Gardens
Backyard Bliss

Sep-05-2017 Story by Kristy Reimer

Wendy’s fantastic yard has four separate lounging spaces, giving friends the opportunity to spread out and have more intimate conversations. There are two areas on the upper deck, and two areas in the lower yard. The entire yard is lawn free, so there is very little maintenance, allowing more time for outdoor fun.

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Architecturally Stunning

Aug-30-2017 Story by Sherry Shaw-Froggatt

With small town charm and big city access, Ravenswood is Airdrie’s most eastern community, making a commute to Calgary easy.

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Developers
Move to Midtown

Aug-29-2017 Story by Mario Toneguzzi

The Midtown residential development in Airdrie has been designed around a central pond which has been a great selling feature to potential homebuyers.

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Decorlife with Kim Purvis

Aug-27-2017 Story by Kim Purvis

Is a pop of colour what your room really needs? If I could have a penny for every time someone said “I think I just need a pop of colour,” I’d be rich. So often I hear clients say they’ve bought pillows, or artwork or a rug to add some colour and it’s just not working.

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Gardenlife

Aug-26-2017 Story by Dawn Smith

It’s fall in the garden: summer’s blooms have faded and leaves are taking on their painterly hues. But it’s not quite time to put away your garden gloves; there are still some chores that need to be done to prepare for the long prairie winter.

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Builders
Make Mine a McKee

Aug-25-2017 Story by Mario Toneguzzi

McKee Homes has not only watched the explosive growth of Airdrie over the past 30 years, but it has also been an integral part of it.

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Salvaging the Past

May-26-2017 Story by Jolene Rudisuela

Photos by Kristy Reimer

If you walk into Todd Cunningham’s garage, you may find an old trombone hanging from the rafters, a beat-up tailgate leaning against a wall, or a rusty tricycle that has sat unused for decades. Though antiques like these might be junk to some, the owner of Cunning Mantiques sees their value. Cunningham spends much of his free time finding vintage material and repurposes it into unique and rustic furniture or home decor.

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Builders
Inspired Home Building

May-25-2017 Story by Jolene Rudisuela

For the past 37 years, Jayman BUILT has been providing quality homes at fair prices in many different communities and cities. Since 2015, the builder has been working in Airdrie, bringing that same quality to King’s Heights. Located in the city’s southeast corner, Jayman is offering front-attached garaged homes and semi-detached homes.

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A Place to Play

May-24-2017 Story by Dawn Smith

Photos by Cooper’s Crossing

Cooper’s Crossing’s new gem, Discovery Park, was opened in the fall of 2015, much to the delight of residents and visitors to the community. Located along Cooper’s Drive, the 1.5-acre park offers a wide variety of activities for visitors of all ages.

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Showhomes
Decor Life

May-23-2017 Column by Anita Juska

With the explosive popularity of HGTV and decorating magazines, buyers are design savvy and very selective when it comes to buying their next home. They have high expectations and usually very little time or money to renovate their new home right away. Buyers want a beautiful home in which they can picture themselves.

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Gardens
In Full Bloom

Story by Dawn Smith

Every street has a house with a picture-perfect garden full of blossoms that don’t seem to fade like most flowerbeds do. For those without green thumbs, creating and maintaining well-manicured flower, herb and vegetable beds may seem impossible, but according to Simone Garossino – owner of Prairie Tough Farms, which specializes in locally grown cut flowers, plants and herbs – with a little planning and preparation, anyone can have the prairie garden of their dreams.

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Home Life

May-22-2017 Column by Trent Pittner

After a long period of disconnect between supply and demand, Airdrie’s detached housing sector is finally in balanced territory. As I’ve said before, real estate is similar to a roller coaster; there are ups and downs. Demand in the Airdrie market has remained fairly robust relative to longer-term averages but significant increases in the amount of sales for single family homes below $425,000 has really been the catalyst for the first quarter of 2017.

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Gardens
Ready, set, grow!

Feb-12-2017 Story by Dawn Smith

Although it’s too early to plant outdoors, there is still plenty that Airdrians can do to ensure their garden is ready for the coming season.

