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July 2017 | issue 139

One of the most exciting things about living in Calgary is the yearly anticipation for Stampede — this summertime festivity pretty much shuts the whole city down as everyone partakes in the 10-day cowboy party that recalls Cow Town’s western heritage. Our Shelley Boettcher tells us in this issue what we can expect this time around at the Stampede grounds, what acts to catch and what food to savour — we certainly hope to see you there! I’ll probably be testing out some of the new delicacies — anyone want to try the Crispy Chicken Feet with me?


The Calgary housing market has been on a wild rodeo ride for the last little while it seems, but things are starting to buck up. Housing construction starts are up, I’ve been going non-stop to show home openings and new community launches through the entire spring and you can sense the optimism returning to the market. Mattamy Homes and Anthem United — two of the biggest land developers — are rolling out plans for new communities, show homes and new phases for their communities. And that’s just the two that come to mind right now at deadline, there’s more and you’ll be hearing more about them from us in the coming issues.

Speaking of western heritage, no community embodies this more than Heartland in Cochrane. The Apex Development community is enjoying a huge growth spurt even as they introduce new phases, new show homes and new products — duplexes — to the community. There are two access roads already in Heartland and a third is being built to keep pace with growth, but the small town charm that has made it endearing in the first place is still very much a part of life here.

We have a couple of SAM winners in this issue as well. First we have Homes by Dream, who took home a national SAM Award for their 30i show home in Evansridge. The 30i is part of their stunning Arrival Collection — a concept of building entire streetscapes based on architecturally interesting homes. It has indeed managed to capture a groovy inner-city vibe out in the middle of this northwest suburb.

Then we have McKee Homes’ The Carlingford RT in Bayside, which won in this year’s Calgary SAM Awards for best new home $485,000 – $550,000 category. We spoke with Grace McKee on how she designed this 2,555-square-foot show home and what her vision is in coming up with McKee’s signature design touch.

Then we turn the spotlight on Ravenswood, also in Airdrie, that opened a new move-up show homes parade in June. I tell you, there is a palpable sense of excitement in the new home market these days — you can hear first about them all if you follow us on Twitter and Facebook where we break the latest trends and show home/community events. 

In This Issue

Getting better all the time

Getting better all the time

Just when you thought living in Cochrane couldn’t get any better, along comes Heartland. And…

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A minimalist masterpiece

A minimalist masterpiece

Innovation is always the key at Homes by Dream. Aspiring to find new and better…

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Natural instinct

Natural instinct

Designing show homes is no easy task. Finding just the right touch that will attract…

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All decked out

All decked out

For four months of the year (five, if I’m lucky) the balcony off my living…

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