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12 FOCUS ON 12 | Beyond bath mats The evolving décor for the bathroom CONDO PROFILES 18 | Refined, regal Regatta Brookfield Residential’s newest Auburn Bay condo promises cool design, variety 23 | Ezra rising Parkside living in the inner-city about to become a reality 28 | Calgar’s urban life — in Vogue LaCaille’s next chapter is now finished! COMMUNITY PROFILES 33 | East Village A brilliant work in progress 38 | Pioneering community Sam Livingston’s legacy lives on in Brookfield Residential’s newest master-planned community DESIGNER SERIES 43 | Viva-chic Vivace’s design is anchored on style and sensibility

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CONTENTS 63 57 LIFESTYLE 48 | Friendly fringe Sheena finds her home in the friendly confines of Bridgeland FEATURE 52 | Born to design! HGTV’s Tiffany Pratt shares her design muse at the Calgary Home + Garden Show

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A DAY IN CALGARY GALLERIES 57 | Art of this world Feed the soul with the artistic beauty of Calgary’s many art galleries STYLE 63 | Tile talk Encouraging a conversation between your tiles and the surrounding design elements COLUMNS 67 | Ask Maria by Maria Bartolotti 69 | Condoscapes by Richard White 71 | Hope at Large by Marty Hope 73 | Around Town by Pepper Rodriguez ITEMS 10 | Editor’s Message 74 | Maps 78 | Ad Index

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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 NEXT MONTH: STYLE, and we have Shelley Boettcher picking some of Spring cleaning tips 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.

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The evolving décor for the bathroom BY AALIYA ESSA

THERE WAS A time when a colourful bath mat was the extent of décor that goes in the bathroom. Well, those days are long past, with more stylish and functional décor to raise the profile of bathrooms from beyond just utilitarian. A growing trend is having mini terrariums brighten your half-bath or powder room. CL

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[ 1 ] Sedona Grey Vanity Tray, $29.95 at Crate and Barrel. [ 2 ] GRUNDTAL, $9.99 at IKEA. [ 3 ] Rocks Vinyl Tub Mat, $17.99-$18.99 at Bed Bath And Beyond. [ 4 ] Cube Toilet Bowl Brush in Black, $32.99 at Bed Bath And Beyond. [ 5 ] Wenko 3-Tier Chrome Bath Cart, $69.99 at Bed Bath And Beyond. [ 6 ] IMMELN, $10.99 at IKEA. [ 7 ] XL Succulent Green House, $69 at Green House. [ 8 ] Digital White Bathroom Scale, $499.95 at Crate and Barrel. [ 9 ] Dixon Bamboo Trash Can, $54.95 at Crate and Barrel. [ 10 ] Taymor® Paris 1-Role Toilet Paper Holder, $39.99 at Bed Bath And Beyond. [ 11 ] XXL Terrarium, $99 at Green House.

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he ability to adapt to current market conditions is a rare talent, but if you’re a 340-year-old company, it just comes with the territory. Grosvenor Americas (Grosvenor) is one of the most respected condominium developers in the world, this London-based company has been able to succeed in Calgary’s challenging multi-family market with its compelling inner-city condominum developments. Grosvenor entered the Calgary condominum market with Drake, located in the heart of the Beltline, in 2010. It’s sequel, Smith just finished construction and has opened its in-building presentation centre located at 103 – 1501 6th Street S.W. Grosvenor’s current development, Avenue, is

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in the city’s West End and brings stylish inner-city living to another level. Despite the headwinds of the economic downturn, Grosvenor continues to develop successful projects by finding the right location that fits the lifestyles of their buyers. They satisfy market needs with their wide variety of efficient, stylish floor plans. Take for example, Avenue, which has been able to attract the discerning taste of a very specific segment of the market with its promise of a luxurious, riverfront lifestyle. “A lot of our buyers in Avenue are downsizing from their homes in the more affluent areas of Calgary,

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and they’re attracted not only to the spaciousness of the suites and the high-end finish, but its location in this quiet side of downtown,” says Robert Duteau, Senior Vice-President of Development at Grosvenor. Avenue, a joint development between Grosvenor and Cressey Development Group (Cressey), brings a luxurious presence to the corner of 5th Avenue and 10th Street S.W. Construction of the first phase, a 24-storey tower, is well underway with anticipated completion in Spring 2017. Avenue is over 77 per cent sold, with a great selection of one- and two-bedroom homes available at a starting price of $374,900. For those who prefer the feel of a detached home, Avenue also offers luxury townhomes starting at $703,900. This development’s popularity stems from its well-designed living spaces that exude an air of contemporary comfort with flexible and seamless features found nowhere else in the city. CresseyKitchen™, an integrated and revolutionary kitchen space, debuts at Avenue and is the first of its kind in Calgary. “Cressey is one of the most prolific and successful developers in Vancouver, and Avenue is the first development to bring the Cressey trademarked kitchen to Calgary,” says Duteau. “It’s a kitchen design that essentially creates a larger space by offering high-efficient workspaces, an abundance of storage space and an aesthetically pleasing look and feel.” With so much to look forward to at Avenue, the biggest draw is the

location, which has been key to the building’s success. “The location offers the utmost in convenience,” Duteau states. “There’s a trendiness, yet it also has a distinctly residential feel with immediate access to the Bow River pathway system or Prince’s Island Park.” Avenue is only one of four of Grosvenor’s active projects in Calgary, and the only one not in the Beltline, where Duteau says they “are planting the flag” for contemporary, urban condominum living. Smith, just next door to their initial Drake condominum, is thriving with 60 percent of its 127 units already sold. Now, with their inbuilding presentation centre and show suites open, it won’t take very long before it’s all snatched up. Duteau says Smith fits well with the youthful vibe of Calgary’s trendy and lively 17th Avenue S.W. district. “Smith has a more edgy, contemporary design that appeals to young professionals and is set at a price friendlier to their budget.”

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Grosvenor is also currently in the planning stages for two more Beltline condominum developments: one in 1520 4th Street S.W. and another on the site of the former Sony store at 1405 4th Street S.W. — two of the most coveted inner-city parcels of land. “What we like best about the Beltline is that it is an established neighbourhood that already boasts some of Calgary’s best restaurants and bars, shopping, and other amenities that this age demographic is looking to live near, and all within Calgary’s central business district,” says Duteau. “It’s an extremely walkable neighbourhood where one can enjoy the connectivity of urban living.” Finding the right location is indeed a strong suit, but Grosvenor’s ability and willingness to try out new floor plans has also played a significant role in their growth. For instance, they have a three-bedroom suite in Smith to see how well it will be received in Calgary and spectacular penthouse and subpenthouse suites in Avenue to cater to the high-end market. Grosvenor’s selection of townhomes in both

Avenue and Smith open a new venue for buyers who may not have considered downtown condominum living before.There is an underserved demand for inner-city townhomes. “A string of townhouse projects are filling in the missing middle of housing options, between highmaintenance detached homes and the amenity-rich, but communal living associated with condo product,” says Duteau. From young and professional lifestyle buyers interested in living in a central and urban location, to downsizers looking for a luxurious yet maintenance-free home, Grosvenor’s latest projects have attracted Calgarians from all walks of life. Even in today’s economy, Grosvenor is committed to investing in the future of Calgary and does see the market downturn as an opportunity both for themselves in boosting local land portfolio and for the savvy condominium buyers looking for the right inner-city home. ■

FA ST FACTS Community: West End Project: Avenue Developer: Grosvenor in partnership with Cressey Development Group Style: Luxury apartment-style condos and townhomes Size: Available suites are from 568 to 1,643 sq. ft. Price: Starting from $374,900 Sales Centre: 1037 5th Ave S.W. Free Parking: Beside the Sales Centre Hours: Monday to Wednesday noon to 6 p.m., weekends noon to 5 p.m., closed Thursday and Friday Website: www.avenuewestend.com Interested parties can also visit the Smith Presentation Centre at 103 – 1501 6th St. S.W.

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REFINED, REGAL REGATTA Brookfield Residential’s newest Auburn Bay condo promises cool design, variety BY PEPPER RODRIGUEZ

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he cottage lake lifestyle that Auburn Bay is famous for provides the calm, inviting background for Regatta, Brookfield Residential’s latest multi-family development in this thriving community in the southeast. Offering a wide variety of functional and stylish condo and townhome designs, Regatta has all kinds of choices to meet various budget and lifestyle needs. And it couldn’t have come at a better time, as Auburn Bay — a community also developed by Brookfield Residential — nears completion. “This project gives our customers the opportunity to live in the well-established community of Auburn Bay, neighbouring the lake and park space, in a price point that is difficult to beat,” says Brookfield Residential Business Development Manager, Kelly Halliday.