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Builders
Slokker brings the style

Feb-08-2017 Story by Dawn Smith

High-class quality at an affordable price is what buyers can expect when purchasing a Slokker West home in Airdrie.

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Interiors
Sweet Ensuites

Feb-05-2017 Story by airdrielife

The master ensuite is an oasis from the everyday stresses of life. Airdrie builders are masters at providing heavenly spa-like treatments in your own home.

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Interiors
Springing into Action!

Feb-03-2017 Story by Dawn Smith

Spring is a time of refreshing, both indoors and out. Now is the perfect time to tackle those annual chores that help maintain a clean, organized home.

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Cooper’s Gem: Emerald Homes makes townhomes inviting

Jan-10-2017 Story by airdrielife

There are only a dozen of these gorgeous townhomes available in Airdrie’s destination neighbourhood, Cooper’s Crossing.

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Showhomes

Story by airdrielife

Showhomes in Airdrie.

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Homelife

Jan-08-2017 Column by Shilo Storey

We thought that with the economy and price of oil going as low as it did, real estate prices and sales would dip, and they did. Benchmark prices were down 3.4 per cent in the last quarter of 2016 over the same time the previous year; however, sales were up 3.6 per cent.

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Ravenswood has a village feel

Jan-04-2017 Story by Dawn Smith

With just three phases left in the well-loved community of Ravenswood and several showhomes opening in May, it’s a good time to check out what makes the area unique.

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Interiors
The HOME that LOVE built

Nov-20-2016 Story by Alex Frazer-Harrison

Photos by Kristy Reimer

It had been only 111 days since renovations began on the 1,870-square-foot, three-bedroom bungalow in Woodside that had been purchased as a home that would meet the changing needs of the two girls who are fighting Friedreich’s ataxia (FA), a rare progressive disease that attacks mobility and damages the nervous system.

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Builders
Community Builder

Nov-15-2016 Story by Alex Frazer-Harrison

For nearly 20 years, ReidBuilt Homes has been a major player in Airdrie’s homebuilding scene, arriving just as the city’s growth went into overdrive.

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Developers
Profile: Mattamy Homes

Nov-10-2016 Story by Alex Frazer-Harrison

There’s more that goes into planning a new neighbourhood than just laying out streets and building lots. A successful community needs to offer its residents a feeling of connection – to the neighbourhood and to each other. Mattamy Homes is aiming for this by developing the new community of Southwinds around Osborne Park, a two-and-a-half-acre oasis.

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Mortgage Matters

Nov-01-2016 Column by Sherry Jenkins

Sensible strategies for today’s homebuyers and owners.

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Gardens
Backyard Oasis

Aug-29-2016 Story by Kristy Reimer

Photos by Kristy Reimer

Starting with a completely empty canvas, Airdrie residents James and Rachelle weren’t afraid to get their hands dirty to transform their plot of backyard dirt into an amazing oasis. Their goal was to create a gathering place where neighbours and friends could come and relax together.

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Builders
Building Better Homes

Aug-24-2016 Story by Alex Frazer-Harrison

In today’s economy, buyers are becoming more careful with their money and homebuilders are challenged with raising their game. Lifestyle Homes, one of the builders in Airdrie’s Cooper’s Crossing, is staying the course.

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The Home that Love is Building

Aug-22-2016 Story by Alex Frazer-Harrison

Photos by Sergei Belski

Over the past few months, more than 100 local tradespeople, contractors and others have volunteered to retrofit a home to meet the needs of two little girls fighting a very adult-sounding disease.

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Developers
An Airdrie legend, Genesis grows with the city

Aug-15-2016 Story by Alex Frazer-Harrison

You might know the name Genesis from the popular Airdrie recreation centre that has its name (Genesis sponsored the naming rights back in 2010), but the company itself has been helping to develop Airdrie communities since the late 1990s. Since 1998, Genesis Land Development Corp. has been involved in creating three unique neighbourhoods on Airdrie’s west side: Canals, Bayside and Bayview.

