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46 8 49 COVER FEATURE 12 | Sage opportunity

Sage Hill park brings stylish, affordable homeownership opportunities to northwest FOCUS ON 8 | Diggin’ it! Even a green thumb needs the right tools too make the garden grow CONDO PROFILES 17 | The winds of change The Windsor brings new era of modernity to underdeveloped Elbow Drive corner 22 | Quarry Park grows Refined living at its best at Quarry Park’s new townhomes and villas 26 | Walk this way ZEN Urban District brings the best of a walkable lifestyle 31 | Tight knit Small town feeling in all-inclusive Sanderson Ridge 35 | Sound of style Octave is in tune with Livingston’s lifestyle needs 40 | Hallo Holland Park Walden welcomes newest European style townhomes C A LG A R Y H O M E L I V I N G . C O M

60 COMMUNITY PROFILE 46 | Timeless classic Traditional style meets the modern world in Yorkville DESIGNER SERIES 49 | Mathematical style It’s not rocket science, but designing show homes involves more math than you’d think LIFESTYLE 54 | Closing the loop Couple finds way to each other through six degrees of seperation IN THE CITY 57 | Where are your plants? I don’t know I haven’t botany STYLE 60 | A private paradise Create your own Garden of Eden no matter the limits of space and time

FEATURE 65 | Art in the community Public art brings aesthetic value, togetherness in communities NEWS 68 | 2017 winners announced BILD Calgary Region Awards COLUMNS 73 | Ask Maria by Maria Bartolotti 75 | Hope at Large by Marty Hope 77 | Condoscapes by Richard White 79 | Real Estate Insider by Mario Toneguzzi 81 | Condo Tales by Jim Zang ITEMS 6 | Editor’s Message 71 | Around Town 82 | Ad Index CO N D O L I V I N G M AY 2 0 1 8



RENEWED GROWTH IN 2018 Spring 2018 will be remembered for a lot of things, the icky weather for sure, but also for the renewed zest in Calgary’s home building sector. Construction starts are up, new communities are sprouting in the north and the south, and according to Statistics Canada, investments for new housing construction were up 14.7 per cent to $644.6 million in January. Our cover feature is one of the latest developments contributing to the surge, as Brad Remington Homes launches Sage Hill Park in the northwest. This is Brad Remington Homes’ first venture in north Calgary and they promise to bring the same affordably stylish homes that has made them such a hit in the south with their My Legacy Park and Copperfield Park condos. Our community profile on Mattamy Homes’ latest development of Yorkville signals the start of new communities in south Calgary, as well. The north had been getting the lion’s share of new communities with Carrington and Livingston to name a few, now it’s the south’s turn to get into the action with Yorkville and Belmont (you can read about the latter in the May issue of our sister publication New Home Living). But if it’s condos and townhomes you need, we’ve got a full slate of upand-comers and established developments that are worthy of your attention. In this issue, we have The Windsor, the first mixed use condo development to go up on the corner of Elbow Drive and 50th Avenue S.W. Then there’s Remington Developments’ latest in Quarry Park: the ultra exclusive Gatestone townhomes and Calais Villas that will soon follow. Avalon Master Builders’ ZEN Urban District puts the spotlight on Seton. Sanderson Ridge is perfect for NEXT MONTH: the downsizer set with its alluring in-house amenities. The barbecue issue While Holland Park by Excel Homes is attracting buyers with its European flavoured design. Congratulations are also in order to the winners of the first BILD Calgary Region Awards (formerly SAM Awards). Shane Homes is the big winner for the condo side of things, taking home its first Multi-Family Builder of the Year Award. Calbridge Homes took home Builder of the Year. You can find a partial list in this issue. For the full list of winners go to www.samawards. com. Congrats again to all the winners and finalists.

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Even a green thumb needs the right tools to make the garden grow BY MEL LADNER

W ITH ALBERTA WEATHER the way it has been, our growing season is very short. So it’s vital that you get a lot of work done in a short amount of time. Mother Nature doesn’t care if your back, knees or hands are sore from gardening, mowing or chopping. Spring waits for no one. Find the right gardening tool for your needs and maybe you can even squeeze in some down time on your patio with a drink or two. CL


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Sage Hill Park brings stylish, affordable homeownership opportunities to northwest

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algary’s northwest has always been one of the most desired residential areas in the city, but it was never the most economical. Brad Remington Homes is about to change this reality with Sage Hill Park, which the developer says will usher a new era of opportunity for affordable homeownership here. Sage Hill Park marks the first development by Brad Remington Homes in the northwest, and they promise to bring with them their high quality standards, and award-winning designs that have made their previous developments of Copperfield Park and My Legacy Park in south Calgary such massive hits. Timing also couldn’t have been better, as Sage Hill Park is going up in what the company believes will be the next corridor of growth in Calgary. Located near the corner of Symons Valley Road and 136th Street N.W., Sage Hill Park will be at the epicenter of what many predict will be the fastest growing area in Calgary in the years to come. “Sage Hill Park represents an incredible opportunity allowing potential purchasers to get in on the ground floor of something big, and own a home in what will be a highly sought-after area for years,” says Brad Remington Homes Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Bryan Logel.

lifetime opportunity Brad Remington has created at Sage Hill Park,” he says. The 846-square-foot Charlie1 two-bed, two-bath model is already garnering plenty of buzz. “It’s one of our most popular designs. The spacious family room and kitchen provides flow for easy entertaining, and the dual master bedroom and ensuite allows for so much flexibility.” The best thing about the Charlie is that it is a very flexible design and can come in different configurations that will fit a wide range of lifestyle needs. There are 11 floor plans available in Sage Hill Park from one-, two- and three-bedrooms ranging from 574 to 972 square-feet. “There is one that will fit every lifestyle and need,” Logel says. There are plenty of choices in interior finishing to further personalize the home. There are three colour choices for quartz countertops (granite is available as a standard, too), two-tone cabinet options, and there are a choice of six kitchen and bath cabinetry styles, all with soft close

“Sage Hill Park represents an incredible opportunity allowing potential purchasers to get in on the ground floor of something big…” Sage Hill Park will have approximately 600 condo-style apartments over two phases (eight buildings). The sales launch for Phase One is starting on April 14 with limited opportunities to own in this exciting new development. “Based on the response and like in all our previous developments, we anticipate line-ups when sales start,” Logel says. With prices starting from $149,900 to the mid-$200,000s, they will likely surpass sales expectations. “Our deluxe two-bed, two-bath condos are unmatched in price and design and start from $209,900, it is one of the best examples of the once-in-a-

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doors and drawers. Nine-foot ceilings give the openconcept living space a much roomier appearance. Each suite gets a titled parking stall and more are available for purchase. “Brad Remington takes pride in everything he does. You can see it — the quality speaks for itself,” Logel says. The contemporary look of the exterior also blends well within the community. Hardie board cement fibre plank sidings bring a desired stylish aesthetic as well as a sturdy, fire-resistant build. Brick accents and sloped rooflines further add to its appeal.


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FAST FACTS DEVELOPER: Brad Remington Homes COMMUNITY: Sage Meadows PROJECTS: Sage Hill Park STYLE: Apartment-style condos SIZE: Starting from 574 sq. ft. PRICE: From the $149,900 SALES CENTRE: Near corner of Symons Valley Road and 136th Street N.W. HOURS: Monday to Thursday 2 to 8 p.m., weekends and holidays noon to 5 p.m. WEBSITE:

Speaking of the community, although the future does look bright with plenty of amenities already planned to come in to the vicinity — including a much-anticipated revival of the Symons Ranch Farmers Market that Logel thinks will be a commercial game-changer in the area — what is already here is plentiful. “We are surrounded by a couple of major commercial centres in Creek Side and Sage Hill with plenty of choices for dining, shopping, groceries and services, and those are all within a ten-minute radius from our location,” he says. But even if Sage Hill Park is near all this action, its actual site is in a very quiet and relaxing spot in the neighbourhood, surrounded by nature trails, scenic ponds, parks and greenspace. Affordability, innovative design and eye-caching architecture have always been the hallmarks of any Brad Remington Homes development. Their formula of “Love It, Live It, Afford It,” certainly has resounded over the years and has clearly marked the multi-awarded developer as a favourite among condo buyers. Bringing this philosophy to the northwest for the first time certainly augurs well for singles and young couples buying their first homes and emptynesters and downsizers who want to remain in the area. “The words affordability, quality and the northwest are words not normally used in the same sentence until now. Sage Hill Park offers everyone the opportunity to affordably own a home they love in a location they want,” he tells Condo Living.

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Affordability, innovative design and eye-catching architecture have always been the hallmarks of any Brad Remington Homes development. “It’s the opportunity of a lifetime.” The presentation centre is already open at the corner of Symons Valley Road and 136th Street N.W. and possessions are slated for July 2019 when show homes are expected to open. “We are very bullish on Calgary for 2018, and we are doing our part in helping with this growth by providing people with opportunities to buy a home that is affordable, beautifully designed and located in great neighbourhoods that are accessible and rich with amenities,” Logel says.  n

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The Windsor brings new era of modernity to underdeveloped Elbow Drive corner BY PEPPER RODRIGUEZ

n real estate, as in life, timing is everything. For the longest time, and for a variety of reasons, the corner of Elbow Drive and 50th Avenue S.W. had lain dormant, seemingly trapped in its own time bubble from a different era. But the time has come for what could only be the most coveted piece of real estate outside of the downtown core to fulfill its potential, as Arlington Street Investments introduces The Windsor, a mixed-use, six-storey mid-rise condominium with a retail base that promises to bring new life and energy in the area. Located on the intersection where three of Calgary’s most affluent neighbourhoods meet, anyone would have thought that this piece of land was a no-brainer for commercial and residential development. But for a long time, the area’s growth had been held back by a long-standing contamination issue that had only until recently been resolved. Frank Lonardelli, president and CEO of Arlington Street Investments, says the area was affected by a long-undetected leak from an old gasoline station nearby. It was, at that time, the biggest environmental disaster of its kind in Western Canada and took over a decade to resolve. But after years of painstaking clean-up efforts using advanced technology, the area is now safe for residential and commercial use.


