January 2019 | issue 157

Bring on 2019!
Looking at the year ahead, uncertainty seems to be the only sure thing as far as Calgary’s new home market is concerned. Challenges certainly lie ahead — what with the dampening effect of the new mortgage rules, rising interest rates and the effects of the oil pipeline drama.

Call me a rosy-eyed optimist, but I do have faith that we’ll see a rebound in the industry sooner than later. Some in the industry already see signs of hope. The Alberta government’s step to control oil output is seen as a step in the
right direction, and of course, many see opportunity in the downturn. “If you have the ability to buy now, you should,” is how Brad Remington Homes’ vice-president Bryan Logel sees it. “Prices are crazy low and are holding for now,
there’s plenty of opportunities to own a home out there.”

Opportunities do abound, as home builders and land developers key in on new home designs and bring in more community amenities to try to attract buyers, and they’ve worked for the most part.

Take our cover feature on Redstone as an example. The young, vibrant northeast community by Qualico is benefiting from a strong surge in buyer interest and is now 80 per cent developed. A strong emphasis on community amenities
— such as parks, green space and commercial areas — has turned it into one of the best-selling communities in Calgary. Their offerings of a wide variety of home designs — including the popular multi-generational homes — has been
received well and fuelled strong sales.

We explore two other north Calgary communities inside, with a look at Excel Homes’ new Westhill show home in the new community of Carrington South, and WestCreek Homes’ line of duplexes in Cornerbrook. Both new communities
present the image of the New North that endeavours to create a dynamic, enviable place to live with a world-class lifestyle. And it has worked. People have responded to the call, and the beautiful new homes that we feature here fit
right in the picture of the New North.

Speaking of new, Source Media Group will be coming up with a new publication in 2019 that will focus on living in the smaller towns and cities surrounding Calgary. We want to bring to focus the lifestyle, the attraction and
opportunities available in Airdrie, Cochrane, Chestermere, Okotoks and other similar areas. So watch out for that.

Going back to the January New Home Living issue, check out our feature on the Calgary Renovation Show which shines the spotlight on Bryan Baeumler who is thrilled as can be to reconnect with the live audience in Calgary. Be sure to
check out the show that is happening at the BMO Centre on the Stampede grounds from January 11 to 13.

I hope that, like us, you’re excited to see what 2019 has in store. Join us for the ride; it’s going to be a lot of fun.

In This Issue

The colour of progress

The colour of progress

If you haven’t been down to Country Hills Boulevard in the northeast for some time,…

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First time’s the charm

First time’s the charm

WestCreek Homes introduces their line of duplexes in the new northeast community of Cornerbrook, and…

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Connecting with his audience

Connecting with his audience

It’s been about a dozen years since Bryan Baeumler unveiled his act on stage, but…

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Crafty corner

Crafty corner

The prospect of leaving the homestead on a cold day is as dreary as the…

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