August 2013 | Issue 92

The silver lining

Character is determined by adversity, and Calgary sure showed its strength of character in the wake of the devastating floods that swept through the city last month. It was a very trying time (and for some, it’s not yet over) but Calgary managed to show everyone that its cowboy spirit isn’t just a marketing image.

Coming from the Philippines, I’m no stranger to flooding; I’ve waded through the brackish floodwaters that frequently submerge Manila’s streets during the monsoon. But, unlike Manila, Calgary’s so far above sea level that I never thought that this could happen here. It came as a complete and heartbreaking shock to me to see my adopted hometown in such similar dire straits. But the strong community spirit that coursed through the city even more powerfully than the flood was something I haven’t seen before.

It’s that human sense of community that stayed with me in the aftermath — the generous outpouring of wholehearted support, hundreds of volunteers eagerly coming together to help those most in need and expecting nothing in return. To all those first-responders, volunteers and anyone who assisted in any way in Calgary’s recovery, thank you, this is what resilience means. And that’s the silver lining I see through the whole ordeal.

It’s in that spirit of wholehearted cooperation that we celebrate in this issue of New Home Living, and our Around Town column is chock full of news tidbits in how corporations and individuals are pulling together to help out and show what Calgary’s all about.

Floods or no, the business of home building is too important to every one of us to stay idle for long, and we’ve rounded up some of the most stellar show homes in the city in this issue. We start out with Genesis Builder Group’s two new show homes in the popular community of EvansRidge, where their focus on family-friendly functionality has given them the edge in a very competitive market. WestView Builders’ emphasis on luxury family homes is also spotlighted in their Aspen Summit models, while Lifestyle Homes is making their high-end work felt in the new community of Kinniburgh in Chestermere with it’s $1 million-plus show home.

We also have an update on how SkyView Ranch is changing lifestyle perceptions in the New North.

The floods made us appreciate the true meaning of resilience. I am confident that Calgary will walk away from this test better and stronger, and I, for one, can’t wait to write that next feature about how well the city and its housing market has recovered. You can bet that New Home Living will be there when that happens.

Pepper Rodriguez,
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The family spirit

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