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During that period, this particular corner had held some semblance of commerce with a mom-and-pop convenience store, dry cleaners and assorted services taking up the block. The Windsor will bring a new richness to the amenities in the neighbourhood with its 22,671 squarefeet of retail space. Among the first occupants is Blush Lane organic market, a high-end grocer that fits the discerning clientele of the community. There are plans to add a gym, a beauty salon and a coffee house that will answers the many FA S T FAC TS lifestyle needs of its residents and do away with any need of maintaining COMMUNITY: Windsor Park expensive in-house amenities. PROJECT: The Windsor “We’ll have retailers that fall in DEVELOPER: Arlington Street Investments line with our work, live, play develSTYLE: Premium apartment-style condos opment mission,” Lonardelli tells Condo Living. and townhomes “There is pent up demand for new SIZE: Townhomes from 1,120 sq. ft., retail in the area, The Windsor will condos from 576 sq. ft. answer a lot of those needs and bring PRICE: Starting from $322,900 a fresh new energy to this corridor,” he says. ADDRESS: 5112 Elbow Dr. S.W. There is, too, a strong demand for HOURS: Monday to Thursday 1 – 7 p.m. Closed luxurious condominium suites in the Fridays. Saturdays and Sundays noon to 5 p.m. area, and The Windsor answers this WEBSITE: as well with its line of stylishly sleek apartment-style flats and townhomes. or

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“With preferential access to all that you need around you, living at The Windsor will exceed all of your expectations of luxury, wrapped in the modern conveniences of urban living.” Lonardelli says there is a particular need for plush, high-end condos for the downsizer set in the area. “The Windsor is in the centre of some of the most affluent neighbourhoods in Calgary, including Britannia, Windsor Park, and Elboya, and residents here are looking to scale down from their lavish single-family homes to a condo that answers their lifestyle needs and remain within the community they have spent most of their lives in.”

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The eight Windsor Collection Towns offer main floor and two-level selections, ranging between 1,120 and 1,260 square-feet. Main level units come with a private courtyard and entry right off 51st Avenue S.W. and feature three bedrooms and two bathrooms. The two-level options enter off the main courtyard and have living space on the main level with bedrooms on the second floor. They come in two- and three- bedroom options with two or two-and-a-half bathrooms. Prices are from the $700,000s. There are a further 86 stunning one- and two-bedroom apartment-style suites within the Windsor Collection Condos. There are 19 floor plans to choose from in configurations ranging from one-bedroom, one-bedroom-plus-den, and two-bedroom units. They range in size from 576 to 1,407 square-feet, with one and two bathrooms. Prices are from $322,900. These condos offer a wide variety and range to best suit choices in style and size, Lonardelli says. With incredible views, gourmet island kitchens, open layouts, modern bathrooms, designer upgrades, stylish finish and no shortage of selections, buyers can pick and customize their space, he adds. “The Windsor is a perfect addition to the established and abundant neighbourhood. Downtown is mere minutes away, Britannia Plaza is at your feet

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and Chinook Centre Mall is practically around the corner,” he says. The prestigious Calgary Golf & Country Club is practically next door, Riverdale Park, Sandy Beach, Crescent Park, Elboya Park to name a few are a short distance away, and shopping, dining and entertainment venues abound. “With preferential access to all that you need around you, living at The Windsor will exceed all of your expectations of luxury, wrapped in the modern conveniences of urban living,” he says. Their presentation centre is now open at 5112 Elbow Drive S.W. for further inquiries. CL CO N D O L I V I N G M AY 2 0 1 8

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018 is shaping up to be a remarkable year for Remington Development Corporation, as the developer and home builder best known for its Quarry Park community continues to inject new life into this unique riverfront district. Champagne, the flagship luxury condo development that started it all in Quarry Park, is down to its last penthouse and one two-bedroom and den suite; The Gates of Quarry Park has one two-bed/two-bath left; and their latest development, Gatestone townhomes, is already 40 per cent sold. Things couldn’t be rosier in this developing live-work-play community just off Glenmore Trail in the southeast, but the coming release of Remington’s Calais bungalow villas in May ensures that growth will continue at a healthy clip. “We are just so excited about the growth we’ve enjoyed these past few months. People are already enjoying the


amenities that abound in the community, and of course, the walking and biking by the river pathways is one of the most popular activities among residents,” says Adrienne McGarvey of the Remington Development residential sales team. The key has always been the fantastic location of Quarry Park itself, and the quality and craftsmanship of Remington’s creations also play an important role. This excellence shines through in the Gatestone townhomes, the only new townhome development in the community.

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Gatestone is one of the most exclusive townhomes in the city with only 15 homes, nearly half of which are already sold. Gatestone is unlike any other townhomes in Quarry Park. With sizes ranging from 1,370 – 1,690 square-feet, they will be among the largest townhomes in the community. “Our focus was to offer plenty of space where people won’t feel like they are living in multi-family setting. Oversized open-concept main floor spaces showcase an abundance of light and great views of

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the surrounding community,” McGarvey says. Each townhome will feature rear double-attached garages and an elevated front grade allowing residents to savour the magnificent views of the canal and waterfall peninsula along Quarry Gate. Spacious front porches with private walk-up staircases add an inviting aesthetic touch to the boulevard streetscape. The project will consist of two phases in total, the north phase featuring eight units while the south will have seven. “We strategically staggered the homes in a semi-circle fashion with minimal wall-to-wall contact to further guard against sound transfer. This arrangement allows residents to maximize their views of the green surroundings, while giving them added privacy from their neighbours.” There are four exceptional floorplans to choose from, including two bed/two-and-a-half-bath homes perfect for an empty-nester couple, or working professionals looking for the flexibility of a dual master layout. There are also three-bed/two-and-a-halfbath homes that work for a family or couple needing that separate guest room and separate office. “We’ve been getting a lot of empty-nesters and downsizers who like the sizes we offer, and they still feel like they are in their own single-family home,”

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McGarvey says. “They also like the luxury that we are able to offer with COMMUNITY: Quarry Park our exceptional upgraded PROJECT: Gatestone townhomes finishing package.” DEVELOPER: Remington Development Corporation With prices rangSTYLE: Two-level townhomes; attached double garages ing from $480,000 to $560,000, which inSIZE: From 1,370 to 1,690 sq. ft. cludes features such as PRICE: From the high $400,000s to mid $500,000s air-conditioning, a gas ADDRESS: Presentation Gallery — 350 Quarry Park Calais bungalow villas stove, and engineered Boulevard S.E. hardwood they are undeniably great value. array of home options that Remington DeHOURS: Monday – Thursday 12 – 8 p.m.; Friday – Coming up next is Remington’s velopment Corporation has been able to offer Sunday & holidays 12 – 5 p.m. Calais project, which consists of 24 in Quarry Park has matched the contemporary DIRECTIONS: From north, take Glenmore Trail S.W. premium bungalow villas with lofts. lifestyle of the community. “There are tons to 18 St. East exit, and turn right onto Quarry Park Blvd. It’s the only development of its kind of amenities within the community, includin Quarry Park, McGarvey says. ing the well-loved Remington YMCA and all S.E. From south, take Deerfoot Trail north until exit 241. Launching in May, Calais represents the recreational opportunities it offers; The Turn onto 24 St. S.E. and turn left onto 18 St. S.E. Turn single-level living at its finest with Market at Quarry Park with its array of shops, left onto Quarry Park Blvd. S.E. sizes ranging from 1,300 to 1,500 diners and pubs. Life happens here,” she says. WEBSITE: square-feet. They also feature an Of course, its location along the Bow River added convenience of extra 700 to and nature reserve, the architectural character 750 square-feet of living space in the loft. Prices will start from $595,000. and variety of residential offerings, and the “Everything you really need for a relaxed, luxurious lifestyle is in the main strong sense of community makes this one of floor, including a master suite and den that answers most needs. Then you the most desirable communities in the city. CL also get the loft where you can add bedrooms or an entertainment room. It’s great for empty-nesters and seniors who like the idea of aging in place and even for families with older children,” McGarvey says. Interested parties can register now at McGarvey says the wide


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alking is one of the most underrated pleasures of life, it promotes health and an active lifestyle and nothing chases the blues away than a quiet walk around the neighbourhood. The car-centric society of today has largely stolen this simple joy from us, but living in a neighbourhood that promotes walking as part of its lifestyle appeal is a breath of fresh air. Seton is just that — a walkable community where all the amenities of life are within walking distance of where you live. ZEN Urban District is right in the heart of this growing mixed residential and commercial community. Deemed as Downtown South, Seton brings all the appeal of urban living

in Calgary’s southern suburbia. “This is really an exciting community to be a part of,” says Terra Davidson, Sales and Marketing Director for Avalon Master Builder, the developer of ZEN Urban District. “Life in Seton is going to be about easy access to everything — people can live closer to where they work, they can shop, they can be entertained and from a health and fitness perspective, it is all here,” she adds. ZEN Urban District will be a perfect home for someone who works at the world-class C A LG A R Y H O M E L I V I N G . C O M


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from for the upper townhomes. “When you factor in all the options, upgrades and personal touches available, you’re really choosing a home that fits your lifestyle. Almost like buying townhomes a la carte,” Davidson says. Single-level flats range in size from 493 to 676 squarefeet, while the two-level townhomes are from 1,143 to 1,493 square-feet. With prices starting from the $170,000s, ZEN Urban district is the best option to get in on the ground floor of home ownership in what will soon be one of Calgary’s best communities. “We have a starting price here from around the $170,000s, including GST, and we think this will be a great opportunity for first time buyers, investors, and young professionals. We’ve sold 25 per cent of the development already, so buyers will have to act fast,” she says. ZEN Urban District offers one-, two- and three-bedroom homes. The two-level townhomes have roof top patios, a popular private outdoor space that comes as a standard. “Two-level townhomes also have the option to develop the attic space and make it into a loft or flex room, it adds on 160 square-feet of living space for only $4,000,” Davidson says. Each two-storey townhome also comes with its own private fenced-in yard. “We’re very pet-friendly developers and we don’t have any restrictions on the size of pets you have. Our townhomes are designed to meet the needs of pet owners — from the sturdy vinyl scratch-resistant plank

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South Health Campus hospital that is literally just next door. “It is only 422 steps from our location to the hospital; we counted!” Davidson exclaims. ZEN Urban Districts’ line of affordable and stylish two-level townhomes and single-level flats are designed to fit the contemporary lifestyle of this master-planned community by Brookfield Residential. ZEN Urban District will have a total of 70 townhomes, with three floor plan designs for the lower flats, and five layouts to choose C A LG A R Y H O M E L I V I N G . C O M


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flooring, to the fenced-in yard where dogs have plenty of space to run around and play around.” COMMUNITY: : Seton Like all of Avalon’s ZEN townhomes, ZEN Urban District includes stylish PROJECT: ZEN Urban District and energy efficient features: from DEVELOPER: Avalon Master Builder Energy Star appliances, low-flow STYLE: Single-level flats, and two-storey townhomes faucets, showerheads and toilets to SIZE: Flats are from 493 sq. ft, two-storey townhomes a highly efficient furnace and duct system that saves you money. are from 1,143 sq. ft. “Our contemporary architectural PRICE: From the $170,000s including GST design uses Hardie board siding that SALES CENTRE: 19500 – 37 Street S.E. not only gives us a more stylish curb HOURS: Monday to Thursday 2 to 8 p.m., Friday, appeal, but creates a sturdier, fire-resistant structure,” Davidson says. weekends and holidays noon to 5 p.m. First-time home buyers — both DIRECTIONS: South on Deerfoot Tr., exit onto singles and couples — have been the Seton Blvd. and follow the signs. majority of their buyers. “We’ve also WEBSITE: attracted a lot of investors who recognize the value of the development and its location in Seton,” she points out. “Our bylaws also allow for short-term rentals, so owners can list their units as Airbnb rentals,” she adds. Alberta Health Services workers are also offered a limited time discount of $2,500 when they purchase any ZEN townhome. “It’s just a way for us to give back to the hard working men and women of this vital service,” Davidson says. The attraction of living in Seton cannot be overstated. Certainly the new South Calgary Health Campus will provide a slew of job offerings as well as providing a solid central health amenity