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“Homeowners will be close to the amenities of Seton and the South Health Campus, and will have a home that features oversized kitchens at a very affordable price.” It is also one of the final few opportunities to own a new home in the award-winning community as Auburn Bay is approaching the last few phases. Regatta will have three apartment buildings neighbouring a park, with nine townhome blocks surrounding a central courtyard. It has been very well received since its launch last fall, with 30 per cent of the first building already sold. A two-bedroom show suite is open to let potential buyers really get a feel for what they are purchasing, Halliday says. “The price point is sharp in Regatta, with condos starting in the upper $100,000s,” she adds. “Combined with the low interest rates, it’s a great value for our customers. But importantly, our

buyers are getting a complete community when they move into Auburn Bay, which has won the Calgary Herald Readers’ Choice award for Best Community six times.” One- and two-bedroom condos are offered in nine floor plans ranging from 544 to 1,010 square-feet, with prices ranging from the upper $100,000s to the upper $200,000s. Buyers also get high standard specifications in the interiors, like quartz countertops, maple cabinets, stainless appliances, tile backsplashes and three colour boards to choose from. Every kitchen also has an island or peninsula, with breakfast bar seating for your morning routines. The condos also each come with a balcony, complete with a gas line for entertaining friends with a barbecue party. The best thing about living in Regatta, however, is the neighbourhood it’s located in. “Auburn Bay has so many features that our homeowners are looking for — we hear from real families all the time that it’s a great place to live and put down roots,” Halliday says. “There are lots of obvious reasons, like access to roadways and amenities, the 43-acre Auburn Lake and the beach, the programming through the residents’ association.” Residents also get to enjoy the easy shopping amenities in Auburn Station, which will be a stop for the future Green Line C-Train. The Auburn Station Shopping Centre is just across the road from Regatta and it is already up and running. It already has the Co-op Food Store/Wines Spirits

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“But really, Auburn Bay is a community in the truest sense of the word. Neighbours know each other and they really connect by virtue of living in this community.” “Regatta is the perfect choice for firsttime homebuyers who are looking to begin their lives as a homeowner, or downsizers who live in the area and wish to stay close to the great neighbourhood they have enjoyed previously. First possessions are expected by winter 2017. Interested parties can register now at www.regattaauburnbay.ca. CL Beer/ Gas Bar, a Tim Horton’s, Dominos Pizza, an A&W, the Blackbird Pub, nails and hair salons, a pet clinic, a dental clinic, an optometry clinic, and a dance studio. Its proximity to the Seton commercial district and South Health Campus add a further lifestyle and peaceof-mind component that no other community can match. “But really, Auburn Bay is a community in the truest sense of the word. Neighbours know each other and they really connect by virtue of living in this community,” Halliday says. Regatta itself will feature a bocce court, as well as a dog wash to get your pup cleaned up from a good walk in the nearby dog park. Regatta will also feature an architectural style that will reflect the cottage lifestyle of the community. The building will be primarily Hardie with stone accents. Special end cap treatments should be noted with contrasting color treatments. The use of stone is mixed throughout as well.

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FAST FACTS COMMUNITY: Auburn Bay PROJECT: Regatta DEVELOPER: Brookfield Residential STYLE: Apartment-style condominiums and townhomes SIZE: Apartment condos are from 544 to 1,010 sq. ft. PRICE: Apartment condos are from the upper $100,000s. Townhomes are being released at a later date. SALES CENTRE: Located on Auburn Meadows Drive S.E. — just off 52nd Street. HOURS: Monday to Thursday 2 to 8 p.m., weekends and holidays noon to 5 p.m. DIRECTIONS: South on Deerfoot Tr., exit onto Seton Blvd. and left at 52 St. S.E. and follow the signs. Website: www.regattaauburnbay.ca


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Ezra rising Parkside living in the inner-city about to become a reality BY PEPPER RODRIGUEZ

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t’s a rare pleasure to see a dream coming true, and that is exactly what buyers of Ezra on Riley Park are enjoying right now. Both of the two eight-storey towers are well on their way to completion and first move-ins will be early this summer. Even through the tough economy Ezra on Riley Park has been performing beyond expectations. But it’s not exactly surprising that this luxury condo has

been so successful. Where else in the inner-city can you live so close to the downtown, in a trendy and thriving neighbourhood, and still have the peace and calm of a well-landscaped 40 acre park as your backyard? It will likely attract even more attention when it opens its stunning one-bedroom show suite at the end of March. It will be one of Ezra’s loft-inspired Flat units on the main floor, and it will be staged to reflect the easy living, contemporary lifestyle one can expect here. This unit features two patios, one off the living room and one off the bedroom. Like all of the other main floor units there is a private entrance to your suite where you can walk out your front door and down the street to Kensington or take a few steps into Riley Park. Main floor units are pet friendly and are perfect for active dog owners.

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“It is a small boutique development in a once-in-a-lifetime location. Basically, there will not be another opportunity to live on Riley Park in a luxury condominium.” Why it has resounded so loudly among condo buyers is no secret: its location backing onto the lush expanse of Riley Park in Hillhurst/Sunnyside; also, the sleek, contemporary design of the building itself. “It is a small luxury boutique development in a once-in-alifetime location. There will not be another opportunity to live on Riley Park in an upscale condominium like Ezra,” Kerr adds. This ambitious condo development is on a quiet, tree-lined portion of 5th Avenue N.W. It is named after Calgary pioneer rancher and politician, Ezra Riley, whose family owned the land that is now Hillhurst/Sunnyside (also known as Kensington) and for whom the 20-acre park is dedicated. “Ezra’s location is second to none. We’re right in the heart of Kensington but back onto one of Calgary’s most iconic parks,” Kerr says. “You can take a five minute walk in either direction and reach the restaurants and shopping boutiques on 10th Street N.W., or the amenities on 14th Street.” Additionally, Ezra is right next door to the community association hall, which hosts weekly farmers markets where you can get the best fresh produce in the city. And all the while enjoy the tranquility of the park from your spacious patio. “No car required, everything is walkable, or transit is right outside,” Kerr says. The exquisite architectural details of the buildings (designed by Norr Architects) also brings a sense of millennial style to

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the area. Featuring incredible floor to ceiling glass, including wrap around balconies, and highlighted by wood and brick accents, Ezra on Riley Park will bring a sense of aesthetic energy into this older part of the neighbourhood. Speaking of the millennial lifestyle, Ezra has also become popular to cyclist, and a new bike lane has just been completed along 5th Avenue, right at its doorstep. “Most of our homeowners are active and like to walk and bike as much as possible. So having the bike lanes right outside is perfect,” Kerr says. Then of course there is the luxurious interior finishes. High gloss cabinetry with soft close drawers, white quartz countertops throughout, engineered hardwood floors, gourmet stainless steel kitchen appliances, modern backsplashes and tile accents are some of the upscale standard features buyers can find in each suite. Customers can choose from three designer colour palettes. Each unit has a private storage locker complete with bike rack. Units over 500 square-feet come with underground parking. Amenities include a fitness room designed by Heaven’s Fit-


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ness, and then there’s the Ezra Club, which is the residents’ lounge with double sided fireplace, TVs, full kitchen and wine storage room complete with lockers. Ezra will have a total of 100 homes, divided among two-storey townhomes, four levels of apartment-style condos, and four penthouses. There will be two-levels of heated, underground parking for residents. Ezra offers a mix of microunits, main floor loft-inspired flats, one-bedrooms and two-bedrooms apartments, executive two-storey townhome and exquisite penthouses. “We have such a variety of suites to choose

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from there is definitely something for everyone. To date we have sold to a wide range of people wanting the incredible lifestyle Ezra will offer; single professionals and couples, modern families, and in particular, downsizing empty nesters. Prices are as appealing as Ezra’s location with one-bedrooms starting from the low $300,000’s, main floor flats from the $400,000’s, and two-bedrooms apartments from the low $500,000’s. Executive townhomes are offered from the $800,000’s and the two remaining penthouses from $3 million. (All prices plus GST.) “We believe in the value of our project; so much so that we are able to offer a price guarantee with our homes,” Kerr says. “We were not tempted to reduce prices in the slower economy. Our homes will only increase in value due to the exceptional location and high-end specifications of our buildings.” CL

COMMUNITY: Hillhurst/Sunnyside (Kensington) STYLE: Boutique apartment-style condos and townhomes SIZE: One-bedrooms from 465 sq. ft.; two-bedrooms from 740 sq. ft., and townhomes from 1,100 sq. ft. PRICE: From the $300,000’s plus GST SITE: 1234 – 5th Ave. N.W. SALES CENTRE: #2, 1145 Kensington Cres. N.W. (just across from Jugo Juice) HOURS: Monday to Thursday noon to 7 p.m., Weekends and holidays noon to 5 p.m. WEBSITE: www.ezraonrileypark.com CO N D O L I V I N G M ARCH 2017

