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Finding a home with a brighter future Metro
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For Jodi Dirk, buying an apartment-style condo in Cardel Lifestyles’ Cranston Ridge has turned out to be a really bright idea.

Dirk, who works in sales for another Calgary home builder, was already living in the southeast community of Cranston just a few blocks away from the multifamily development, but her home was feeling a bit dated.

“Everything was dark in there,” she says — even the furnishings, which she had chosen at a time when a darker look was in style. “But I got tired of it. I wanted something brighter, so I found this place.”

She saw right away that the main-floor unit had a lot going for it, not the least of which was its location.

“Cranston is great for me,” says the Lethbridge native, who moved to Calgary in 1984 and has always lived in the city’s southern communities. “I’m definitely a south girl — I love the south part of the city.”

Dirk’s other priorities included plenty of natural light and a bright colour scheme, along with a location that made it easy for her and her Yorkshire terrier, Pippi, to get out into nature.

“Being so close to the pathways and river valley is a huge selling feature for these condos for people who like to be active.”

She also wanted a place that was ready for immediate possession. The condo fulfilled just about everything on her wish list, so she moved in last September.

Dirk says her two adult daughters at first warned her she might have trouble downsizing from her previous 1,400-sq.-ft. place to the condo’s 974 sq. ft., but there were no issues — “in fact, I absolutely love it,” she says. “There’s a large storage unit in the basement, and you choose smaller furniture and purge things out of your life that you don’t really need.”

The apartment’s floor plan is thoughtfully designed to create both openness and separated spaces. The u-shaped kitchen with its expanse of white quartz countertop and stainless steel appliances looks out onto a dining area that flows into an inviting sunlit living room.

Flooring transitions from wood to ceramic tile and carpet as one moves from the main area through the two master-sized bedrooms, two bathrooms and laundry room. Dirk loves the high kitchen cupboards, the pantry and pot drawers. “And I like my large deck and the underground heated parking — plus, I don’t ever have to shovel snow or mow lawns.”

Helping to seal the deal was Cardel Lifestyles sales associate Judy-Lynn Lavelle. “I can’t say enough about her,” Dirk says. “She was so good, so patient. Because I’m in new home sales I kind of look for that — especially the honesty part of it — and she’s fantastic.” The follow-up service from Cardel also does not disappoint, she adds.

Dirk is loving the easy access from Cranston to Stoney Trail, Deerfoot Trail and Hwy. 2, and looking forward to the further development and maturing of her corner of southeast Calgary. Future plans call for amenities in adjacent communities that will include movie theatres and more recreation facilities. Nearby shopping is already plentiful.

“We have a great community centre here, great pathways, the South Health Campus is close by, and I work in the south, so the area is perfect for me.

By Miles Durrie, Metro

Modern vibe at Walden Place attracts young buyers Calgary Herald
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Research shows that many homebuyers make the decision to purchase a home within seconds of walking across the threshold. Such was the case for Adam Smith.

He’d been nurturing a nest egg, growing it bit by bit for a few years with the goal of purchasing his first home.

“I’ve been planning this for a while and saving for the down payment,” says the 26-year-old electrician, who moved to Calgary from Newfoundland five years ago.

Smith has worked for several homebuilders in the city, so he has his ear to the ground when it comes to new projects coming on line.

“I’d looked at quite a few condo projects around the city, but nothing really seemed to stand out for me,” he says.

Until he got wind of Walden Place, a new condominium and townhome development in the modernist community of Walden, nestled in Calgary’s deep south.

“I checked out the show suite as soon as it opened and found that nothing else really compared,” he recalls. He already had a solid, positive impression of Cardel Lifestyle’s level of quality, as he had worked on a few of its projects.

But he was really swayed by a few factors like the open kitchen layout — the design emulates the quality and space of the culinary space found in estate home designs and embraces features like an eight-foot-long, quartz-clad island and a full-size pantry.

“It’s not galley-style like most condos. It’s a fully functional house-style kitchen,” he says.

