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“Stepping out the front door and being able to wander through open fields — sounds simple, but it feels like the greatest luxury.”




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Landmarked by the iconic Southern Alberta Foothills and west of Macleod Trail, lies the new community of Pine Creek.

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Introducing a new master planned community where roots take hold and dreams come true. With home styles designed for all of life’s milestones — townhomes, laned homes and front drive garage homes — Belmont is a community that can support your family’s aspirations. With access to every activity and amenity imaginable, from hiking trails to shopping areas, golf courses and K-12 schools, it’s a place where opportunities unfold. Visit B E L M O NTCA LGA RY.CO M for more information.

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Building their future Young families fall in love with Carrington South



Gardening helpers

Perfect landscaping tools to tackle any size yard today


14 Inspired living

Family life is at its best in NuVista Homes’ Rosewood

18 The people’s choice

Shane Homes’ Cornerstone Street Towns are popular among home purchasers IN THE CITY

21 Spring is near


What to do with the changing of the season



24 Anthem is big on Calgary

Seeing a bright future in Calgary, Anthem launches several residential developments

27 Families choose The Rise

Bri-mor stuns with the Rise at West Grove Estates


30 Furnish the outdoors

Patios are your own private oasis; give it a personal flavour


34 Tiny Home Village

What’s happening with the 10-acre town owned land in D’A rcy


39 2018 BILD Calgary Region Awards finalists




41 Real Estate Insider

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Warming up

Well, it looks like spring is finally here. Haven’t seen any robins yet, mind you, but the sun is out, it’s not minus-20 C, and the line-ups at the car wash can make one wait up to half an hour to try and get the grime off from the melting slush. All sure signs of warmer weather ahead; in fact, yesterday was the first day this year I haven’t had to wear a heavy coat outside! Another sure sign of spring is the upcoming BILD Awards night — the most awaited industry event of the year. We have a partial list of the single-family finalists inside and I’d hate to be a judge on any of those panels, as it looks like a very tight race to the top. Our cover feature is the young community of Carrington South in the booming northwest edge of the city. We spoke to a few of the homebuyers here to ask what they found appealing about this new development From Apex Developments and H3 Developments, and for many, it’s about fresh starts. Of course, the location, the amenities, not to mention the builder group were also instrumental in their choice, but the newness of the community was something they all found exciting. Speaking of new communities, Vancouverbased Anthem is opening four of them in the Calgary area this year. Wedderburn in Okotoks, Pine Creek in south Calgary, Sirrocco at Pine Creek next door, and Chelsea in Chestermere spearhead Anthem United’s ambitious 2019 expansion plans, along with a ton of new condos and townhomes from their multifamily division. Bri-mor Developments is also enjoying enormous success over at their The Rise at West Grove Estates where roughly only a quarter of the lots remain. It is a hidden gem in the west end of town that people have to see to believe. We also check out the new show home from NuVista Homes in Evanston: the Rosewood. It’s the epitome of a family home in the newly established community of Evanston with tons of flexibility. There’s also Shane Homes’ Cornertstone Street Towns, the most popular home product in the market right now and their no-condo-fee appeal is just catching on. Brandi Holmes takes us on a tour of the best “spring things” to do in and around the city as the weather warms up, while Christina Loc gets us prepared for entertaining outdoors with her deck outfitting tips. Portia Yip clues us in on the best gardening tools around. Let me tell you, writing about those subjects in the dead of winter can be quite depressing, but it’s all for you, dear readers, it’s all for you.


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Portia Yip

MOTHER NATURE THREW another cold, long Alberta winter at us, but it’s about time to switch gears. Take advantage of our short spring months and get your garden or yard primped and primed ahead of time. The right tools and equipment can literally take the weight off your shoulders. So get ready and trade in those aches and pains, for your favourite cold beverage or two, because these handy supplies will take on the brunt of the work. NL




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Perfect landscaping tools to tackle any size yard today



9 [ 1 ] Felco Swiss Made F2 Professional Bypass Pruners, $76 at greengate Garden Centres. [ 2 ] STIHL Homescapers Series Lithium Ion Blower, $259.95 at greengate garden centres. [ 3 ] HSA25 STIHL Hedge Clippers, $169.95 at Alberta Forest & Garden. [ 4 ] Haws Watering Can, $44.99 at Cobblestone Garden Centre. [ 5 ] FSA56 STIHL Trimmer, $279.95 at Alberta Forest & Garden. [ 6 ] 2 kg Nurseryland Overseeder with Microclover, $29.99 at Cobblestone Garden Centre. [ 7 ] Dramm Turret Sprinkler, $54.99 at Cobblestone Garden Centre. [ 8 ] BGA56 STIHL Blower, $279.95 at Alberta Forest & Garden. [ 9 ] Pine Brush Memory Foam Kneeler Pad, $38 at greengate garden centres. [ 10 ] Garden Boots Honeysuckle Design 1883 by Briars and the William Morris Gallery, $88 at greengate garden centres. [ 11 ] RMA460 STIHL Lawnmower, $699.95 at Alberta Forest & Garden. CALGARYHOMELIVING.COM



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Building their future

Young families fall in love with Carrington South


aising a family is the biggest step in adulthood, finding the house that best suits this new life is the next. But, maybe even more important is finding the right neighbourhood to call home. The dynamic, new community of Carrington South in Calgary’s rapidly developing northwest has become a hot spot for new opportunities with plenty of young families starting to lay down their roots here. Ivy and her partner are a young couple with a bright future ahead of them, and the newness of Carrington South appealed to them. “With a newer community where we had the option to build, we were able to personalize our home. We were able to choose the finishes that we wanted and have a home that won’t need renovations anytime soon,” she tells New Home Living. “Although the neighborhood will take a few years to completely develop, it will also be nice to witness the growth of the community.” Sherie, with her family of four, agrees. “We like to see the growth in the community,” adding that the promise of new amenities coming up in the future — like playgrounds and commercial areas — are worth waiting for. While David, his wife, and young child were already living in the northwest quadrant, they loved the idea of starting fresh in Carrington South while staying close to family and friends in the area. “The location is great and we loved the layout of the community,” he says. “At the same time, we will still be able to frequent all the same grocery stores and


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other facilities that we currently do.” They are all among the growing number of buyers living or moving to this new community, which launched late last year in October of 2018. Its popularity shouldn’t come as a surprise, after all, Carrington South has all the prerequisites to be Calgary’s next up-and-coming community. A rare accessibility abetted by its proximity to Stoney Trail and Deerfoot Trail, two landscaped ponds and pathways that connect to regional walking trails, and tons of commercial, entertainment and shopping opportunities nearby give it the necessities of a safe, secure, family-oriented design that homeowners want. Topping that all off is the builder group consisting of some of Calgary’s best home builders, including Excel Homes, Trico Homes, and Truman Homes. Each have two single-family front drive garage (FDG) show homes in the community’s first phase, showcasing CALGARYHOMELIVING.COM