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ore than just an ultra modern downtown residence, more than a spectacular spire offering the utmost in city lifestyle, LaCaille’s Vogue is also a promise kept. After three years of construction, the impressive, 36-storey landmark tower is opening its doors to its first residents, and it is everything they could have hoped for. “As purchasers made their first visits to the completed building, the reviews have been universally positive,” says LaCaille Group Vice-President Al Schmidt. He tells Condo Living that Vogue’s “spectacular views, fantastic lobby, beautiful bathrooms, large kitchens and awesome gym” awed many of the building’s first visitors. New, in-building show suites are opening in March, giving interested buyers a chance to see first-hand the new urban lifestyle at Vogue. Vogue’s first residents will soon be moving in, with the building over 80 per cent sold. Schmidt says there are approximately 50 units still available, with more than 40 of them located above the 25th floor. “Interested purchasers should plan to visit as soon as possible to take advantage of the great view units left on Vogue’s upper floors,” he says. In a lot of ways, Vogue is the embodiment of a promise kept by LaCaille, one of Calgary’s most prominent condo developers, as they provide Calgarians with a world-class residential tower in the heart of downtown at a very appealing price point. Vogue was imagined and constructed to make a dramatic architectural statement, as the building is reminiscent of something you might have

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found in Chicago or New York in the roaring ‘20s, capturing all the glamour and excitement of that era. “The arched entry soars 10 stories up, giving you a sense of arrival like no other building,” Schmidt points out. The lobby, which is designed to emulate a high-end vintage hotel, will offer comfortable seating areas with TV, Free Wi-Fi and a coffee bar. Designed with the intention of allowing residents to connect with their neighbours, this community gathering space has all the necessary amenities to serve as an urban town square. But more than its image, Vogue represents true downtown living. “You’re one block away from the 8th street LRT station in the downtown free-fare zone, and within easy walking distance to the Plus-15 walkway system. This prime location in the downtown west end is just a block off the river pathway and a short walk to the stores and restaurants in trendy Kensington over the Louise Bridge,” he adds. Every amenity is provided its residents to ensure a cosmopolitan lifestyle. The fully equipped rooftop Sky Gym, a fitness centre for the exclusive use of Vogue residents, is a great way to get to know your neighbors while enjoying spectacular views of the Bow River Valley and Rocky Mountains. The adjacent rooftop yoga studio, meeting room and a large party room that can be

MORE THAN IT’S IMAGE, VOGUE REPRESENTS TRUE DOWNTOWN LIVING. booked by residents for special events offer residents an unparalleled “have it all” lifestyle. The suites themselves are beyond reproach for their pristine, high-end finish. “LaCaille equals quality and, as always, we’ve paid ultimate attention to detail, “ Schmidt says. “The kitchen and bathrooms, from layout to appliances and fixtures, are exquisite. Quartz or granite countertops, full stainless steel appliance package, engineered wood flooring and floor-to-ceiling windows add a lofty ambiance and let in lots of natural sunlight.

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FA S T FAC T S COMMUNITY: Downtown West End PROJECT: Vogue DEVELOPER: The LaCaille Group STYLE: Luxury Apartment-style Condos and Penthouses SIZE: From 543 to 1,420 sq. ft. PRICE: Starting from the upper $300,000s MOVE-IN: Immediate SHOW SUITE ADDRESS: 930 6th Ave. S.W. HOURS: Noon to 5 p.m. daily; Closed Fridays WEBSITE: www.liveinvogue.com

Bathrooms are finished with vintage hexagonal floor tiles, luxurious soaker tubs and modern plumbing fixture, all part of Vogue’s retro take on a modern downtown lifestyle! Vogue has 232 suites ranging from 543 to 715 square-feet for one-bedroom suites; and 773 to 1,059 square-feet for two-bedroom suites. Higher up, on floors 34 and 35, the penthouses offer a spacious 1,272 to 1,420 square-feet. The premium selection in suite sizing is reflected in the pricing, with one bedrooms generally starting in the upper $300,000’s, and two-bedroom units

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starting in the upper $400,000’s. As part of the Vogue opening celebration, LaCaille will also be releasing a small number of smaller one bedroom units with promotion pricing starting at less than $300,000! LaCaille is confident Vogue will be a crowning jewel to its recent list of projects, adding to its past success stories at LaCaille Parke Place, Solaire, Chateau LaCaille and the twin Five West Towers. These projects have demonstrated LaCaille’s timeless quality, and Vogue will be a fitting new chapter to the LaCaille story. CL


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he sun shines brilliantly and a soft dusting of snow has turned the inner-city sanctuary of St. Patrick’s Island into a winter wonderland. Couples stroll along the pathways, stopping to sun themselves on the sculpted teak benches in Confluence Plaza; it’s a place to people watch and relax. Front and centre a sheet of synthetic ice draws flocks of children and adults excited to try their hand at throwing and sweeping a granite curling rock. Just steps away, across the George C. King bridge, the East Village bustles with life, amidst a backdrop of natural beauty, anchored by the Bow River and an exciting urban landscape. Free outdoor curling is just one activity offered as part of the public programming initiative and place-making vision spearheaded by Calgary Municipal Land Corporation (CMLC), the developer behind the East Village, a 49-acre, ambitious reclamation project on Calgary’s east side of downtown. “It’s our mandate to institute meaningful programming, programming that creates

community,” says Jessa Morrison, senior manager marketing and communications at Calgary Municipal Land Corporation (CMLC) The East Village is bordered by the Bow River on the north, Macleod Trail on the west, 9th Avenue on the south and Fort Calgary on the east side and the once run down, weathered and neglected area is now humming with a vibrant beat. Come spring, the Crossroads community garden, located at the corner of 6th Avenue and 6th Street will be in full swing, connecting people of all ages and acting as a hub of action. Comprised of 88 plots leased out to residents, an apple orchard and interactive playground, the garden is in its second year of operation. “It’s really fantastic,” says Morrison. “We had apples on the trees in the first year. The garden is a place where connections are being made between young and old, and new residents and those who have lived here for decades.”

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Imagined as a mixed-use, amenity-rich master-planned neighbourhood, the East Village will be home to more than 11,000 residents upon completion in 2027. “We are a 20 year project — 2017 marks our halfway point,” says Morrison. But, already the stage is set. The community is becoming a “People have been super excited and very Instagram happy with destination. It’s becoming a hip place to wine, dine and just this installation. They love the local artists,” says Morrison. hang out. In addition to the RiverWalk installation, public art peppers Take for example the RiverWalk, a two kilometre stretch of the entire development. The landmark sculpture of two storwalkway and gathering places along the Bow River, where the age boxes recently won a design award and this summer, the latest public art installation, Window to the Wild, by local art- artist commissioned for the $2 million public art installation ist Curtis Van Charles Sorensen, was recently unveiled. The at the New Central Library, will be announced. Morrison installation weaves a series of nine mixed media images of lo- hints that “Calgarians will be very excited at how the concept cal wildlife, draping three bridge abutments and flyovers, one plays off of what a library means, what a library means to a maintenance-building site and two public washrooms. It’s part of community and the people who visit a library.” CMLC’s Art in the Public Realm initiative, a cornerstone of the A design collaboration between the Calgary firm DIALOG redevelopment and revitalization of this historic neighbourhood. and the Norwegian firm Snøhetta, the new Central Library with its organically inspired contours and breathtaking glass facade will enrich the environment in so many ways, creating a community anchor, and a gateway between the downtown core and the East Village — a key element in knitting together the old and the new. It will be surrounded by a pedestrianfriendly plaza, encouraging interaction, making 3rd Street a destination. The exterior is almost complete. “The real living breathing aspect of what makes a library is what starts to get built in 2017,” says Morrison. She invites people to follow along on the project’s website www.yycnewcentrallibrary.com. The webcam is updated every 10 minutes at the construction site. The library is still on course, slated to open in late 2018. Certainly architectural panache is at the very core of the East Village’s community design. Here, glass-sheathed residential towers grace the skyline, while the newly rejuvenated Simmons Building, a century old brick-clad mattress factory buzzes with action, smells of delicious bready things and roasting coffee waft through the air. It’s now home to Phil & Sebastian, CharBar and Sidewalk Citizen Café and Bakery. A new 14-storey, 320-room Hilton Hotel opened its doors in December. And the ultra-modern, Alt Hotel by Germain will offer eco-friendly features and rates to suit the shrewdest of wallets, when it opens in 2017.

