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December 2012 | Issue 84

Multi-generational merriment
Rodney Dangerfield, Don Rickles and all those other funny men of yesteryear (even Fred Flintstone) made a living cracking wise about suffering visits from their mothers-in-law, never mind having to live with them. But with today’s realities of having both mom and dad go to work, the idea of a multi-generational family is taking hold. Builders are starting to notice and have come out with designs suited to such multi-generational households — those that have extended family members living with them.

Our lifestyle feature on Kurt and Nicole Lange talks about how this lifestyle arrangement has worked for them and how they designed their Chaparral Valley home to make room for mom-in-law, Liz. One of our two show home profiles this issue — Innovations by Jayman’s Cosimo show home in Redstone is one of the latest homes specifically targeted at this new demographic. We also feature Sabal Homes’ new line of attached homes in Mahogany that marks the first time single-family homes will be available for less than $300,000 in this popular lake community in the southeast. Aaliya Essa delves deeper into the community of Redstone as she visits this new Qualico Communities development in the northeast and finds out more about their “participark” — outdoor exercise sets for adults.

Our cover feature on Melcor’s King’s Heights in Airdrie shines a spotlight on this new, family-oriented community on the southeastern tip of this progressive and thriving city. We see how King’s Heights is attracting a lot of newcomers to Alberta with its amenity-rich nature and its wide range of housing options.

With Christmas at our doorstep, we wanted to get in on the spirit of the holidays with some thematic stories including Jessica Patterson’s On Trend story on decorating on a budget for the holidays. Kathy McCormick adds to the festive mood with her Shopping feature on mapping out plans for Christmas entertaining. We also talk to some of Calgary’s most giving homebuilders for our feature on how the industry gives back to the community all-year-round.

These are exciting times in Calgary, the new home market is booming, and a recent city survey says 88 per cent of us are satisfied with life here. That, coupled with a strong economy, seems to spur growth in the new home market and our features this month bear this out. One thing’s for sure, the choices are a-plenty, and making a decision to find your new home starts right here.

 

Pepper Rodriguez
Editor
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In This Issue

Prairie royalty

Prairie royalty

Each home is a castle and King’s Heights in Airdrie is a happily-ever-after kingdom if…

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Multi-generational appeal

Multi-generational appeal

It’s a fact, Calgary is a diverse city, and our overall number of members in…

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Affordability in Mahogany

Affordability in Mahogany

Lakeside living has never been an affordable proposition, especially in Calgary’s premiere lake community of…

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Redstone rising

Redstone rising

“Playgrounds are for kids.” You hear that all the time, and most of the time…

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