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for every age group. The Marriot Hotel is also a significant employer in the area. Add to that the new YMCA, which will be one of the largest recreational centres in Calgary with its selection of ice and hockey rinks, pools, fitness areas, theatre space and public library and Seton will be fully self-contained. The YMCA is under construction now and is slated to open this year. The Loblaw’s Superstore grocery is already open, and residents from neighbouring communities are already looking forward to the imminent opening of the Cineplex cinemas here. Restaurants, diners and coffee shops already abound and more are coming down the pipeline. The new LRT Greenline connection to downtown and beyond will transform the fabric and texture of the area. It will really provide the connectivity to the south end of town, adding to the multi-modal flavour of the community, where driving, walking and biking are all supported. That is the exciting milieu that ZEN Urban District will be a part of, which goes a long way in presenting a perfect balance of style, function and performance that all ZEN development go for. CL

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TIGHT KNIT Small town feeling in all-inclusive Sanderson Ridge



s you walk into Sanderson Ridge you immediately feel a sense of community. There are groups of people in almost all common areas, socializing, reading a book, putting together a puzzle and even making wine. Condo Living had the privilege to tour Sanderson Ridge with marketing manager, Jennifer Thacker to get a first hand look at what this ‘community’ development has to offer the 40+ crowd. During the tour, we ran into some gentlemen playing pool, washing a car, and just making use of all the amenities

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offered at Sanderson Ridge. It really showcased how active the residents are. Thacker says, “residents can be as involved as they want,” which really contributes to the small town feel. “There is a mixture of all types of people — couples, divorcees and widows,” says Thacker, “everyone knows each other and looks out for one another.” There is a vast amount of shared amenities and common areas available to all residents and they

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far outweigh anything offered by any other condo development in the city. Some of the things you can expect to enjoy when living COMMUNITY: Evergreen here are access to a pool + hot tub, exercise PROJECT: Sanderson Ridge + steam room, bowling alley, game room — DEVELOPER: Telsec Developments Ltd including pool, poker, darts and ping pong, wine cellar, wood working shop, movie theatre, STYLE: Apartment Condos arts + crafts room, banquet hall, dining room SIZE: From 751 to 1700 square feet with fully equipped kitchen, mail room, library PRICE: $344,900 to $720,900 and many more. It’s almost as if Sanderson ADDRESS: 2330 Fish Creek Blvd. S.W. Ridge were an all-inclusive resort. Thacker explains, “there is always something DIRECTIONS: Take Macleod Trail south to going on, no matter where you go throughout James McKevitt Road SW, turn right onto Fish the buildings. We have tons of weekly classes Creek Boulevard and follow to Sanderson Ridge and activities, no one is left out.” on the right. There are calendars in every activity room to keep everything in order, “all you have HOURS: Monday to Thursday 2 – 6 p.m. to do is find your day, write in your name Weekends and Holidays noon to 5 p.m. and time and you booked it, it’s that easy,” WEBSITE: says Thacker. There is a daily coffee hour in the fireside coffee bar that is also conveniently located beside the library, a weekly happy hour and tons of other events that go on throughout the year. For example, if there is a big game on, why not watch it in the theatre with 42 of your closet friends. “Our location is great for an active lifestyle,” explains Thacker, “Fish Creek Park is our backyard.” This allows residents to go for scenic hikes or bike rides, and when you are done with that bike ride, you can store or tune up your equipment in one of the secure bike storage rooms — just another amenity that Sanderson Ridge offers. Sanderson Ridge spared no detail in the planning and design of the buildings. The exterior showcases exposed wood and intricate stonework, details that are reminiscent of resorts found in Canmore or Banff. The entirety


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of Sanderson Ridge fits seamlessly into the backdrop that is Fish Creek Park. The elements of nature are mirrored throughout the exterior and interior of the development. Speaking of the interior, the show suites are top of the line, “there is no need for upgrades,” says Thacker. Luxury finishes are standard and include full height cabinets with soft close drawers, wide plank engineered hardwood, gorgeous tiled backsplash, tiled shower and tub enclosures, quartz counter tops, California closets, elegant light fixtures and upgraded appliances including a washer and dryer. There are also two high-end designer palettes to chose from — molasses and meringue. “We have the ability to mix and match colours as

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“There is always something going on, no matter where you go throughout the buildings. We have tons of weekly classes and activities, no one is left out.” well,” says Thacker. Not many multi-family “there really is a tight knit community within these walls,” and what builders can offer this, especially with this more could you ask for in a beautifully thought-out, 40+ condominium level of high end finishes. development backing onto Fish Creek Park. CL The suites really leave little to be desired, coupled with the stellar location and all-inclusive lifestyle; Sanderson Ridge has been a huge hit with buyers. The common hallways even have warm lighting to make everyone feel welcome. Sanderson Ridge offers one-, two- and two-bedroom + den floor plans ranging from $344,900 to $720,900. Nearly all 300+ units have an outstanding view of Fish Creek Park and all units include utilities, except cable and phone. Two bedroom suites also get two parking stalls in the secured two floors of heated underground parking. The buildings are not yet sold out and immediate possession for some units is available. Phase four is selling now. The tour concluded with some words that describe the epitome of Sanderson Ridge —

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SOUND OF STYLE Octave is in tune with Livingston’s lifestyle needs BY PEPPER RODRIGUEZ


pioneering community needs equally pioneering style, and Brookfield Residential’s innovative, stylish and affordable Octave townhomes fills the bill. With 11 floor plans to choose from, including four brand new designs, Octave has the complete range of stacked and row townhomes to fit any lifestyle in this growing northeast community. A single professional looking to get out of renting and owning their first home, a downsizing couple looking for a home that is more practical for their requirements, or even a young family starting life together are certain to find a home to suit their needs in Octave. And with highly competitive prices, Octave will be in tune with their budgets, too. Demand has certainly picked up and the spring market brings renewed optimism. “We have just released another building for sale due to demand,” says Kelly Halliday, Senior Business Development Manager at Brookfield Residential. “We are opening our first Octave show homes in July, 2018. We’ll have four models that display the high quality finishings, smart liveable designs and beautiful exteriors with contrasting materials that add detail. Also, quick possession homes will be available this summer,” Halliday says. The 742-square-foot Ivory, 919-square-foot Ruby, 1,080-square-foot Plum and the 1,239 square-foot Carmine II will be presented as show homes. They span the size range of Octave (742 to 1,239 square-feet) and have single- or double-attached garages.



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The Ivory is a two-bedroom stacked townhome with a single-car attached garage, the Ruby has two bedrooms and a vaulted living room and single-car garage; the Plum is a two-level townhome with front and rear master bedrooms; and Carmine II is a three-bedroom townhome with double attached garage. “Our buyers love that Octave offers the room they need at the price they want. They can have a three-bedroom townhome at an affordable price and still have the private front door, attached garages and a feeling of security,” Halliday says. Priced from the mid $200,000s, Octave is a budget-friendly choice. “People are loving the fact that Octave allows them to move into their own home instead of paying rent,” she adds. “It’s very much a townhome lifestyle at apartment condo pricing.” Octave collects a total of 129 townhomes in the new northeast community of Livingston, just off Stoney Trail and Centre Street. Brookfield Residential is also the community developer. Seven floor plans are available currently, and four new models will also be added later this year. Octave townhomes offer some of the highest standard specifications in its class and include nine-foot ceilings for the row townhomes, and vaulted detailing in many of the stacked models; durable vinyl plank flooring; laminate countertops and stainless steel appliances. “An interior


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designer will work with homeowners to select features that perfectly reflect theirs tastes and compliment their lifestyle,” Halliday says. Octave’s success isn’t surprising, and its location in the heart of the new community of Livingston assures that it will appreciate in value for years to come. “Livingston will be a complete community where residents can live, shop, work, learn and play at every stage of their lives,” Halliday says. “From its earliest stages, Livingston was designed to be walkable, beautiful, convenient and diverse. With over 250 acres of open space, parks, pathways and 20 acres of environmental reserve, Livingston pairs

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FA S T FAC TS COMMUNITY: Livingston PROJECT: Octave DEVELOPER: Brookfield Residential STYLE: Row and stacked townhomes with attached garages SIZE: From 742 to 1,239 sq. ft. PRICE: From the mid $200,000s PRESENTATION CENTRE: 131 Livingston Ave. N.E. HOURS: Monday to Thursday 2 to 8 p.m., Friday to Sunday noon to 5 p.m. DIRECTIONS: North on Stoney Tr., take exit at Centre St. N.W. and follow the signs.  WEBSITE: consideration was given to the exterior of the Octave,” Halliday says. “Contrasting materials provide incredible detail and add transition. There is an abundant amount of glazing to maximize the natural light that will flood the homes. The materials used are asphalt roof shingles, James Hardie smooth fiber cement and horizontal siding.” The landscaping for Octave is also given a priority. “We provide small green spaces for neighbours to gather and connect. Our location is also in very close proximity to Livingston’s Urban Corridor that will feature numerous amenities, restaurants and Livingston’s future LRT Station.” CL

the best of urban life with the serenity of the natural word. The Livingston’s Homeowners Association will be approximately 30,000 square-feet and will feature great programming and events throughout the year.” She adds that, “amenities within the community give an urban feel without being downtown. The market for this project wants a downtown lifestyle at an affordable price and they can achieve this at The Octave. They are also health conscious and the parks, pathways and HOA recreational facility makes it easy to stay active.” Octave adds to the streetscape with its contemporary, urban look. “Tremendous

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Hallo Holland Park Walden welcomes newest European style townhomes BY BRANDI HOLMES

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allo, (hello in Dutch) to Excel Homes’ newest multi-family development in Walden, Holland Park — that officially launched on March 24th. The launch brought a crowd of interested buyers and others from surrounding communities curious about this European architecture-inspired development. At completion, Holland Park will feature 216 townhomes across 21 buildings with two- and three-bedrooms, two-and-a-half bath floor plans. Stephanie Chapman the marketing and communications specialist for Excel Homes says, “our vision for Holland Park is that it encompasses all aspects of living and encourages a fuss free lifestyle.” Chapman adds that “buyers can expect modern and contemporary, yet timeless townhomes that offer the very best quality and finishing’s through-

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out.” There are 10 floorplans to choose running from 1,177 to 1,452 square-feet, starting from $279, 900 and ranging into the mid $300,000s. Holland Park offers standard luxury finishes such as nine-foot ceilings on the main floor, Energy Star stainless steel appliances, quartz countertops, ceramic backsplash and chrome finishes. There are also upgrade options available such as a Nest tech package, gas range, chimney style hood fan, side-by-side French door fridge, pot lighting and many others. Condo Living toured the newly opened show homes located at 68 Walcrest Gate S.E. All homes in Holland Park are three floors, with 80 per cent of the development featuring double or tandem garages, while the rest will have a single-car garage.