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Several new residential and commercial projects are almost ready to burst through their cocoons of inspiration. Verve, a 25-storey condominium tower, with five floor podium offering live/work homes from Toronto developer FRAM+Slokker recently broke ground and Embassy Bosa’s Evolution with its garden roof deck and selection of fitness rooms is nearing completion. Residents will be taking occupancy of their homes in N3 Knightbridge’s parkade-free condominium tower offering in the spring. INK by Battistella Developments has also begun construction and move-in ready by 2018. An upscale 28-storey family-friendly (there will be three-bedroom designs) rental project, The Hat, by Cidex Developments Ltd. is in the works, as is 5th and Third, a block long development with a Loblaws City Market in the podium and Arris, two residential condominium towers extending skyward. It’s a joint development between Embassy Bosa and RioCan Investment Trust. XYC Developments is charging forward on a mixed-use commercial building adjacent to the Simmons

Building. And Morrison hints that several more projects are in the Studio Bell development stage, soon to be announced. Retail offerings contribute to the vibe of a community, grounding it. “I think it never really feels like a neighbourhood until you have local shop owners animating the street fronts,” says Morrison. To that end, CMLC is considering a pop up retail park, opening May long weekend and running until Labour Day. “We want it to be a destination with live music and food and local businesses or other entrepreneurs or artists who have a great product.” Perhaps the most exciting happening in the East Village is the unveiling of the architecturally stunning National Music Centre (Studio Bell) — it’s a design by the Portland, Oregon firm Allied Works Archi- P H OTOS CO U RT E S Y C M LC tecture, and spans 160,000 square feet with five floors of exhibition space. It features a collection of rare instruments, artifacts, sound equipment and Canadian music memorabilia that tells the story of music in Canada. The exhibits are interactive and encourage people to explore and engage. The facility features a 300-seat performance RiverWalk centre and several smaller theatre rooms. CKUA now operates from the base of Studio Bell and the artist-in-residency program kicks into place this year. “It’s a feather in the hat of our community and the cultural centre that brings life and vibrancy to our community. We will really start to see the layers come into play this year — the talent, the thinking and the discussion around music,” New Central Library construction says Morrison. CL

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t’s the kind of community that would have made good old Sam Livingston proud. Named for one of Calgary’s best known pioneers, Livingston, Brookfield Residential’s new northwest community, is a modern-day tribute to the man who founded one of the first farms in what was then a small but booming town back in 1876. With beautiful new homes from some of Calgary’s top builders, and many more modern amenities, it’s a far cry from the original homesteader way of life, but there’s still that same pioneering spirit and sense of being connected to your neighbours that lives on in Livingston. And, according to Trent Edwards, Chief Operating Officer, Brookfield Residential Alberta, that’s the whole point. “Livingston is Calgary’s new north,” he says. “It’s the next generation community built with extensive input from Calgarians. From concept and design, there are mindful touches that will create greater connections among residents, whether it’s the streetscape, home entrance design, green spaces or gathering places like the resident association.

Brookfield Residential’s vision for Livingston is all about togetherness, explains Edwards, and creating the shared values and connections that bind a community. Livingston, he says, offers the perfect environment to put down roots and let family and friendships grow. “And, in doing so, create a new image of north Calgary.” Lofty goals. But then Brookfield Residential, like Sam Livingston, has always been up to the task. Jessie Seymour, Brookfield Residential’s Senior Manager, Strategic Marketing, echoes Edwards’ enthusiasm to actually watch the project progress. “There is so much excitement for Livingston. We are seeing that many Calgarians have been waiting patiently for a new community to come to north central Calgary.” So what’s all the excitement about? It’s because Livingston isn’t just any commu-


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nity. It’s a community within a community. A virtual town unto itself, with mixed multi and single-family homes plus office and retail space, parks and pathways. When fully developed, it will be home to 30,000 Calgarians and become one of the most significant residential, employment and commercial hubs in the city, anticipated to provide some 7,000 full-time jobs. Located straight up Centre Street northwest, just off Stoney Trail, Livingston is a surprisingly quick 25 minutes into the downtown core. The community spans more than 1,200 acres in size, and will offer approximately 11,000 housing units. This will include apartment-style condos, townhomes, street towns, laned duplexes, laned homes, and front drive garage homes. Getting the party started in the initial phases of the community development are apartment condos by Avi Urban, street towns by Homes by Avi, duplexes by Brookfield Residential, laned homes by Brookfield Residential and Morrison Homes, and front drive garage homes by Jayman BUILT, Morrison Homes, and Cedarglen Homes. In all, the first phase of Livingston includes around 400 homes, with pre-sales well underway. “We anticipate that homes will range starting from in the upper $100,000s right up to the low $500,000s,” says Seymour, noting approximately 70 per cent of the homes in Livingston will be below $450,000s.” It’s a price point that’s attractive to consumers with a wide variety of lifestyles, she says, a hallmark of a Brookfield Residential community. And the selection of housing available reflects it. The social and cultural hub of the community, the gathering place, will be the community homeowners’ association. Set on a six-acre park, the 30,000-square-foot facility is scheduled for

completion by 2020. “This will be a place where residents come together,” says Seymour. “To play games, host birthday parties, family reunions, attend a cooking class or learn a new language. This will be where kids meet their best friends and maybe moms and dads do, too.”

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LIVINGSTON WILL BE THE MODEL OF A SELF-CONTAINED, YET WELL-CONNECTED, COMMUNITY.

Livingston will be the model of a self-contained, yet well-connected, community. There will be no fewer than six schools when all is said and done (two Public Elementary schools, one public middle school, one public high school, a K–9 Catholic school, and a Catholic middle school). There’s also 20 acres set aside for environmental reserve, plus more than 200 acres of open space and parks. Future plans even call for a possible transit green line terminus. “We wanted a community that raised the bar and set a new standard for community. Livingston is a large community, but it is connected by green space, parks and pathways, schools, an energetic urban corridor and town center,” Seymour says. The grand vision for Livingston also includes one million square-feet of office and commercial space, local neighbourhood retail, and — pending approval — the

realistic possibility of a North Health Campus hospital. Construction for Livingston is underway after groundbreaking ceremonies last June and a grand opening is planned for March 4. And, on that rare occasion you can’t find something in the community, like, say, an airport, Saddledome or outlet mall, you’ll be happy to know the access to all of those is excellent. “There are so many other amenities in the vicinity to Livingston,” gushes Seymour. “There is quick access to the airport, and CrossIron Mills is just around the corner. Beacon Heights, Creekside Market, and Country Hills commercial areas are all close by.” Brookfield Residential, once again, seems to have hit the nail right on the head when it comes to identifying the wants and needs of today’s new home buyers. The fact is, they recognize there is no ONE home owner type, and so they build communities for everyone. That’s what 60 years of building and developing in Calgary will do for you. It gives you a unique perspective and depth of market knowledge others strive for, but never quite attain. “We’re passionate about this city,” says Seymour. “We’ve been working on bringing Livingston to market for nearly 10 years. This is an area of the city that had been seeking a new community, that hadn’t seen a new master planned community here in many years. Now we, Brookfield Residential, believe that we have created just such a community, with a unique lifestyle offering, and a mix of homes that offer exceptional value to homebuyers. “People are going to love the new north!” CL

FA S T FAC TS COMMUNITY: Livingston DEVELOPER: Brookfield Residential BUILDERS: Avi Urban — apartment-style condos Homes by Avi — Street Towns Brookfield Residential — duplexes and laned homes Morrison Homes — laned homes and front drive garage homes Jayman BUILT and Cedarglen Homes — front drive garage homes PRICES: Ranging from upper $100,000s for condos to low $500,000s for move-up homes, but majority will be below the $450,000 range DIRECTIONS: North on Stoney Tr., take exit at Centre St. N.W. and follow the signs. HOURS: After March 3rd all showhomes will be open Mon. – Thurs. 2 – 8p.m., Sat., Sun. & Holidays 12 – 5p.m. WEBSITE: www.experiencelivingston.com

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VIVA-CHIC Vivace’s design is anchored on style and sensibility BY PEPPER RODRIGUEZ

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onna McQueen has always had a feel for the fine things. Her stylish and sophisticated tastes have served her well in the nearly two decades she has been involved in the Calgary condo industry. Her keen sense of style and an intuitive design approach in staging show suites speaks to the heart of the buyers. It all shines through in the new townhome show suite in Vivace at West 85th. Donna is the area sales manager for this vibrant and cosmopolitan townhome and condo apartment development in the southwest — which is being jointly developed by StreetSide Developments and Bri-Mor Developments. She also played a key role in coming up with the spectacular and engaging design of their townhome show suite — the first in — building show suite in Vivace at West 85th. “We are thrilled to be staging multiple suites for viewing by the end of March,” she says. Vivace at West 85th prides itself for the understated yet refined style it offers, and Donna played a role in selecting the décor that brilliantly illustrates a smart, classy and timeless style. “The top-of-the-line standard specs provided at Vivace makes it easy