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Real Estate

Aug-12-2016 Column by Matt Carre, The Carre Group RE/MAX

Real estate is always such a popular topic. Doesn’t matter if the market is incredibly hot, or sadly slow. Everyone wants to talk about it, educate themselves on it or simply feel like they are in the know.

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Well Cellared

Aug-10-2016 Story by Alex Frazer-Harrison

Photos by Sergei Belski

When you collect something that isn’t meant to be fully enjoyed for years – decades, even – you want to have a place to store and display it that’s uniquely your own.

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Renos for a Good Cause

May-30-2016 Story by Alex Frazer-Harrison

Photos by Sergei Belski

In the spring issue of airdrielife we shared the story of Addison and Kadence Foley.

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Builders
Side by Side Style

May-20-2016 Story by airdrielife

Augusta Fine Homes estate villas in Cooper’s Crossing are designed to meet and exceed

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Gardens
Gardenlife

Column by Brent Park

Summer is here, and it is time to turn all the dreaming you may have done over winter into action and decide what new and exciting trees and shrubs to plant in your garden.

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The Backyard aaaah Moment

May-18-2016 Story by Sherry Shaw-Froggatt

I have to admit, when you are used to a spa on your deck and you used it every day, living without one kind of sucks.

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Real-Estate
Homelife

Homelife

May-17-2016 Column by Trent Pittner

Hold onto your hats, Airdrie, as our current market is, in my opinion, not as bad as the media is making it out to be.

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Interiors
Interiors

May-15-2016 Column by Kim Purvis

There are lots of websites for selling and buying great used stuff throughout the year, but nothing beats grabbing a coffee on a Saturday morning and perusing the neighborhood garage sales.

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Builders
Excelling in Style!

May-13-2016 Story by airdrielife

Excel Homes launched a new showhome in Midtown this spring called the Shelburne.

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Developers
Coming Full Circle

May-06-2016 Story by Alex Frazer-Harrison

Photos by Sergei Belski

When David Moore and his fiancée, Nikki Crawford, decided to build a home in King’s Heights

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Builders
Gates Open

May-05-2016 Story by Jeff MacKinnon

Mattamy Homes has walked across the street from its popular Southwinds project to add a new townhome community…

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Gardens
Gardenlife

Feb-10-2016 Column by Brent Park

As spring arrives and we emerge from our winter hibernation and isolation, we must turn our attention to reinvigorating our outdoor landscapes.

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Builders
Kitchens that Sizzle

Story by airdrielife

What’s cooking in kitchens in 2016? Style! Here’s a peek at what some of our builders are showcasing in their showhomes.

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Showhomes
Gateway at Williamstown

Feb-08-2016 Story by airdrielife

Gateway is a collection of two- and three-bedroom, three-storey townhomes. Enjoy thoughtful floor plans with tandem or side-by-side double garages. Some feature flex rooms to accommodate multiple functions; guest room, office or hobby space.

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Home Improvements

Feb-07-2016 Story by airdrielife

Patio covers are an ingenious way to extend our summer season. Here, Ira Hanson-Ralph, of Big Sky Patios, explains why they are also a great investment in your home.

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Builders
Villas with a View

Feb-05-2016 Story by Jeff MacKinnon

Augusta Fine Homes has brought luxury estate villas to Cooper’s Crossing, continuing a vision started by Mike Plumton, the founder of parent company NuVista Homes, almost three decades ago.

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Top of the Hill

Feb-03-2016 Story by Jeff MacKinnon

The community of Hillcrest was inspired by nature and complements its surroundings, and its popularity is proof that new owners are seeing the benefits.

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Lifestyles

Feb-02-2016 Column by Kim Purvis

The men have taken over the garage AND the basement and let’s face it, it’s a good thing they have that place to go sometimes…

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homelife

Feb-01-2016 Column by Shilo Storey

Looking at the real estate market today, it doesn’t look a whole lot different from a year ago.