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“As we all know Calgary winters are long and brutal,” says Chapman, “the option for a two-car garage is always welcome in our cooler climate and helps make living in a multi-family residence much more easy and enjoyable.” The first show home is of Plan K and features the Classic Dark colour palette. It is a 1,29-square-foot unit with three bedrooms plus an optional den. This plan has a tandem garage and starts at $315, 700 and goes to $ 320, 900. The second show home is of Plan P and showcases the Classic Light colour palette. This unit is 1,452 square feet, has a double garage and three bedrooms plus a flex room. Prices start at $361,100 and go to $366,300. Both units are completely different and really showcase the versatility that Excel Homes is capable of.


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The utilization of space and natural light pouring in from the over-sized windows make it feel as if you are standing in a much larger home. The exterior of the buildings are inspired by the Dutch and lull you into a sense of illusion as they look very narrow, however once you walk into the homes you completely understand the grandeur and openness of the European inspired design. “We have chosen to make the interiors elegant and simple, yet classic at the same time,” explains Chapman, and Excel nailed it. The utilization of space and natural light pouring in from the over-sized windows make it feel as if you are standing in a much larger home. Holland Park will include a central green space in addition to a community garden, which will allow homeowners to grow their own fruits, veggies, herbs and spices. Chapman says, “Excel’s hope is that these outdoor spaces will encourage people to get to know their neighbours and become more engaged in their natural surroundings,” which is mirrored in their overall vision of “wanting to present people with an urban inspired setting yet keep them closely connected to the community.” Holland Park will change the way buyers look at townhomes, the long and thin exterior, coupled with the superb use of space and natural light in the interior will certainly change what buyers can expect. This development perfectly fits into the existing style of Walden and will only add more character and charm as more phases are released. CL

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FA S T FAC TS BUILDER: Excel Homes COMMUNITY: Walden DEVELOPER: Genesis STYLE: Townhomes SIZE: 1,177 to 1,452 square-feet PRICE: $279,900 to mid $300,000s ADDRESS: 68 Walcrest Gate S.E. HOURS: Monday – Thursday 2 to 8 p.m., Friday – Sunday 12 to 5 p.m. WEBSITE:

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TIMELESS CLASSIC Traditional style meets the modern world in Yorkville BY PEPPER RODRIGUEZ


an’t go wrong with the classics. Mattamy Homes knows that better than most, as North America’s largest privately owned home builder begins sales in late June for their newest community, Yorkville that is envisioned to bring a new sense of style with classic architecture and brand new home designs. Yorkville will be Mattamy’s seventh community development in the Calgary area, but it will be their first in the southwest and they have plans to turn this community into something very special with a signature architectural style that hark to simpler times. “We’ve done our market research and have identified that people in the area love the classic architecture,” Mattamy Homes’ Vice-President of Sales and Marketing, Warren Saunders, tells Condo Living.

Mattamy is releasing new designs for their line of single- and multi-family homes in Yorkville that feature brand new signature styles that will define the community. These include exclusive Brownstone Colonial, and Georgian Colonial inspired architectural styles that create an inspiring, and timeless identity to Yorkville, Saunders adds. “Yorkville is adjacent to natural beauty; with rolling Foothills and glimpses of the Rocky Mountains to the West,” he says. “Our homeowners will benefit by having quick access to their outdoor adventures.”


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These new single-family homes and townhouses and rear lane duplexes have new elevations that feature extensive use of brick and Hardie Board siding exclusively throughout the community. The benefits of Hardie board (a cement fibreboard material) from an aesthetic, durability and fire rating perspective will add incredible value for homeowners who choose to live in Yorkville. The master planned community of Yorkville will offer Urban Townhomes with attached double car garages, Duplexes with rear attached double car garages, and single-family homes (both single- and double-car garages). Like in all their communities, Mattamy is the exclusive developer and home builder in Yorkville. Single-family homes are offered on 38- and 31-foot wide lots. Those on 38-foot wide lots that will come in six plans ranging from 2,158 to 2,721 square-feet, there are also six floor plans for those on 31-foot-wide lots and they range from 1,599 to 1,955 square-feet. The community will have show homes for Urban Townhomes and rear-laned duplexes, as well, and will be opening in September of 2018. Mattamy’s sales and presentation centre will open on June 23 along with five single-family show homes to launch sales. The iconic designs of the homes will integrate into the overall vision that Mattamy has planned for Yorkville. A central park area will showcase an interactive art feature in addition to a playground, reflective pond with bridge, and plenty of green space.

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FA S T FAC TS COMMUNITY: Yorkville BUILDER/DEVELOPER: Mattamy Homes TYPES OF HOMES: Urban townhomes, duplexes, laned and move-up homes PRICES: To be announced SALES CENTRE: Opening June 23 LOCATION: Corner Sherriff King Rd. and 194th Ave. S.W. WEB: Visit for information on prices and hours. “The central park will be at the heart of the community, it will have an extensive east/west walking corridor that connects the naturalized area of Radio Tower Creek in the west, through to the Priddis wetlands and future LRT to the east,” Saunders says. The northeast corner of Yorkville, will feature a nine-acre pond with two fountains, and terraced sitting steps that transition the pond area to the sale center plaza area. In addition to the architecture and vision Yorkville will bring to life for it’s homeowners, as Saunders says Yorkville will be optimized for recreational pursuits for residents. “The community is geared for people with active lifestyles and a wide range of recreational opportunities are just at their fingertips. From the Yorkville location, You can take a road bike excursion or a short drive to Bragg Creek and the Kananaskis provincial park, or to check out the farmers’ market in Millarville.” Also, there are no shortages of amenities with quick access to Spruce Meadows, Sirocco Golf Club, shopping and professional services next to our north entrance, and major shopping areas a close drive away. Easy comSouthwinds in Airdrie muting through connecting major roadways makes it a breeze for downtown commuters or for those weekend getaways to the mountains. Located along Sheriff King Street and 194th Avenue S.W., Yorkville promises a rich, modern lifestyle in homes that mirror a timeless, classic design. “This is our seventh community to date in Calgary and surrounding area, and we’re very excited to bring Yorkville to life in this great location in southwest Calgary,” Saunders says. Yorkville follows Mattamy’s Windsong, Southwinds and The Gates at Hillcrest communities in Airdrie, Lakepointe in Chestermere, and Cityscape and Carrington in Calgary. Carrington was just launched in northwest Calgary last year and it has recently opened new show homes of their rear attached double garage duplexes. CL CO N D O L I V I N G M AY 2 0 1 8

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nyone who ever thought decorating show homes is all about frivolous whimsy is in for a rude awakening. Just ask Bridgett Jessop of Debutante Design. She took Condo Living on a tour of two of her latest creations in StreetSide Development’s Townes of Redstone and explained why a head for equations can help come up with compelling design. Of course we’re not talking about mathematical equations and getting the value of x, but rather a formula on how to approach show home design. And for Bridgett, it all starts with who the buyer is. “I like to work backwards and get the idea of who will be pucrhasing the home, and from there we can establish an equation that achieves tranquility, harmony and balance,” she says. For StreetSide’s newly opened two show homes of the Copper and the Onyx in the Townes of Redstone, Bridgett came up with contrasting styles that captures the aspirations of first-time homebuyers, while at the same time coming up with memory points that are crucial in show home design. “You want something that will be memorable to clients looking for a home, and at the same time make it seem like a home that they can see themselves living in.” A lot of thought went into just figuring out the colours, patterns and textures of all the materials being used. “It is all about achieving balance,” she says.

The 1,460-square-foot three-bedroom Onyx showcases a transitional look that blends plenty of natural elements, while the 1,438-square-foot dual master Copper displays a modern glam white-on-white-on-white look.

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DESIGNER SERIES  |  The sleek, modern glam look of Copper shines through in the main living area, which features an openconcept main floor with the kitchen in the centre. A mercury glass mirror strategically placed by the foyer gives the illusion of a bigger space, and exotic marble pattern wall paper in the recessed feature wall draws the eye.

The most popular feature of the Copper show home has to be the yoga space at the top of the stairs. It is a simple, elegant use of the flex space separating the two master bedrooms and it did not take a lot to decorate — just some full-length mirrors, a yoga mat and a bookcase and some imagery. The capiz shell light fixture overhead adds a natural element. As a memory point, it’s perfect!

The transitional style of the Onyx comes alive in the kitchen. Designer glass tile backsplash coupled with quartz countertops and dark stain cabinetry combine for a truly stylish space.

Copper’s optional lower level development adds about 700 square-feet of living space that Bridgett turned into a lounge-worthy man-cave. “The main floor and upper level of the Copper have a definite feminine touch, so the lower level had to have a more masculine feel to achieve balance,” she says.

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The U-shaped kitchen of the Onyx gives it a lot of flow. “”Numerous people can be working in the kitchen at the same time and they won’t be bumping into each other,” Bridgett says. The oversized window over the kitchen sink brings in plenty of natural light and the nine-foot ceilings add an air of spaciousness.

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White cabinetry, white backsplash, and white countertops may seem overwhelming but Bridgett makes it work by throwing in a mix of metals including stainless steel appliances, brushed nickel hardware and chrome taps. “It just made this inside unit home seem all that much brighter,” she says.

The earthiness of the Onyx comes through with the rich hardwood flooring, stone countertops and accents, and metal fixtures. Big plants add to the effect, and warm colours of the sofa and armchair, and the area rug all combine for a trendy, transitional look. “Placing the curtain rods higher than the window casings add to the illusion of space,” Bridgett says. Visit the Townes of Redstone show homes at 306 Redstone Boulevard N.E.

The Onyx’s lower level development is just as richly decorated, but its ability to have two extra bedrooms has made it all that more popular. “With three bedrooms upstairs and an option for two more in the lower level development, The Onyx can suit the needs of young families with an eye on growth or those with extended families,” says area manager Rhishi Patel.

