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March 2014 | Issue 99

March on

The third issue of the year is when we usually assess where the market is going; spring gives us the chance to recover from the winter doldrums and give us a better read on where Calgary’s housing market is headed. In the first part of my two-part “Road Ahead” news feature, we talk about the good news — how 2014, by all accounts, is shaping up as a breakthrough year that recall the boom times of the mid-2000s. But there may be trouble ahead, and you can tune in to that when we continue the feature next month.

Adding to the good news column is the recent enactment of the New Home Warranty Act, which has been legislated and took effect on February 1, giving the province some of the strongest measures to protect new home buyers. And by the way, did you know Calgary was picked as one of the New York Times’ best places to visit in the world (number 17 of 52) in 2014? We knew that already, but this really sets up the kind of breakout year we’re expected to have.

Our cover feature on the new community of Legacy in the south confirms the tremendous growth that Calgary is enjoying in the new home front, and this new community in the deep south by has grown by leaps and bounds and is well on its way to becoming the forever community it was envisioned to be. We also feature Cedarglen’s new show home that was converted into Wellspring Calgary’s temporary home in the south. It was a very welcome donation on Cedarglen’s part, which serves to spread the word about Calgary’s only cancer support program that helps everyone affected by the killer disease. This issue also wows readers with Riverview Custom Homes’s one-of-a-kind show home in the community of St. Andrews Heights, and it sits on a truly remarkable piece of land on Toronto Crescent that’s quickly becoming the new millionaire’s row.

I would also like to welcome on board David Crosson, the owner of Barbarian Designs, who will be our regular design contributor, his inaugural feature on bathrooms is just the kind of conversational tone in explaining design creativity, which I’m sure readers will enjoy and learn from. We also have Kathy McCormick’s story on the growing popularity of hot tubs in Calgary, which gives us at least warmer thoughts for spring.

New home construction starts are expected to hit a high in 2014, which bodes well for the buyers, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t challenges ahead. But you can be sure that it’s something New Home Living will be keeping an eye on in the year ahead.

In This Issue

Legacy for a lifetime

Legacy for a lifetime

A home for every stage of life, that’s the promise of Legacy. The comprehensive range…

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A healing home

A healing home

Show homes are supposed to display the quality and craftsmanship of a particular builder, but…

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The cutting edge

The cutting edge

Look out, Mount Royal! Watch out, Elbow Park! The next millionaire’s row hot spot in…

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The best of both worlds

The best of both worlds

Location, location, location. For many, if not all, the search for a new home is…

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