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What is Your HOME’S ARCHITECTURAL STYLE?

Thursday, August 15th, 2013

What is Your HOME’S ARCHITECTURAL STYLE?

Victorian or Colonial revival? Modern or contemporary?

Even if you’re just curious, knowing the style of a home can be helpful for buying, selling, remodeling or decorating.

Deborah Burns, executive director of the Northern Virginia Chapter of the American Institute of Architects, said many homes have easily identifiable styles — a Colonial has a symmetrical facade, a small portico and a center hall, and a bungalow has a central roof dormer and a foundation made with patterned concrete blocks. But she also cautions that not all resources offer the correct information, and not all homes have a set style. It’s hardest to pin down suburban homes, she said.

“If you get into suburban home developments, I’m just not sure style was paramount in the design,” Burns said.

Burns said some real estate agents will incorrectly assign a home style based on one particular element, such as the window style or roof. This is because many homes now are built in a way that mixes elements of varying styles and cannot be clearly defined.

“The homes don’t necessarily conform to any single style,” Burns said. “That’s not to say they all don’t, but most don’t. A brick split-level home isn’t necessarily a Colonial style. I think builders felt free to borrow elements from styles they liked.”

If you’re curious about your home’s style, Burns suggests checking town or county resources first. Residents of the Ashton Heights neighborhood in Arlington, Va., for example, have a design guide provided by the county’s Department of Community Planning, Housing and Development. The guide identifies the historical neighborhood’s common styles: Colonial revival, Tudor revival, American foursquare and bungalow. The guide offers breakdowns of each type, along with tips on renovations such as windows and walkways.

Burns also said her go-to style reference is “What Style Is It: A Guide to American Architecture,” by John C. Poppeliers, S. Allen Chambers Jr. and Nancy Schwartz, calling it “the single most referred-to book for American architecture.”

Having a bungalow or Victorian-style home can guide interior design decisions, including window treatments and furniture. Lisa Adams of Adams Design in Washington said a home’s exterior often is a good indicator of a homeowner’s taste.

“If they are design-conscious, there is a reason they’ve selected a house,” Adams said. “Usually people are relatively consistent in their preferences. If you live in a Colonial with antique furniture, that’s your style.”

“Modern is all about positive and negative,” Adams added. “The windows are sort of piercing through the exterior. The walls and cabinetry are very minimalistic. It is very geometric, and you have to pay attention to the geometry. Color is a factor, but you don’t want it to overwhelm.”

Adams, who worked for an architectural firm before becoming an interior designer, said she enjoys working with all of the common styles.

Some of her favorites?

“I love the Cape Cod, and I lived in a Georgian house,” she said. “Even Gothic revival is charming. And who wouldn’t love to live in a Victorian?”

COMMON STYLES

Lisa Adams of Adams Design in Washington and architect/designer Charles Almonte of Silver Spring, Md., offer their take on some of the styles found across the United States.

Bungalow
Smaller windows, a pitched roof and a front porch are characteristic of this early 20th-century style, Adams said.

“The interior of the space tends to be more first floor, very little second, and tends to be dark because you have a front porch covering the windows. For the design, you have to take that into account. It’s very pretty.”

Near a beach? Bungalow-style homes are commonly found by the water, Adams said. “Everyone has a front porch so they can be outside, and you want it to be dark inside if you’ve had too much sun.”

If that’s the case, Adams said, homeowners might need extra lighting — floor lamps, recessed lighting and desk lamps.

Contemporary

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Contemporary homes are “all ceiling and glass, like homes in Los Angeles,” Adams said. Contemporary homes built with large glass windows often are meant to take advantage of a good view, she said, so it’s best to choose furniture in a sleek, minimalist style, as opposed to bulky pieces that might block those views.

“You have to make sure the furniture has very clean lines,” Adams said. “You are not usually putting a lot of patterns on top of patterns.”

