one of the most efficient hot water systems in the world. The Ascent is a 142-unit multi-family complex completed in 2009, with one-bedroom and two-bedroom plans ranging in size from 600 to approximately 900 square-feet. Each unit comes with a patio or deck, looking out to green space in the back or the landscaped side or front. Immediately to the west of the unit, across the street in fact, is green space with walking trails on the edge of the Bow River valley. The Ascent is horseshoe-shaped, around a landscaped

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central backyard including a gazebo and manicured gardens. Beyond the building’s south fence, is Valleyview Regional Park with it’s mature trees and rolling hills and pathways. Perfect for those wanting a quick getaway from the everyday. Downtown is a short distance away. Amenities in the area include eclectic shops, ethnic restaurants, and access to Deerfoot Trail via the 17th Avenue interchange is a short drive away. The Ascent is filled with a mix of age and demographics including empty nesters, firsttime buyers and young professionals. “It’s great,” George says. “People are very friendly here. I’ve met so many people in the building. I know my neighbours.” CL


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By Pepper Rodriguez | feature

Glass J life Create your own Pandora in your living room

ames Cameron needed something like $280 million to bring the lush ecosystem of Pandora alive in his movie “Avatar,” but you can create your own living world in the comfort of your own living room — and you don’t need such an outlandish budget. The world of terrariums and vivariums has exploded over the last few years, with new enthusiasts discovering the joys of creating basically your own mini-ecosystem. Best of all you can create these fanciful, elaborate glass-encased worlds almost anywhere, even in a condo or townhome with limited space. Much as an aquarium is a showcase for your fish, a terrarium is essentially the living quarters for your reptilian, or amphibious pets. A vivarium is likewise a display case for flora as well. The word “terrarium” is derived from the Latin word “terra” meaning “earth,” while “vive” for vivarium is Latin for “life.” Greg West of Cornels World, a Calgary-based custom-terrarium maker, defines terrariums as a glass enclosure that would house animals — usually reptiles and amphibians — with everything they need including heat, light, and substrate (soil, sand, rocks, etc.). While vivariums are more complex undertakings that is set up to replicate a more natural environment where you grow live plants, and have things like hides, ledges, running water, and waterfalls. “Most of the time reptile and amphibian keepers will keep both plants and animals in a terrarium/ vivarium together making it somewhat difficult to really rule out the complete differences between the two. But when you really come down to it, a vivarium is something that would be set up in a way to replicate a more natural environment for your animals,” he says. Allen Abbot of NewLife Enclosures — a local supplier of ABS racks and enclosures — says terrariums and vivariums are both easy to care for, although there is a slight difference between the two.

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…Reptiles as pets have become more popular now, as they are still pretty low maintenance — no need to take them out for walks.

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“With a terrarium the most of your maintenance will be of the basic need of cleaning your reptile or amphibians’ living area. Such as bedding, waste, leftover foods, and fresh water and feeding, also water changes when keeping aquatic animals such as turtles,” he says. A vivarium would involve a bit more work, you would have to have more equipment such as an automatic misting system, as well as a manual one to mist/ water your foliage, and also equipment to prune your plants, Abbot adds. An important aspect is the heating of the enclosures, as both reptiles and plants need a fair amount to survive and keeping them in room temperature is likely not enough to sustain them. Heat lamps, UV or infrared lamps are essential and can be set on timers. Humidifiers are needed as well, and depending on the animals or plants you have in your enclosure, some need as much as 90 per cent humidity to survive. Despite this, West says reptiles as pets have become more popular now, as they are still pretty low maintenance — no need to take them out for walks. “Also they are hypoallergenic, so for people who can’t have cats or dogs, this gives them another option.” There are some concerns, because reptiles do carry salmonella. But Abbot believes that keeping the enclosure clean and washing your hands thoroughly after


