December 2017 | issue 144

I’m a sucker for Christmas carols. Growing up, dad would be playing his Ray Conniff and Bing Crosby Christmas albums on the turntable as soon as All Souls Day is over (that was our version of Halloween in the Philippines). Now, my tastes in Christmas carols run more towards the classic rock versions from Springsteen and Bryan Adams (still on turntable), but they drive my daughter crazy, so I don’t start playing them until the week before Christmas.

What we do to bring the Christmas spirit at home is decorate, right on December 1 the lights are up. Our STYLE writer Christina Loc has some tasteful DIY ideas to help us usher in the spirit of the Season, and they aren’t your traditional trees and garlands and boughs décor.

I also spoke with Deepti Chadha of Threads & More to get the perspective of how Calgary’s non-Christian residents get in the swing of the Season. We’ve got Aaliya Essa’s Focus On photo feature on Christmas décor that outlines the varied choices that are out there too.

Speaking of getting into the swing of things, our friends at Brookfield Residential sure are enjoying Christmas early with the success of their new Seton community in the southeast. This new urban hub in the south is now introducing single-family homes to the mix, a feature not even the great metropolitan cities of the world can offer, certainly not as affordably as Seton does. Find out more about them in this month’s cover feature.

Then we have our show home profile for Shane Homes’ Sienna in Legacy. The laned single-family home is still the best bet for young families who prioritize privacy and affordability. Shane Homes points out that their ability to personalize to a huge extent is what gives them the edge in the market.

We also have The Kimber from Lifestyle Homes. Their latest show home in the the idyllic Cimarron Estates in Okotoks is a breath-taker. It has all the fantastic features that make their homes stand out, as well as a practicality that families understand.

Anthem United can’t wait for 2018 to start, especially with their new community of Belmont in the southwest that now offers a full complement of single-family and multi-family homes, even no-condo-fee towns. They are the first new community west of Macleod Trail and its appeal for new homebuyers is emphasized.

Finally, have you checked out our revamped website It’s easier to navigate, has a ton of exclusive content and has a more pronounced lifestyle edge that homebuyers are looking for. It’s also optimized for use on smart phones and tablets, so you’ll have all our exclusive content and archived articles right on your fingertips.

This year certainly was a whirlwind for us at New Home Living, it seems like only days had passed since we were celebrating Christmas 2016. But we’re all eagerly waiting for 2018, there are a lot of new communities out there that we’re eager to explore. Come along with us for the ride.

In This Issue

Seton: the evolution of suburbia

Seton: the evolution of suburbia

The vision for Seton has always been to create downtown living away from the downtown,…

Read more about Seton: the evolution of suburbia

Amazing Kimber

Amazing Kimber

Living in style has always been the point at Lifestyle Homes, and the 20-year-old homebuilder…

Read more about Amazing Kimber

Personal FIT

Personal FIT

The detached garage single-family home has always been the preferred home for first-time homebuyers. The…

Read more about Personal FIT

Belmont begins

Belmont begins

Spring 2018 cannot come any sooner for Anthem United, as the respected land developer announces…

Read more about Belmont begins


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