December 2016 | issue 132

2016 wasn’t the best year for the Calgary new home market. The rest of the world didn’t seem to fare well either. What with the political upheavals brought about by Brexit and the elections in the US; the rash of celebrity deaths (Bowie and Prince were big ones for me, personally); and the continued downward trend in the local economy just makes me want to say “good riddance” to 2016.

But I’m a glass-half-full guy and there are plenty of reasons to be optimistic with 2017. Growth is very much in the horizon, and if you notice that a majority of our show home and community profiles in this issue are concentrated in northern Calgary, that’s because it’s where most of the growth next year will be coming from. The new communities of Livingston (by Brookfield Residential) and Cornerstone (by Walton Development and Management LP) — to name just two — are both in the north. And these are both massive residential land developments that promise to reshape this sector of the city.

But we start this Christmas issue with a different home development — a custom home builder, which we don’t get enough of in New Home Living. West Ridge Fine Homes graces our cover with their stylish, sophisticated and undeniably luxurious mansion in Green Haven, just outside of Okotoks. This veteran custom builder has already made its name in the inner-city where they continue to be a presence (check out their Parkdale show home) and their latest in Silverhorn in Bearspaw will not fail to impress. The feature also serves to remind us that the slumping market has not ended Calgary’s luxury home market and that there is some really great opportunities to own a lifestyle home at more attainable prices then they could have been during the boom.

Then we have show home profiles for Albi Luxury by Brookfield Residential featuring their semi-estate show home in Symons Gate, N.W., but also talking about their present and future offerings resulting from the merger of ALBI Homes and Brookfield Residential. Then we have Jayman BUILT’s Courtyard homes in the new community of Cornerstone in the northeast where the renowned builder is introducing rear-attached homes with side yards. Qualico’s Redstone, also in the N.E., is our featured community, and we find out what has led to its enormous success.

It won’t be a Christmas issue without the Calgary Christmas events we run down in our special feature, and Kathy McCormick’s Shopping story on Christmas trees recounts one way we can bring the spirit of the Holidays home.

2016 has been a challenging year but Calgary has proven itself up to it. Let’s do it again in 2017.

In This Issue

Country grandeur

Country grandeur

The countryside estate home has traditionally been a haven of grace and elegance befitting the…

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Cornerstone innovation

Cornerstone innovation

Innovation has always been at the heart of Jayman BUILT’s homes, and their latest Courtyard…

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A Calgary Christmas

A Calgary Christmas

Christmas always brings out the kid in all of us. And in Calgary, there is…

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Northern exposure

Northern exposure

The north part of Calgary is going through an immense sea change. It is no…

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