Ease of entertaining and the ability to whip up a meal in a beautiful space was important to Smith, as he often has family in town visiting.

Smith purchased a two-bedroom, two-bathroom, 845-square-foot plan with an open concept, a full pantry and an outdoor terrace. His home features its own fresh air intake, so no sharing of air with his neighbours nor will there be intermingling of cooking smells — that was a big positive.

The space offers thoughtful finishes from quartz countertops to vinyl tile flooring.

The modern esthetic of the project was also a determining factor. Designed by NORR Architects, the project features both condominiums and townhomes elegantly peppered amongst pathways and landscaping on a four-hectare site that frames the south perimeter of Walden.

Hardie concrete board exteriors in a variety of colours, as well as aluminum siding (it emulates cedar — think the feature splashes on Marda Loop infill designs) and flat roofs weave an appealing, contemporary facade.

Walden Place will feature six, four-storey condominium buildings and 40 townhomes. A choice of diverse floor plans ramps up the offerings — there are 12 designs, ranging from a 544-square-foot, one-bedroom plan to two-bedroom and three-bedroom condominium designs. Townhomes are sized generously and feature three-bedrooms, a den and an attached double car garage.

And for Smith, the location was a big plus. He is currently renting in the deep south and really likes it.

“I never go downtown. I like to go out with friends on the weekends to see a movie — it’s all super close.”

His new home at Walden Place is a stone’s throw from Fish Creek Park and from Genstar’s (the developer behind Walden) latest launch of amenity green space, with its soccer fields, baseball diamond, meandering walking paths and a pretty pond.

“This is really the perfect mix when it comes to location,” says Brad Logel, sales and marketing manager for Cardel Lifestyles. “That’s why we chose Walden for the project.”

Literally across the street, on the other side of 210th Avenue S.E. in the area of Legacy, a 28-hectare commercial development is underway and will feature a wide array of shopping choices from coffee shops, to restaurants, grocery outlets and some big box offerings.

“Walden is an established area with all of the green space and the Gates of Walden offering shopping, but buyers will also have the feature development across the road and condo living is convenient living. People living in a condo want to walk to amenities; they want coffee shops close by,” says Logel.

The final factor that really closed the deal for Smith was price.

“I looked at several other projects and nothing had the same price point and with an underground parking stall. No more shovelling or brushing off snow. That’s pretty exciting,” he says.

By Andrea Cox, Calgary Herald

Setting A Standard Of Excellence Business Elite Canada
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In the late 1990s, Cardel Homes customers began providing feedback regarding a desire to help their children as young adults getting started with home ownership. Parents were looking for a more affordable housing solution and one that met the needs of a younger demographic.

Tim Logel, Cardel’s VP at the time, could see an opportunity to listen and venture into the innovative and efficient build form of multi-family housing developments of condominiums and townhomes.

Today, the new partnership between Tim Logel, CEO of Sherjen Developments, and Ryan Ockey, CEO of Cardel Homes, is leading the market in Calgary in both sales and customer satisfaction awards. Launched in 2000, the partnership named Cardel Lifestyles has succeeded in providing signature quality, innovative designs, affordable prices and attractive add-value developments in prime locations.

In real estate it is always about location, and Lifestyles has consistently managed to find the best sites that include amenities like nearby restaurants and grocery stores, parks, schools and major roadways, in order to enhance quality of life. The big bonus to the new idea is that now past clients are buying condos and townhomes for themselves as they move to rightsize their homes and enjoy the carefree lifestyle these homes provide.

Today, the new partnership between Tim Logel, CEO of Sherjen Developments, and Ryan Ockey, CEO of Cardel Homes, is leading the market in Calgary in both sales and customer satisfaction awards. Launched in 2000, the partnership named Cardel Lifestyles has succeeded in providing signature quality, innovative designs, affordable prices and attractive add-value developments in prime locations. In real estate it is always about location, and Lifestyles has consistently managed to find the best sites that include amenities like nearby restaurants and grocery stores, parks, schools and major roadways, in order to enhance quality of life. The big bonus to the new idea is that now past clients are buying condos and townhomes for themselves as they move to rightsize their homes and enjoy the carefree lifestyle these homes provide.