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handling your pets will prevent any contamination. Terrariums range widely in price depending on the size, shape, and additional items within the cage. “A terrarium could be based upon a simple 20 gallon aquarium and then set up for the requirements of the animal,” West says. “I have done enclosures ranging from $60 all the way to $5,000 plus. The cost of the terrarium is relative to your imagination, and how much you want to spend on creating you and your reptile’s paradise.” For the price of reptiles and amphibians themselves, Abbot says they can go from $5 to as much as $500,000! “There are many extremely rare animals out there that are very limited and pricing gets up there. But there are many available for the beginner — dart frogs, all kinds of lizards and snakes — all the way up to the advanced breeder or hobbyists.” Buyers have to keep in mind, though, that Canada has some strict laws against the importation of endangered species. Both West and Abbot caution that anyone thinking of bringing in a new pet — regardless if it’s a dog or amphibian or reptile — has to do their research first and know all they can know about the particular species they are buying. “Understand EVERYTHING about your choice of reptile,” Abbot says. “You can’t just look at the price tag and the look at its face and say ‘wow, this will look great in our living room!’ Remember to ask yourself if you’re ready to feed bugs or rodents live or dead? Or are you

"The cost of the terrarium is relative to your imagination, and how much you want to spend on creating you and your reptile’s paradise.” ready to dedicate the space and time to keep this animal for the lifespan of the specific reptile? Are you capable of supplying all the required equipment such as heat bulbs, UV bulbs, and misters?” Most pet stores carry reptiles and amphibians as well as the supplies. But there are two reptiles-only shows in Calgary where enthusiasts can get their supplies. The bi-annual shows — organized by the Alberta Reptile and Amphibian Society — is becoming more popular. “We typically see 2,000-plus people through the doors at each show,” West says. There are similar shows held in Red Deer and Edmonton, too, he adds. “Just about anyone young or elderly, single or families, any culture there is a market out there for all areas and I see this always continuing to have growth through the years, as since I was a child in the hobby it has come an extremely long way!” Abbot says. CL m a r c h

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By Jessica patterson | On TREnD

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o longer are bathrooms an afterthought in home design. nyla Free, owner of nyla Free designs, says bathrooms are becoming more of a design focus in the home. “Wallpaper in powder rooms, drapery in ensuite baths and investing in natural stone for counters, floors and walls are all details I’ve seen more of in the last few years,” the interior designer says. “We’re seeing more confidence in making interesting choices in colour and materials which is translating into bathrooms with more drama than we’ve seen in a while.” The 2013 bathroom is an upscale space, where function and beauty combine. From basic tile to sleek, glamorous, patterned and textured, the options are endless. “There are few limits with the beauty of natural stone, the modern technology of digital imaging and everything in between,” Free says. People want bathrooms that stay classy for years, but now “they’re not afraid to add a little bit of edge,” Free says. “The words basic and bathrooms rarely go together any more,” she says. “Powder rooms, for example, are the perfect space to have fun and add elements of unexpected interest.”

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The design trend of creating spa oasis for your bathroom is passé. Calgarians have moved on from the “spa” concept, Free notes, adding that they like to be fashion-forward and warm. Given the temperatures in the city for several months during the year, it’s not hard to see why. Nyla Free “I find we’ve moved on from the ‘spa’ concept and into an overall warmer feel in the bathroom,” she says. “Vanities with the feel of furniture, textured or even patterned tile or wallpaper, and an emphasis on lighting as well.” Bathrooms can be interesting, functional and classic without being stuffy. Flexibilty is key for Free, “when designing a bathroom to suit today’s busy families,” she says. “Steam showers are becoming increasingly more pop-

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ular, while media such as music and televisions to watch the morning news are also requested more frequently,” she says. “Multiple shower heads provide options for a purposeful shower in the morning to relaxing with a rain head at the end of the day.” Janet Farnham, principal designer with The Design Studio Inc., in McKenzie Towne, says homeowners are looking for modern and streamlined design in their bathrooms. “Gone are the days of heavy, chunky moldings,” she says. “Today, simple clean lines reign. The look is about clutter-free surfaces, with toiletries and personal hygiene items tucked away into sleek drawers and storage spaces.” Contemporary design is often green and sustainable. Farnham says with the new options on the market, homeowners no longer need to sacrifice style for eco-friendly design. “A large array of sustainable designer appliances are now available for homes, including low-flow and dual flush toilets, tankless water heaters, and low-flow shower heads,” she says. “There is also a plethora of options for sustainable tiles,