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to style the home, and the floor plan itself lends itself to envisioning the easy, relaxed lifestyle people can expect here,” she says. “The biggest challenge to designing any show suite is the fact that it has to please everyone. Taste is so subjective, what you may find pleasing may not be easily so to others. That’s where my 17-years in the business comes in, I know what buyers are looking for, and finding that look is easy to achieve in Vivace.” Vivace (pronounced: vi-VA-che) features a superior level of finishing which perfectly compliments each floor plan’s modern flair, says McQueen. “Residents will find our stylish colour palettes inclusive of timeless quartz countertops throughout, chic tile and flooring details, top of the line appliances, oversized kitchens with an abundance of storage (including a walk-in pantry), along with so much more.” Vivace at West 85th offers a variety of floor plans ranging from the executive three- storey townhomes to single-level and two- storey luxury condominiums. Vivace’s pricing for one-bedroom suites start from the $280,000s and two level condos and townhomes from the $480,000s (plus GST). Visit their show suite at 2118, 8561 8A Avenue S.W. or go to www.liveviviace.ca.

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Stylish Moen kitchen taps with pull-out bring a sleek, sophisticated look, enhanced by the quartz countertops of the central island. “The design of the kitchen and living area is a wonderful environment to host gatherings. It’s open and highly functional which lends to an evening of enjoyment every time,” Donna says.

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The timeless chic of Vivace comes through in this townhome plan. The nine-foot ceilings with drop-down bulkheads, recessed pot lights and the contemporary glass pendant light fixtures go a long way in establishing the transitional feel of the design. “Finding the balance between traditional and contemporary is key in a lot of situations,” Donna says.

One of the most ingenious designs in Vivace at West 85th is the central island with dining table extension. Also in quartz (but available in granite), the functionality of this design cannot be overstated. “It gives a flow to the room. Whether solo dinners or parties with family and friends, this set-up just provides tons of functionality.”

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The luxury vinyl plank (LVP) flooring is standard in all Vivace at West 85th suites, and just offers stylish sturdiness. “It’s virtually scratch or dent-proof, which is optimal for pet owners, or families with small children,” she points out. In-floor heating throughout is another luxury not quite captured by the picture.

There are minimal upgrades in the show suite, Donna says, and among the premium standard features included are the full height tiled kitchen backsplash and the full height 42-inch kitchen upper cabinetry featuring soft close doors and drawers. Contemporary brushed nickel handles match the stainless steel appliances, including the gas stove.

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The glass tile full height backsplash can be considered part of the wall art. Speaking of walls, for an open concept townhome such as this, Vivace at West 85th still has a lot of wall space where owners can hang their favourite art work. “Having the ability to bring art into your living spaces is the easiest way of personalizing your home,” Donna says. CL

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Sheena finds her home in the friendly confines of Bridgeland

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t doesn’t have to be lonely on the fringe. Just outside Calgary’s inner city there are many communities that are calling the names of people from all walks of life. Bridgeland, on the north side of the Bow River, is an inner-city community on the fringes of downtown that has seen a decades-long resurgence that shows no signs of slowing down. Stretching east to the Tom Campbell Natural Park and west to the recently renamed, Reconciliation Bridge, the 3.2 kilometre area was incorporated almost 120 years ago. It is home to landmarks like the Calgary Zoo and is also constantly being updated with fresh businesses catering to the ever-growing population, who are being drawn to the fringes of

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the downtown core. Built on the slopes to the northeast and northwest quadrant, Bridgeland has views for miles into the downtown. Sheena, a University of Calgary student currently working on her Masters degree in Communications says the view was a definite selling point of buying Bridgeland when she began searching for a condo with her brother two years ago. “I was searching for inner-city, not downtown,” she says. “Downtown is too busy, too noisy and more expensive.” After returning home from living on her own for three years, Sheena says she again was thinking about a place of her own. When her brother mentioned he was looking for an investment, the siblings agreed to buy a place together and Sheena would live in the condo. A friend tipped her off to Victory and Venture, a four-story building on 4th Avenue and 5th Street N.E.


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“It was such a good deal,” Sheena says, a priority when living on a student’s budget. She was able to purchase a unit on the top floor for $380,000 when similar two-bedroom, two-bathroom condos in the 660-square-foot range were going for around $20,000 more at the time. Sheena said it was important to have two bedrooms to allow for a mortgage helper. “I didn’t want to be stressed out so I thought I’ll have a roommate,” she says. A friend from the UK, studying to become a pilot, occupies the second bedroom. He also has the extremely streamlined euro-style main bathroom all to himself. Sheena says the tiny bathroom, with wall-mounted sink and toilet is not the norm in Canada yet, but in her travels she has seen many similar space-saving water closets and says so has her roommate. Saving space in some areas, allows for wideopen spaces in the rest of the suite. Her spacious master bathroom comes with a full-size ensuite. The well-planned modern

kitchen feels wide open due to the bright white flat-paneled cabinetry and integrated kitchen and freezer. Rather than the standard island, The living area has a free-flow feel from the front door, through the kitchen and dining area to the open living room, which overlooks the north side of downtown. Whether she is cooking on her Fulgar Milano gas top range, working on her thesis at her dining room table or hanging out in the living room or patio, the view is the same — a panoramic of the city’s iconic Calgary Tower, the Bow building and multiple skyscrapers and river-front high-rises. Being just outside the heart of the downtown is also great when it comes to getting around. “It way closer to the university,” she says. “It is a 10–15 minute drive anywhere, a 10–15 minute walk to Bridgeland (C-Train) station and a 15-minute walk to downtown.” An underground parkade gives her a warm place to keep her car, when needed, she adds. A winter move-in means she hasn’t had a chance to get her bike on the downtown cycle track, but she says come spring she will be using the lanes to get around downtown. The tracks are made for inner city dwellers like her, she says, and she plans to put them to use. In the meantime there are places close to home to keep her occupied. “I’ve gone to Movement U for rowing,” she says. There is also Blush Lane, an organic grocery store, Sheena says is fairly ‘hipster’, but can overlook that because it has what she needs. Shiki Menya is a ramen restaurant only a few blocks away that only makes a certain number of soup bowls every day that is another favourite. This summer she envisions barbecues and book reading on the rooftop patio with a fireplace, which is only steps from her front door. There will also be working out in the building’s gym with her cousin, who has a place on the first floor. “The gym is not finished yet, but when it is we are hoping it will be just like a hotel — we will meet up in the lobby and go to the gym.” CL

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vibrant interior designer is also pretty swell! I just adore what I do and being able to make people happy and create beauty is a true honour for me.” Asked what her first step is in designing a home, she says she has to know the client first. “The first step I take when designing a space is learning how my clients plan to live and function within the four walls. Knowing what they have and want to include is also hugely helpful.” She continues: “Good design comes from great function and flow. If you live an organized life where everything has a place, beauty can be infused into the nooks and crannies so you are surrounded by things that make you feel at home.”

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“I’m going to give audiences the real story of my connection to colours, rainbows and why I feel injecting colour into your life Carson Arthur

But the one thing people should nev- to colours, rainbows and why I feel injecting colour into your er forget in decorating their home is life is so healing and transformative. Get ready for a little fun. “Have fun! Forget the rules and spectrum of inspiration!” what your friends may have done in It seems this very photogenic personality was made for TV, their home! Your space is your own but she says that she rather came to this profession through and should be a reflection of who you the back way. “I was running an art studio when a TV crew asked to use are and how you want to live! Follow my space for a live broadcast. After that, producers on CBC’s what you love and enjoy the process! Steven and Chris approached to ask if I would be a regular It is not a race!” She advises that the most econom- guest on their show. Things snowballed after that and the ical way of achieving a new look is a rest is history! My favourite part about working on a show new coat of paint. “Paint is the most is bringing light and joyful laughter to the set. transformational and inexpensive way I really love having fun and making TV that to refresh and redecorate your home. is lighthearted and easy to watch! I have Once you have a new coat of paint on been doing TV now for about eight years walls, or objects, you can get to the and I truly love it. She will now be seen in the new business of frosting. I do not believe HGTV Canada show Home To Win, Win you have to overhaul your whole life where she gets to interact with some to make things feel new! Move things around! Paint it up! A newly renovated of the country’s most recognizable space is just a few brush strokes away!” home improvement stars. Home to Win brings 20 of HGTV’s For her debut in Calgary, Tiffany says she will be sharing a very per- brightest stars — like Bryan Baeumler, sonal story about her true “Rainbow Paul LaFrance, and Scott McGillivray Connection.” “I’m going to give audi- — together to transform a ho-hum ences the real story of my connection home into a spectacular residence.