Both Tim and Ryan wanted to carry on an important philosophy: listen to what the customer wants and provide features they were looking for in a home. The feedback provided the basis for the perfect blend of price and product, including carefully designed floor plans, a luxury specification, exceptional architecture and well-built buildings. Our top goal is to exceed customers’ expectations, treat them like we would want to be treated, and provide a stress-free experience of satisfaction.

“Early in my life, my Dad and I built a barn on a cattle farm in Ontario and he instilled in me that we needed to build it right the first time, to do your best, and be passionate about the end result. Today, I try to instill that passion in my team, so we set high standards and goals, we measure how we are doing through customer surveys, and keep an eye on seeking excellence in all we do for the customers,” says Logel.

“In addition, right from the start it was going to be a company effort to build strong relationships, whether working with the City of Calgary, consultants, trade and supplier partners, the Lifestyles team, and of course the customers.”

CALGARY’S LEADING MULTI-FAMILY BUILDER – Over the past five years, the company’s strategy has focused on building and developing an A-team that focused on continuous improvement of all aspects of construction, and action items that supported the customer’s experience. “After years of finding ways to build better with more than 35 apartment buildings and over 60 townhome buildings completed, and 2,300 homes, a higher level of confidence was achieved by the team, and we were motivated by the positive responses from the customers to keep improving,” says Logel.

The Lifestyles team seeks innovation through collaboration with trade and supplier partners, asking how we can work as team to improve. The large volume sales provide volume purchasing power for increased value in luxury standard specifications such as signature craftsman quality kitchens and wide open floor plans with larger windows. A long-term strategy of finding the best materials for the best price, and then putting them into the hands of the best trade partners, sets the company apart from competitors. Cardel Lifestyles has sold and built more multifamily homes in the last 10 years than any other builder.

AWARD-WINNING BUILDER – In 2014 and 2015 Cardel Lifestyles was recognized for exceptional customer service and experience with the Home Owner Mark of Excellence. This award comes from a third party surveying all customers at one month after purchase, one month after you move in, and one year after you move in. Both years, Lifestyles led all multifamily builders in Calgary for best survey results. “Our team was thrilled to win this award, we knew that we were winning an award from the satisfaction levels of our customers,” says Logel. The company also won the New Home Buyers Choice award for top monthly surveys in Calgary multifamily.

Early in 2016 the company received news that it was named one of Canada’s Best Managed Companies for business excellence. The award is the leading business awards program in Canada. Since 1993 companies across Canada have been submitting to a rigorous and independent process for evaluating a company’s management abilities and best practices. It was the first year the company applied for the prestigious award, “and our first time to win an award that was outside the housing industry,” Logel indicates.

“The award is a testament to our team for the constant drive to improve, innovate, and adapt to a changing market. Going the extra mile for the customers has seen exciting results. Our best practices have been validated by business experts. We now have more confidence and I can see that each day in the team,” says Logel. It also means that finding and attracting top talent is now easier.

As Lifestyles develops new multi-family communities in Calgary, and is now active in five including Auburn Bay, Cranston, Walden, Sage Hill and Nolan Hill, the company strives to make a difference by investing in Calgary. Lifestyles is committed to two investment programs, the Calgary Resolve Campaign and the Calgary Women’s Emergency Shelter. The Resolve program has a goal of providing housing for 3,000 vulnerable and homeless Calgarians. Lifestyles has committed to building an apartment building to house 28 of these homeless Calgarians.

For the past five years, Lifestyles has been sponsoring the Calgary Women’s Emergency Shelter, which is supporting victims of family violence. The effort has assisted in the renovation of the shelter, and ongoing support for the more than 14,000 women, children, youth and men who sought support of the shelter’s programs and services in 2015.

