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January 2014 | Issue 97

2014 blasts off

The new year would seem to augur well for the Calgary new home industry; first of all, the CHBA is predicting a healthy upswing in new home construction this year, and then there’s the glut of Calgary home builders and developers vying for honours at the National SAM Awards, you can check out whom among your favourites made the cut inside. The year’s not without its challenges though, as there is still the nagging worry about what the dwindling supply of serviced land will mean for the market, as the City and industry remain at loggerheads on how to handle Calgary’s growth.

One of the effects of this disagreement that we’ve noticed at New Home Living is the growth of residential developments in the outlying towns and cities around Calgary, like Airdrie, Okotoks and Cochrane. Our cover feature on Lifestyle Homes’ show home in Chestermere is certainly a manifestation of the phenomena, and what a beautiful manifestation it is. Sitting on a 75-foot wide lot in the new estate community of Kinniburgh, The Elliott may be the face of the coming boom in these small towns.

We also feature NuVista Homes’ The Banbury in  the new Cochrane community of The Willows (told you these towns were growing), as well as Morrison Homes’ latest in Auburn Bay. Jessica Patterson also tours us through Genstar Development’s Walden, a community that seems to have achieved its goal of becoming an all-ages, sustainable community.

This year’s HomExpo is another event we’re looking forward to, especially with popular handyman Scott McGillivray headlining the 2014 line-up of guest stars. The first market trade show of the year is going to be a blast! Kathy McCormick also brings us the latest trends in area rugs in her Shopping story.

There’s a lot to look forward to this year, including a full slate of new show home openings already in the midst of construction in some of the best communities around that offer a wide choice for buyers. We can’t wait to tell you about them in the coming issues.

Pepper Rodriguez,
Editor
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Luxury by the lake

Luxury by the lake

True luxury isn’t merely defined by glamour — it’s about the fundamental quality that stands…

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A breath of fresh air

A breath of fresh air

Your home fits your lifestyle, and in the case of NuVista Homes’ new show home,…

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Pinnacle of luxury and comfort

Pinnacle of luxury and comfort

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Vision accomplished

Vision accomplished

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