Bridgett achieves a boutique hotel look in the master bedroom of the Onyx with the help of stylish wallpaper feature wall. Her company has its own wallpaper line that is put to good use throughout the two show homes. As for décor and furnishing, she says it’s best to keep an open mind. “Don’t discount the discount stores when looking for accents, you can decorate with style and still stay on budget.” CL

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Couple finds way to each other through six degrees of separation BY DARLENE CASTEN PHOTOS BY AMADEO GIRON


t seems in hindsight that Nicole and Kevin were always fated for one another, but it took happenstance for it to finally kick in. The now-married couple had all kinds of ties they didn’t know about until after they actually met. They both attended small Christian schools in the city’s north and their parents knew each other from working at WestJet. Still their paths just never crossed until they met at SAIT as students in the medical building. “We met at SAIT Senator Burns building — the medical building,” Kevin explains. “I was in the advanced care paramedic program.” “I was taking nuclear medicine technology,” Nicole says. It was a friend who finally closed the gap between them. “My friend went up to (Kevin’s group) and asked them if they wanted a coffee,” Nicole says. “She was interested in one of them.” The guys didn’t want a coffee, but they Kevin and Nicole still ended up talking. “I creeped her on Facebook that night,” Kevin admits. “I sent her a message.” “And I responded,” Nicole laughs. to live after they were married. Their friends never got together, but Kevin “We did our searching around,” Kevin says. and Nicole kept going strong. “We knew we wanted a townhouse and knew Their first date was a study session at SAIT, we wanted an end unit — the extra lighting but things got more serious when Nicole was a huge thing for us and only having one jokingly listed Kevin’s car for $700 neighbour.” on Kijiji. He couldn’t figure out Staying in the northwest, near their parents what was going on when he in Harvest Hills and Panorama Hills, was also started receiving hundreds important. They looked at townhomes in a of texts and phone number of northwest communities. “We walked through a bunch,” says Kevin, calls asking if his car was still available. adding none really stood out. Less than two years “A lot of townhomes are generally the samelater they were en- ish,” Kevin says. gaged and started The Loop by StreetSide, on the north side looking for a place of Evanston, wasn’t yet built at the time they

“Each building face themed landscapes that reflect southern Alberta’s various natural habitats.”

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were looking, but something about the plans immediately stood out to them. “The exterior was different,” Kevin says. Each building face themed landscapes that reflect southern Alberta’s various natural habitats. “Ours was the Rocky Mountains.” The sales staff made the right first impression and the customer service experience continued to be strong throughout the one-year-building process they say. “The customer service was a huge thing,” she says. “The construction guys have been really nice too. They kept us up to date on everything. If we had any questions they were very prompt getting back to us.” “They were very friendly and approachable,” Kevin adds. At pre-construction prices they were able to buy a 1,260-square-foot, two-bedroom, twoand-a-half bathroom, three-level townhome for $287,000 and received $10,000 in free upgrades. Even though they had yet to exchange rings at the time, Kevin and Nicole were ready to commit to The Loop. “The size is perfect for us,” Kevin says. “Nothing too big, nothing too small.” The price was also right, adds Nicole. “It was affordable,” she says. For under $300,000 at The Loop they were able to get their end unit and have the look they were going for. They chose the higher-end Whirlpool stainless steel appliances and quartz countertops C A LG A R Y H O M E L I V I N G . C O M

for the kitchen and bathrooms for their free upgrades. White and grey kitchen cabinets, sleek white backsplash tiles and grey vinyl plank flooring make for a contemporary backdrop to their personal style. They complemented the modern style with minimalistic décor in greys and pops of a subtle pink. Their metal and glass dining room table and coffee table complement the metal globe lighting. Their favourite spot is their living room, which is furnished with a simple and sophisticated grey sofa and a 60-inch television. Watching sports, like hockey, is what they like to use the space for, Kevin says. Everything works together in the space to make a seamless transition between builder and buyer. “It’s nice and sleek and clean looking,” Nicole says. “There is less to clean because there is not so much clutter. You can just look and appreciate what you have” “It’s the millennial look,” Kevin chimes in. “You don’t always need the best of the best. Its what you make of it.” The Loop has opened new show homes and, who knows, they may be the one fated for the right buyer. Check them out at 6 Evanscrest Manor N.W. CL

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WHERE ARE YOUR PLANTS? I don’t know I haven’t botany BY BR ANDI HOLMES


ou have finally found your perfect home and furnished it to your liking, and now that spring is coming it is time to start thinking about your outdoor spaces. No matter the size or type of space you have — patio, balcony, deck & yard — all outdoor space is an extension of your home. It is important that it suits your style just as the rest of your home does. The first step when starting to plan these types of spaces is taking the time to plan it out. Decide what you really want — a large garden with trees, sitting area, or just a few potted plants. It’s great to have a plan and stick to it as you go through the process.

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Visiting a few garden centres is a great place to start; be it a centre that is right in your neighbourhood, or a little outside of the city. Garden centres are stocked with people who know everything there is to know regarding outdoor living and they know what will work in our Calgary climate. You might also get some great ideas from their in-house displays.


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In addition to having knowledgeable staff, most garden centres are also fully packed with anything and everything you could think of or need to maintain and create a stunning outdoor space. Things like lawn mowers, garden hoses, fertilizer and shovels; all the things you may not always consider. Most centres also offer additional services like landscaping or pruning and if they don’t, they can certainly recommend a company to you. One of Condo Living’s favourite garden centres is Countryside Landscaping and Garden Centre. Located in De Winton, it is a bit of a drive, but totally worth it. Countryside started off as a landscape design and construction company and was known for their daring and creative designs. One day they decided to grow their own products to better serve their customers. For over 20 years Countryside Landscaping and Garden Centre has been growing and producing quality plants that match the Calgary climate. And don’t forget, they still offer their landscaping and design services. Another one of Condo Living’s faves is Spruce It Up located just off Macleod at 210th Avenue. Spruce it up has been servicing Calgary and area for 10 years and has everything you could ever need to complete the outdoor space of your dreams. They are a full service garden centre also offering landscaping and their Prune it up tree service. They don’t just have all the fixins to make your outdoor space enjoyable; they have home décor that is perfect for all seasons of living. Moving into the north side of town, Golden Acre Home & Garden is located just off of McKnight Boulevard. They have been proudly Calgarian for over 50 years and can help you with everything indoor and outdoor gardening. Golden Acre also offers in house workshops and events so you can learn techniques straight from the pros. As with the other two centres, Golden Acre is a full service start-to-finish design company as well. Their employees are gardeners too and can work with you to achieve the greatest outdoor or indoor garden space you can imagine. There are also a ton a farmers markets and nurseries that have seasonal plants or other gardening paraphernalia to meet your needs. Blue Grass Nursery, Sod & Garden Centre located in Balzac and Red Deer is a 3rd generation, family run company that prides itself on knowing

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exactly what an outdoor space in Southern Alberta needs — they have everything you could possibly need for your landscaping journey. If you want the family experience, Blue Grass is the place to go. If you are the DIY type, visiting a garden centre will help you out. It’s great to run your ideas and plans passed people who know plants and landscaping. They might be able to give you some tips and tricks to put your plan over the top. On the other hand — if you know you’ll start the project off right but never finish it, hiring a landscaping company may be the best option for you. Garden centres are full of a ton of different resources available to homeowners at their disposal and should be utilized to the fullest when planning any type or size of outdoor space. All these centres, nurseries and markets are all locally owned and are experts on our Calgary climate. Products are also grown locally; some even on the same land that house the garden centres so you are always getting the best quality plant possible. Planning an outdoor space should be an adventure; you should have some fun with it — just do your research about what will work. Go get down and dirty! CL C A LG A R Y H O M E L I V I N G . C O M


A PRIVATE PARADISE Create your own Garden of Eden no matter the limits of space and time


The Bolo Planter by Umbra is a chic way to hang plants. Snake plants are easy to maintain and purify the air. Macrame have made a huge come back as well.


the elements of nature. Regardless the size or dimension of your outdoor space (or lack of), there are myriad ways to create gardens that harmonize both beauty and function. Mother Nature has provided all the goods and now it’s a matter of curating the right flowers, plants, furniture and accoutrements that will reflect your own



fter an interminable winter hijacking our spring months, and perhaps even our spirits, I'm sure we are all looking forward to the long summer days ahead. Paradise — originating from the ancient Persian “pairidaeza,” meaning garden or protected enclosure — beckons. Warmer climes are a signal to create your own little Garden of Eden, a place to offer sanctuary, sustenance, entertainment, or quite simply, a space to take in every ray of sunshine. Take the time to surround yourself in greenery, plants and

Imagine spending a lovely evening beneath this pergola surrounded by thriving trees and bushes while taking in the warmth and light from the fire pit and fireplace on each side.

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RIGHT Indoor terrariums are a great way of brings a sense of green in the home.


BELOW Garden Centres like Urban Oasis Developments and Landscaping have a large selection of water fountains that just need to be plugged in. Add one to your condo balcony or even indoors.

EXTEND YOUR LIVING AREA OUTSIDE. a first instinct when barbecue season arrives. Invest in solid and tasteful patio furniture. If you're in a condo with a tiny balcony, a bistro table or a couple of lounging chairs are perfect. If you have a larger yard, invest in a patio table and comfy outdoor sofas, sectionals and chairs. Carry the colour and theme from your indoor décor for consistency and harmony outdoors or do something completely different for a splash of fun. Accent with large cushions, potted plants, lanterns, trays and bowls that are habitually used when lounging outside or setting up a meal. In an instant, you’ve added an additional room to your home. Consider a pergola or gazebo as an extension of your living space

to offer some privacy, shading and protection from the elements while evoking a sense of sanctuary that your garden is meant to do. LOW-MAINTENANCE GARDEN. Let’s be frank: spring in Calgary can induce anxiety in many a gardener as we rush to clean the buildup of silt and debris left by winter while debating on when and what to plant. Opt for rock gardens and natural prairie-style landscapes with resilient low-water or self-regulating perennial plants. For rock gardens, sedum (commonly known as stonecrops) and sempervivum (or houseleeks) are great choices and evergreen shrubs like the globe blue spruce and Calgary carpet juniper look great all year round. If leaning towards a natural prairie-style garden, flowering plants that thrive in our region include peony, bearberry and many varieties of lilacs. Adding ornamental grass like blue fescue, Karl Foerster feather reed or blue oat grass sway beautifully in the wind and will give your garden a wild look. Include deciduous trees like aspen, birch and maple plus evergreens like juniper, cedar, pine and spruce. These methods of planting require little maintenance and



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Low maintenance gardens like this with beautiful water features including a waterfall, water fountain and bridge crossing the stream are so tranquil.

look wonderful — perfect for the gardener who has little time. Whether you choose a landscape that is wild and natural or minimalist and serene, remember that less is often more. Place a chair or bench in a shaded area for meditation, reading, or a place to sit and admire the sights and sounds of your garden.

by digging up a glass table top, antique plumbing fixture, flower pots, buckets and barrels to repurpose into a water feature that not only makes a bold statement but will bring the relaxing effects of being by water. Nurseries like Blue Grass, Sunnyside and Golden Acres offer a wide selection of water fountain pieces that can be placed both indoors and out. Just plug one in, even if you’re in a condo, and it will deliver tranquility when you arrive home and delight little ones.

