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December 2013 | Issue 96

With Christmas fast approaching, and the New Year right behind it, I thought it would be a nice change of pace to contemplate the year that was. It’s fulfilling for me (hopefully, for you the reader, as well) to look back and see the various covers and features we’ve had over those past 12 months and it gives me a sense of satisfaction to see the growth of residential developments in the city charted this way.

The various show homes and new communities that were featured in New Home Living over the past 12 months shows just how rapidly the city is growing. What I couldn’t help but notice was the increase in new communities in Calgary’s outlying areas. Airdrie, Cochrane, Okotoks, Chestermere all have shed their sleepy bedroom community images and have becoming thriving centres of growth. Our cover feature on Tamani Communities’ Riversong in Cochrane is a great example of this surging demand for homes outside Calgary.

Maybe, I’m speculating here, but it certainly seems to me that home builders are gradually taking their business outside the city, as the industry and City council remain embroiled in determining the pace of suburban growth for Calgary. In this final issue for 2013, Jim Zang tries to explain how we got to this point and how things will likely unfold in the coming year(s). It’s difficult to foresee how the tug-of-war for Calgary’s growth will play out, but one thing for sure we will be there at the frontlines covering the issue.

Besides Riversong, we also feature Apex’s new community of Heartland — also in Cochrane — to underline just how much growth this town has experienced over the past couple of years. Our twice-a-year publications — Loving Airdrie Living, and Loving Cochrane Living, and the once-a-year Loving East Side Living — will continue to chart the growth of our neighbours in 2014.

We also shine a spotlight this issue on the new show homes from Trico Homes in Riviera of Riversong, and Homes by Avi’s in EvansRidge. While Marty Hope takes a look at the new Aspen Park.

Our 2013 Christmas issue also includes Kathy McCormick’s rundown of top local shops for your Christmas shopping pleasure, and ‘green’ tips to make your Yule more sustainable.

Calgary really is an amazing city, and the range of homes available is nothing short of astounding. I can’t wait to see what other developments are coming down the line. 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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