Show home parade in Carington South.

an impressive parade of models available. Plus, Excel Homes also has two duplex show homes for buyers to explore. The wide range of styles, designs and floor plans available in this FDG category are meant to fit a variety of lifestyles from young families looking for their move-up home, for downsizers craving the space that no multi-family option can offer, and even for multi-generational families that require all the space they can get in one household. Excel Homes has single-family FDG homes and laned duplexes in Carrington South. Their front-drive garage homes are perfect for families looking to move up from their first homes. They have fourteen FDG models to choose from in Carrington South, and two duplex models. Sherie, who built with Excel says they weren’t actually looking to buy a home when they visited the show home but built an instant rapport CALGARYHOMELIVING.COM

with area manager Leon Kang. “We went to the Carrington area just to look, not really planning to buy, but we felt the connection with Leon.” They now live in their new three-bedroom, two-and-a-half bath home. “We felt like Excel really maximized the space in our new home, plus we like that amenities are nearby and of course the green space”, Sherie says. Ivy, who is building with Truman Homes, says she likes Carrington South’s proximity to her and her partner’s workplaces. “We mainly liked the accessibility of Carrington South. We learned about the planned developments for Carrington a little later, and we think it will definitely be something to look forward to.” Truman Homes has eight FDG models to choose from in Carrington South and offers custom design options. They are also the exclusive builder of no condo fee townhomes in the community. Their contemporary, urban style is something that has connected with the younger generation. “We chose Truman because we were able to customize our home with them and we liked the specifications that they offered,” Ivy says.

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Jointly developed by H3 Developments and Apex Developments, Carrington South will be home to 800 residential units upon completion. As part of the city’s Keystone Hills area structure plan, residents will enjoy future connections to countless commercial areas, employment opportunities and an LRT station. Best of all, prices are more than just affordable they are attainable with no-condo-fee street towns starting from the $320,000s, laned duplexes from the $330,000s and FDG single family homes from the $460,000s. n

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FAST FACTS COMMUNITY: Carrington South DEVELOPER: Apex Developments and H3 Developments BUILDERS:

Trico Homes

Excel Homes: Laned Duplex and FDG Trico Homes, who owns all the pond lots in the first phase, offers eleven FDG models in Carrington South. The Concord, one of their show homes in the community, is one of Trico’s newest designs and features a modern, open concept look. David says they bought their “forever home” with Trico because he felt that it suited their needs best, a “house that would evolve with our family for the next 25-plus years.” He did talk to all three builders here before purchasing with Trico. Adding that he felt all the builders in Carrington South offered compelling advantages. “Carrington South is unique because it has three reputable builders for single family homes that all offer competitive products. We spent time with each of them and chose Trico for the lot location as well as their willingness to make small changes in their floor plans to meet our preferences,” he says. “Our experience with all three builders has been extremely positive and we would encourage potential buyers to explore with all of them to find the one that would best suit their needs. Every family is different and each builder has a slightly different type of offering. We continue to enjoy working with Trico and their responsiveness thus far has been top notch.”


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Single Family Trico Homes: FDG Single Family on Interior and Pond Lots Truman Homes: Street Towns (no condo fees) and FDG Single Family PRICE: Townhomes from the $320,000s (no condo fees) Laned Duplex from the $330,000s FDG Single Family from the $460,000s FDG Single Family, Pond Lots from the $620,000s SHOW HOMES: 73 – 101 Carringvue Manor NW & 883-887 Carrington Boulevard NW DIRECTIONS: From Stoney Tr. Exit at northbound Centre St. and follow the signs HOURS: Monday to Thursday 2 to 8 p.m., weekends and holidays 12 to 5 p.m. WEBSITE:


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NuVista Homes

ABOVE  The comfortable nature of Rosewood is perfectly captured in its down-to-earth great room. The centre fireplace with designer stone facing and oversized windows bring a sunlit cheerfulness to the interior. “It has a very sophisticated look, and the flush to the wall fireplace is one of the most popular options that buyers want,” Martins says. RIGHT  The kitchen is a masterful display of form fulfilling function with a little bit of fancy thrown in. “It’s great for parties, the centre island with white quartz tops is a perfect setting to entertain and a brilliant workspace that provides a lot of flow,” Martins says. The cabinet moulding brings the cabinetry to the ceiling for a more continuous look, wall appliances add to its seamless style. ABOVE  Rosewood’s elegant streetscape fits perfectly in Evanston, one of the most family-friendly neighbourhoods in Calgary. “It helps that Evanston is almost completely built out. It’s a great place to raise a family, there are two schools already open in the neighbourhood and one more coming. The nearby Evanston Towne Centre is a lively spot where the community can gather.”


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Family life is at its best in NuVista Homes’ Rosewood WRITTEN BY

Pepper Rodriguez

N U V I S TA H O M E S H A S always been about perfecting the family home through innovative design, practical solutions and affordable price points. And with the Rosewood, this well-respected home builder may just have found perfection. The four-bedroom Rosewood has been one of the most popular models among NuVista’s 12 front-drive homes in this newly established community of Evanston in the northwest. It’s easy to see

why in the new show home on 16 Evansfield Crescent N.W. “Everyone just loves the design flow of the home, it has everything a family could want,” says area manager Carlos Martins. “A big kitchen that everyone can share in, a spacious bonus room at the top of the stairs for movie nights, a main floor flex room that opens up a lot of possibilities for whatever the family needs.” At 2,238 square-feet, the Rosewood is all about meeting the needs of the family. The walk-thru pantry is great for storage and helpful in keeping the family’s much needed basic supplies. The kitchen with a long centre island is roomy enough for the family chef. And the Great Room and Dining Room meld into one free flowing entertaining space essential for big, busy families and their friends. But flexibility is also key. “We can even put an extra bedroom and full bath on the main floor of the Rosewood, which is a design option that we’re seeing a lot more of these days,” he tells New Home Living. “We can personalize the home to suite the buyers’ needs.” Best of all is its location in Evanston. “It is a newly established community with plenty of already-existing amenities. You don’t have to wait years to enjoy the benefits of having groceries, schools and entertainment establishments near to home.” The Rosewood starts from $583,900 including GST, but NuVista’s front-drive homes in Evanston are from the low $500,000s. “We have a limited time promotion where we develop your basement for free,” Martins says.