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counter tops, cabinets and lighting.” Green in the bathroom goes further than just fixtures, the interior designer reveals. “Investing in organic bath towels, bamboo bathmats, recycled accessories, and greening your personal care products with biodegradable alternatives are all ways you can create an eco-friendly bathroom.” Our favourites include Kohler’s CimarJanet Farnham ron® Comfort Height® high-efficiency toilet with 1.28-gallon flush, and bamboo bath furniture by Bed, Bath and Beyond. Reworks on 9th Avenue in Inglewood has a gorgeous Bendant Lamp, which is made of recycled steel and finished with low VOC paint. As for colour in design, Farnham likes earthy tones for bathrooms. “Nature-inspired hues remain the order of the day — with whites, off-whites, beiges, browns and grays being the popular colours in bathrooms today,” she says. “Add splashes of colour as they will add excitement to the space. This can also come by way of tile backsplash, shower floors or countertops.” So, venture into your bathroom this year with sleek lines and green designs in mind. You won’t regret it. CL

Go “green” with this bath ensemble made of bamboo. A highly renewable resource, bamboo adds a subtle beauty to your bathroom, and the natural finish of the pieces adds a lovely touch. Photo courtesy Bed Bath & Beyond.

“Today, simple clean lines reign. The look is about clutterfree surfaces, with toiletries and personal hygiene items tucked away into sleek drawers and storage spaces.” Photo courtesy Albi Homes.

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shopping | By Kathy McCormick

Sinks in sync Sinks and vanities play a key role in raising the bathroom’s ‘wow’ factor

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here’s no doubt that bathrooms, particularly master suites, have become more and more important in new homes today, and it’s all about luxury. Everything from large, stand-alone or built-in jetted tubs, to walk-in showers with multiple showerheads from every angle, to any manner of other luxuries to make that room important — TVs, breakfast bars, fireplaces, and even toilets that fluff and duff and spray a wonderful scent around the room provide the ultimate in comfort and lavish living. But the sink, faucets and vanities are key in creating that ‘wow’ factor in this most private of rooms, says Jackie Rainforth, sales and marketing manager of Canyon Plumbing and Heating. “Sinks or faucets are probably the number one plumbing piece in a home — and they are easy to upgrade,” says Rainforth, they’re the basics that can bring the bling. “It just takes a couple of hundred dollars to make a statement.” The powder room is one area that has become a favourite spot to create drama, she says. “It and the kitchen are the most used areas in a home and you want to create that ‘wow’ factor.” A bathroom is a great place to let your personality show through, and many different styles and designs are available today, even if you don’t have the space to create a home spa in your bathroom. Some new trends are making statements today, says Samira Gagne, manager of trend, colour and design for The Home Depot of Canada.

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“farm house style sinks with wide basins either under mount or vessel sinks are really popular right now.” “Looking ahead for 2013, the new trend is all white bathrooms for a clean, bright and contemporary look — characterized with simplicity and void of any extra frills and ornamentation,” Gagne says. “In addition to this look, people are bringing in natural elements like wood, slate and stone into the bathroom.” The clean, contemporary look is prevalent in sinks, agrees Rainforth. “White vitreous china in a square or rectangular pattern is most popular, although we do still see some glass and stone.” The pedestal sink is not as popular as it once was, although it’s still a great way show off a style in a small room, such as a half-bath. “And if people still want a pedestal, they’re most often choosing a square, contemporary style,” Rainforth says. “What’s new on the design landscape is that we’re seeing a lot of long, single basins for two faucets for a shared sink in a master bathroom,” says Gagne. The vessel sinks, although still popular, are losing momentum, although, again, square or rectangular white ones still appeal, Rainforth says. “If you want one, go for the lower profile today.” If your look is more vintage or classic, “farm house style sinks with wide basins either under mount or vessel sinks are really popular right now,” Gagne says. Faucets are the “jewelry” of the sink combinations, says Rainforth. “Jewelry is key — and many of the faucets are transitional, so they fit with any style.” Most designs are still the shiny chrome that people have seen for years, although some matte metals, brushed nickel and oil-rubbed bronze are showing up as well. The pedestal sink is not as popular as it once Rather than the pedestal was, although it’s still sink, people opt for vanities a great way show off for storage space today and a style in a small room, such as a half-bath. these, too, have taken on a contemporary flair. 60 |

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“White vitreous china in a square or rectangular pattern is most popular, although we do still see some glass and stone.”