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is so healing and transformative.” Many of those stars have made an appearance at the Calgary Home + Garden Show or in the fall Calgary Home + Design Show, which have been the most anticipated trade events in the city in the past several years. Teri Salazar, Calgary Home + Garden Show Manager, Marketplace Events, says there are a lot of things visitors can look forward to this year. “The Home + Garden Show is our biggest show of the year in Calgary! With 650 exhibitors and features designed to whip any home or garden into shape. There’s innovation, inspiration and expert advice at every turn at the Calgary Home + Garden Show. Plus, our Home + Garden Stage talent lineup is stellar for 2017: with HGTV Canada’s Masters of Flip Kortney and Dave Wilson, plus HGTV Canada’s Home to Win stars Carson Arthur and Tiffany Pratt.” She adds that they have carefully curated and selected their Home + Garden Show exhibitors and talent to be able to speak to home projects of all sizes and budgets, both indoor and outdoor. “Whether you’re looking for a way to optimize your backyard space on a tight budget, or you’re trying to sell your home and wondering the best investments you can make to increase its value, we’ve got practical advice for you.” Even in tough economic times, these shows remain relevant to a lot of Calgarians, she adds. “We often hear from show visitors how happy they are to have been able to get face time to consult directly with all kinds of home and garden experts, from contractors, designers, landscapers and gardeners who can provide them with honest insight about their specific projects.” CL

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Feed the soul with the artistic beauty of Calgary’s many art galleries

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ne of the best ways to spend a day in Calgary is to wander our myriad art galleries. Sometimes I focus on the ones on and around 11th Avenue S.W. Other times, I pick up coffee in Inglewood and then head to the Esker. And the Glenbow is always worth a pilgrimage, too. Here’s a look at what’s happening at just a few of the city’s galleries this spring. And remember, in many cases, you can buy the work on view, just in case you’re looking for art for your home or workplace.

ESKER FOUNDATION CONTEMPORARY ART GALLERY 4th Floor, 1011 9th Avenue S.E. Earthlings is a group show on now through May 7, featuring the imaginative work of five Canadian artists from Cape Dorset, Rankin Inlet, Toronto and beyond. The show includes both solo works as well as collaborative explorations. Also at the Esker, Canadian artist Jude Griebel’s show, Estranged Setting, is on now through April 30 and includes sculptures addressing consumption, industrial fishing and agriculture.

TOP LEFT TO RIGHT Afternoon, Julie Beugin, at Viviane Art.

GLENBOW MUSEUM 130 9th Avenue S.E. Spend an afternoon exploring the permanent and temporary exhibitions. Recent Acquisitions runs March 4 to May 22, and showcases new artworks and objects that were added to Glenbow’s collection last year. North of Ordinary: The Arctic Photographs of Geraldine and Douglas Moodie, features early 20th-century work of Western Canada’s first professional female photographer and her husband, NWMP officer Douglas. The show is on now through Sept. 10. Diana Thorneycroft is just one of the artists featured in Canadian Stories: The View From Here, which explores iconic Canadian themes from a western perspective. The winter launch party for all of these exhibitions will take place March 3 at 7:30 p.m.

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DGS Arctic frozen in the ice, Fullerton Harbour, Nunavut, April 1905, Geraldine Moodie, Collection of Glenbow. Orbit, 2009, acrylic on canvas, 12 x 12 in. (30.4 x 30.4 cm). John Hall. Collection of the artist, at Nickle Galleries. BELOW Wild, Cameron Bird at Canada House Gallery.

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JARVIS HALL GALLERY 333B 36th Avenue S.E.

Campeche John Hall, Campeche, 1988, reworked in 2002, acrylic on canvas, 24 x 24 in. (61 x 61 cm). Private collection. At Nickle Galleries.

Corri-Lynn Tetz — whose works are at time dreamy, at time racy — will have a solo show, Diviners, opening on March 3 through April 13. The opening reception is March 3 from 5 to 8 p.m. And Calgary visual artist Mark Dicey will have a new solo show, Traffic, April 21 through June 3. The opening reception is April 21 from 5 to 8 p.m. Renowned for his intense, colourful abstracts, Dicey is also part of drunken paw, a collaborative group with work on view at Sidewalk Citizen in the Simmons Building.

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NEWZONES GALLERY OF CONTEMPORARY ART 730 11th Avenue S.W. Beloved Canadian artist Cathy Daley will have a solo exhibition of new drawings March 18 to May 6 at Newzones. The opening reception will take place March 18 from 2 to 4 p.m. Daley’s black oil pastels on white vellum artworks in collections around the world, including the National Gallery of Canada and the Art Gallery of Ontario.

of Canadian painter John Hall is on now through April 29. A former Calgarian, Hall is famous for his detailed, photo-like paintings.

www.nickle.ucalgary.ca PAUL KUHN GALLERY 724 11th Avenue S.W.

This spring, Ontario artist Martin Pearce will have a show opening March 4 through April 1. “The question, for me, has to be: how can a work of art address its material condition and simultaneously conjure an imaginary world?” according to the artist’s statement.

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NICKLE GALLERIES University of Calgary, 410 University Court N.W. Now through April 8, Home Economics explores 150 years of Canadian rug hooking, including the folk art’s evolution, iconic images, stories and community. And Travelling Light, a 45-year retrospective

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Mark Dicey. Untitled 2430, 2017, acrylic on canvas, 60 x 84 inches. At Jarvis Hall.


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TREPANIERBAER GALLERY #105, 999 8th Street S.W. Don’t miss this group exhibition of new and recent paintings, sculptures and photographs by some of Canada’s top artists. Chris Cran, Ron Moppett, Christian Eckart and Luanne Martineau are just a few of the artists to be featured in the show, which takes place March 4 to April 8.

www.trepanierbaer.com VIVIANE ART GALLERY 1114 11th Street S.W.

A former partner at Toronto’s renowned Barbara Edwards Contemporary, Viviane Mehr is the face behind this new gallery, which opened in 2016.

This spring, Montreal-based painter Julie Beugin has a show on March 10 through April 15. Her complex, layered works feature oil, acrylic and collage on canvas.

www.vivianeart.gallery AND BEYOND:

At the lovely Canada House Gallery (canadahouse.com) in Banff, painter Richard Cole’s new show, Fleeing Moment: Figure, Animal, Land, will be on view March 1 to 14. An artist’s reception will take place March 4 from 2 to 5 p.m. And painter Cameron Bird’s first Canada House solo exhibition will be on view March 22 to April 5. Stop by for the reception on March 25 from 2 to 5 p.m. And at the Banff Centre’s Walter Phillips Gallery, Yesterday was Once Tomorrow (or, A Brick is a Tool) is on view now through July 2 in Banff. This group show includes 12 top Canadian artists and looks at artists’ magazines from the 1990s. CL

CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT Untitled, Cathy Daley at Newzones. The Diviners, Corri-Lynn Tetz, at Jarvis Hall. Oval rug with dog, Ontario, early to mid 20th century, From the Opekar / Webster Collection, Textile Museum of Canada. At Nickle Galleries. Group of Seven Awkward Moments (Northern Lights) (detail), 2007, Diana Thorneycroft, Collection of Glenbow. Portrait of Inuit woman — Kootucktuck — in her beaded attigi, Fullerton Harbour, Nunavut, February 1905, Geraldine Moodie. Collection of Glenbow. CO N D O L I V I N G M ARCH 2017

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TILE

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Encouraging a conversation between your tiles and the surrounding design elements BY DAVID CROSSON

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hen you look at the individual pieces of a mosaic (the tesserae, by the way), they don’t actually make much sense on their own. Step back, however, and you see the bigger picture. Much like a mosaic image, tile in your home is definitely the sum of its parts — parts which can interact with other elements in both positive and negative ways. In a bathroom this can be particularly important, and when you add things like countertop choices you can be faced with a rather arduous selection process. Not to worry: help is at hand. When it comes to the relationship between tile and ‘tops, there are a few simple rules to help make the process of choosing them much less painful. Whether it’s a kitchen backsplash, a shower surround or any other place you might apply tile, the principles are the same. As mentioned at the outset, tile is the sum of its parts — regardless of how large or small those parts are. No matter if it’s one-inch-by-one-inch or twofeet-by-two-feet, tile can be a bit of a chameleon. And, in order to make it work for you, the first decision you have to make comes down to two simple choices: blended or bold?