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ABOVE  The master retreat is where the owners can find some solace after a busy day. Its spacious solitude is separated from the rest of the home by the bonus room. “It’s a peaceful spot meant to relax, but it has its practical side too, with the roomy walkin closet and the laundry adjacent to it.”

LEFT  The walk-through pantry with ceramic tile flooring and plenty of shelving space is one of the most important features of the Rosewood. “It is an essential for many families. There’s lots of storage space and it is a straight shot from the garage through the mudroom. That is a helpful convenience when you’re bringing in groceries.”

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BELOW  The five-piece master ensuite is as relaxing as you’d think. It comes standard with twin sinks, a separate tub, glass shower stall, a private water closet, and a large walk-in closet. “There isn’t much that families can want more in a home, but if there is something else, the Rosewood is flexible enough to meet any of their needs,” Martin says. NL

COMMUNITY: Evanston DEVELOPER: Qualico Communities STYLE: Rosewood is a two-storey, double-attached front drive model SIZE: 2,238 sq. ft. PRICE: Starts from $583,000 including house, lot and GST ADDRESS: 16 Evansfield Crescent, N.W. DIRECTIONS: South on Stoney Tr., north on 14 St. N.W., right on Symons Valley Pkwy, left on Evanston Link and follow the signs HOURS: Monday to Thursday 2 to 8 p.m., weekends and holidays noon to 5 p.m. WEBSITE:


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ABOVE  The Deco plan is one of the star models of Shane Homes’ Cornerstone Street Towns. At 1,506 square-feet, its open-concept design uses every inch of living space. It has a good-sized central dining nook and a large living area where entertaining guests is practically called for. “It is very thoughtfully designed, and there are certain aspects in the home that I think you see more of in a single-family type dwelling or an upgraded home,” Geary says.

RIGHT  The Cornerstone Street Towns are a knockout from the outside in. “The front landscaping is low-to-no-maintenance with a really nice rock feature, you get an absolutely beautiful west-facing front veranda where you can enjoy sunsets at your leisure. The backyard is also fully landscaped and it does come with a patio and chain link fencing.”


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Shane Homes’ Cornerstone Street Towns are popular among home purchasers


Pepper Rodriguez

S I N G L E - FA M I LY H O M E comfort at a multifamily home price, that has always been the appeal of Shane Homes’ line of no-condo-fee Street Towns. Ever since the multi-awarded home builder introduced the product in Skyview Ranch in the northeast, it has been hard to keep up with the demand. Now, building in Cornerstone, these unique Street Towns are beyond a doubt the people’s choice. The Cornerstone Street Towns have been particularly hot, as they have already sold out one of their five floor plans in the first phase. But area manager, Deb Geary, says there are still plenty of opportunities to own a stylishly affordable interior or end unit in this very popular development. It isn’t difficult to see why they’ve been so well received. These Street Towns are 20-feet wide so they feel more open and spacious than an ordinary townhome. All come with double-detached garages, luxury standard specifications, landscaping, fencing, and 10-foor-by-10-foot patios as part of the package, and best of all no condo fees. All models have three bedrooms and two-and-ahalf baths and have a developable basement that can potentially add two more bedrooms if the owners need more living space. “We put as much thought in designing the basement and they come standard with plumbing rough-ins, two big windows and eight foot ceilings,” Geary tells New Home Living. Shane Homes’ Street Towns also fit as many lifestyles as possible. “First time homebuyers, downsizers, people wanting to move-up from their rentals, extended families and single parents. And all ages — from working professionals to retirees,” she points out. The Street Towns are from 1,500 to 1,600 squarefeet and start from the mid $340,000s, Geary says. “Price point is another reason for our success, Shane Homes has the expertise to design a practical, functional home with stylish finishes and still remain competitive.” It’s location on the south side of the booming northeast community of Cornerstone is another appealing factor. “We are directly across from a future school site, accessibility is never a problem as we are just off Country Hills Boulevard and Stoney Trail, and there are already plenty of shopping, entertainment and commercial amenities surrounding the area, with more coming soon,” Geary says.



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fast facts BUILDER: Shane Homes COMMUNITY: Cornerstone MODEL: Cornerstone Street Towns SIZE: From 1,500 to 1,600 sq. ft. ABOVE  The Deco’s kitchen is chic and stylish — there is so much counter space, which is graced with standard granite throughout. The window opening to the backyard brings in so much natural light. “Customers really like the location of the kitchen sink just under this large venting window. The island adds a great extension to the kitchen, whether it’s for entertaining or cooking. The walk-in pantry is another handy feature most families immediately fall in love with.”

ABOVE  The rear owners’ suite features a generously sized walk-in closet and private three-piece ensuite with walk-in shower. “There is a practicality to this home that homeowners love, the second floor laundry adds plenty of convenience to the busy family and the mudroom a the rear of the home provides plenty of storage.”

PRICE: From the mid $340,000s ADDRESS: 838 Cornerstone Blvd N.E., Calgary DIRECTIONS: Take Highway 2 North (Deerfoot Trail) to Country Hills Blvd N.E. heading east. Turn right on Cornerstone Blvd and follow the signs. HOURS: Monday toThursday 2 to 8 p.m., weekends and holidays noon to 5 p.m. WEB:

RIGHT  The master bedroom has a serene spaciousness about it, but even the two spare rooms are perfect for the needs of growing kids. “The standard selections are again what you think you would see in the more semi-estate homes, and with the number of windows in this home, you get a lot of lovely natural lighting,” Geary says. NL


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SPRING IS NEAR What to do with the changing of the season Brandi Holmes Jennifer Mills and Vivian Zhang



e all have our own signs and traditions that come with the changing of the seasons, but one that I am sure we call all share around spring time is finally being able to put away all those heavy winter clothes, jackets and mitts until the next winter season. The warmer weather brings with it melting, lots and lots of melting — which doesn’t always mean clean streets and cars, but it is a step in the right direction after suffering the deep freeze. Spring also brings a sense of a new beginning, especially with all the plants, trees and grass starting to peak through. As the ‘spring ahead’ time change has come and gone, days are getting longer, brighter and most importantly warmer, so now what do we do with all this great daylight? Since most of us suffered from cabin fever this winter it is time to get out and enjoy our surroundings! Calgary is lucky to be located in such a landscape that we can enjoy year-round activities without too much hassle and this time of the year is the best to enjoy both winter and spring activities. The ski hills are still up and running without much need to completely bundle up any more. Nakiska Ski Area is certainly the closest mountain to the city and at the time of print the snow depth was still







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127 centimetres. Next up would be Sunshine Village and Lake Louis Ski Resort, which also still have all their lifts open and a good base of snow. While you are already in the mountains, you might as well check out some outdoor hot springs in Radium, or go for a hike on the many, many trails in Banff National Park. Mountainview room from The Malcolm Hotel in Canmore