Modern

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A contemporary home, Adams said, is not to be confused with modern. Common in the mid- to late 20th century, modern homes are geometric, symmetrical and lack ornamentation.

“Modern architecture has a crisp, clean and tailored feel,” Almonte said. “My personal preference, though, is more towards a simple modern style. … There is a fine line between classic modern and trendy modern.”

Colonial revival

Calling it “a nod to Americana,” Almonte said this nationalistic design movement began in the late 1800s, when Americans celebrating the centennial felt nostalgic and patriotic. The style, he said, is formal but not stately or imposing. Colonial revival homes usually are rectangular and symmetrical, with double-hung windows and a pediment over the door or a small portico with columns.

Cape Cod

Traditional Cape Cod homes, originating from England in the 17th century, are square, one or 11/2 stories, with steep, gabled roofs. “Cape Cod houses were not so fancy,” Adams said.

The kitchen is the focus of many Cape Cod homes, Adams said, where families would congregate around the fire to keep warm in the cold New England winters. These homes also commonly have bedrooms on the first floor. Adams said variations now often have additions that make them asymmetrical.

Georgian

This style, with its origins in 18th-century Britain, is very formal and stately, Almonte said. Brick is the primary exterior material, with moldings for embellishment.

“Some might say it’s ‘oppressive’ because of its connection to the British monarchy,” he said. “The style gives off a feeling of security and protection.”

Gothic revival

Born from a revival of medieval-era style in the 18th century, Gothic revival homes have “a lot of elements that give it more of a gingerbread frill,” Adams said. “It’s pretty. I would expect wood paneling and exposed beams. It would be relatively dark. You might expect a huge fireplace in the entrance hall, with benches around it, and a banister made of iron.”

Gothic revival homes lend themselves to heavy and ornately carved furniture and dark fabrics. To lighten this style of home, Adams said, it’s common to paint paneling white or modify the windows and lighting to help brighten and illuminate the space.

Federal

Federal homes are intentionally extravagant, Adams said. The late 18th-century style typically features a center hall, a Palladian window, an arched and columned door, and a high ceiling.

Federal homes were built by those who wanted to show off their wealth, Adams said, but borrowed the basic structure of a Georgian home.

“They are spending their money, and they want to show it,” she said. “They are just grand. It’s supposed to be imposing.”

Ranch

Almonte had a simple definition for these single-story homes with rectangular shape and low rooflines: “nondescript.”

“They have no particular character or defining features,” he said. “The style is inspired by the Prairie style, but unfortunately this is the stripped-down version of the Prairie. It has no embellishments.”

Adams said ranch homes, first built in the 20th century, are practical for aging adults and families with young children.

Victorian

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The style is defined by the ornamentation of the prosperous Victorian era (mid- to late 19th century), including curved towers and spindled porches.

Victorians are decorated “pattern on pattern, texture on texture,” Adams said.

To furnish the interior of a Victorian home, Adams said, she would pull from elements of the time period, but it is not a style on which to base a whole room. “Most people couldn’t live that way, and that’s true with all of these styles.”

SOURCE: By MARGARET ELY — The Washington Post http://www.thenewstribune.com/2013/07/31/2705692/pinpoint-your-homes-architectural.html

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Calgary Property Tax Deadline Extended 2 Weeks

Thursday, June 27th, 2013

 

Due to the large amount of Calgary homeowners affected by the Calgary flood, the Calgary property tax deadline has been extended two more weeks until July 12, 2013!

Our mayor Naheed Nenshi decided this was an appropriate response as many Calgary  citizens have suffered damage and have  a lot more important things to focus on at this moment than their property taxes.

This 2 week grace period will allow those Calgarian homeowners who are paying their property taxes after this Friday to not be penalized 7% on the remaining unpaid balance on their taxes. On July 12, 2013 after this 2 week grace period, this penalty will again be enforced.

For more information on Calgary property taxes and where you can pay them while Calgary is recovering from the flood damage, please Click Here to see the information on Calgary.ca.

