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August 2011 | Issue 68

Summer’s heat

Stampede season has just wrapped up but that doesn’t mean that Calgary is cooling off. Matter of fact, things just seem to be gearing up – especially for new show homes and even new communities. A lot of them are just doing “soft” openings – ­­where there is no grand announcement or launch but are open and ready for visitors all the same. The rise in June of housing starts seems to back this up as construction of new homes in Calgary is up for the first time this year.

Calgary isn’t the only one getting all the action, as our cover feature on Hopwell’s Reunion community in Airdrie indicates. This relatively new community in that city’s northeastern edge seems to be gaining popularity among first time homebuyers and young families attracted by its stylish affordability. At the opposite end of the spectrum is the new estate community of West Grove Estates in Calgary’s southwest quadrant that exemplifies the coveted executive lifestyle, but at a more affordable price. There are four show homes already open here to check out the “attainable” estate living the community offers.

Todays Homes’ Willow show home in Sage Meadows has also just opened, displaying the sublime serenity of the prairie grasslands in the northwest that has become a centre of growth in Calgary. Meanwhile, Sabal Homes’ attached homes in Cochrane’s Riversong expresses the two sides of this family-friendly town’s western heritage. Coco Homes McKenzie II show home in Okotok’s Cimarron Estates is everything a modern bungalow can be and a spectacular landscape detail makes it all that more irresistible.

Aly Velji also takes us on a tour of his most recent accomplishment, the renovation of Highbanks Society’s suite for underprivileged young mothers. Patricia Johnson also tells us about the joys of container gardening, just the thing needed to cool off on a hot summer’s day.

Pepper Rodriguez,
Editor
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Hot Coco

Hot Coco

At the height of summer with all the green grass and the blue skies, the…

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The lure of the west

The lure of the west

West Grove Estates embodies all that makes Calgary’s west so sought after.

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Moms’ Haven

Moms’ Haven

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Cochrane attachment

Cochrane attachment

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