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A simple white sink and countertop provides an excellent counterpoint to the visual ‘activity’ of a busy backsplash.

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ABOVE : A solid counter in a cooler grey helps to ground the exuberant pattern in an integrated quartz backsplash. TOP RIGHT Heavily veined marble and a decorative tile border provide sufficient interest in this space, hence the inclusion of simpler elements such as sink, counter and mirror. BOTTOM RIGHT Dark grout plays up the contrast in these penny round mosaics, adding both graphic punch and texture to the walls of this bathroom.

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If you want your tile to blend together to form a seamless whole then select grout that is as close as possible in colour to the tile itself to minimize any visual ‘interruptions’. If, however, you want a bolder look, then dial up the contrast between grout and tile to emphasize the graphic nature of the pattern the two will create together. A good example of this is the dramatic grid you see when a deep charcoal grout is used with a classic white subway. In some cases, though, when the tile is bold enough on its own (a mixed-material mosaic, for example) picking a more neutral grout will help your primary material — the tile — sing and keep the overall effect from looking too busy. Now, here’s where things can get a bit tricky. Although you may not pick a countertop material at the same time as your tile (or vice-versa), you have to consider the interaction between the two before you commit to one or the other. A good rule of thumb is if the countertop material is visually busy (e.g. the pronounced graining in granite or marble) then your tile should play a secondary role by being calmer and less contrast-y in nature. Likewise, if you have selected a ‘quieter’ countertop (e.g. solid-coloured Corian or finer particulate quartz) then you can have a bit of fun with your tile and/or grout options. Selecting colour from your countertop for your tile is also a tried-and-true way to create cohesion, regardless of what you do with your grout. I don’t know how many times I’ve gone to a kitchen or bath reno consultation where clients were unhappy but couldn’t put their fingers on why. Almost always it was a matter of materials clashing or engaging in a power struggle — definitely not the elements of a happy, restful home. Another thing to bear in mind is sheen. I’m not a fan of all-shiny or all-matte in most


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Although you may not pick a countertop material at the same time as your tile, you have to consider the interaction between the two before you commit to one or the other.

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cases as it can compromise the dynamic of a finished space. My preference is to try to create relationships and conversations between elements, taking into account the finishes of other things like plumbing and lighting fi xtures and items like tubs and sinks. For example, polished chrome looks great against a flat or satin-finish tile but can be a bit much if paired with a higher-sheen option. Similarly, satin nickel can appear a bit lifeless when put with a matte finish sink and honed stone backsplash. The components of a space are really like the ingredients in a recipe — everything works when doled out in the correct proportions. A successful outcome is all about the mix, so try to test your selections out with one another all at once rather than relying on memory or doing, say, tile and counter at one time and faucet and tile at another. Ultimately your eye will tell you which combinations are most the harmonious and pleasing. This is important because (of course) you will be the one looking at, and interacting with, these choices on a daily basis. And there is nothing worse than starting your day with regret. It is my sincere wish that regret not be a factor in your home — not now, not ever. By taking it slow and making some informed choices you can create results that fulfill your every want and need, even if the space in question is only a bathroom. Like a well-mixed cocktail, a perfectly blended materials scheme can help take the edge off — but with longer and more satisfying results. CL

ABOVE A polished chrome faucet ‘pops’ beautifully against the subtle matte finish of this marble sink and textured stone backsplash. LEFT A geometric, all-white sink and simple subway tiles are smart choices in this situation, as they allow the strié pattern of the quartz countertop to take centre stage.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: David Crosson is a freelance design writer and principal of the David Crosson Design Collective. He is a frequent media commentator on matters of life and style as well as a regular guest on CTV Morning Live. For more of his design ideas, visit www.dc-dc.ca

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THE VALUE OF CONDO FEES The hidden cost of living in a condo

Q:

Dear Maria; I’ve been told that my condo fees are higher than most condos in the neighborhood. How do I determine what a reasonable maintenance fee is?

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That’s a pretty loaded question. In my personal opinion there really is no such thing as a “reasonable” condo fee. Now, hear me out… many factors such as amenities; utilities, number of units, location, age of building, reserve fund/study/ plan, security, and type of maintenance can contribute to high or increased condo fees. These are just a few factors that go into determining the condo fee. Whenever I’m asked this question, I tell people not to compare their condo to others in the city since no two condos are ever the same, and

each one has uniqueness about it. In other words, each condo corporation has different expenses. Some condos may have more factors contributing to increased fees, while others may have very little. For example; an aging building can require more upkeep along with modernization of common area components; such as, elevators, boilers, plumbing, access control

ASK MARIA

By Maria Bartolotti

systems or outdated intercom systems. These types of maintenance and/or replacement work can drive up the price of condo fees. The same can be true for newer buildings. In November 2016, I wrote about the new building bylaw that came into effect on June 20, 2016. (www.newconceptmanagement.com/blog). The City of Calgary’s Building Maintenance Bylaw is aimed at better protecting the public by requiring the exterior of Calgary’s buildings to be visually assessed for necessary repairs every five years. The bylaw covers buildings that are five storeys or greater and over 10 years old and will require visual assessments on building exterior walls and roofs. Any negative findings in these inspections will likely result in the need for repairs, which in turn will be passed on to residents in added condo fees. Condo fees are not meant to remain the same through the life of the property, if they do, you should be questioning why? If you purchase a condo, ensure that you have additional money set a side for the unexpected. Condo living is a lifestyle choice, but — like all other choices — there are consequences you have to be aware of. Until next time… CL

Maria Bartolotti

Editor’s note: Maria Bartolotti is a board member of the Canadian Condominium Institute – Southern Alberta chapter (CCI-SA). CCI represents all participants in the condominium community.

ACCI, FCCI is the ownermanager of New Concept Management Inc. She has developed a strong reputation for rendering timely and efficient services to the condominium industry. Maria believes that her company’s success hinges on her hands-on approach to condominium management as well as maintaining open lines of communications with her clientele. Maria is actively involved in her industry. For more information, visit www.newconceptmanagement.com CO N D O L I V I N G M ARCH 2017

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NEW CENTRAL LIBRARY: CATALYST FOR RENEWAL

CONDOSCAPES By Richard White

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owntown Vancouver has one. Seattle has one. So too does Salt Lake City. And soon, Calgary will have one! A fancy schmancy signature downtown library designed by a starchitect! In all three cities the idea was to build a landmark central library as a tool for urban renewal. And in all three cases, it has worked with the libraries now surrounded by trendy new condos, office buildings, shops and restaurants. So for the Calgary New Central Library, is it a case of “if you build it they will come” or a case of “keeping up with the Jones?” LIBRARIES AS COMMUNITY CENTRES In today’s world, libraries are less about the books (yes, they still have some) and more about being a vibrant community center where people come to read (yes, people still do that), use computers and attend programs, lectures, readings, movies, concerts and other events. For young suburban families, these mega libraries are fun adventure as they get to go downtown aka the tall city, often getting there by a train ride — how good is that. In a stroke of genius and as a hint of what it to come, Calgary’s current downtown library has parked a real (but modified) fire engine on the main floor of the library. Kids can dress-up as firemen, attend one of the many story times or sit and read in the driver’s seat. It has become so busy the circulation area had to be reconfigured. For families, it doesn’t get much better than this. Calgary’s new $245-million library will have 66 per cent more usable space than the existing central library and will contain

600,000 books and other items compared to the current library’s 390,000. Calgary currently boasts one of the busiest library systems in North America; the addition of signature central library will surely enhance that. While the new National Music Centre is a welcome addition to downtown and East Village, it is the new library, scheduled to open in 2018 that is destined to become the heart of East Village and perhaps even Calgary’s entire City Centre. AVANT-GARDE DESIGN While Calgary’s new library may not have a fire engine inside, the shape of the building has been said by some to resemble a giant bathtub toy boat. For others, it might remind them of the float boats used on the Bow River for fishing. Designed by Snohetta, an internationally acclaimed architectural firm headquartered in Oslo Norway specializing in library design and Calgary’s own DIALOG, architects of Telus Spark, the building promises to be stunning. On their website the architects say the design was inspired by the nearby foothills. Personally, I don’t see that as the building has very sharp edges as opposed to the soft rounded form of the foothills. The façade utilizes both clear and white glass that will create a continually changing dramatic light effect — day and night, inside and out. The interior of the building will be

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It's not just a library; it's also Community Centre and a way of life

dominated by a huge atrium with huge wood-clad arches that reference our warm wonderful, Chinook Arches winds, creating a very dramatic and inviting meeting and hangout place. LAST WORD While every attempt has been made to animate the streetscape and create a “welcoming” public realm around the building, the challenge of building over the LRT tracks has made that difficult. I am also concerned, like the Municipal Building (Blue Monster) to the west; it will be more intimidating than welcoming. It is hard to create big block-long buildings and make them inviting without lots of public space around them. I really hope I am wrong. The computer renderings of the building are very seductive. We can only hope the real thing will be as stunning. CL

