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October 2017 | issue 142

Fall is coming around again, and the one thing the kid in me always looks forward to this season (besides the return of NHL hockey) is Halloween. The south Calgary community I live in gets overrun by little goblins and ghouls, and no matter how much candy I stock, I always seem to run out by the end of the night.


I imagine that to be the case in many of Calgary’s young, established communities and it’s easy to see the city’s youthful vigour on All Hallows’ Eve. Our A Day In writer, Shelley Boettcher, gets to explore this costumed underbelly of the city in this issue, as she runs down the best bets for Halloween fun for all ages. Just remember to drive slowly around those residential neighbourhoods on October 31, it’s starting to get dark out early and might be harder to spot our costumed revelers in the dim light.

One thing that hasn’t been as scary is our economy. It’s looking like Calgary is slowly stepping out of the steep downturn, and at least the housing market is getting more good news than bad these days. On that note, I’d like to officially welcome our new Market Insider, Mario Toneguzzi, as one of our regular contributors in New Home Living. Mario’s made a name for himself as an authoritative voice in the tumultuous market scene and we know he can provide readers with insightful and in-depth look  at how the market is performing.

Speaking of performances, big congratulations are in order to the winners at the CHBA–Alberta Housing and Safety Winners announced on September 15 in Jasper, especially to two of Calgary’s own: Stepper Homes and Cardel Lifestyles. Stepper Homes won the prestigious Ralph Scurfield Builder of the Year Award, and Cardel Lifestyles took home Multi-Family Builder of the Year Award. Calgary builders and developers figured prominently in this year’s ceremony with nine more awards.

Our cover story this issue has been a past winner at the CHBA national level and Dream Development has its sights trained on even more. Dream’s Michael Tandara says they aren’t in it for the accolades but in creating more meaningful communities where people can set roots in. Our conversation with Dream Vice-President Ryan Armstrong lays out their vision for how Dream will be developing their homes and communities of the future. The key, it seems, is Millennials. See inside to find out more.

We also tour the newest show homes from Homes by Avi in Mahogany, and WestCreek Homes in Legacy. We also got to chat with Walton Development to find out the latest in the booming community of Cornerstone.

We also have Christina Loc, our new STYLE writer. She is taking over for our esteemed colleague David Crosson, whose health has taken a turn for the worse forcing him to bow out of the magazine (godspeed, David!). Those are big shoes to fill, but Christina has already proven she is up to the task. She played a key role in the design of the SAM Award-winning Broadview Homes show homes in Harmony. In her second appearance here, she takes on designing kitchen cabinets.

This summer has been a busy one indeed for us. Looks like fall will even be busier (it’s already been). Join us for the ride!

In This Issue

Talking communities

Talking communities

A home can only be as good as the community it is in. That has…

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Lakeside delight

Lakeside delight

The element of cool is the hardest component to capture in establishing the look of…

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Quality comes standard

Quality comes standard

To many, the true beauty of a show home is never having to ask “is…

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The Cornerstone  of life

The Cornerstone of life

The vision for Cornerstone is quickly becoming a reality, as one of the city’s hottest…

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