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Developers
Shopping comes to Cooper’s Crossing

Nov-14-2015 Story by Jeff MacKinnon

More than 15 years ago, the founders of WestMark Holdings Ltd. and developers of Cooper’s Crossing had a vision of what the community could be.

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Working Harder just comes Naturally

Nov-13-2015 Story by Jeff MacKinnon

Harder Homes is planning a stunner of a showhome for 2016 that Wayne Harder believes will be a winner with families looking to become residents of Cooper’s Crossing.

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Neighbourhoods
Welcomed in Williamstown

Nov-12-2015 Story by Alex Frazer-Harrison

Photos by Carl Patzel

With its quiet location on Airdrie’s north side, Williamstown manages to preserve a small-town atmosphere within a growing city.

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Interiors
Home for the holidays

Home for the holidays

Nov-11-2015 Column by Kim Purvis

Here is my list of suggestions for decorating your home for the holidays so it feels festive and works with your year-round decor.

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Homelife

Nov-10-2015 Column by Kris & Andrea Sales

We are reminded of and so grateful for what a great place Airdrie is to live, work and raise our family.

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Neighbourhoods
The Art of the Raven

The Art of the Raven

Aug-25-2015 Story by Carl Patzel

Photos by Carl Patzel

Known through folklore and mythology as intelligent and somewhat of a trickster, the raven is also esteemed for its well-honed social skills and sense of family.

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The low down on Midtown

Story by Alex Frazer-Harrison

Airdrie’s newest-up-and-coming neighbourhood

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Life on the Hill

Story by Alex Frazer-Harrison

Photos by Carl Patzel

For Deidra and John Hooper, buying a home in the new community of Hillcrest offered the best of both worlds.

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Real-Estate
Homelife

Column by Shilo Storey

Like the weather this past summer, the real estate market has been a little bit exciting at times! In the first six months of 2014, we had 1,236 new listings on the market. In 2015, that number increased by 93 and we had reported 966 sales in Airdrie by the end of July.

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Lifestyles

Lifestyles

Column by Kim Purvis

I’ve always loved decorating. When I was younger I would beg to do the Christmas decorating myself because I had an inspiration that I was excited to see come to life!

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First-class living

Story by Carl Patzel

Photos by Carl Patzel

If you envision a peaceful, quiet middle-aged lifestyle, then The Chateaux at King’s Heights may be just what the real estate doctor ordered. Recognizing a housing need for the gen-X population in Airdrie, Cove Properties offers up this two-building residence targeted at the 40-plus demographic.

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Growing Canvas

Growing Canvas

Jul-25-2015 Story by Sherry Shaw-Froggatt

Urban oasis After moving from an amazingly lush but high-maintenance yard in Jensen, Sherry and Grant decided to put in a creative low-maintenance oasis at their new place in Bayside. Carefully chosen trees and shrubs, as well as decorative features and flowering plants, work together to create an oasis in the heart of the city. Floral tapestry Sally loves her flowers and tending to them is a summer hobby at her home in Stonegate. From

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Gardenlife

May-18-2015 Story by Lisa Silva

We’re already headed toward the longest day of the year and should be well on our way to having our containers, gardens and flowerbeds growing.

It’s not too late if you’re just getting started – likely our evenings are just starting to get nice and warm. Such cold-sensitive plants as burgundy-coloured grasses, coleus and New Guinea impatiens will just be starting to feel comfortable at night.

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Developers
Canals Landing

May-17-2015 Story by Jeff MacKinnon

Photos by Sergei Belski

The great thing about Canals Landing, says Jesse Coderre of Genesis Land Development Corporation, is that it is a “little charming neighbourhood” that is close to important amenities. “It’s comfortably ensconced as a community, so you’re not in and around the hustle and bustle of the town,” says the Genesis corporate marketing manager. “So it kind of feels like your own personal space. It has personality and it’s a little closed off but in a

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Real-Estate
Real Estate

Real Estate

Apr-19-2015 Story by Trent Pittner

Recession is a term misused in our vocabulary. I am asked almost daily by clients, family and friends what I think about the future of Airdrie’s real estate market.