Banff and Canmore are also great spots for day trips. It is always fun to be a tourist in these smaller historical towns that offer great local shopping opportunities in the best of the best of locations. There are also tons of great activities that start popping up all over the place in the city once the weather starts to warm up. Outdoor markets, biking, walking or running groups, and patios all get up and going seemingly overnight. Recreation centres are also starting to release their plans for activities, day camps, and classes shortly, so make sure to check out your local or favorite centre. If you don’t have one in mind, check out the new YMCA in Seton in the S.E. — one of the biggest in Canada at Heritage Park and Calaway Park are also both gearing up to open for the season, as opening day is May 18 for both destinations. Season passes are available and certainly worth it if you have a family full of high energy kids. The changing of the seasons is always a great time to start something new and what better time than spring! With the snow slowly disappearing, the sun shining, birds chirping and trees turning green it would be foolish not to get outside and enjoy everything that Calgary and the great Rocky Mountains have to offer. I mean that’s why we live in Calgary right? NL


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ANTHEM IS BIG ON CALGARY Seeing a bright future in Calgary, Anthem launches several residential developments n  WRITTEN BY

Pepper Rodriguez

OPTIMISM MAY BE in short supply in Calgary these days, but Anthem remains bullish on the city’s prospects for growth. Confident enough, in fact, that they are launching “an unprecedented” number of real estate developments in both their land and multi-family holdings in and around the city. The developer is opening no less than four new communities in the Calgary area in 2019 with a total of 776 acres through their Anthem United land development arm, while bringing in 500 new homes in four new condo and townhome projects through their multi-family division, Anthem. It’s a multi-million dollar investment that squarely puts Anthem’s money where their mouth is. “Calgary is a core market for Anthem,” says Elva Kim, Vice President of Sales & Marketing, Anthem. “It is affordable, has a well-educated population and is a great place to raise a family. We see population and job growth continuing to strengthen and Anthem will be here providing great space to those people who need it.” It isn’t blind optimism either. “We see the slow but steady recovery in the new home market, people still want to live in Calgary and people are still coming to the city from other places in the country and the world because it continues to be an affordable and a vibrant place to live,” Kim tells New Home Living. “Owning a home here is certainly more affordable than Toronto or Vancouver,” she adds. “From land to multi-family to commercial space, we have a diversified portfolio of projects in the Calgary area and across western North America,” Kim points out. “It’s what allowed us to continue developing communities when a lot of other projects weren’t going ahead, and we’re proud of that.” Among Anthem United’s communities to launch this spring and summer are: WEDDERBURN IN OKOTOKS. It is a 160-acre site directly east of Anthem United’s other community, D’ARCY. The community will feature a new school site, parks, ponds a completed school nearby and Gateway Village, a 50+ acre mixed-use area that will be shared by Wedderburn and D’ARCY, providing all the amenities residents will need. The grand opening for Wedderburn is scheduled for May 25, 2019.


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PINE CREEK IN SOUTH CALGARY. It is a master planned community west of Macleod Trail. The community will be developed over seven to 10 years and at completion will be home to more than 3,000 people. Pine Creek will offer homes geared towards entry and move up buyers. The first showhomes and public launch are expected in the summer of 2019.



SIROCCO AT PINE CREEK. This is a 176-acre site in the highly sought after Southwest quadrant of Calgary. The community will provide homes to more than 4,000 residents through a variety of housing types, including semi-estate homes and duplex homes overlooking the Sirocco Golf Course. The first showhomes will open to the public in the spring of 2019.


CHELSEA, ANTHEM UNITED’S FIRST COMMUNITY IN CHESTERMERE. Chelsea is a 320-acre master planned community that on completion will have over 7,000 residents in a variety of housing types near schools, parks, neighbourhood shopping, pathways and an eco-park. Chelsea will open to the public with showhomes in fall 2019. These communities join the developer’s three other communities in the Calgary area, Cornerstone in the Northeast, Belmont in the South, and D’ARCY in Okotoks. All of Anthem United’s current communities in market are in various stages of development with active showhomes and more opening soon. On the multi-family side, Anthem is launching: • Landmark at Waterfront, the final phase of their master planned community in Eau Claire.



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New Anthem United Communities BELMONT • 12 showhomes opened in Spring 2018 and two more townhome showhomes opened in November 2018. At the end of January, Homes by Avi hosted a grand opening for their condo-fee-free townhomes and saw over 200 people to visit the showhomes. • In 2019, Anthem United will be bringing on phase two lots that will have both double and single garage homes available. Two townhome projects will also launch this spring/summer on the south end of Belmont from StreetSide Developments and Anthem. CHELSEA • Chelsea will be launching in Fall 2019 with three different home styles: front drive, duplex and laned homes.

• A new collection of townhomes and two woodframe condominium apartment buildings in the former military barracks of Currie. • A boutique five storey condominium building along Memorial Drive in Kensington. • Finally, Anthem and Anthem United’s first joint foray between their land and multi-family teams, 857 Belmont Drive S.E, which will be a collection of townhomes within their community of Belmont. Also in the pipeline of Anthem projects is 1724 Westmount Boulevard, an upcoming townhome community in the established and desirable neighbourhood of Hillhurst-Sunnyside. Behind these projects is a growing team of over 400 people across Anthem’s core markets in Alberta, British Columbia and California; more than double their number of employees in 2014. Anthem’s growth is not slowing either, with over 15 current job opportunities and more expected throughout 2019. Anthem has been committed to the Calgary area since 2007 with the launch of their first master planned residential community in Calgary, Waterfront. Anthem United has been committed to Calgary for even longer under the United Communities brand, tracing its roots back to the Alberta market in the 1930s and expanding into an extensive residential land portfolio in the 1980s. Anthem acquired United Communities in 2014 and rebranded the land development arm as Anthem United in 2017. The acquisition and Anthem’s further expansion into the Calgary market was driven by an increasing appetite for growth and belief in the long-term potential of Calgary’s real estate market. “The city of Calgary is resilient, well built for all stages of the economic cycle and quick to recover. There is a spirit here that aligns with our core values and we’re here for the long haul,” Kim says. NL


