Inside Calgary - June 26, 2020

A first for Qualico Communities

Qualico Communities becomes the first residential developer to implement a Stormwater Kidney™ system with its just-opened community of Dawson’s Landing in West Chestermere.

A Stormwater Kidney™ system works by cleansing stormwater, circulating the run-off water through spaces with a diverse ecosystem of plants and aquatic creatures so that nutrients contained in stormwater nourish the living organisms.

“Constantly moving water provides unique visual and sound features while keeping the green spaces well irrigated so that the entire environment remains vibrant and resilient even during drought conditions,” says Clark Piechotta, Associate Director of Development with Qualico Communities.

“Qualico Communities is the first residential developer to implement a Stormwater Kidney™ system thus demonstrating a deep commitment to sustainable stormwater management infrastructure that also provides beautiful and engaging natural spaces for residents to explore,” Piechotta says.

“We are really excited about this community. Not only because it is Qualico’s first community in Chestermere but because it will have some interesting elements,” says Thilo Kaufmann General Manager of Acquisitions and Development with Qualico Communities.

“We will be releasing smaller front garage lots by the pond,” he says, a home type that has never been offered in Chestermere before.

Show homes are now open. Find out more at

Support local stores

COVID-19 really did a number on the economy, and Calgary’s small business have borne the brunt of it. We’d like to show our support to the community by focusing on the mom-and-pop, brick-and-mortar stores that could use some love. This month we focus on Calgary’s independent vinyl record stores. Here are some of our favourites:

Sloth Records | 736B 17th Avenue SW
Sloth is known for its huge selection of metal and punk, but you’ll find everything else here on vinyl, CD and cassette.

Turn It Up! Records & Hi-Fi North | 632 16 Ave NW
You would swear the store goes on forever. Everything a music lover wants or could ever need – including turntables, assorted stereo equipment and supplies – is here.

Melodiya Records | 2523 A 17th Ave SW
Serving Calgary’s vinyl scene before it became cool again, Melodiya has something for everyone, it has a great used section too.

Shane Homes introduces new model in Redstone

Saffron, artist render only

Shane Homes has always been attuned to its buyers, and its latest show home, The Saffron, is a testament to this particular ability.

The 2,600-square-foot The Saffron has four bedrooms and three full bathrooms all upstairs, plus a bonus room. It also has an option to have a bedroom with access to a full bath on the main floor, says Shane Homes area manager, Jeff Luif.

“It will also have a gourmet kitchen and a spice kitchen, as well as a side entrance,” Luif tells Inside Calgary. “Everything that buyers have told us they wanted in their homes here in Redstone, we put it all in The Saffron.”

“The Saffron is very much a multi-generational home, which is really popular in Redstone. About 90 per cent of our market here want a private, side entrance and a developed basement, and the Saffron has the ability to suit all their needs,” he says.

The Saffron starts from the $570,000s and the show home opens on June 27. Go to for more information.

Winners for Foothills Hospital Home Lottery announced

David Pastor of Calgary won the $2.6 million Foothills Hospital Home Lottery grand prize show home in Cranston’s Riverstone, but he says the real winner is the cause the yearly draw supports.

“Don’t get me wrong, winning is fantastic, but the ability to give to such a fantastic cause and have the what-if, if you can buy a dream and at the same time give to a tremendous cause, there is no downside,” he says.

For the past 12 years, Calbridge Homes has topped itself time and again with their twice-a-year lottery home grand prize creations in support of the Calgary Health Trust. This latest is a nearly 6,000-square-foot residential marvel by the Bow River that puts a new spin on riverside estate living.

Brookfield Residential opens next phase of Seton

Brookfield Residential continues to make virtual headway as it opens 13 new show homes in the latest phase of its dynamic new community, Seton.

“We’ve seen just over 2,500 views since May 30th in the web page, and 3,400 views in one,” says Brookfield Residential’s Sophie Gowsell. “As of this week we transitioned content over to We’ve seen a major spike in traffic since the move.”

Brookfield Residential’s homebuilding arm introduced two rear garage and two duplex show homes; Jayman BUILT has two new front garage models; Trico debuts two front garage and two rear garage homes, while Cedaglen Homes opens two front garage homes, as well as the eagerly anticipated rear garage bungalow homes from their M Series (find out more about this in our Cedarglen property profile in this issue).

Did you know?

The iconic Caesar summer cocktail was first mixed in Calgary in 1969 by Walter Chell, the restaurant manager at the former Calgary Inn.


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