April 2012 | Issue 76

Spring unleashed

My job takes me all over the city in search of new show homes to tell our readers about, and for the past few years it’s been a relatively quiet and calm assignment. But that calm has been shattered the last few weeks, which saw hordes of visitors descending on the show homes I’ve visited (and I’ve visited quite a few). Their foyers look like shoe stores on Boxing Day next to the “Remove Your Footwear” sign. This seeming good sign for the industry is backed by Canada Home and Mortgage Corporation which says that starts in Calgary’s home construction have doubled from last year’s figures. What’s resulted is a blast of new designs and new standard packages as builders try to catch the buyers’ eye.

Let’s start off with our cover story on Nolan Hill by United Communities. The growing northwest quadrant will be welcoming its latest master-planned addition this year, and this Irish themed community will feature some of the most popular family-friendly features including tot lots, green space and recreational opportunities. 

Creations by Shane Homes’ Essence of SkyView Ranch is one of the show homes I was talking about, there’s been a ton of traffic to see the four new show homes of this new delightfully designed side-by-side homes in this terrific new community of the New North. Jayman MasterBUILT have some of the best show homes in town and their Allure model that launched in Evanston in March does not disappoint — and with its sparkling new standard package this home is destined to be a best seller. While Cedarglen Homes is taking advantage of their unique sloped lots in New Brighton to come up with reverse walk-up homes that have the entrance to the basement fronting the street, it’s basically a three-level home that caters to the needs of families with grown children or who have in-laws or extended family members living with them. There’s also Watermark at Bearspaw, this new community on the border between Calgary and the Rocky View municipal district, which promises a park-like lifestyle for its million-dollar custom homes.

We also delve into the subject of downsizing quite extensively in this issue. Jessica Patterson talks about the designing needs for downsizers in her On Trend feature, while I zero in on the downsizing needs for the closet in my Shopping piece.

Lastly, we talk about all things Cochrane in our Loving Cochrane Living pullout section, find out the latest homes, communities and see how this town at the heart of the New West is shaping up.

The love for our new show homes and communities is, of course, what keeps us going, and do our best to keep you up-to-date with the latest offerings from some of the city’s biggest builders and developers. 

Pepper Rodriguez 
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In This Issue

Celtic charm

Celtic charm

Calgary’s name may be of Scottish origin, but the city’s Irish roots run deep as…

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Side-by-side sensations

Side-by-side sensations

It’s all about choice, and Creations by Shane Homes’ latest offering — Essence of SkyView…

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Watermark’s parks

Watermark’s parks

The softly babbling brook, the gentle breeze stirring the grasslands of southern Alberta’s rolling foothills,…

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Loving Cochrane Living: Fireside rising

Loving Cochrane Living: Fireside rising

The warm friendliness of Fireside is one of the most alluring features of this newest…

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