Richard White has been writing about Calgary urban living for over 20 years. Follow him on twitter @everydaytourist, read his blogs at everydaytourist.ca or contact him at richardlw@shaw.ca CO N D O L I V I N G M ARCH 2017

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SPRING REVIVAL Aldebaran ushers in spring with Legend of Legacy show suites

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here seems to be a sense of renewed optimism about the new home sector in the air. Maybe it's the fact spring is just around the corner, maybe it's a better feeling about the economy, or maybe it's just people deciding to get on with life. Aldebaran Homes is feeling the itch, too. And to help scratch that itch, the veteran builder is readying to introduce everyone from first-time buyers to downsizers shopping the market with a new show home in its Legend of Legacy townhouse development in the award-winning Legacy community in southeast Calgary. The Novella could be ready to swing open its doors in April, according to Aldebaran sales and marketing manager Kristina Hoover. And the space and layout of this new show home is, she adds, "going to blow people away. It's a little higher-priced, but people will see why when they walk in." Legend of Legacy is an 87-unit, three-level townhouse enclave of 16 phases with a trifecta focus of high level quality, value, and affordability. Prices go from $329,900 to $412,900 and residences range in size from 1,185 to 1,460 square feet. The higher price points are for homes on ridge lots. "In this market, we are seeing a lot of people looking to downsize but not necessarily downgrade. The quality of our standard specifications and features are at a level where people would expect them to be upgrades," says Hoover. Those standards include granite in the kitchen, stainless steel appliances, and laminate flooring throughout. Digging a bit deeper, the specs also include open-concept floor plans with front

and rear main-floor decks and a full-size double garage on the entry level that compliments a flex area. The main floor has a full kitchen, half-bath, and living and dining areas, with the bedrooms and full bath one floor up. "We have found ourselves in the unique position in which buyers can get the same feeling as with a single-family home but without the huge mortgage payments and headaches that inevitably come with a larger financial responsibility," she says. So there is no doubt affordability is still a key element of attracting those looking at new homes, and with the added competition in the townhouse segment it's vital to maintain that focus, and to combine it with good looks and quality construction. And the Novella does just that. Aldebaran has teamed up with artist-designer Chris Kuzmenovich of CVK Designs to bring what Hoover describes as the "highest in quality and value" to the show home parade — right down to the expansive use of LED lighting. Again, Aldebaran is responding to the issues of affordability and style by making the switch from traditional lighting to LED, homeowners can save money by not having to changes light bulbs so often and by adding the stylish good looks of various LED fixtures to the home's resale value. "The economy is starting to show signs of life and Calgary's real estate market has

HOPE AT LARGE

By Marty Hope

Legend of Legacy

landed as softly as we could have hoped for, all of which makes now a great time to buy," says Hoover. And while some inroads have been made economically, there are still the new mortgage rules that have and will have an impact on the marketplace and may force some buyers to reduce their expectations. "This is why we believe Legend of Legacy is a great place to be right now. A buyer can step down into less debt and still get the quality and value out of their new townhome that they would have expected in a higher price range — and perhaps find the pace of life and low-maintenance lifestyle will compliment other priorities in their lives," says Hoover. CL

Marty Hope. For more than two decades Marty Hope has been reporting on the housing and development industry in Calgary, throughout Alberta, and across Canada. In March, he was presented with the Maple Leaf Award from the Canadian Home Builders’ Association which is given annually to a non-builder member in Canada for contributions to the industry. CO N D O L I V I N G M ARCH 2017

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AROUND TOWN

HENRY SHOW SUITE OPENS TO PUBLIC

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he long-anticipated Henry townhomes form Brookfield Residential has opened their snazzy new on-site show suite that captures all the charm and unique qualities of this premium build in Parkdale. Brookfield chose the Henry’s popular Bow floor plan as its show suite, and the 1,868-square-foot, two-bedroom plan does not disappoint with its compelling finish and private rooftop patio. “The views of the Bow River are amazing!” says Brookfield Residential’s Justin Castelino. The Henry show suite is open Monday to Thursday 12 noon to 6 p.m., and weekends noon to 5 p.m. Address is 3028 Parkdale Boulevard N.W. The Henry in the northwest community of Parkdale is replete in the modern

amenities that make urban living so tempting. With the Bow River as its backdrop, residents readily enjoy boundless recreational opportunities through the park and pathways surrounding the development, and the established community it’s in already offers the shopping, dining and entertainment that newer communities can only dream of. There are only nine of the 24 units left, and with prices starting from the $600,000s those may not last long.

LIVINGSTON WELCOMES AVI URBAN’S MAVERICK

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vi Urban launched their newest multi-family development, Maverick in Livingston, one of Calgary’s newest north communities. Located at 163 Livingston Avenue N.E., the prairie inspired contemporary development will house 177 new condos starting from the high $100,000s. The modern, prairie inspired elevations of Maverick at Livingston blends perfectly with the innovative stable of units, which cater to today’s contemporary and sophisticated condominium buyer. Spread across three boutique four storey buildings, Maverick sets a new standard for

condominium living in Calgary’s new north. Through Maverick at Livingston, Avi Urban delivers value and quality to price-concious individuals in Calgary’s real estate market. “Maverick pays tribute to the pioneering spirit and heritage of the city, speaking to our fortitude and commitment of building a better future,” says Charron Ungar, Avi Urban President. “The idea of a Maverick exemplifies what the community is about; stepping outside of the ordinary in an unorthodox manner to create something innovative and bold.” More information on Maverick at Livingston can be found by visiting aviurban.com/maverick, or by contacting the Avi Urban sales team at 587-349-7820 or maverick@homesbyavi.com. As of January 28, the sales centre is open Monday to Thursday from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. and weekends and holidays from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m., at 163 Livingston Avenue N.E.

By Pepper Rodriguez

INK BREAKS GROUND IN EAST VILLAGE

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attistella Developments has started construction on their 12th multi-family development, INK by Battistella located in Calgary’s trendy East Village. Construction began by demolishing the 20-year-old structure at the 622 8th Avenue S.E. location that will be the home of INK. The site is now being prepped and construction is beginning in earnest. “Nearly two decades ago, we were inspired to create an innovative live/work artist building, Orange Lofts, in the East Village. We are proud to be carrying on the same legacy with INK by Battistella.” says Paul Battistella, of Battistella Developments. “We thank all of our homeowners for sharing our vision. Without you building INK wouldn’t be possible and it is because of you that we do what we do.” Battistella’s newest multi-family venture, INK by Battistella is a modern, 14 storey vertical community of 119 functional micro condos ranging from 368 to 689 square-feet. INK features loft inspired homes with an industrial vibe provided by high ceilings, exposed ducting, and concrete floors. CL

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CALGARY MAP | North West, North East and Inner City MAP LEGEND

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26 Ezra on Riley Park 27 Carnaby Heights

28 Vivace at West 85th

29 Ashbury at Saddlestone 30 The Link at Evanston 31 RADIUS

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ADVERTISERS INDEX |  ARRIVE Partners page 27

Legacy Gate Carlisle Group page 61

Vogue LaCaille Group page 31

Avenue West End Grosvenor FC, pages 14-17

Legend of Legacy Aldebaran Homes page 78

Walden Place Cardel Lifestyles page 3

Brand Townhomes Birchwwod Properties page 51

Park Point Qualex-Landmark page 11

Westman Village Jayman BUILT page 26

Buffalo Avi Urban page 9

Quarry Park Remington Developments page 79

Zen Avalon Master Builder page 32

Calgary Home + Garden Show Marketplace Events page 46

Radius Bucci page 5

Zen Redstone Avalon Master Builder page 60

Carnaby Heights Jayman BUILT page 72 Copperfield Park III Brad Remington Homes page 77, back cover Cove Properties page 4 Emerald Sky Carlisle Group page 50 Ezra Birchwood Properties page 22 Gablecraft Homes page 41

Rise Jayman Modus page 66 Smith Grosvenor page 56 Stonecroft page 62 StreetSide page 68 Sunset Ridge Jayman BUILT page 2 The Guardian Hon Developments page 36

Homes by Avi page 6

The Loop StreeetSide Developments page 37

INK Battistella Developments page 55

Verona Townhomes Trico Homes page 62

Ivy Brookfield Residential page 21

Verve Fram/Slokker Developments page 47

Kensington Bucci page 70

Vivace StreetSide Developments page 42

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