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Neighbourhoods
A Sense of Sagewood

A Sense of Sagewood

Apr-17-2015 Story by Alex Frazer-Harrison

Photos by Carl Patzel

Erica Hatch says that her children grew up thinking of wild deer as neighbours. That’s because the Hatch family’s community, Sagewood, is located on the quiet western edge of Airdrie, looking out onto what are – for now, anyway – acreages and farms. “We’ve lived here for 10 years; it was us and our neighbours [to start] and no one else out here,” says Hatch. “They were still digging up some of the farm fields.”

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Interiors
Six Thoughts on Summer-Fresh Decor Inside & Out

Story by Kim Purvis

Tuck the winter clutter away I know it’s Alberta and you never know when a blustery snowstorm might hit – but, if you can, pack some of the unnecessary items away. You’ll be amazed what removing bulky blankets and industrial-strength doormats will do to make your home feel fresh and inviting. Replace them with fun and bright versions that don’t need to stand up to our winter slush and chill. Light and bright  Replace a

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Builders
Living a ZEN life

Apr-15-2015 Story by Jeff MacKinnon

With a focus on the future and a commitment to quality and longevity, Avalon Master Builder’s goal is to build homes that are not only energy-efficient, but sustainable and attractive. “We’re looking to build homes that are going to stand the test of time,” says Dean Clark, Avalon sales and marketing co-ordinator. “For Avalon it’s not just about installing a high-efficiency furnace or light fixtures. We look at the entire home as a system.” Avalon

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Gardens
2015 trends for indoor/outdoor gardening

Apr-03-2015 Story by Lisa Silva

Gardening has been changing and evolving over the past several years and there are lots of exciting new products being introduced this year, too!

Products have changed to cater to today’s lifestyles to include plenty of low-maintenance and aesthetically appealing designs. Some trends have carried over from last year – such as container gardening, raised gardens, terrariums, miniature gardens and water features; and many others are making comebacks from years past.

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Neighbourhoods
Kings of the Castle

Jan-08-2015 Story by Alex Frazer-Harrison

Photos by Carl Patzel

Located in the southeast corner of Airdrie, King’s Heights has been one of the city’s fastest-growing neighbourhoods for close to a decade. Accessed via Yankee Valley and Kingsview boulevards, King’s Heights is promoted as being Airdrie’s “most meticulously planned” new community. Certainly for Allan and Mariam Penman, it was the perfect fit for the couple and their daughter after immigrating to Canada from Scotland in 2008. “We were landed immigrants,” recalls Mariam. “The economy was

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Crafting a New Way to Live

Jan-06-2015 Story by Carl Patzel

Photos by Carl Patzel

Considering itself the next generation of home builders, GableCraft Homes feels it will fit right in with the age demographic of a rapidly expanding Airdrie. Primarily a Western Canadian developer with projects in B.C. and Calgary, the subsidiary of Pacific Capital Real Estate entered the Airdrie market with the unique Shoreline Villas located on Chinook Winds Place. “We’re young, with an unstoppable passion, embracing innovation and design. At GableCraft Homes we make smart decisions that

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Real-Estate
Getting Real about Real Estate

Jan-02-2015 Story by Matt Carre, The Carre Group, Re/Max Rockyview Real Estate

Real estate and oil. Just like most everything else in Alberta, they go hand in hand. First, though, let’s talk about the real estate market in 2014. In a word, fantastic. We saw records set in many areas: the most MLS® sales with 1,697; the most single-family home and condo sales with 1,290 and 407 respectfully; and – most significant – the highest average sales prices for single family homes at $428,000 and the overall

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Developers
Make Mine A Mattamy

Jan-01-2015 Story by Carl Patzel

Photos by Carl Patzel

The popularity of Mattamy Homes can be measured with just a quick glance down streets of their sold out master-planned communities. With more than 30 years experience in the home-building market, Mattamy Homes has constructed more than 60,000 homes across North America. The company entered the growing Airdrie market in 2009 with the southwest community of Windsong and is now focused on its Southwinds project along Eighth Street. The last of 1,000 families moved into

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