“Floating vanities and wall hung vanities are most popular,” says Gagne, noting that these, too, have clean lines. Some models in Canyon’s show room floor have smooth, curved wooden sides. “We’re seeing a move to grey and whitewash finishes on the vanities,” Rainforth says. “But there are still the dark, espresso colours in contemporary styles or some with a European influence.” Some vanities, in fact, look more like furniture pieces that could fit in any other room in the home. They have intricate details and legs to stand. “There are lots of styles that are more transitional, fitting with both contemporary or traditional so they are timeless,” says Rainforth. At The Home Depot, white vanities and tops are most common. “And people are looking for storage underneath,” Gagne says. Price range varies greatly and depends largely on what you need. The Home Depot offers assembled vanities like Magick Woods classic single vanity at $199, while its Ove Decors 60-inch upscale double vanity with Carrara marble top is at $1,199. Popular at Canyon Plumbing is American Standard’s Boulevard line. According to the American Standard website, The Boulevard Above Countertop sinks are from $179 to $251, and Boulevard pedestal sinks are from $289 to $405. But Rainforth says solid wood vanities at Canyon are approximately $1,000 depending on size and style. CL


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By Deanna McArthur | News

Calgary’s economy boosts new home market CMHC predicts housing starts, prices to increase in 2013

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hile not a banner year, 2012 housing starts were up significantly from past years, buoyed by our strong economy, the senior market analyst for Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation said. And that should continue this year, Richard Cho told close to 675 members of Canadian Home Builders’ Association – Calgary Region at its annual Economic Forecast Dinner Meeting in January. “For 2013 the housing market will benefit from a growing economy,” said Cho. “Employment growth will continue to increase, net migration will be fairly steady, the new home market will see single-family starts remaining comparable to 2012, and the multi-family starts will see a slight decline.” CMHC reported 5,961 single-family starts in 2012, up about 14 per cent from 2011, and is expecting 5,900 in 2013. On the multi-family side, 2012 saw 6,880 starts, up 38.8 per cent from 2011 and CMHC is expecting this number to level off at 6,000 in 2013, a 14 per cent decrease. As a comparison, 2008 had 4,387 single-family home starts; 2009 had 4,775; and 2011, 5,084. These numbers are a far cry from the record 10,482 recorded in 2006. Absorbed price in Calgary has been gradually increasing since 2010. The absorbed price of a single-detached home in 2012 was about $570,000, up close to six per cent from 2011 — largely due to the strength of the luxury home market, he said.

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“In 2013 we are forecasting the average price (for single-detached homes) to be about $580,000, which is above the record that was set in 2008.” Watch for another year of employment growth in Alberta and Calgary, and an economy that is once again expected to be amongst the strongest in the country. A trend since mid-2010, employment growth in Calgary reached 3.7 per cent last year, which represents 27,000 new jobs. “A number of the new jobs have been in full-time employment, which means good news for the housing market and good news for housing demand. The labour market in Calgary has been improving, and it has been improving at a faster rate compared to the national average, attracting more people to Calgary.” Net migration has been very positive, coming in at an estimated 20,000 for last year and expected to be 18,000 this year — even though slowing slightly, that amount of people continues to increase the demand for housing, Cho said. The resale market is expected to see some slight increases in 2013. Sales are forecast to total 26,500, up from 21,206 reported by the Calgary Real Estate Board for 2012. The average price is forecast to rise from $383,850 in 2012 to $422,000, said CMHC. cL

“The labour market in Calgary has been improving, and it has been improving at a faster rate compared to the national average, attracting more people to Calgary.”