LOOKING FORWARD – From the customer who is looking to get started in home ownership, or to the older demographic looking to enjoy the benefits of condominium lifestyles, Cardel Lifestyles is looking forward to designing residences for a wide range of needs and price ranges. Cardel Lifestyles has earned a place among Canada’s top home builders, and will continue to follow best practices that keep them a leader in the housing industry and set standards of home building excellence.

“We work hard, do our best, love what we do, and make every effort to make our developments a special place to live. We will continue to seek our customer’s feedback, improve, and deliver homes we can all be proud of,” summarizes Logel.

A Hope at Large – A Rewarding Season Condo Living
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Armed with a trifecta of recently-presented industry awards, Cardel Lifestyles continues to do what it does best — build and sell condominiums and townhomes.

The company, the multi-family division of industry veteran Cardel Homes, was the recipient of the Home Owner Mark of Excellence Award presented by Customer-Insight; the New Home Buyers Choice Award, given out by the Professional Home Builders Institute; and was named among winners of Canada’s Best Managed Companies Awards presented by Deloitte.

“These awards mean a lot to us,” says company president and co-founder Tim Logel. “They give our team recognition for goals and results achieved and raises our company profile among consumers. It’s quite an honour.”

And what it also means is that the drive to create affordable, high-quality homes in top-drawer communities is just as strong. “We have a lot of work under way,” says Logel. We have five developments at various stages with a total of about 1,200 towns and condos.”

One of those is Walden Place that is going up in the very popular and successful Genstar Development Company community of Walden at 192 Avenue S.E. With a projected buildout date of 2021, Walden Place will have 428 condominium apartments and 40 townhouses. There is already one show home open, but five more will be added next spring.

“In terms of size, it reminds me of our Lighthouse Landing development in Country Hills,” says Logel. Lighthouse, which was a six-year project, was made up of 511 units, of which 307 were apartments. Other projects filling the Cardel Lifestyles plate are:

  • Cranston Ridge, in Brookfield Residential’s Cranston community is made up of 152 units with four condo show suites — with a townhome show home opening this summer. It is currently 60 per cent sold and should be completed in two years.
  • Auburn Walk, in Brookfield’s Auburn Bay, will be finished in the fall of 2017. About 65 per cent of the 176 units split among two buildings have been sold.
  • The last of four buildings in Sage Place, in United Communities development in northwest Calgary, has been launched. With 75 per cent of the units sold, Logel expects work to be wrapped up next summer.
  • Staying in the northwest and with United Communities, Cardel Lifestyles has recently opened new townhouse show homes in its Nolan Park project, but it will be a “couple of years” building out the 123 units in the development,” says Logel.
  • So, there is plenty of work and lots of buyer interest despite the economic slowdown, he adds. “A number of years ago our executive team made a plan that included a detailed focus on improving all aspects of the condo and townhome building process. “The team’s focus was on execution of the plan as we believed our customers would be pleased with the overall results, and was put together with a well thought out customer service plan — and so far it’s been working and results have been very exciting for us,” says Logel.

    By Marty Hope, Condoliving

Cardel Lifestyles named one of Canada’s best managed companies Condo Living
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CARDEL LIFESTYLES was named one of Canada’s Best Managed Companies in 2015 for excellence in business performance. The Best Managed program recognizes Canadian-owned and managed companies with revenues of more than $10 million, demonstrating strategy, capability and commitment to achieve sustainable growth.

Cardel Lifestyles has shown a dedication to providing an exceptional customer experience, which has helped to solidify the company’s position as an industry leader in sales and customer satisfaction. Cardel Lifestyles has built more multi-family homes in the last 10 years than any other builder in Calgary.

“After years of planning, our entire team moved forward with a goal of continuous improvement in all aspects of home building,” says Cardel Lifestyles President and Co-Founder Tim Logel. “With each new victory, a higher level of confidence took hold, along with a clearer view of what sustained excellence looks like.”