EDIBLE GARDENS. Nothing is more satisfying than enjoying the fruits of your labor, both visually and literally. Fruit, vegetable and herb beds are wonderful to watch sprout and grow and add vitality to your garden. Tomato cages, planter boxes of kale, lettuce, herbs and baskets of strawberries can be used as ornaments. Raspberry bushes, apple and pear trees are an easy addition that are lasting and beautiful. Create layers, interest and texture by using raised planter boxes and containers; not everything needs to be planted straight into from the earth. Change out your flowering planter boxes for various varieties of lettuce and kale. The textures and colours from these vegetable leaves will tastefully satisfy the eye and palate. If you already have a patch of cultivated land, arrange your seeds in straight rows, groupings or patterns that are unique and reflect your taste, thereby creating interest.

SURROUND YOURSELF WITH GREENERY, INDOORS AND OUT. Speaking of condos and townhomes, even if you have little or no outdoor space, surround yourself with houseplants to enjoy the proven benefits of natural greenery. Houseplants span hundreds of species and you can choose from a wide range to suit your space and desired level of maintenance. Make a vertical garden of Mason jars in your kitchen with edible herbs from basil to curry leaves that you can reach for when cooking. Indoor hanging gardens have become very popular and ones that fare well in low light are pothos houseplants, ivy and philodendron. Snake plants are hardy, require little light, purify the air and are ever trending. Plants bring energy and life into all spaces and are perfect for filling decorative and emotional voids. Something as simple as a self-regulating terrarium bring an instant touch nature to any room.

WATER FEATURES. The soothing sound of water running through water fountains, waterfalls, ponds and bird baths can be added to all types of gardens. Upcycled water features are all the trend. Flex your creative muscles

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HEAT. Summer days are not always followed by sultry nights in this corner of our world, but you can still prolong outdoor living into the late hours by adding heat in the form of a fireplace, fire pit, heat lamps, and a few scented outdoor or mosquito-repellant candles for good measure. Too often forgotten, investing in these essential pieces will make your nights cozier and allow you to extend your evenings outside into early fall. Light from the flames also provide a different lens through which to admire your carefully chosen garden and piece of living art. Bringing these elements of nature together will automatically enhance your sense of wellness. Make the initial effort to create your own little paradise now, as we know all too well summer will disappear in a blink. A summer sanctuary awaits you in your own backyard. CL C A LG A R Y H O M E L I V I N G . C O M



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Public art brings aesthetic value, togetherness in communities BY PEPPER RODRIGUEZ


rt is open to interpretation, it is meant to open conversations, and although its ultimate beauty may be in the eye of the beholder, as far as public art in residential neighbourhoods goes, its shared value is what creates a lasting identity for the community. As spring approaches and breaks the serious case of cabin fever that Calgarians have gone through the past winter, we thought it worthwhile to check out some of the compelling residential community public art that have come out recently. For one thing, it gives us an excuse to get out and enjoy the warmer weather. These are art pieces that community developers have chosen to represent the community. They span from ambitious, overthe-top entrance features to the more intimate small-scale sculptures. Yet, their value to the community is immeasurable. For example, Legacy has its Roman ruins and similarly-styled watchtower creating moments of artistic bliss in the two-time SAM Community of the Year winner. “I love them,” says Brandi, who just moved into the neighbourhood. “They’re artful pieces that the

developers did not have to put there, to me it just shows that they are taking pains to beautify the community and add value to the lifestyle here.” “We wanted to establish Entry feature in Legacy. the feel of the community,” says Kalida Goldade, marketing manager at WestCreek Developments, Legacy’s developer. “So it was important for us to have the parks, entrance features and landscaping done so that people can already visualize the community they will be living in. We wanted to make buyers proud of the community, so we put all that work on developing these features up front.” Legacy also has the ‘Open Hearts Icon’ sculpture, an original design created by renowned actress, activist and artist Jane Seymour. Currently located near their


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estate homes phase, the sculpture further advances Legacy’s efforts to promote public art in suburban settings and to enrich the community environment. In the new master-planned community of Harmony just west of Calgary, developers have also unveiled what could be the largest scale entrance piece in any community in or around the city. Harmony’s massive “Cultivate” entrance feature in this master-planned, lake community is as impressive as it gets. Its Lister plow-inspired design captures everything that the developers envision the community to be. “Cultivate” pays homage to the Copithorne family and their farm land where Harmony is now being built. It also symbolizes the “planting that has its own Arts Master Plan. The Cultiof seeds” where families can now grow, says Birol Fisecki, President and vate creation is a significant installation that CEO of Bordeaux Properties, who along with Qualico Communities are will grow to be recognized as one of southern developing Harmony under the Harmony Developments Inc. (HDI) banner. Alberta’s significant installations that will be “Since the beginning of civilization, public art has played a very important a destination for visitors,” Fisecki says. role in helping create a sense of community. It was important for HDI to Not to be outdone, Mattamy Homes — North include public art in it planning with a belief it will foster creativity, and America’s largest privately owned home builder symbolize all the other special elements Harmony has to offer,” he tells — has also installed a remarkable entrance in Condo Living. its new community of Carrington in north“Harmony’s Cultivate installation is important because of the sheer magni- west Calgary. But, this time, with a twist of tude of this significant installation, but also because it represents Harmony’s fun functionality. first step in fulfilling its Arts Master Plan Strategy — a strategy that will Mattamy built a canopy of steel Aspen trees support permanent, semi-permanent and temporary art installations for in front of Carrington with a skate park directly years to come,” he adds. underneath, and a tot lot and well-manicured It is rare even for big land developers to make such a massive investment green space around it. in public art, but Harmony seeks to set itself apart. Mattamy Homes’ vice-president for sales and “To our knowledge Harmony is the first private master-planned community marketing, Warren Saunders, describes the art

Carrington’s canopy of steel Aspen trees.

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piece as an “interconnected canopy of leaves” supported by strong ‘tree’ trunks to represent the new growth and new beginnings in northwest Calgary. “This canopy is made for longevity as it is constructed out of steel.” Created in collaboration with NAK Design behind the creative design and Heavy Industires constructing the piece — the sculptures are interesting, engaging, and marks the Gateway to Carrington — a landmark area that hosts both the Greenway Park and the future Greenway Plaza (a commercial site, which will be coming on in the next year). “The pieces will not only serve as a visual interest or a handy gathering space — they will remind homeowners that even from the beginnings of a community, each new resident is connected to their neighbour,” Saunders says. “Each leaf symbolizes new beginnings and new growth, and also demonstrates how every homeowner plays an important role in developing the collective spirit of the community.” NAK associate Paul DiProfio, one of the designers of the art piece, says they chose Aspen trees as the inspiration. “Aspens are one of the first trees to take root in nature and assist in

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establishing conditions that can help other tree species grow and flourish.” In the nearly completed community of Ravenswood in Airdrie, the community public art piece is a literal meeting place. “A lot of residents in the neighbourhood choose this as a gathering spot to jog or meet up with friends from the community,” says Laura Field of Qualico Communities, Ravenswood’s developer. “The pieces is comprise of metal raven figures, the immediate connection is in relation to the name development name, is also very apt as the raven is a very social bird which is very appropriate for this community of families for which the development was built,” she points out. Stainless steel was selected as the material of choice because of the high end quality finish and the durability. “The artist wanted to play with people’s perception. Depending on where you stand the ravens appear to be in different places, they almost appear to be moving. This piece of art is easily recognizable, and memorable to those who visit Ravenswood and those who live there.” These are just a few of the public art pieces we’ve seen on our tours of Calgary’s newest communities. We’ll be on the lookout for more. CL


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he winners of the BILD Calgary Region Awards were announced on Saturday, April 14, 2018 at the first ever BILD Calgary Region Awards Gala (formerly the SAMs). The Awards, now its 31st year, showcase the hard work and talent of the industry. Over 1,250 guests gathered at the Telus Convention Centre to recognize professional individuals, teams and companies who have set standards and demonstrated achievements that have contributed to the prosperity and industry development in the Calgary Region. “The first BILD Calgary Region Awards Gala did not disappoint,” says Shane Wenzel, chair of the BILD Calgary Region Awards Committee. “The Awards have the ability to bring the industry together to celebrate and recognize the best in a hugely competitive industry where quality, design and innovation prevail in every way.” A total of 700 entries were submitted this year by members competing for 58 awards in 11 different categories, all hoping they will be the ones taking home the coveted silver goose. The 2017 GRAND BILD Award Winners were: Builder of the Year – Calbridge Homes; Builder of Merit – Riverview Custom Homes; Multi-Family Builder of the Year – Shane Homes; Renovator of the Year – Kon-Strux Developments; and Partner of the Year – 3HD Building Systems. The award process is detailed with volunteer industry peers judging



Partner of the Year 3HD BUILDING SYSTEMS LTD.

Show Home Parade of the Year TAMANI COMMUNITIES Riviera Show Home Parade


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the submissions and awarding points in each category. The top five in each category receive additional placement points that help determine the Grand winners. Companies must enter a set number of categories in order to qualify and must win at least one of those categories. The results are authenticated by MNP LLP. BILD Calgary Region presents the following BILD Awards categories (the number of awards in each category follows in brackets): Advertising & Marketing Awards (9), Developer Awards (4), Industry Achievement Awards (1), Multi-Family Awards (15), New Home Awards (13), Partner Awards (4), Renovator Awards (8), Sales Achievement Awards (2), Sales & Information Centre Awards (2), and the GRAND Awards (5). GRAND BILD Awards are presented to the Builders, Renovator and Partner who have demonstrated a superior achievement in design, sales, advertising and/or service. CL

Community of the Year – City of Calgary BROOKFIELD RESIDENTIAL Cranston’s Riverstone

Multi-Family Builder of the Year SHANE HOMES LTD.

New Community of the Year BROOKFIELD RESIDENTIAL Livingston

Builder of the Year CALBRIDGE HOMES LTD.