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Calgary Businesses Offering Free and Discounted Services for Calgary Flood Relief

Tuesday, June 25th, 2013

We want to start this post off by saying how proud every one of our Home Sweet Home Team members are to be a Calgarian. The  overwhelming support, strength, and resilience that our city has demonstrated in the wake of the devastation left by the Calgary Floods is nothing short of amazing and inspiring. As of June 24, 2013, Alberta Red Cross has fundraised $2.6 million to aid in Alberta Flood Relief. It is truly touching to see all the Calgary businesses that are doing their part to help the community recover from this disaster. In the past couple days there have been numerous restaurants that have been affected by the floods themselves offering free BBQs for the victims of the Calgary floods, volunteers and all others. We were fortunate to get to go to a couple of the BBQs yesterday at Alley Burger and Original Joes 4th St. and donate money to Alberta Red Cross.

We, at the Home Sweet Home Team, want to send out our sincerest sympathies to all those personally affected by the Calgary floods. We understand that the process of  cleaning up affected Calgary areas, and restoring homes back to their former state will be a time consuming and tough process. If there is anyway we can help those Calgary citizens and their families personally affected by the Calgary flood, please do hesitate to ask us. We have been offering support to our clients and anyone else that is effected by this tragedy, whether it be providing food, water, manpower to clean, anything at all. Please Contact Us today and let us know how we can help you!

For those evacuees returning home and are unsure what to check for to ensure your home is safe, here is the Welcome Home Guide from the City of Calgary. If you have been affected by the Calgary flood and are requiring assistance, here is the Canadian Cross Registration Form.

With major cleanup and restoration under way in the flood affected areas of Calgary, there are many Calgary businesses that are reaching out to the public to help out. We have compiled a list of the Calgary businesses that are going the extra mile, and are offering their generosity in the form of discounted and free services to help those recovering from the Calgary flood damage.

Calgary Businesses Offering Assistance Via Global Calgary: http://globalnews.ca/news/669298/calgary-clean-up-a-list-of-businesses-offering-to-help/ 

HOME REPAIR

Action Auger- The Gentleman Plumbers

Offering to pump out people’s basements at no charge, until June 28.
Call 403-288-1111 or go to https://www.facebook.com/actionauger

Knight Plumbing and Heating

Offering free use of sump pumps to help clean basements. Call 403-282-1010

Shane Homes Living

The homebuilder has a number of generators available. Contact Nels at 403-371-5612 to arrange delivery.

Sons of Electric

The electricians are offering free electrical inspections in homes affected by flooding: https://www.facebook.com/SonsOfElectric?fref=ts

Pure Air Environment

Mold cleanup services at a reduced rate for flood victims: http://www.pureaircalgary.com/

STORAGE

U-Haul

U-Haul is offering 30 days of free storage to Calgary and Alberta residents who have been affected by flooding. People who need boxes can take part in the ‘Take a Box, Leave a Box’ program.
Call 403-235-1125 for more information.

WELLNESS

Fercho Psychological Services

The private practice of clinical psychologists is offering at least two free counselling sessions for anyone experiencing stress or loss due to flooding.
They are located at 1921 5A Street S.W. call 403-245-3211 to set up an appointment.

Chiropractor

Dr. Mike Hoiles at Calgary Sports Therapy is offering complimentary chiropractic care to firefighters, military personnel, EMS and police officers.
He is offering care until July 21. Call 403-237-0121 to book an appointment.

Massage Therapist

RMT Peter Sawan is offering free 15-20 minute massages. Call 403-801-8097.

Wentworth Medical and Walk-In Clinic

The clinic is offering its services to anyone who is not able to see their doctor, as well as anyone hurt during cleanup or needing a prescription.
They are located at 873 85 Street S.W., call 403-217-6453.

Hillhurst Healing Arts

The business is offering free showers, sauna sessions and massages to anyone affected by the floods. They will also do your laundry.
Call 403-614-4874 or go to www.hillhursthealingarts.ca.