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• Those interested in learning more should register at: CORNERSTONE • 14 new showhomes will be opening in Cornerstone this spring. They will include laned homes from Shane Homes, Sterling Homes, JaymanBUILT and Morrison Homes. There will also be front drive homes from Shane Homes, and duplex homes from Morrison Homes and Shane Homes. • Anthem United will also welcome a new builder to the community, Luxuria Homes, who will be building condo-fee-free townhomes. • These showhomes will join the existing showhomes in Phase 2: Truman Homes’ duplex homes and Shane Homes’ condo-fee-free townhomes. D’ARCY • D’ARCY launched in May 2018 with eight showhomes. Two more showhomes opened in September 2018 and four more showhomes will open in April 2019. • This includes the first condo-fee-free townhomes available in Okotoks by Partners Development Group and the much anticipated villas by Morrison Homes that back onto the D’Arcy Ranch Golf Club. • In 2019, residents will see completion of the pond in D’ARCY with paths, a fitness park and a skating rink ready for the community’s use. PINE CREEK • Located south of Belmont, Pine Creek will continue to make the city’s growth area of West Macleod a destination for homebuyers looking in South Calgary. • Showhomes will open in early Summer 2019. Morrison Homes and Shane Homes will be selling duplex homes and Sterling Homes and Trico Homes will be selling front drive homes. SIROCCO AT PINE CREEK • Also located within the West Macleod area, Sirocco at Pine Creek is offering homeowners Calgary’s most desirable new southwest address. • The homes in the community will feature elegant architecture and future phases will have homes overlooking the Sirocco Golf Club. • Showhomes will open in late Spring 2019 with NuVista Homes selling duplex homes and Morrison Homes, Shane Homes, Sterling Homes and Trico Homes all selling front drive homes. WEDDERBURN • Anthem United is excited to announce that they will continue building in the Town of Okotoks with their new community, Wedderburn. • Wedderburn will be launching three front drive showhomes on May 25, 2019 from Trico Homes, Sterling Homes and Prominent Homes. Many of the lots back onto a pond.


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FAMILIES CHOOSE THE RISE Bri-mor stuns with the Rise at West Grove Estates n  WRITTEN BY

Brandi Holmes

T H E W E S T E N D of Calgary’s residential sector has been popular for many years — but with the launch of West Grove Estates and the Rise at West Grove Estates, Bri-mor Developments has had nothing but positive response. Despite economic uncertainty, under 25 per cent of lots now remain at the Rise, with homeowners acting quickly on the real value offered in this community. “The community is now fully built out,” says Aleem Dhanani, managing director for Bri-mor Developments. “With seven acres of green space including a reflective park, a play park with equipment for young children and an activated park that includes a junior soccer field, outdoor exercise equipment, a chess board and an outdoor stage for community programming, residents of the Rise are moving into an already established neighbourhood, with actual neighbours.” The first phase of the Rise, which was 111 lots, was so



successful that the additional 89 lots were brought on and released ahead of schedule. “Knowing we have the product they desire, homeowners can get more home for the price, in the area they want and with all lifestyle amenities they need,” says Dhanahi. Some residents that are already living at the Rise love the established community and detail Bri-mor took with their whole vision of the Rise at West Grove Estates. “It was really nice moving into a community that was already developed. There is a lot of care and attention going into all of the green spaces and walking paths. Our home, backing onto a green space was a huge win!” says Russell Bell and Kayla Kaluzny.



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“WE HAVE A GROWING FAMILY AND WANTED TO BE IN A COMMUNITY THAT WAS FAMILY ORIENTED WITH GREAT SCHOOLS. HAVING GROCERIES AND SCHOOLS RIGHT IN THE COMMUNITY IS WONDERFUL! The Rise at West Grove Estates is truly a hidden gem that provides residents not only with an inner-city lifestyle being 15 minutes from downtown but also, tranquillity that comes with living outside of the core and only 60 minutes to the mountains. Another couple with a growing family living at the Rise also stated that having established amenities was a big advantage. “We have a growing family and wanted to be in a community that was family oriented with great schools. Having groceries and schools right in the community is wonderful!” says Kesa and Darren Robinson. The recent completion of the twinning of Bow Trail and the expected expansion of Stoney Trail that is well underway is only adding to the convenience and ease of living at the Rise on the west side of Calgary. Starting price points have been COMMUNITY: The Rise at West Grove Estates holding steady in the mid $700,000s, DEVELOPER: Bri-mor Developments which is unmatched anywhere on the BUILDERS: Brookfield Residential and west side. Cederglan Homes “While we have created an affordSTYLE: Two- Storey attached garage able price point offering with the Rise, semi- estate homes we did not want to compromise the SIZE: Two storey from 2,000 sq. ft. and 1,200 Estate community feel,” says Dhanani. sq. ft. for a bungalow “Together with our premier builders, PRICE: Starting in the mid $700,000s homeowners can express their own HOURS: Monday to Thursday 2 to 8 p.m., taste and personality while designing weekends and holidays noon to 5 p.m. their home.” WEBSITE: From the moment a visitor enters the Rise, the aesthetics of stone, the use of smooth acrylic stucco, enhanced driveway materials, composite siding, and exposed and faux wood garage doors set the community’s curb appeal apart from the rest. The available four showhomes and over 200 completed homes in the West Grove community provide great inspiration and showcase the designs and styles available for homeowners to choose from. “Home designs have been created to reflect the ‘family unit’,” explains Dhanani. “They create a fully functional lifestyle that can cater to children, parents, grandparents, extended family and friends.” Homes being offered in the last remaining 25 per cent are a range of double front-attached garage two- storey or bungalow style semi- estate homes, sitting on lots that range from 34- to 38- feet wide and starting at 2,000 and 1,200 square feet respectively.

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With the vision to create a one-of-a-kind residential community in Calgary with real value, Bri-mor certainly hit the bull’s eye. Without compromising affordability, Bri-mor delivered great quality, lifestyle, curb appeal, amenities and green spaces in a well sought after community.


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“The West Grove community has now matured into one where neighbours have become friends, children are playing in the playgrounds, community relationships are being forged and everyone is able to enjoy the unmatched amount of green space and community amenities,” says Dhanani. NL



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Furnish the outdoors Patios are your own private oasis; give it a personal flavour n   WRITTEN BY

Christina Loc

P ABOVE Throw in an umbrella for those super hot sunny days and attach the Luna Umbrella Light and Bluetooth Speaker by Treasure Garden to provide extra lighting while allowing you to listen to your tunes. Umbrella is also from Treasure Garden called the Starlux AKZ Plus Cantilever and are both available at Wicker Land. RIGHT Look for heavy duty outdoor furniture. At Patioline, they carry marine grade steel that won’t rust and teak that will weather nicely outdoors. Shown here is the Equinox Bistro Table by Barlow Tyrie.


