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December 2014 | Issue 108 Cover

December 2014 | Issue 108

Holiday buzz

I realize that this holiday issue hits stands on the last week of November, which seems a little to early to be spreading Christmas cheer (but try telling that to the malls, seems the tinsel is out earlier every year).

Still, there is a lot to cheer about in Calgary’s new home market, and from the looks of it Santa came early this year to our builders, too, as housing starts continue to grow.

Calgary new home construction bucked the national downward trend with year-over-year housing starts in October climbing 21 per cent. Leading the charge are multi-family homes with a 110 per cent increase to 9,687 new units in the market from January to October, while single-family homes are also up two per cent.

That’s something to celebrate, right? There’s more.

Celebrity home builder, Mike Holmes, is bringing his considerable talent, common-sense-oriented and environmentally sustainable approach to home building to Chestermere, where Holmes Approved Homes by Lifestyle Homes and Westridge Fine Homes are creating a holiday buzz with some of the best homes around done right the first time.

We also have Cardel Homes’ Tandem Bay in Walden, a move-up home with three-car parking in its front attached garage and affordability to boot — how’s that for a Christmas treat? Then there’s NuVista Homes’ Saxony, one part of their semi-detached show homes in Evanston, which has all the features of an upscale estate home. We also bring you to Fireside in Cochrane, where LaVita Land is busy introducing a wide array of home options.

The holidays also mean the start of winter and Courtney Allen takes us on a journey to discover the joys of ice skating in outdoor rinks, and she goes all over the city to tell us where to find them. Kathy McCormick also travelled far and wide to bring us Christmas gift ideas from Calgary’s best local shops. David Crosson also gives us tips on DIY Christmas décor, while Aaliya Essa brings us the hottest toys in her Focus On photo feature.

So, early as it may be, let us at Source Media Group be the first to greet you a Merry Christmas and holiday tidings. You can expect more from us next year, as we continue to chart our city’s growth and the changing lifestyles that this brings.

Pepper Rodriguez
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In This Issue

Doing it right the first time

Doing it right the first time

Mike’s Holmes Approved Homes Program sets a new standard in residential construction that goes above…

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A Calgary Christmas

A Calgary Christmas

It started quietly with food — buy fresh, made-at-home food without preservatives; a healthy alternative.…

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Lace ‘em up

Lace ‘em up

Is there a better sound than that of skates slicing through a thin skiff of…

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A tandem for three

A tandem for three

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