YMCA/Westside Recreation Centre

Members of the Eau Claire YMCA are being given free access to the Westside Recreation Centre.

GoodLife Fitness

The gyms have opened up their change rooms and shower facilities to those affected by floods. The offer is valid at all Calgary locations except for Eau Claire which is still closed due to flooding.

Kensington Fitness Studio

The gym is offering free showers and towel service to people who have been forced to leave their homes.
223 10 Street N.W., call 403-670-7120.

PET CARE

K9 Corner

The dog daycare is offering free dog daycare, free baths and half off boarding for the dogs of flood victims.
Go to www.k9corner.ca or call Steve at 403-922-5224.

Pawsitively Natural Dog Daycare and Training Academy

The dog daycare is offering free baths for dogs and cats that were caught in floods. Calls 403-984-9247 to book an appointment.

Pet Lynx

People with pets who were affected by floods are being offered free access to the AnimalTRACS system for the next 30 days. The identification and recovery system includes a lifetime of animal registration, lost and found searches and picture posters. Go to www.petlynx.netand use coupon number IAMS-2013-YYC

Global Pet Foods

The store is raising money and collecting food and supplies to assist families who’ve had to relocate their animals. For every cash or supply donation, customers get 10 per cent off.
They are also offering dog and cat survival kits for those who lost their pet supplies.
They are located at 761 Northmount Dr. S.W. or call 403-457-1914

PHOTOGRAPHY/WEDDINGS

Reflections Weddings & Events

The event planning company is offering their services to help couples whose wedding plans have been derailed by the flooding. They will work with them to find a new venue at no charge, and have a whole team standing by. Click here for more details: http://reflectionsweddingsandevents.blogspot.ca/2013/06/need-to-relocate-your-wedding-due-to.html

Alberta Flood Photo Restoration

The company is offering their services free of charge, to those whose photos were damaged in the floods.
Click here for information on where to send your photographs: http://albertafloodphotorestoration.blogspot.ca/

TLaw Photography

The photographer is offering a free session to any family who has lost family photos in the recent floods in Calgary: https://www.facebook.com/tlawphotography/posts/10151476588595334
Bella Vous Makeup Artistry is also offering free hair and makeup during the session

Elizabeth’s Everlasting Photography

The company is offering a free photo shoot to families that have lost their photos in flooding. Call 403-836-9333 for more information.

Jayden Images

The photographers are offering free photo sessions to families who have lost their photos due to flooding. They have extended the offer to all emergency responders working to help flood victims.
Contact them at 403-875-6593 or go to www.jaydenimages.com

Michael Cudjoe Fine Art

The photographer is offering free photo sessions to those affected by the flood, and will work to get damaged wedding albums reprinted.
Call 1-855-267-6067 ext. 200 or go to www.michaelcudjoe.com

VOLUNTEERS

Free Childcare

People are offering free childcare to those affected by the floods, so parents can clean up.
https://www.facebook.com/CalgaryCleanUp?fref=ts

YYC Helps

The website is working to link up volunteers with those needing help. Go to www.yychelps.ca to sign up.

@NeighbourLink

Neighbour Link is working to link volunteers and donors to those who need assistance. https://twitter.com/NeighbourLink

REQUESTING DONATIONS

YYC Coffee Run

A group is gathering donations to bring coffee and donuts to fire halls, police stations and military posts: http://tasmonthly.blogspot.ca/2013/06/yyc-coffee-run.html

SE Calgary Community Resource Centre

The resource centre is able to assist with basic needs including emergency food hampers. It also offers a computer lab, telephone and fax services as well as a clothing room for those in need.
They are also accepting donations of clothing and footwear, bedding, pillows and gift cards.
2734 76 Ave. SE or call 403-720-3322

Olga’s Fabric Lane

The store is asking anyone with donations of clothing or non-perishable food items or cleaning products to drop them off at their location, and they will deliver them to the appropriate organization.
They are also asking for donations of grad dresses to donate to students in High River who lost their gowns.
4243 Bow Trail S.W. or call 403-242-2545

Timberwest Railings Ltd.

