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November 2013 | Issue 95

Land locked

Some say it’s urban sprawl, some say it’s a market-led progression of growth; either way, land development and the shepherding of Calgary’s future growth has been one of the most contentious issues besetting our fair city. By the time you read this, Calgary would have a new City Council. But the battle for Calgary’s future growth, however, will probably last much longer.

Our own Marty Hope tries to explain what is at the core of the dispute between the home building industry and the City in his news feature this issue.  He spoke with Mayor Nenshi and industry officials and it looks like it boils down to a disagreement on whether we have enough land supply in the next few years to sustain our growth (the City says we do, industry begs to differ). That may be an oversimplification of the issue, but both sides seem still willing to work with each other to resolve the dispute. The important thing is that you, our readers and the public at large, are informed about the matter and what its consequences may be.

We at New Home Living have always been of the opinion to let the market determine where homes are built. What we’ve been witnessing is a steady trickle of new developments going on in the surrounding towns of Cochrane, Airdrie and Chestermere, as new land developments become scarcer in the city.

In this issue, we profile new show homes by Broadview Homes in EvansRidge, Excel Homes in the new community of Kinniburgh in Chestermere, The Bridges by Vesta in Airdrie’s Williamstown, and the exciting new community of Ranchers’ Rise in Okotoks. These represent an indication that people are willing to live further from the core, and builders are obliging.

Our cover feature on Calbridge Homes displays how craftsmanship and an eye for detail has been key to the success of the 2012 SAM Builder of the Year. Their final three opportunities to build a dream home in the Hamptons is showcased here.

This issue’s not all about new home developments either. We also have wallpaper design tips from Jessica Patterson. And Kathy McCormick explains the new design uses of bookshelves as e-books slowly erode the popularity of actual books. Aaliya Essa’s photo essay on bookends though has me thinking that maybe all is not lost yet for home libraries.

Calgary really is an amazing city, and the range of new home options available is nothing short of astounding. I can’t wait to see what other developments are coming down the line. Whether inner-city or suburban. You better believe that New Home Living is your best source for the latest happenings in the industry.

Pepper Rodriguez,
Editor
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In This Issue

Eye for grandeur

Eye for grandeur

An unerring eye for magnificent home design has been the signature trait of Calbridge Homes…

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Breezy ambience

Breezy ambience

In the beautiful lakeside town of Chestermere, nestled on the eastern boundary of Calgary, Broadview…

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Williamstown hit

Williamstown hit

The success of Vesta Properties’ Bridges at Williamstown seems to have been pre-ordained. After all,…

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Darby’s appeal

Darby’s appeal

There are a few things most prospective homeowners put on their wish list when shopping…

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