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FURNITURE FOR LOUNGING AND DINING. When it comes to selecting outdoor furniture pieces, like any space, it is important to select the right scale and style of furniture for your lifestyle needs. Consider how you will utilize your patio and go in with a cohesive plan. If you are on a budget, it is better to have a full concept of what you would like your space to look like in the long run so you can invest in the proper pieces in stages rather than trying to piece together a mishmash of things. For a smaller patio, like in a condo, choose two comfortable lounging chairs. Add a small bistro table for meals plus a storage bench to store your cushions and throws while using it as extra seating or somewhere to put your feet up. If you have a big deck, you will want to outfit it with a full outdoor dining and lounging set. For the in-between ten-by-ten foot deck, you may want to invest in a comfortable outdoor sectional or sofa and chairs to pair with a chat table. A chat table is higher than a coffee table height but shorter than a dining table height. CALGARYHOMELIVING.COM



atio season is finally just around the corner. Now is the time to begin creating an oasis that will provide you with those precious hours of outdoor enjoyment. Whether you are craving that bit of fresh air with your morning coffee or an evening under the stars spent with family and friends, regardless of your patio size — big or small — curating the perfect outdoor living space requires you to consider the following must-haves:



The Aura MW Series Wall Mount Infrared is designed to warm people and objects without heating the air in between. This heater can be used all year round as it is weather proof and can be left outside.

ADD SOME GREENERY TO YOUR PATIO. Plants  Plants have a soothing effect and can really enhance your mood. Fill empty corners with plants, run them along the perimeter of your railing for privacy, hang them from your walls or roof and place them on tables.  Tip: Succulents, Succulents, herbs, grasses and cedar look great on a patio. For a touch of colour, low-maintenance flowering plants like Calibrachoa, Black-Eyed Susan Vine, Geranium and Bacopa are beautiful in pots. LIGHT UP YOUR WORLD. Lighting is an essential part of design. Creating that bit of glow can be achieved through layering a wide range of products. Use hurricanes and lanterns to house wick or LED candles; hang string and LED strip lights; plug in outdoor lamps and stake solar powered lights in to your pots to highlight your plants. Also available on the market are LED planter



COZY UP WITH RUGS, TOSS CUSHIONS AND THROWS. This is a great way to liven up your outdoor space by adding texture, colour and pattern. Make it fun by using bright and bold colours with funky prints, geometric and abstract patterns. Go for a more calming palette by choosing softer or neutral colours and using subtle tone on tone patterns. Additionally, throw in an umbrella if you have space for those super hot sunny days. Tip: Like patio furniture, make sure your

umbrella, rugs and toss cushions are outdoor viable. Throw blankets, however, do not need to be rated for outdoor use as long as you remember to put it away after each use.



This way, you can have the best of both worlds by having an all-in-one area where you can lounge and eat while still making room for the barbecue. Tip: At Patioline - Outdoor Forever Furniture, a retail store in Calgary, they emphasize the importance of looking for heavier duty outdoor furniture. They carry marine grade steel that won’t rust and teak that will weather nicely outdoors. For high wind areas, especially in high-rise condo units, they also suggest looking for patio furniture that have Velcro or ties to secure the cushions.

ABOVE The Aura ComfortPlus Infrared Heater provides is designed to warm people and objects without heating the air in between. This heater can be used all year round as it is weather proof and can be left outside. LEFT Outdoor living has become such a big category that the possibilities are endless. The Zen fire table by O.W. Lee sits at chat table height giving you the best of both worlds by having an all-inone area to lounge and dine. Available at Wicker Land.


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ABOVE Plants have a soothing effect. Fill empty corners with plants, run them along the perimeter or roof and place them on tables. Featured here is the Sion collection by E9 Luxury Living. They have modular lounging pieces that are only 30” deep yet sit nicely. Great for balconies. Available at Patioline.

RIGHT Liven up your space by adding texture, colour and pattern with rugs, toss cushions and throws.


pots, outdoor chairs and tables that light up. Tip: Make sure to use outdoor certified cords and light bulbs. CRANK UP THE HEAT.  Extend your time on the patio by using standing or wall mounted infrared heaters to keep warm. The crew at Wicker Land explains, “infrared heaters are a great source of heat since heat is directed at what it is aimed at and not the air so even when there is a breeze, the heat stays put”. Fire tables are also another great source of heat (as well as light) and according to Patioline, “more and more people are doing fire tables in their lounge and dining area”. For condos, compact table top fire pit or bowls are a great addition. Tip:  Visit outdoor specialty stores like Wicker Land and Patioline to get advice from the experts. They can help you determine what product is suitable for you and what is required. Things to consider would include whether you will need a gas line, 220v power or if a portable propane tank or 110v power will suffice.  Other great items to add to your patio oasis. Outdoor living has become such a big category that the possibilities APRIL 2019

are endless. Other nice items to have include outdoor rated poufs, bean bags, hammocks, privacy screens, portable water features, statues, portable or hard-wired speakers, coolers to bigger items like hot tubs, outdoor kitchens, fireplaces, pergolas and awnings. The patio should be treated as an extension of your home. You want it to be entertaining, inviting and comfortable. As such, attention to detail is just as important on your patio or deck as it is inside your home. Don’t let it be a mirage. Start transforming your patio in to an oasis so that you can fully enjoy and appreciate the beautiful summer months ahead. NL




The patio should be treated as an extension of your home. You want it to be entertaining, inviting and comfortable.

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Tiny Home Village

What’s happening with the 10-acre town owned land in D’Arcy


Brandi Holmes


ince November 2017 when the initial tiny home village was pitched to the Town of Okotoks a lot has changed.

Homestead Comunity Development Concept.

The original location in Kinsmen Park has since been changed to a 10-acre plot of town owned land in the community of D’Arcy — and as of February 11th, council has approved a conceptual design for.  Vagabond Tiny Homes are the builders of this one-of-a-kind eco village, gearing up to be the first of its kind in Canada.


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“We’re really excited about how open Okotoks is to working with us to become a partner in our vision of an innovative, sustainable and purposeful community development,” says Thomas Grenier, one of the proprietors of Vagabond Tiny Homes along with partner Devonn Drossel.


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Homestead Comunity Greenhouse and Winter Garden Concept.

There will now be a total of 40 homes in the eco village ranging from 380 to 600 square-feet, all permanently fixed to concrete foundations — which means no wheels — and feature large outdoor decks. Privacy landscaping will also be included to surround the micro homes to add that little extra something to the already environmentally conscious space. The homes will be released with a mixed market in mind. There will be affordable market rate rentals, short-term vacation rentals, and for purchase units. The entire village will be wheelchair accessible and 15 per cent of the tiny homes will be built with accessibility in mind, and another 15 per cent will be reserved for Indigenous residents. The core of the micro home eco village will be the central community building where there will be all sorts of amenities to fulfil residents’ needs. This building will feature an industrial sized kitchen and dining room for event hosting that exceeds the limits of a tiny home, private storage lockers for each home, rentable working/ office space, functional meeting rooms and a large outdoor gathering space. A lot of the details for the eco village are still in the works but the town and Vagabond welcome any and all input from the public. The total 10-acre project will initially be named the “Homestead Project” and will consist of 7.2 acres of community space with the 2.8-acre ecovillage as a subdivision. “The vision for the Homestead Project provides Okotoks the opportunity to model environmental excellence and sustainable urban design,” says Mayor Bill Robertson. The eco village will be developed in the first phase of the project with a variety of other community amenities phased in overtime. Such as several community buildings, flexible programming space, parks with trail networks, an amphitheatre, a commercial green house and community gardens.