The company is setting up a donation collection area in Bragg Creek, and is calling for donations of clothing or non-perishable food items which they will deliver to the appropriate organization.
You can drop off donations at their location in Barlow Centre: Bay J 8080 35 Street S.E.

 

An Opportune Time To Sell Your Calgary Home

Wednesday, April 17th, 2013

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There is currently a low level of inventory of Calgary homes for sale. This combined with a high demand from buyers is great news for those looking to sell their home.

New home sellers can capitalize on homes being in short demand and sell for a great price.

Here is a video from Global Calgary on the current state of the Calgary Market.

 

Tight Housing Market in Calgary

 

If you are thinking about selling your Calgary home please contact us today and we would be more than happy to give you a free market evaluation of your home.

If you are interested in how much homes in your area are worth please visit the compare your Calgary home section on our home page of our website. Here you can find specific information such as pricing of current listings in your neighborhood.

 

Famous Rafter Six Ranch Resort Outside of Calgary For Sale

Monday, February 11th, 2013

 

CALGARY — An iconic piece of Alberta history, nestled near the Kananaskis River, is available for purchase.

The Rafter Six Ranch Resort, where movies have been filmed and where famous Hollywood stars have stayed, is listed for sale at $12.5 million by Sotheby’s International Realty Canada.

“We’ve had it listed for under six months. We’ve had some pretty good institutional interested investors. We actually have quite a few buyers who are interested in it. It’s definitely a property for somebody who is looking at running a business out of it. It could definitely be a strong business,” said Daren Gull, realtor with Sotheby’s International Realty Canada in Calgary.

“In Sotheby’s, it’s definitely one of the Sotheby’s premier ranches right across North America … It’s actually really put Calgary on the map as far as ranching communities internationally. It’s so unique.”

The property is currently owned by a bank. The resort currently is still operating.

It sits on 30 hectares of land that is bordered on the east side by the Kananaskis River, just minutes south of the Highway 1 and the Seebee turnoff, about 90 kilometres west of Calgary and 20 kilometres east of Canmore in the Municipal District of Bighorn.

The Sotheby’s listing says the purchase price includes a 19,116-square-foot, three-storey guest lodge that has 18 guest rooms, a dining room, a coffee shop and two meeting rooms. A 6,326-square-foot hall is utilized for a variety of group events that can hold up to 400 guests. A 2,430-square-foot church was built in 1996 for about 100 guests and incudes a choir loft, fireplace, and finished basement.

The barn and tack shop is 5,041 square feet surrounded by corrals. There are eight guest cabins, and four chalets ranging from 368 square feet to 1,266 square feet. There is also a 2,700-square-foot Quonset. The property includes a 3,400-square-foot, two-storey, owner’s residence, and various out structures.

The property has a rich history. According to the Rafter Six Ranch Resort website: “In the 1880s Colonel James Walker of the Northwest Mounted Police (NWMP) established a rough line shack, and pastured and bred horse’s on the land that today is Rafter Six Ranch.”

The website says that in the 1940s a location scout for Walt Disney Pictures discovered the Rafter Six Ranch.

“Walt Disney visited Rafter Six Ranch, and was so taken with the stunning scenery, that soon a steady stream of Disney Productions were using the Ranch. A cabin was specially built for Walt Disney — and still carries his name,” says the website.

“River of No Return, was Marilyn Monroe’s first movie, and many of the scenes were shot on and around the ranch. Rafter Six Ranch has been the backdrop for many wilderness themed Movies and TV Shows. Productions like, Grizzly Adams, Wilderness Family, Wolf Boy, and Across the Great Divide … have all been shot at the Resort.”