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MULTI-FAMILY DESIGN AWARDS Best New Design Up to 599 sq.ft. RNDSQR LTD. Grow By RNDSQR, Bankview, 2502 16A Street SW, Calgary Best New Multi-Family Design 600 sq.ft. to 749 sq.ft. GRAYWOOD DEVELOPMENTS Fish Creek Exchange – B Plan, Shawnee Park, 30 Shawnee Common SW, Calgary Best New Multi-Family Design 750 sq.ft. to 899 sq.ft. SHANE HOMES LTD. The Mark 101, Building #2 – Floor Plan A1-B, Sage Hill, 3727 Sage Hill Drive NW, Calgary Best New Multi-Family Design 900 sq.ft. to 1149 sq.ft. SHANE HOMES LTD. The Mark 101, Building #2 – Floor Plan A2A-B, Sage Hill, 3727 Sage Hill Drive NW, Calgary

MULTI-FAMILY HOME AWARDS Best Town Home – Up To $329,999 GENESIS BUILDERS GROUP, A DIVISION OF GENESIS LAND DEVELOPMENT CORP. Courtyard in Ashbury, 8429 Saddlebrook Drive, Calgary Best Town Home - $330,000 - $409,999 HOMES BY AVI (CANADA)INC. Jackson at Walden – Auburn, 340 WaldenParade SE, Calgary Best Town Home - $410,000 - $509,999 STREETSIDE DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION Vivace D2 Model, West Springs, 8537 - 8A Avenue SW, Calgary Best Town Home - $510,000 and Over STREETSIDE DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION Alba, Kilarney, 2,2416 – 30th Street SW, Calgary BestVilla/Duplex MAILLOT HOMES 111 40th Ave SW, Parkhill, Calgary

Best Apartment Style Condo – Up to One Bedroom + Den ABC Part3 SHANE HOMES LTD. The Mark 101 – Suite 1102, Floor Plan B2B, SageHill, Suite Best Apartment Style Condo – Up to One Bedroom + Den ABC Part9 LANDMARK HOMES (CALGARY) INC. The Vidain Diseno, Sherwood, #104, 214 Sherwood Sq NW, Calgary Best Apartment Style Condo – Two Bedrooms & Up ABC Part 3 LOGEL HOMES The Legacy 2, Walden Place, 10 Walgrove Walk SE, Calgary Best Apartment Style Condo – Two Bedrooms & Up ABC Part 9 LANDMARK HOMES (CALGARY) INC. The VerinDiseno, Sherwood, #102, 214 Sherwood Sq NW, Calgary

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The Mark 101 by Shane Homes

Best New Multi-Family Design 1150 sq.ft. and Over JAYMANBUILT Reflection G-B1, Westman Village, 1955 Mahogany Blvd SE, Mahogany


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Sales Team of the Year – Single Family MATTAMY HOMES Trish Braun, Elise Snyder, Aleaha Cole, Jozee Dore-Hillcrest/Southwinds Sales Team of the Year – Multi-Family CEDARGLEN LIVING Danielle Halstead - Seton Park Place C A LG A R Y H O M E L I V I N G . C O M

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he Canadian Home Builders’ Association (CHBA) is pleased to announce the winners for its 2018 National Awards for Housing Excellence, representing the best new homes, new communities, home renovations, and residential marketing in Canada. Forty National Awards for Housing Excellence were presented at the Association’s 75th National Conference in Victoria, British Columbia. Calgary-based companies stole the show this year, bringing home 12 new home, renovation, and marketing awards, including the night’s top two honours: the Design Excellence Award and Marketing Excellence Award. Homes by Avi (Canada) Inc. of Calgary

earned the 2018 Design Excellence Award for their cumulative results in the new home categories. Homes by Avi also received three individual awards for Detached Home – Production (2,201 to 2,500 square feet); Mid- to High-Rise Condominium or Apartment Unit (1,000 sq. ft. and over); and a marketing award for Interior Decorating. Stepper Homes Ltd. of Calgary earned the 2018 Marketing Excellence Award for their overall success in the marketing categories. Stepper Homes also recevied two individual marketing awards for Print Ad and Direct Promotion – Print. NEW HOME AWARDS Attached Homes – Mid- to High-Rise Condo or Apartment Units 1,000 sq. ft. and over – Homes by Avi (Canada) Inc., Calgary, AB: “Duke at Mission – Unit 113” Detached Homes – Production | Under 1,700 sq. ft. – Ashton Luxury Living Inc., Calgary, AB: “The Rosemont”

Alice Mateyko, President, Homes by Avi, Alberta (Single Family Division) receives award from Nathan Stone and Eric DenOuden CHBA’s 1st VP, and President, respectively.


Detached Homes – Production | 2,201 to 2,500 sq. ft. – Homes by Avi (Canada) Inc., Calgary, AB: “Carrington Hawthorne”


By Pepper Rodriguez

Detached Homes – Custom | 3,501 to 5,000 sq. ft. – Lupi Luxury Homes Inc., Calgary, AB: “Private Residence” RENOVATION AWARDS Kitchen – under $50,000 – Kon-strux Developments Inc., Calgary, AB: “Chef’s Delight” Kitchen – $50,000 to $100,000 – Konstrux Developments Inc., Calgary, AB: “Shades of Seafoam Blue” Kitchen – Over $100,000 – Kon-strux Developments Inc., Calgary, AB: “Linear Elegance” MARKETING AWARDS Direct Promotion – Print – Stepper Homes Ltd., Calgary, AB: “Homeowner Appreciation Movie Event Invitation” Print Ad – Stepper Homes Ltd., Calgary, AB: “This Isn’t Our First Rodeo” Interior Decorating – Homes by Avi (Canada) Inc., Calgary, AB: “Calgary Stampede Dream Home”


andgate in Mahogany launched Building Three of its four-building condo development. Located in a prime location within Mahogany, Calgary’s best-selling new community, Sandgate’s Building One has only two homes remaining, and Building Two is over 70 per cent sold out. “Sandgate’s popularity is a testament to the project’s appeal. Along with open-concept floorplans and stylish finishings, Sandgate offers homebuyers Calgary’s best condo lifestyle,” says Nicole McLaws, marketing manager for Hopewell Residential, the developer of Sandgate, and of Mahogany. Sandgate is ideally located just steps from the city’s largest lake and beachfront, and is across the street from shops, a grocery store, banks and restaurants in the Mahogany Village Market. C A LG A R Y H O M E L I V I N G . C O M

“Building Three features brand new floorplans, including highly-anticipated new 2- and 3-bedroom plans, and a wide selection of price points, views, locations and features,” McLaws says. “Building Three features brand new floorplans, including highly-anticipated new 2- and 3-bedroom plans, and a wide selection of price points, views, locations and features,” McLaws says. Building Three homes start in the $190,000s, with a variety of floorplans to choose from, including one-bedroom, one-bath homes; two-bedroom, two-bath homes; three-bedroom, two-bathroom homes; homes with dens; and many more.


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algary Municipal Land Corporation (CMLC) — the development team behind East Village — releases their vision for their next redevelopment project in east Victoria Park. CMLC spent the past 12 months creating an imaginative, practical, forward-thinking master plan for east Victoria Park called the Rivers District Master Plan. They say in a release that the next step is now to embark on a “robust public engagement program, in coordination with

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the City of Calgary, to solicit ideas and feedback from Calgarians on the vision for a 21st century Cultural and Entertainment district in downtown Calgary’s east end.” CMLC senior vice president of strategy & business development, Susan Veres, says their vision for the redevelopment of east Victoria Park will one day turn one of the city’s oldest and most historic districts into a home for 8,000 residents. “Just as we did for East Village, CMLC is advancing a 20-year redevelopment program for east Victoria Park,” she says. “Rather than reinventing the community as something it simply isn’t, our vision imagines a high-density, mixed-use neighbourhood that draws on the beauty of its natural surroundings, the strength of its cultural heritage and the spirit of entertainment that resides

in its DNA. With plans for more than four million square feet of new development, this community will one day be home to some 8,000 residents. CMLC also envisions modernized amenities — event centre/arena facility and expanded convention space – along with new offerings, as key elements in our vision for an east-end Cultural and Entertainment District.” Crafted for seamless integration with the existing urban fabric — including several heritage buildings and the Elbow River — and as a compliment to the Stampede Park Concept Plan, the Rivers District Master Plan will help reshape the area as an active, walkable, accessible community with enhanced connections to adjacent neighbourhoods. For more information on the development, go to: To view Rivers District Master Plan engagement video at Rivers District Master Plan. CL

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By Maria Bartolotti

Pet ownership in condos can be a smelly subject


Maria, I’m thinking of buying a condo, I do have a pet Maltese Shih Tzu that I cannot bear to live without. Any advice in condo ownership for dog owners?


You’ve heard me say it a dozen times: “No condominium corporation is alike.” Yes, there is a unique set of condominium rules and regulations and bylaws that governs every condominium. Some condos may be very strict when it comes to enforcing certain sections of the bylaws, while other condos may be very lenient with those same rules. It’s really dependent on the culture of the condominium you are purchasing. Some say — and I tend to agree — that multi-residential living may not be the ideal place for some pets to live. In most condos, space is limited and pets do not have the freedom to roam as much as they could in a single detached house. Townhomes do offer a bit more space and some have yards for pets, but a pet owner’s responsibility is the same in all cases. Yet, many people living in condos, or who are thinking of moving into one, consider their pets to be family or a best friend, and living apart from them is not an option. So, if you’re a pet owner thinking about

buying a condo, be sure to read the governing provisions on pets first, and any pet policies that the corporation has developed for that particular condo. Many have pet size restrictions to begin with. The stickiest subject with pet ownership in condos, indeed the smelliest, is dog poop. It may be a silly topic, but it is a serious problem. I was just reading an article that some Condo Boards in Canada have decided to adopt a Dog DNA Registration Program… Yup, that’s what I said. So watch out CSI Miami here comes CSI 123condo corp. To my understanding, the program is designed to match waste to the offending pooches and to make residents aware that they can be caught and held accountable for not being responsible pet owners. Lets admit it, picking up after your pet is not an easy task. I get it. we come home from work were tired, and your beloved pet dog, Silvio, needs to go for a potty break and the last thing we want to do is pick after them. But, not picking up after your pet and leaving doggie-doo-doo outside your unit is unacceptable under any circumstance. The Canadian Public Health Association (CPHA) has stated; dog waste is toxic, and the viruses, bacteria and parasites found in dog waste can cause disease. It can contain

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.

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worms, it smells bad and lets face it; it’s a terrible mess to get off your shoes, your children or worse, your dog’s fur (how many of us have seen our beloved “Silvio” rolling happily in the snow and grass, only to find that he/she decided to coat themselves with another dog’s poop? It’s gross, but it happens all the time). Yuck! Being a responsible pet owner means; picking after your pets mess immediately after they defecate outside the unit, and taking your beloved pet for a walk outside the complex. It truly does not get any easier then that. Condos are ruled by bylaws. If you are not willing to follow the bylaws of the corporation you may want to consider if condo living is right for you. Thumbing your nose at the rules is not an option or choosing to ignore the rules because you disagree with them will not make them go away. Consider the social atmosphere before purchasing into a condo. Folks, moral of this story — be a respectful neighbour and please pick up after your pets. Until next time…. CL

Maria Bartolotti

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 CO N D O L I V I N G M AY 2 0 1 8

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By Marty Hope

Truman Group introduces West District


think it’s safe to say Calgary’s west hill has seen nothing like this. West District, long a vision of George Trutina, founder of Truman that includes Truman Development Corporation, is now under development. A master-planned mixed use community of residences, office and retail space, public spaces, and natural areas, West District will be spread across nearly 80 acres of land on the south side of Old Banff Coach Road east of 85th Street and west of 77th Street S.W. The new community will offer several multi-family options and the first to come out of the ground is the twin-tower project called Gateway. “Gateway is the start of West District,” says George Trutina. “There will be 122 residences in the west building and another 94 in the east building all above over 20,000 squarefeet of street-level pedestrian friendly retail.” The mixed-use (residential and retail) style of the Gateway, which is expected to be complete sometime in late 2019, will carry on along the whole of the High Street element that will be a focal point of West District, because of the residential-over-retail design. Looking some 15 years down the road, West District is projected to have an estimated 2,700 homes — the vast majority in mid-rise concrete buildings, more than one million square-feet of office space, and just under 400,000 square-feet of retail, according to company figures. Like I say, there’s nothing even close to this on the west hill. “We have seen a lot of interest from people in the surrounding communities like West Springs and Cougar Ridge, where residents might be considering a move, but want to stay in the area,” says Trutina.