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Condo Living spoke to some of the industry’s leaders to get their thoughts on where they think the Calgary housing market is headed this year. here’s what they say: Monte Kendall - ceo homes by avi “2012 was a year of milestones for homes by Avi. We broke through the 1,000 sale mark and closed more houses with customers than ever before, which places us among the top three producing builders in the province. This sale achievement almost doubled our sales performance in 2011, and we look forward to holding these numbers in 2013. I believe customers in Calgary and Edmonton will continue to receive great value for their purchasing dollar in 2013, however as land supplies get tighter in Calgary, due to the vibrant housing economy fueled by in-migration and the limitation on new lot positions being provided to the industry, there is a defi nite risk of prices escalating faster than earnings and home affordability becoming a bigger issue.” tim Logel - President and Partner cardel Lifestyles “The market looks positive for 2013 for the new home industry. Calgary currently has lower then normal mls inventory. Also, strong job growth and an increase in migration to the city has increased the demand in housing. Calgary also has higher paying jobs as a result of a strong local economy as companies look to look to hire. In summary Calgary continues to buck the national trend where other cities are seeing lower sales and construction starts. I expect to see a solid year ahead.” Doug owen - general Manager Brookfield homes’ Multi-Family Division All of Brookfield’s multi-family developments are all well underway this year and uniquely positioned in mature, amenities rich communities, such as Mckenzie Towne, Cranston, and Auburn Bay. Generally our developments will begin to pick up in sales pace after show homes have been completed and potential homeowners can see, with excitement, things taking shape on site. unfortunately buyers this year may begin to see some underlying market constraints in the Calgary market begin to affect the availability and affordability of housing choice in certain market segments. potential homebuyers hoping for a quick possession should also note that a strong sales start to 2013 and end to 2012 has absorbed most of the planned newly built inventory and has continued to depress MLS listings. In respect to plans for 2013, we at Brookfield are excited to continue to move forward with development plans for several new projects as well as several new prototypes that build off our award winning designs.

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HOPE AT lARGE By Marty hope

KINTALLA CATChes Buyers’ eyes Streetside’s townhomes in Redstone offer something new

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o matter whether you are just starting out in the new home ownership market, or a repeat buyer shopping the market for another opportunity, value is an important aspect of the process. With its Kintalla townhouse complex, Streetside Development Corporation feels it has created a product that will satisfy the wish-want list of these and other consumer categories. “Kintalla is designed to provide a price-specific product that doesn’t mean sacrificing your living space,” says Streetside Vice-President Lisa Feist. “The floor plans are super spacious. For example, you can fit in a king-sized bed and still have room for the bedside tables.” Located in the developing community of Redstone, north of Country Hills Boulevard, east of Metis Trail and south of Stoney Trail, this Qualico Communities project is made up of just 73 three-storey townhouses. “It’s one of the smaller projects we’ve done,” says Ashley Carcasole, sales manager at Streetside. “But we have tried to focus on providing value, good looks, and a different flavour.” Kintalla has already caught the discerning eye of consumers with as many as four bedrooms and three-and-one-half baths, as well as one- and two-car tandem garages. Floor plans range from 1,249 to 1,327 square feet with the unique flexibility to upgrade to add another bedroom or den plus bathroom on the entry level, bringing the living space to 1,494 square feet. “Our floor plans have been strong for us,” says Carcasole. Since opening its show home in October, sales are closing in on a dozen. “What’s interesting is that so far we’ve sold mostly to people downsizing, moving from Balzac, Crossfield, and Westaskawin to be closer to their children or grandchildren,” she says.

“But as we get closer to beginning possessions in the fall, I think we’ll see more first-time buyers and young families moving in.” Adds Feist: “Market response is varied, but overall interest has come from people who want less maintenance but still want some extra living space.” And like other Streetside developments, Kintalla is built with a lot of green space within it. In addition, it is across the street from a community park and backs onto a sports field. Kintalla is just a part of a much larger Redstone community. It has been designed as a mixed use community that will cover some 145 hectares with as many as 4,000 housing units. An interesting aspect of Redstone is an enhanced pathway system that will include six to eight exercise stopovers with two or three pieces of outdoor-rated equipment. “The whole community, including Kintalla, has been designed around a live well philosophy, says Garrett Wohlberg, senior manager of design and communications for Qualico Communities. “Walking is good, but it will be even better to include fitness opportunities.” For more information on Kintalla, visit www.kintalla.com cL M a r c h

