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September 2017 | issue 141

It’s one of the most highly anticipated events of the fall in Calgary, one that every homeowner looks forward to — or should — for the plethora of new home technologies, products and advice they can get here. I’m talking about the Calgary Fall Home Show, of course, and they have a doozy coming up.


I spoke with Bryan Bauemler — one of their headliners for this year’s show (which used to be called Calgary Home + Design Show), and he tells me he can’t wait to chat up the amazing Calgary audience. He says the interaction he gets from talking to people directly is something he always looks forward to. Check out our feature story on him and the rest of Calgary Fall Home Show in this issue, you can catch his appearances at the Main Stage of BMO Centre. Come chat with us, too, while you’re there, we have a booth at the show and we’ll probably do live updates on our Facebook and Twitter and Instagram.

Speaking of updates, here’s the latest on Calgary’s newest community: Belmont by Anthem United. Going up on the southern edge of Calgary, Belmont promises to be a community of new beginnings, says Anthem United’s Steve LePan. Our cover feature on Belmont brings all the information relevant to the community that will interest anyone looking for a new place to live.

This issue we go south for our show home profiles: Baywest Homes in Ranchers’ Rise in Okotoks has the Makena, which personifies the refined country living available here. While Augusta Fine Homes’ the Westwood in Artesia at Heritage Point just blows open the doors to a luxurious lifestyle in award-winning style. Our spotlight on Symons Gate by Brookfield Residential also shows a thriving, newly established community in the north.

We’ve got Shelley Boettcher talking about the best hang-out spots for the university students of Mount Royal and the U of C. We also have Christina Loc explaining to us the aesthetic wonders that coffee tables or occasional tables can bring to any living space. I’m sure you can find a floor lamp to match from our Focus On feature, too.

Dots of yellow are already being seen in the trees in Canmore where I spent a lazy weekend, it’s not just the season that’s changing in Calgary. The fortunes of our housing market are, too.

“After a slow start, the trend in new home construction this year has increased, moving closer in line with historical averages. Multiple starts in particular have been strong in recent months, including July, despite inventories sitting at near record highs,” the CMHC says in its July 2017 report. But this also comes with a warning:  “If the current pace of production does not ease, there is the possibility that inventories will stay elevated for an extended period of time,” the agency adds.

Prices may also edge higher. Developers we talked to have said that their trades are already telling them that they cannot expect building costs to remain the same from last year, indicating that the added cost will likely find their way into home prices. Like the old saying goes: “God doesn’t give with both his hands.” So, for those that can afford to get into a new home now, this might be the time to take the plunge.

It’s been a busy month for us, unusual in the summer months actually, and the fall looks like it will be even busier. Join us for the ride.

In This Issue

The beginning of growth

The beginning of growth

The time seems right, and all the signs are pointing to a resurgence in Calgary’s…

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Luxury made to order

Luxury made to order

Tailor-made suits sets apart the smartly dressed crowd, the same way custom-built homes distinguishes itself…

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Laughter in the valley

Laughter in the valley

The pealing laughter of children is a sound no one tires of, and in Symons…

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Table matters

Table matters

Gone are the days of the matching coffee and two end tables. Let’s face it;…

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