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In addition to the upscale, trendy homes being offered, West District will have an eight-acre central park that is a year round public space and will include a wetland habitat, boardwalk, 500 seat amphitheatre, playground, and other passive and active people areas. Gateway offers three upscale defined residential product types with 36 floor plans. The Residences will measure from 691 to 1,829 square feet with between one and three bedrooms — with three-bed/three-bath penthouses starting from 299,000. The Brownstones come in two- and three-bedroom styles and measure from 1,865 to 2,547 square-feet. They are priced from $720,400. The Skytowns are split-level condos sized from 2,314 to 2,725 square-feet with three bedrooms and are priced from $913,800. “With this number of residences and floor plan options available, we are catering to all demographics,” says Trutina. “But what we are offering in the Gateway buildings will be particularly attractive to downsizers, or should I say right-sizers. Our floor plans are some of the largest offerings in the city paired with high end finished such as hard surface chevron floors, custom lighting, cabinetry and countertops made specifically for the Gateway project.” So, besides the uniqueness of West District, what is its appeal?

“I think it’s the pedestrian orientation of the community — its walkability, community and village HIgh Street concept, and the fact it is the last master-planned community in the city that is inside Stoney Trail,” he adds. And then, of course, there is the ease of access. The highway to the mountains is just minutes away, a getting to the downtown core is made easier because of the connections to public transit. “Then, there is the ease of getting around West District itself. because it has been so thoughtfully designed to maximize mobility with pedestrian-friendly streets and pathways connecting people with their destinations,” says Trutina. For more information on West District, visit 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 AY 2 0 1 8

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PARK AND LIVE Park-oriented-developments may be the next big thing


fter spending 14 days living across the street from Atlanta’s mega 200-acre Piedmont Park, I have an even greater appreciation for the value of urban parks. Twitter is full of urbanists bantering about the value of parks and trees on the quality of the air we breathe, as well as on mental health and well. But seeing is believing. For some, the urban concrete and asphalt jungle can be depressing, especially for those living in condos with no front or back yards — some don’t even have a balcony. The medical community has coined the term “nature deficit disorder” to describe people living in cities who suffer depression because of their lack of contact with nature. Studies have shown that when humans are in large parks, their walking slows to a stroll and are more likely to take time to sit, relax, soak in the sun and watch the world go by. Personally, I find people are friendlier when they are in a park than on at street or plaza. I experienced all of the above living next to Piedmont Park where literally thousands

Piedmont Park, Atlanta

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of people walked, biked and jogged along the tree-canopied pathways in my front yard from sunrise to sunset. I thought Calgary was an active city but compared to Atlanta, we seem just average. I have never seen so many joggers and walkers — perhaps it was just Spring Fever. I was so impressed I almost went jogging Piedmont Park, Atlanta myself. And don’t get me started about the dog walking. I used to think River Park in Altadore was the best dog park in North America, until I saw Piedmont Park. It is just one huge dog park. Not only are there two off leash, fenced-in dog parks — one for larger dogs (with an agility course) and one for smaller dogs — but in reality, the entire park is an off-leash dog park (despite lots of signs saying otherwise) and nobody seems to mind. Piedmont Park also offers huge playing fields, lots of funky art, historic monuments, meandering trails, a pub (which servers $1 beer if it is raining) and a quirky playground design by world-renowned artist Isamu Noguchi. Who could ask for anything more? It is no wonder there are several major condos going up in Atlanta’s Midtown district next to Piedmont Park as city dwellers clamour to try to be closer to nature. LAST WORD Park-oriented development (POD) is also happening in Calgary. There is Qualex-Landmark’s Park Point next to Central

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Memorial Park (Beltline) and Birchwood Properties’ Ezra on Riley Park (Hillhurst), Anthem’s Water Front and Concord Pacific’s, Concord project next to Prince’s Island and all the East Village condo projects with their proximity to St. Patrick’s Island. And in Calgary’s suburbs, Fish Creek Exchange by Graywood Developments and Sanderson Ridge near Fish Creek Park are two POD examples. While the City of Calgary is focused on creating or enhancing 24 different “main streets” across Calgary, I couldn’t help but wonder if we shouldn’t be spending more time identifying how to capitalize on our 5,000+ parks and 850 kilometres of pathways as catalysts for creating quality urban living opportunities across the city. CL

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By Mario Toneguzzi

Market research points the way for housing preferences


o matter what you’re selling, it really pays to understand who your customer is and what they want. That applies from selling sausages to new homes — and everything in between. If you are producing a product that no one is buying, you’re not going to be a very profitable business. So that’s where market research comes in handy. What are customers willing to spend their hard-earned dollars on? For the past few years, the national homebuilding association has recognized the value of market research. In 2015, the Canadian Home Builders’ Association and Avid Ratings Canada had its first market preference study as it surveyed 12,384 new homeowners across six Canadian provinces. “Consumers are faced with more choices than ever before, making market research essential to every industry. Intimately understanding consumer preferences allows companies to better satisfy the needs of consumers in various target markets. Customer preferences continually change, and products and services must adapt to meet those changing needs,” said the 2017 Canadian Homebuyers Preference National Study. The study “continues to gain deeper insight regarding the dynamic priorities of new home buyers across Canada. With the study now in its third year, it has developed from a static snapshot of homebuyer preferences in year one to become alive and robust by year three, with trends and changes noticeable in the data.” The results are fascinating.

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The study found that the desire for a single-family home has increased to 65.5 per cent of respondents compared with 55.7 per cent in the first year of the study. Homebuyers are less willing to accept smaller lots to improve affordability but they are more willing to concede on community features and proximity to work/amenities to improve affordability. “Formal rooms (living room and dining room) are trending higher in importance to homebuyers, while special purpose rooms (home theatre, home workshop, etc.) are on a downward trend,” says the study. “Quartz countertops, LED lighting, and brick exteriors show increased importance. Soaker tubs, whirlpool tubs, and walk-in pantries are trending lower.” The study says the largest cohort of today’s Canadian homebuyer is the growing family with kids, at 42.0 per cent, followed by single/couple with no kids, at 37.9 per cent. “A shift in demographics is becoming apparent since the first year of the study. When examining the ages of survey participants in 2017, data reveals that 36.9 per cent of respondents are now Millennials and 35.9 per cent are Generation X (Gen X). This is the first year Millennials have nudged out Gen X as the largest cohort of homebuyers. The next largest segment is the Baby Boomer generation, at 23.7 per cent. Only 1.8 per cent of the respondents are from the Pre-Baby Boom generation and 1.7 per cent

of respondents were under 25 years of age (Gen Z),” it says. The greatest number of new homes in Canada are built for households with total annual incomes between $100,000 and $149,000, making up 23.9 per cent of the sample. This is followed by 18.6 per cent making less than $75,000 per year, and 18.0 per cent of the households have incomes ranging from $75,000 to $99,000. Lastly, 12.7 per cent have incomes between $150,000 and $199,000, and 7.6 per cent earn over $200,000, according to the survey. CL This article was shortened for space considerations. For the full text, visit www.

Mario Toneguzzi. Based in Calgary, Mario Toneguzzi has 37 years of experience as a daily newspaper writer, columnist and editor. He worked for 35 years at the Calgary Herald covering sports, crime, politics, health, city and breaking news, and business. For 12 years as a business writer, his main beats were commercial and residential real estate, retail, small business and general economic news. He nows works on his own as a freelance writer and consultant in communications and media relations/ training. Email:  CO N D O L I V I N G M AY 2 0 1 8

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TV or not TV

That is the question



here’s a lot to do when you move into a new condo. And I’m not just talking about the actual moving in and unpacking. You’ve got to arrange for payment of your condo fees. You’ve got to get a parking pass. You’ve got to purchase homeowner’s insurance. There is no natural gas at my condo, and water’s included in the condo fees, but you do have to get electrical power and cable/internet service. At least I did. After checking out a couple of providers, I went with ATCO Power for my electricity. I don’t use much power, as I’m just one person, and I’m not a ‘gamer’, but I do watch some TV and use my laptop quite a bit (mostly for Facebook). Which is why my decision of which cable/internet provider to go with required some careful thought. I quickly narrowed things down to either Shaw or Telus, both of which offered some attractive incentives for signing up. I ended up signing a two-year deal with Telus — it’s costing me about $150 per month — and in return was promised a brand new 55-inch LG smart TV. Sweet! Just what every man-cave needs. I gave little thought to how the TV would be delivered, thinking if I wasn’t home when it arrived — I work full-time so the odds are good — that a notice would be left and it would be taken to a depot somewhere for me to pick-up. No problem, right? Wrong. The courier company that delivered the TV (I won’t use their name, to protect the guilty, but it rhymes with ‘see you later’) left it in the hallway outside my condo unit door. That’s right, the driver somehow got access past the main vestibule and left a $1,000, 55-inch TV, in the box, leaning against the wall in the hallway of a three-storey, 50-unit building. He would later claim I buzzed him in, and I can buzz you in from anywhere with my cell phone, but I received no call and buzzed no-one in. Meanwhile, at work, I received an e-notice that the TV had been delivered. Not good. A couple of phone calls later and, yes, it’s been confirmed, it’s been dropped off alright. I quickly jump in my car and fly (or so it seems) down Deerfoot, making the trip to Cranston in about 20 minutes, thinking “If I get there really quickly, maybe, just maybe, it will still be there”. It wasn’t.

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So it’s back to work and back on the phones. To Telus. To ‘see ya later’. I’ve been promised a TV and I haven’t got one. Somebody still owes me one and, to their credit, Telus is prepared to step up and make things right. Later that evening, after supper, there’s a knock at my condo door. “That’s funny,” I think. “Nobody ever knocks. It’s got to be someone from inside the building.” At this point I’ve only been there three weeks and haven’t met anyone. Standing there, smiling, with a five-foot long flat screen TV box in front of them is my neighbour, a Filipino male nurse who works at the nearby Calgary South Health Campus. “Hi,” he says, peering around the TV box, which is nearly as tall as he is. “I’m your neighbour Roberto, from next door. I saw this sitting in the hall this morning and thought I’d better take it inside for safe-keeping. Who does that?” Who indeed. I explain the situation, slide the TV box into my condo and invite Bob in for a beer. “No thanks,” he says. “I’m on my way to work. But maybe this summer.” Sure, Bob, if summer ever comes. In the meantime, whatever the time of year, there’s a lot to be said for having good neighbours. CL

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