Homestead Comunity Building Concept.

The Homestead project will be a crucial space for community gathering, while the eco village will increase the already diverse housing options within Okotoks. A proposed lease agreement will be presented to council on April 30th 2019 and a final decision will be made. For more information on Vagabond Tiny Homes or the eco village please visit, or NL

“The vision for the Homestead Project provides Okotoks the opportunity to model environmental excellence and sustainable urban design.” CALGARYHOMELIVING.COM


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Nothing else Compares Enjoy four-season lake community in Mahogany


o matter the weather, there’s always a reason to love living in the beautiful four-season lake community of Mahogany. And on April 13, Mahogany will launch its biggest show home parade event of the year with the opening of 22 new show homes. Showcasing popular single-family home options including Paired, Laned and Front-Garage homes, these new show homes illustrate the wide variety of affordable home choices that homebuyers get to choose from in this multi-awarded community by Hopewell Residential. “With brand new show homes by Calgary’s favourite home builders, including Hopewell Residential, Excel Homes and Jayman BUILT, this is an event not to be missed. There is a home and price for everyone, with new Paired, Laned and Front-Garage show homes all available to enjoy,” says Nicole McLaws, senior marketing manager for Hopewell Residential. Opening are Paired homes from 1,200 to 1,500 square-feet starting from the $330,000s (no condo fees); Laned homes from 1,300 to 1,900 square-feet from the $360,000s; and Front-Garage homes from 1,500 to 2,900 square-feet from the low $400,000s. “There are many four-bedroom homes and even some five-bedroom homes available. For example, Hopewell’s popular Rowen home offers four bedrooms, as does its Kalos and Bower models,” McLaws says. With the opening of these new parades, Mahogany will have more than 40 show homes in total, a huge selection by any margin. In addition to its new Paired, Laned and Front-Garage show homes, the community also offers condos, executive paired homes, estate homes and island homes. There are a number of phases currently in the works, with much more to come, McLaws promises. Mahogany is Calgary’s best-selling community, and it’s easy to see why – with its affordable homes, 63-acre lake, 22,000 square-foot


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Beach Club, 74-acre wetlands, a school, parks, walking paths, shopping, services and more, it truly has everything you want and need in a new community. “And, opening new show homes is always exciting, as we’re able to showcase the latest in home design, finishings and features – whether that’s the most current tile backsplash, the most up-to-date tech package, or the most family-friendly new floorplan.” No other Calgary community compares to Mahogany, McLaws adds. “Its unparalleled amenities; upscale architecture; enduring value and four-season lake lifestyle add up to a smart investment for your new home purchase. Plus, all of this comes with a surprisingly affordable price.” Mahogany’s Grand Opening event takes place April 13th in Mahogany. Visit for details and maps.  n CALGARYHOMELIVING.COM


Hopewell’s Easy Advantage Bridging the path to easy, affordable and stylish living


ith Hopewell Residential opening 12 new show homes in its popular lakeside community of Mahogany, the multi-awarded land developer and homebuilder is also offering the easiest and most stress-free home-building process in the city. Hopewell Residential’s Easy Advantage program enumerates more than 25 ways in which they can make buying a new home as easy on the budget as it is on the nerves. “Buying a new home can seem complicated and scary — and with other builders or with a used home, it can be,” says Nicole McLaws, senior manager for marketing. “But with Hopewell, you’ll get the most hassle-free shopping and home building experience, along with a Live Happy lifestyle once you move in.” The Easy Advantage program is a promise that Hopewell clients can hold on to. “We offer so many smart perks — like all-in, transparent pricing; one-on-one interior design appointments that take only a couple of hours, with the help of our certified designers; a Live Happy Concierge service; discounts and promos; our BuiltWell Quality


Promise and more. It’s fun, easy, and exciting — which is exactly what buying your new home should be all about.” McLaws notes that new home buyers today are faced with so many choices, and so much information, that it was important to offer a simple, streamlined and stress-free process — along with affordable prices, incredible style and unbeatable locations. “Home buyers today are savvy, smart and looking for the best home for their lifestyle — and that’s what the Hopewell Easy Advantage is all about. We offer mortgage assistance and advice, along with extended down payments to make it easier to buy your new home. We’ll even pay your legal fees if you choose to work with one of our mortgage partners,” she says. “If you have a home to sell, our realtor partners can help you with that, and we’ll pay your listing fees, too. We’ll help you move, and will offer you included upgrades that suit your lifestyle best — from solar panels, to a gourmet kitchen, to landscaping, a tech package and more.” Also included in its single-family homes are upscale features such as quartz counters, knockdown ceilings, hard-surface flooring, green features, name-brand finishings and more. “We know that home buyers want the best home, value, experience and lifestyle — and with Hopewell in Mahogany, they’ll find just that.” No other home will come with the Easy Advantage built in. You’ll love the assurance that comes with owning one of the best-backed homes in the business. For more information and maps to Hopewell’s brand new Mahogany show homes, visit n


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2018 BILD Calgary Region Awards finalists

BILD Calgary Region releases the 2018 finalists for the newly branded BILD Calgary Region Awards ( formerly the SAM Awards)


he time has come around again where BILD Calgary Region has released the list of finalists for this year’s awards. The awards celebrate innovation and excellence in residential construction in Calgary and surrounding areas. Marking its 32nd year, with 729 entries in categories such as new home construction, renovations, new communities, advertising & marketing, and sales. The gala will be held on April 13, 2019 at the Telus Convention

Centre where the top five entries in each category will be featured. Here is an abbreviated list of the new community and new home finalists: Show Home Parade of the Year Brookfield Residential (Alberta) LP – Seton Cardel Homes Inc. – Shawnee Park by Cardel Homes Genesis Land Development Corp. – Bayview Show Home Parade MacDonald Communities Ltd. – Watermark Show Home Parade Shane Homes Ltd. – Shane Communities & Apex – Midtown Phase 4 Show Home Parade

