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February 2013 | Issue 86

Funny to be talking about spring in the middle of February, I know. But the Calgary Home + Garden Show always puts me in a springtime mood, and having HGTV’s popular deck designer Paul Lafrance as one of its headliners is pumping me up even more (you can tell I have my backyard work cut out for me in the months ahead).

Talk about Calgary’s continued growth also always puts me in a sunny mood. During a recent dinner meeting hosted by the Canadian Home Builders’ Association – Calgary Region, we heard that Calgary is expected to attract 120,000 new residents by 2017, that’s a lot of people needing housing. There are challenges associated with that, of course, and CHBA – Calgary Region president Charron Ungar says he wants a more unified vision between the City and industry that would best address the expected growth. He believes that a balanced approach that nurtures both inner-city and suburban growth is essential to cope with this coming boom.

We here at New Home Living can see that strong collaboration between City and industry is the only way to manage growth, but like our good friend, Mr. Ungar says, “ensuring proper and adequate housing in all areas of our city should be our main focus.” It is a sentiment we fully support.

This issue gives us a good peek at the growth of Calgary’s suburbs and outlying areas even. First off is our cover feature on Heartland the new Apex development in Cochrane that shows us just how much Calgary’s sister city to the west has grown. The Compass Rose Homes’ show home in Black Diamond also serves to illustrate the popularity of small town living still widely available in the region. We also feature Genesis Builders’ Group’s Evansridge that puts the fun in function with its four-bedroom design. We get to shine the spotlight on Brookfield Homes’ line of Side-by-Side Homes as the line is re-energized with new models in Cranston and Auburn Bay.

Jessica Patterson gives us a few tips in raising the romance in the home’s décor in her On Trend feature, while Kathy McCormick lays out the best way to surprise your loved one for a special Valentine’s Day, and keep the romance going the whole year.

These are exciting times in Calgary, the condo 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

Fun and functional

Fun and functional

The changing demographic of buyers of single-family homes has put the onus on home builders…

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Riverwood star

Riverwood star

Heading down to Black Diamond on a clear, blue day is one of the most…

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The heart of Cochrane

The heart of Cochrane

Cochrane has always prided itself for its considerable small town charms that make it the…

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Wondrous Walden

Wondrous Walden

Inspired by its lush natural surroundings, close to the river with winding paths around tranquil…

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