In 1994, the television movie, How the West Was Fun, using the ranch’s name, starred Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen and was filmed on location.

The website says some of the guests and visitors over the years have included: Charles Bronson; Paul Newman; Martin Mull; Robert Logan; Lee Marvin; Kevin Costner; Robert Mitchum; Stuart Margolin; and Hardy Kruger.

Over the years, the ranch has been used for a variety of activities including: weddings; corporate retreats and meetings; lodging; horseback adventures; whitewater rafting; treetop ropes and zipline; entertainment; winter adventures; and dining.

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Calgary Apartment Vacancy Rate Decreases in 2012

Thursday, December 20th, 2012

CALGARY — The apartment vacancy rate in the Calgary region averaged 1.3 per cent in October, down from 1.9 per cent last year, according to Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp.’s Fall Rental Market Survey released Thursday.

“Employment growth and higher incomes, supported by Calgary’s expanding economy, continued to attract migrants and increased demand for rental units,” said Richard Cho, senior market analyst in Calgary for the CMHC.

The apartment crunch will likely continue as the CMHC is forecasting 20,000 net migrants to the Calgary area in 2012 after 11,200 net migrants in 2011.

“Alberta is once again seeing some very strong interprovincial migration these days and many of these people are arriving in Calgary,” said Todd Hirsch, senior economist with ATB Financial. “Typically before looking at buying a home, the recently-arrived will rent an apartment. That’s where a lot of the strong demand is coming from, and it’s pushing down the vacancy rate in the rental market.”

Recently, Sam Kolias, chairman and chief executive of Calgary-based Boardwalk Real Estate Investment Trust, told the Herald that the local rental market continues to see high demand as people keep moving to the province.

In the REIT’s third quarter, which ended September 30, it has 5,310 rental units in Calgary and the occupancy rate was 99.34 per cent, up from 98.89 per cent last year.

The apartment vacancy rate in most zones in Calgary declined from the previous year, said the CMHC report. Areas close to the downtown where there is a high concentration of employers continued to have among the lowest vacancy rates in the city, said the CMHC.

The vacancy rate in the Downtown zone reached 0.5 per cent in October, down from 1.0 per cent in October 2011.

 

The strong demand for rental accommodations combined with lower vacancies has led to an increase in rental rates in Calgary. Same-sample rents increased 6.1 per cent in October, following a 1.8 per cent rise in the previous year. Bachelor units and two-bedroom units recorded an increase of 7.4 per cent and 5.9 per cent, respectively. The average same-sample rent for three-bedroom units increased 4.2 per cent from a year earlier, said the agency.

Overall, the two-bedroom rent in Calgary averaged $1,152 in October, up from $1,087 last year. The Downtown and Beltline had among the highest average two-bedroom rents in the Calgary CMA at $1,240 and $1,222, respectively. The Southeast and Other Centres recorded the lowest two-bedroom rents in October, averaging $998 and $1,005, respectively.

Vacancies for rental condominium apartments declined to 2.1 per cent in October, down from 5.7 per cent in October 2011. The condominium rent in CMHC’s 2012 survey averaged $1,288 per month, down from $1,378 last year.

“Condominium apartment rents are typically higher compared to units in the purpose-built rental market as the buildings are generally newer and may include additional amenities such as a fitness centre, entertainment room, and heated underground parking,” said Cho.

Don Campbell, president of the Real Estate Investment Network in Canada, said the low vacancy rate wil lead to two things.

“Strong upward pressure on rents across the board, at all levels. Upward pressure on resale housing market first in 2013, then new home sales in 2014,” he said. “Look for the market to perform well in 2013 with values going up more quickly than 2012.”

Read more: http://www.calgaryherald.com/homes/Calgary+apartment+vacancy+rate+decreases+2012/7693705/story.html#ixzz2FcMyRK2L

Another Calgary condo boom coming? Keynote Urban Village and University City to launch new towers

Wednesday, September 28th, 2011

CALGARY — Are we looking at another residential condominium boom in the city?