Community of the Year – City of Calgary Cardel Homes Inc. – Shawnee Park by Cardel Homes Cedarglen Homes – The Parks of Harvest Hills Hopewell Residential Management LP – Mahogany by Hopewell West Campus Development Trust – Univrsity District WestCreek Developments Ltd. – Legacy

Community of the year – Calgary Region

Mattamy Homes –Yorkville

Bordeaux Developments Corporation & Qualico Communities – Harmony Brookfield Residential (Alberta) LP – Artesia Brookfield Residential (Alberta) LP – Chinook Gate Genesis Land Development Corp. – A Genesis Land Community MacDonald Communities Ltd. – Watermark at Bearspaw

NEW HOME AWARDS (up to $414,999) Best New Home – up to $254,999

Best New Home $255,000 to $294,999

Best New Home $295,000 to $349,999

Best New Home $350,000 to $414,999

Douglas Homes Ltd. – Kingston, Cooper’s Crossing, 432 Cooper’s Blvd, Airdrie

Genesis Builders Group Inc. – Juniper, Bayview, 317 Bayview Circle, Airdrie

Brookfield Residential (Alberta) LP – Belvedere III, Seton, 37 Seton Manor S.E., Calgary

Broadview Homes – The Cascade III show home in Evanston, 20 Evansfield Cres. N.W., Calgary

Jayman BUILT – Sonata, Sunset Ridge, 248 Sundown Road, Cochrane

Mattamy Homes – The Madison End, Yorkville, 19537 Sheriff King Street S.W., Calgary

Dream Development – The Nicholson, Vista Crossing, 201 Vista Drive, Crossfield

Brookfield Residential (Alberta) LP – Carlisle II in Seton, 41 Seton Manor S.E., Calgary

Shane Homes Ltd. – Genoa II, Cornerstone, 834 Cornerstone Blvd N.E., Calgary

Millenium Plus Homes – The Hashmi, Private Residence, Calgary

Genesis Builders Group Inc. – Daffodil, Private Residence, Airdrie

Mattamy Homes – The Berkley Corner, Yorkville, 170 Yorkville Manor S.W., Calgary

Shane Homes Ltd. – Vista III, Redstone, 645 Redstone Drive N.E., Calgary

Millenium Plus Homes – The Leopard, Private Residence, Calgary

Jayman BUILT – Lauren, King’s Heights, 91 Kingfisher Cres., Airdrie

Mattamy Homes – The Everett, Yorkville, 119 Yorkville Manor S.W., Calgary

Stepper Homes Ltd. The Linden, Cornerbrook, 36 Cornerbrook Way N.E., Calgary

Morrison Homes – Arista showhome Belmont, 730 Belmont Drive S.E., Calgary

Stepper Homes Ltd. – The Dalton, Private Residence, Calgary

Stepper Homes Ltd. – The Bowen Legacy, Private Residence, Calgary NL

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Anthem United page 3 Belmont Anthem United inside front gatefold Boulder Creek Highfield Land Management page 23 Calbridge Homes page 40 Carrington South Apex Developments and H3 Developments front cover, page 10-12 Cedarglen Homes page 42


Cornerstone Anthem United inside front gatefold

Heartland in Cochrane Apex Developments back cover

Norma Robertson Calgary Home Seller page 38

Chelsea Anthem United inside front gatefold

Heritage Hills Highfield Land Management page 23

NuVista Homes page 17

Crestmont West Qualico Communities page 33 D’Arcy Anthem United inside front gatefold Evanston Qualico Communities page 4 Excel Homes page 13

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Hopewell Easy Hopewell Residental oversize insert, page 7, 37 Lifestyle Funiture Galleries page 38 Mahogany Hopewell Residental oversize insert, page 37

Pinecreek Anthem United inside front gatefold Ravenswood Qualico Communities page 43 Wedderburn Anthem United inside front gatefold Sirocco at Pinecreek Anthem United inside front gatefold


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By Mario Toneguzzi

ECONOMY MATTERS Calgary’s real estate market not out of the woods yet THE BIGGEST THING that impacts a real estate market is the economy. And there’s no doubt that the Calgary economy in recent years has pulled the real estate market down with it. Sales in the existing home market are down substantially from a few years ago and prices have followed while the inventory level of homes for sale is elevated. Activity for new home construction is also way off the pace it was a few years back. This is all really not surprising when you consider what has happened to the city’s economy. The downward spiral began in the latter half of 2014 when oil prices collapsed. And when something of that nature takes place in the city’s bread and butter industry — the oil and gas sector — you can rest assured that there will be a fallout. That took place in 2015 and 2016 as the economy technically plunged to a recession in both years. Thousands of jobs were lost in the oilpatch, which really is a key driver for the real estate industry. The pace of people moving to the city looking for work fell considerably. Yes, the economy has rebounded since


those dark economic days and actually seen growth in 2017 and 2018 with more on the horizon this year. But we’re definitely not out of the woods yet. The economic recovery is slow and cautious with many issues in the oilpatch, particularly market access, weighing on people’s minds — both for business owners and consumers. That is one of the key factors impacting the real estate market as it moves forward into 2019. So what can we expect for the economy? Most experts have predicted continued and cautious growth for the city’s economy in the range of two per cent. Earlier this year, the Calgary Chamber hosted a panel discussion with several experts talking about the upcoming provincial election in Alberta and the current economic landscape. The news about the economy was sobering. “It’s about halfway back roughly to where it was before the recession started,” said Trevor Tombe, Associate Professor in the Department of Economics and Research Fellow in the School of Public Policy at the University of Calgary. “That’s a big gap that still remains. To give a sense of scale, the recession shrank Alberta’s economy by about $75 billion just between 2014 and 2016. That’s over $20,000 per adult in Alberta. “The scale of the recession was massive — 130,000 job losses from when the recession started to when it ended in late 2016. So to say that it’s come halfway back from such a big shock, there’s still a long way to go.” But what’s chilling these days is the mood of people. From people on the street to the

corporate offices in the downtown skyscrapers, there is a negativity in the air about the economy — signalling that we’re not out of the woods yet. Peter Tertzakian, Executive Director of the ARC Energy Research Institute and a well-known expert on the energy sector, was also one of the panelists at the Chamber event and he said the mood in the industry today is one of frustration and anger. “But I also have the sense now as I bump into people on the Plus 15s and talk to people, it’s a sense of exhaustion — in cases capitulation. These are not healthy symptoms for what has traditionally been an incredibly entrepreneurial (city). By definition, entrepreneurs are resilient. We have a 110-year history here of entrepreneurism in this province. I’ve been in it for more than 30 years and I can tell you this one’s hard. I’ve seen four serious ups and downs. This one is really taking prisoners,” he said. NL This article was shortened for space considerations. For the full text, visit

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


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New Home Living - April 2019