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he MARK Discovery Centre for Qualex-Landmark’s latest multi-family high-rise opened to the public in February, giving everyone a chance to see for themselves the marvelous finishes and lifestyle potentials that this 35-storey tower can offer. And what a start! Nearly half of the total 270 units have already been sold, as people see the terrific value that MARK on 10th offers. “We were very busy that first day and people really responded to the high quality of specifications and amenities we offer, and our location has also been key to our popularity,” says sales manager Kaleigh Salmon. The $100 million MARK on 10th development is going up on the corner of 10th Avenue and 8th Street S.W., but the Discovery Centre at 1120 10th Avenue S.W. is a couple blocks east of the actual building site. “MARK on 10th is purpose built for today’s urban dweller because of its proximity to the downtown Design District, offices, universities, transportation, and entertainment districts,” says Roger Navabi, president, Qualex-Landmark. “We are redefining the urban home by adding amazing amenities like the rooftop lounge and the generous 17,000 square-feet garden on the third floor podium into the mix.”

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he latest in Sabal Homes’ ‘uncommonly stylish” line of townhomes was launched in January to terrific acclaim, as Chalet Nº 4 brings a new level of sophistication to multi-family living in Copperfield. The Chalet line in Copperfield has been a certified hit, says Brenda Kelly, Sabal Homes sales manager for the multi-family division. “There’s a long list of features that buyers like about Chalets, but one of the main reasons are its flexible floor plans, the efficient use of space, good size of rooms, and great finshes such as laminate hardwood and tile flooring that are included in the price.” Phases 1 and 2 have been released for Chalet Nº 4 and Kelly says they have already sold 26 out of the 39 homes here. “We will be releasing our final phase shortly,” she adds. With prices starting in the $280,000s, Kelly says visitors to their show suite have been “surprised at the value and style of what they are getting for the price. That’s a 1,464-square-foot townhome with attached garage.” Chalet Nº 4 show suites are located at 514 Copperpond Boulevard S.E., or visit them online at www.sabalchalet.com.

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t’s getting nearer to party time at PIXEL as the latest multi-family from Battistella Developments held it’s topping off ceremony that caps off this eight-storey condo in Kensington. The rooftop level will become a private garden patio for residents, professionally landscaped with plants and soils indigenous to the southern Alberta region, says Battistella’s Alex Klassen. “We had a chance to see what it would be like up there and the view is even better than we anticipated, you can even see the mountains!” Construction is on target for possessions this Fall/ Winter 2013. “The window glass is now installed up to the 5th floor, and framing of the interior suites is following up. Only six units remain,” Klassen tells Around Town. These remaining units are all two-bedroom suites with private entrances, patios, heated underground parking, contemporary urban European finishes, and more. Pricing is in the $400,000s Battistella team on pIXEL rooftop including net GST.

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mart living is brought to a whole new level by Einstein @ Marda Loop, as the 39 apartment style suites of this inner-city low-rise offer by far the most advanced automated living environment management systems around. Residents can control almost everything in their unit — from lights, thermostat, to front door locks — through their smart phone or table, says Einstein sales manager roy Beyer. “No one’s ever seen this level of automation in a condo that is as affordable as Einstein,” Beyer says. “We’re proud to say that none of our units are priced over $325,000,” Beyer says. Einstein Marda Loop will go up on 1521 – 26th Avenue S.W., but sales are being conducted now at their presentation centre on 139 17 Avenue S.E. (across from the Elbow River Casino).

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fter a month of voting, Calgarians have chosen their favourite showhome and student decorating team from Brookfield Homes’ Project Décor Student Decorating Challenge. The “Ivory Leaf” team took home first prize of $2,000 after getting the majority of the over 500 votes cast in Brookfield Homes’ first decorating challenge held at the newly opened Harvest Mosaic show homes in Cranston. The contest was a partnership with the Interior Decorating diploma program at Bow Valley College. “We were extremely impressed with the students’ work,” says Doug Owens, General Manager of Brookfield’s multi-family division. “We felt that partnering with the Interior Decorating program at Bow Valley College was an excellent opportunity to provide real life work experience to eight talented students.” Bow Valley College was also presented with a $5,000 donation from Brookfield Residential and Brookfield Homes. The funds will be used towards the purchase of essential learning tools for the Interior Decorating program such as a kitchen vignette, millwork and upholstered Ivory Leaf team with Aly Velji and Brookfield’s furniture. Doug Owens