This weekend two high-profile projects launch sales initiatives on the next phases of their developments to capture the renewed interest in the market.

Keynote Urban Village is opening its doors Saturday to a new show suite for its Residential Tower Two project in the east Beltline area while University City on Saturday and Sunday is having a VIP launch for a select group of people for its Building 3 project at the Brentwood LRT Station.

“Activity in the condo market has been gradually improving. Gains in employment, favourable mortgage rates, and price reductions have attracted buyers to the condo market, especially those looking for their first place. A majority of the condo sales in the city of Calgary were for units less than $300,000,” said Richard Cho, senior market analyst in Calgary for Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp.

“We are also expecting to see more new apartment condominiums break ground in the coming months. There has been an uptick in the number of apartment permits issued, signalling the intention of more activity.”

According to the CMHC August had the highest number of monthly apartment starts since May 2008 with 451 units breaking ground in the Calgary census metropolitan area.

The second Keynote residential tower will be 29 storeys high, and will include 250 suites and a wet spa. Possessions are scheduled for the summer of 2013.

Keynote Urban Village project sales manager Jeannie Elrafie said sales have been surging over the past eight months and that’s “telling us there is an upswing underway in the Calgary real-estate market.”

“We’re getting a lot more demand than we ever were,” she said.

Keynote Urban Village encompasses nearly an entire city block on 1st Street S.E., between 11th and 12th Avenues. The Keynote development already includes the 26-storey Residential Tower One with 179 units, and a 14-storey office tower with featured tenants CH2M Hill and Aon Reed Stenhouse Inc., and about 1,500 employees. It also has 40,000 square feet of retail space, occupied by Sunterra Market, Starbucks, and a full-service RBC Royal Bank branch.

Just last week the city’s subdivision and development appeal board gave the green light for the construction of the first two condo highrises for the University City project.

An invitation for the VIP launch of sales for Building 3 says 400 condos sold in five days for the project’s first two buildings. Sales this weekend are for a select group of clients. A public launch is expected to be announced next week.

The first two towers are 18-storeys each with 216 units in each. The master-planned community will eventually consist of between 600 to 700 residences across from the University of Calgary at the Brentwood LRT station.

The University City website says phases 3 and 4 of the project will consist of 12-14 storey buildings while phase 5 will be four storeys.

Calgary resale homes top $400,000 average

Wednesday, September 28th, 2011

CALGARY — The average price of resale homes in Calgary topped $400,000 in August, according to a report released Friday by the Conference Board of Canada.

The board said all residential property sales in the city hit an average of $404,755 during the month, up from $391,497 a year ago.

The seasonally-adjusted annualized rate of sales also jumped to 22,092 from 18,816 in August 2010.

And the annualized rate for new listings has also increased to 44,940 from 43,536.

The board said the sales to new listings ratio in Calgary increased to 0.466 in August from 0.410 a year ago.

The board also forecasts short-term year-over-year price growth of between five to seven per cent for Calgary.

According to the Calgary Real Estate Board, month-to-date up to and including Thursday, there were 740 single-family MLS sales for an average price of $466,754 and 307 condo sales for an average of $302,460.

For the same period in 2010 up to Sept. 22, there were 682 single-family transactions at an average of $467,486 and 258 condo sales for an average price of $280,790.

Stacked Houses in Germany

Monday, March 8th, 2010

Stacked Houses in Germany

This beautiful modern building, comprised of 12 stacked houses, was built by Herzog & de Meuron for the Vitra Campus in Weil am Rhein, Germany.

The concept of the VitraHaus connects two main themes: the theme of the archetypal house and the theme of stacked volumes. [via, 2, 3]

Vitra House

VitraHaus

VitraHaus in Germany

Stacked Houses

Stacked House Inside

VitraHaus Interior

VitraHaus by Herzog de Meuron

Stacked House Complex

Stacked House

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