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September 2013 | Issue 93

Back in the groove

The ravages of the June floods are firmly in the rearview mirror and, although there are still many who are still recovering from its effects, Calgary has largely moved on. As Mayor Naheed Nenshi tells everyone, the city is open for business.

A big part of giving us back a sense of normalcy is the Calgary Home + Design Show, which is going strong in its 30th year with a full slate of high-profile guests coming to town, including home reno stars the Property Brothers and Jillian Harris and Todd Talbot. The show is being held from September 19 to 22 at the BMO Centre in the Stampede Grounds — which we all know was one of the hardest hit areas during the flood, and whose resurgence seems another reason to think that everything is back on track.

A surge in Calgary home starts in July also seems to bear this out, standalone figures from the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp. show home starts for the month at 15,446, way up from June’s 10,420 units.

Our cover feature on Canals Landing by Genesis Land in Airdrie is a testament on how good community design has worked to the residents’ benefit. There were a few anxious moments at the height of the flood crisis when the architects weren’t sure how the waterway design would do, Genesis’ Kristen Wilkinson told me during our interview for this article. “We passed this test with flying colours,” she says. Canals Landing will launch in September with the opening of new show homes. The cover feature is also a great lead-in to our latest Loving Airdrie Living special section that is included in this issue.

For our show home profiles, we get to tour the pure beauty of Jayman MasterBUILT’s Lamont in Auburn Bay, which we think is the perfect home to enjoy a lakeside lifestyle. We also check out hile Cardel Homes’ Hawthorne 3 in Evansview, which  presents a new affordability in semi-estate homes. We also showcase two eye catching new communities – one is Legacy by WestCreek Developments that has seen a surge in sales since its launch in April, and the other is Bri-Mor’s West Grove Estates that is entering its final phase after a very successful run.

We also have Kathy McCormick talking to us about the newest vacuums in the Shopping department, and Jessica Patterson giving us tips in decorating the foyer to create a lasting first impression for the home. We also have the list of finalists in the 2013 CHBA – Alberta Awards of Excellence in Housing. It’s a full house of features, as I call it.

Pepper Rodriguez,
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In This Issue

A soothing stream

A soothing stream

The relaxing flow of the six-kilometre Canals waterway provides the calm backdrop to Genesis Land…

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Eye on style

Eye on style

Auburn Bay in Calgary’s southeast is known for its charming lake lifestyle, quaint cottage-like homes…

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A proud legacy

A proud legacy

There are numerous challenges in promoting a new community, foremost of which is that people…

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Oh, brother!

Oh, brother!

The stars are aligning for fall’s biggest design show, as a multitude of popular home…

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