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August 2014 | Issue 104

Hot in the city

Turn off the TV and break out the sunglasses! The sun’s shining and it’s been a glorious summer so far, and even if Stampede is done there’s still lots of fun we can have in the great outdoors, even if you’re just staying home. Our STYLE writer, David Crosson, says though it may be late in the growing season you still have time to pretty up the backyard — and design it in such a way as you can make the most of it through Calgary’s fickle weather. We also have a special feature from Dana Wheatley counting down this year’s best playgrounds in the city — if a city stay-cation is what you’re doing this summer, taking the kiddies to explore as many of these tot lots as you can may be a worthwhile challenge.

Fun in the sun is exactly what you can expect in Hopewell Residential’s community of Mahogany, as Calgary’s award-winning lake community gets set to open new show homes and new amenity areas in what already is one of the best neighbourhoods where you can spend a lifetime of vacations. The great weather we’re enjoying is also the perfect time to go out and check out Calgary’s newest show homes and we have a couple of good ones for you in this issue. DS Homes is a custom home builder in EvansRidge and their latest stunner, La Casa, takes full advantage of their ridge lots with a design that allows for the best views. Brookfield Residential’s laned home show home in Cranston, Carlisle, was nominated for best new home in this year’s SAM Awards, and its family friendly appeal and functionality makes it a clear favourite.

If it gets too hot, we also have some indoor features with Kathy McCormick talking about the charms of laminate flooring, and Aaliya Essa presenting colourful decorative bowls in her Focus On photo feature that bring the colours of summer inside.

Marty Hope brings his insider knowledge to this magazine every issue, this time he chats with Dream Developments (formerly Dundee) to see the two new communities they are intent on developing that’s just waiting for the go-ahead from the city.

Summer will be over before we know it and — maybe even sooner, knowing how capricious weather here can be like. You don’t need me to tell you to go out there and enjoy it, but if you’re stuck in the city these are just some of the cool places and things you can do to make the most of the season.

In This Issue

Coming perfection

Coming perfection

Mahogany as seen today already seems to be the perfect lakeside community — drive by…

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Delightful La Casa

Delightful La Casa

The community of EvansRidge is full of surprises — view lots of the surrounding grasslands,…

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Charming Carlisle

Charming Carlisle

The jewel box has traditionally been an ornate, heirloom piece that holds one’s most valuable…

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Top tot lots

Top tot lots

These playgrounds represent some of the best from around the city. About half of the…

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