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algary’s East Village marked another milestone, as FRAM + Slokker began construction for FIRST, a mix-use multi-family project that will be one of the biggest condo developments in the city. “We’re really excited about FIRST, there’s real enthusiasm for this development, and we’re already FRAM + Slokker and Calgary Municipal close to 70 per cent sold in the first Lands officials at FIRST ground breaking phase,” says Fred Serrafero, FRAM + Slokker Vice-President for Development and Construction. FIRST will be the first of many things in Calgary. The first phase will comprise of a mixed-use 18-storey high rise with four-storey podium with a total 196 units that clearly marks this development as a stylish original. FRAM + Slokker will be building a total of seven buildings in this East Village complex with over 800 residential units and 50,000 square-feet of commercial space. “We’re not just constructing buildings, we’re building a community here where people can actually live, work and play,” Serrafero tells Around Town. “We are already designing the next two buildings.” FIRST will rise on the corner of 5th Street and Confluence Way S.E., just off the Bow River and the river pathway system. The complex will incorporate some of the most popular design features found in other multi-family urban condo markets, including a rooftop patio with entertainment lounge and meeting room, there will also be a landscaped courtyard with benches on a third floor terrace for all residents to enjoy. 70 |

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he surge in single-family home construction offset the dip in multi-family starts for a “stable” housing starts trend in January in Calgary, according to the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC). “The trend in total housing starts has been relatively stable in Calgary over the last four months, as a rising pace of single-detached construction has offset a moderation in multi-family starts,” said Richard Cho CMHC’s Senior Market Analyst for Calgary. “Overall housing starts in Calgary continue to be robust, supported by job creation, net migration, and reduced active listings in the competing resale market.” Housing starts in the Calgary Census Metropolitan Area (CMA) were trending at 11,622 units in January, according to Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC). The trend is a six-month moving average of the monthly seasonally adjusted annual rates (SAAR) of total housing starts. The standalone monthly SAAR was 10,353 units in January, slightly down from 10,663 in December last year.

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ime just flies when you’re having fun, and no one seems to be having more fun right now than Panorama West, which is opening its final phase on February 23, barely two years after this exciting development in the northern community of Panorama opened. Cardel Lifestyles’ Brad Logel says this may actually be the final opportunity to own a brand new home in this highly sought after neighbourhood. “We’re releasing the final apartment condo building at Panorama West. This is an 80 unit building we call Building D. We have nine different condo plans in all to offer with three of them being brand new plans. Recently, an industry insider named Panorama West the best suburban condo location. It’s tough to argue that one.” Panorama West’s walk-ability level is already off the charts and will likely even be more so, as the Save on Foods Grocery store has begun construction in The Gates of Panorama Hills Shopping Centre, which is right next door. “Our homeowners are very excited to see the shopping centre soon to be completed and their walking score go way up!” Logel says. CL


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advertisers index 6th and Tenth Bel Calgary page 5

FIRST Fram/Slokker Developments page 61

Prospect Rise Avi Urban pages 21 & 65

43Park Vericon Real Estate page 57

The Groves of Varsity Statesman page 46

Redhaus Streetside Developments page 2

1912 Cross M2i page 62

The Guardian Hon Towers page 77

Riverfront Pointe Carlisle Group page 17

Arrive Partners Development Group page 45

Harvest Mosaic Brookfield Homes page 40

Sage.Stone Greenview Developments page 50

Aura Aldebaran Enterprises page 34

Hunter House Streetside Developments page 43

Sawyer Silverado Avi Urban pages 21 & 65

Carlisle Group page 16

Keynote Balboa Developments page 29

Sonik in Mahogany Sabal Homes page 4

Kincora Summit Cove Properties page 27

Sonoma-Sage Hill Vertical Properties page 56

Kintalla Streetside Developments page 15

Stonecroft Auburn Bay page 78

Chalet Sabal Homes page 71 Champagne Remington Development Corp. page 23 Chaparral Valley Innovations by Jayman page 22

The Landings Statesman page 66

Copperfield Park Brad Remington Homes pages 77 & 80

The Landings at Rocky Ridge Swan Group page 68

Edison at Walden Avi Urban page 21 & 65 Eighty5Nine Vertical Properties page 39 Einstein The Providence Group pages 9 Evanston Square Streetside Developments FC & pages 12-14 Evolution Embassy/Bosa page 63

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