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January 2013 | Issue 85

Ring in the New Year

Greeting cards have all been sent, the Christmas rush is through … but the seeming rush for new homes seems to be heading to new heights in 2013. Consider, MLS listings show over 500 homes in the $1-million-or-higher range were sold in Calgary last year, and starts for new homes are also up with CMHC saying total housing starts for 2012 will come in at around 12,400. Good times for the market, indeed.

This market exuberance can readily be seen in our cover feature on New Brighton. This southeast community by Brookfield Residential best exemplifies this kind of growth, as it begins to approach build-out hardly a decade after it was first established. New show homes are opening this January showcasing the kind of stylish move-ups that this English countryside-inspired neighbourhood offers.

We catch a glimpse of the aforementioned prosperity of the market with two of our show home features. The Carrara show home by Albi Homes in the new estate community of Artesia is as beguiling as the rare Italian marble it’s named after, invoking a sense of Frank Lloyd Wright’s grand, Prairie House vision, and mixing it with its own stylish flair. Crystal Creek Homes also amazes us with their Westwood II in Aspen Woods, an entertaining estate home with two outdoor living spaces that still seem so inviting even on a snowy afternoon.

Meanwhile, my trusty assistant, Aaliya Essa, takes a stroll down to the southwest neighbourhood of Silverado, where its Old World ranching heritage is reflected in its design and its close connection to nature makes it a great place to live and raise a family.

Jessica Patterson talks to a couple of renowned cabinet companies to give readers some design tips on how to make your bookcase lend a sophisticated elegance to your home. Kathy McCormick’s Shopping feature on hardwood floors lays out the dos and don’ts when it comes to this now readily-available flooring choice, which undoubtedly brings an unmatched elegance to the home.

These are exciting times in Calgary, the new home market is booming, so many terrific options all over the city. 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

New Brighton rocks!

New Brighton rocks!

When the community of New Brighton was established in 2002, the whole southeast sector of…

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Jewel of the west

Jewel of the west

You know you have a good thing going when the outdoor living space of your…

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Hi-ho Silverado

Hi-ho Silverado

There’s a gold rush going on in the southwest corner of Calgary — real estate…

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Made to order

Made to order

This year, think outside of the bookcase.

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