Interior Design

Colour your world

Interior design experts set to hit the Home + Garden stage in March

Tiffany Pratt loves colour.

An interior designer, stylist and host of HGTV Canada’s Home to Win and Buy It, Fix It, Sell It, she’s also a self-proclaimed “rainbow hunter” and “rainbow thrower.” Even her vibrantly hued hair, which takes inspiration from the rainbow, attests to her passion for palettes.

It’s no surprise, then, that colour will take centre stage when Pratt makes her debut at this year’s Calgary Home + Garden Show.


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Fringe benefits

Suburban condos appeal to those looking for good value

After renting a condo in Marda Loop for the past ten years, Kerri-Lyn Ouellette is moving: She’s buying a condo in the suburbs. Her choice? Hopewell Residential’s Sandgate development in Mahogany.

“Marda Loop isn’t affordable for a single woman with a middle income. Condos in the suburbs, however, are affordable,” said Ouellette, adding that Sandgate condos start in the $190s range.

Ouellette says market conditions played a primary role in her decision to buy now.


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Go West

Market conditions and low dollar could entice foreign buyers to Calgary

While those in the real-estate industry agree that Calgary is not yet a top destination for international buyers, others feel optimistic that foreign buyers will want to call Calgary home.

“There is a steadily growing minority who are very interested in Calgary,” said Charles Pittar, CEO of Juwai, China’s largest international-property website.

“Because Calgary is a relatively small city, even if it wins just a tiny share of the buyers that have been going to other parts of North America, it would reap huge benefits.”

The emphasis is on the “if.”


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Value added in Airdrie

Satellite communities offer more bang for your buck

Landing your dream home can be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. But if the financial stars don’t align the way you’d hoped, you may have to manage your expectations.

Such was the case for Jarred Jusko Friedman and his wife Shaaz, who decided to buy their first home last fall, after renting in Calgary’s northeast community of Skyview Ranch.

“We started looking, but we soon found we weren’t even able to get into the market at our target price range,” said Friedman, adding that the only viable option in their price range was a townhome.


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Calgary’s luxury market showing staying power, say experts

A high-end fitness centre and kitchen to cater private events; a concierge service or tranquility room; a car wash and, yes, even a pet wash.

These are among the amenities today’s buyers can expect with the purchase of a luxury condo in Calgary, a sector real estate experts say is showing some staying power despite soft economic conditions.


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