August 2015 | Issue 116

A Sylvan Lake summer

These days, the magazine deadlines have been particularly unforgiving, so my family and I are spending most of our vacation days in the local area. I’m not complaining at all, at least we get to enjoy and experience a few of the local sights we haven’t been back to since we were new to the country – oh some 15 years now. One of the locales we haven’t visited in a while is Sylvan Lake, and we were just floored by the beautification efforts that the town had made.

Today’s Sylvan Lake seems far from the Spring Breakers’ spot it’s been famous for in days past. Don’t get me wrong, it still has all the ingredients that have made it one of the most popular attractions in central Alberta, but it’s all been refined to a new level of family-friendly enjoyment. It makes for a more pleasant stroll now, even on a cloudy day that we were there. Yeah, that’s me by the rejuvenated Sylvan Lake prommenade in my Star Wars-E.T. mash-up shirt.

Making Sylvan Lake even more attractive is the new residential development of the Slopes of Sylvan Lake going up on its eastern shore that will surely make the town the place for a permanent vacation. Belterra Land Company is turning this 50-acre lakeside land into the premiere residential development in town — if not the whole county. “The development is really a show piece not only for us, but also for Lacombe County — this is how we both want to see development move forward in the area,” Belterra’s Chris Artibello tells us. Check out the cover feature in this issue to find out more about what they offer.

Closer to home, we also check out Vesta Properties duplex models in Airdrie’s Cooper’s Crossing. The B.C.- based developer has certainly raised its game in coming up with the most modern looking design for this perennial housing favourite to make it look like one large estate home than two homes that share a wall. Brookfield Residential, meanwhile, sure are making the Symons Gate development in northwest Calgary truly attractive for young families with their new line of move-up homes. It’s the first time this renowned home builder has gone into this segment of the market and they sure make it seem like they’ve been doing it forever with the élan and functionality they exhibit.

We also feature a couple of the charitable events that Source Media Group and our builder partners have been involved with in the past couple of months: the Peanut Butter Classic golf tournament and the Alberta Adolescent Recovery Centre (AARC) gala and golf tourney, as well. We want to shine particular light on these two charities and commend them for the difference they are making in the lives of some of the community’s most vulnerable.

Vacation or no, the wheels of the Calgary housing industry never stop rolling — although at a slower pace than in recent years, at least it’s still going forward — June’s numbers seem to bear this out, as Jim Zang explains in his Calgary housing starts news feature.
Now more than ever, New Home Living is the most important tool you will have in your new home search. Have a good summer, everyone!

Pepper Rodriguez

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Leisurely lifestyle awaits

Leisurely lifestyle awaits

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