The award is a testament to the people at Cardel Lifestyles and their constant drive to innovate and improve processes. It’s also thanks to their experienced consultants, and their trade and supplier partners. This culture of continuous improvement is evident in Cardel Lifestyles’ industryleading build times. Through hard work, dedication and teamwork, the company has averaged less than nine months to complete each of their four-storey wood-frame buildings. This culture has also contributed to some very unique product innovations and award-winning floorplans.

“Best Managed companies are strong in strategy, capability, commitment and financial performance. They are all great Canadian business success stories,” Trending Cardel Lifestyles named one of Canada’s best managed companies says Peter Brown, Partner, Deloitte and Co-Leader, Canada’s Best Managed Companies program.

In addition to its Best Managed Company award, Cardel was also recognized with two additional awards from other organizations in 2015 for providing one of the best overall customer experiences in the province. The New Home Buyers Choice Award and the Home Owner Mark of Excellence are based on customer feedback and are both administered by a third-party survey company. These awards were a major part of Cardel Lifestyles’ corporate strategy in 2015.

Building in many of Calgary’s best master-planned suburban communities with some of North America’s most respected developers, including Brookfield, Genstar and United, has been a key part of Cardel Lifestyles’ success. The ability to operate in five communities has allowed the company grow, offer options to customers and continue as a sales leader, even during times of short supply. Today in Calgary, homebuyers can view 12 Cardel Lifestyles model suites in five locations throughout the city.

Established in 1993, Canada’s Best Managed Companies is one of the country’s leading business awards programs recognizing Canadianowned and managed companies that have implemented world-class business practices and created value in innovative ways. Applicants are evaluated by an independent judging panel on overall business performance, including leadership, strategy, core competencies, crossfunctional collaboration throughout organization and talent.

Winners of the 2015 Canada’s Best Managed Companies award, along with Requalified, Gold Standard, Gold Requalified winners and Platinum Club members, will be honoured at the annual Canada’s Best Managed Companies gala in Toronto on April 12, 2016. On the same date, the Best Managed symposium will address leading-edge business issues that are key to the success of today’s business leaders.

The Best Managed program is sponsored by Deloitte, CIBC, National Post, Smith School of Business and MacKay CEO Forums.

Personal style comes home at Walden Place Calgary Herald
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The location was ideal because most of her friends and family are in south Calgary, including her parents who live in nearby Chaparral. But getting a place of her own became a reality when she looked at the price list.

About 70 per cent of condos at Walden Place are less than $250,000. The new development by Cardel Lifestyles, featuring apartment-style condos and townhomes, opened sales earlier this year. The least expensive condo in the lineup is $149,900, before tax.

She’s been in the rental market for two and a half years, including her current home in Kingsland. Measuring her expenses as a renter against what owning a condo at Walden Place would cost — Vettori liked the value.

“The price range was low compared to what I thought it would be so it seemed like great time to actually buy,” says Vettori, who works for an insurance company at an office in downtown Calgary.

Vettori thought about the resale market but decided that wasn’t for her. Not for her first home, where buying prior to construction,Vettori has the ability to make selections that reflect her personal taste. “I definitely wanted it to be new,” Vettori says. “Being my first place, I wanted to pick out everything.”

She chose the Sundance, which is a 624-square-foot floor plan. This is the least expensive option in a two bedrooms and one bathroom orientation at Walden Place, starting from $174,900, before tax. Vettori says the second bedroom can be used for a roommate, if she choses to have one down the road. But in the meantime, it’ll be bonus closet space.

“I like how at Walden Place, all the floor plans are open-concept,” Vettori says, contrasting it with older units she’s rented, where spaces such as the kitchen were closed off.

There are 11 floor plans at Walden Place that range from 544 to 1,021 square feet. “We have a great choice,” says area manager Brad Logel. “We have at least two different plans for every customer.”

This includes one, two and three bedroom options.

There’s also a townhome component to the development, where there’s a standard plan that measures 1,549 square feet.

“Our plans are very well designed,” Logel says. “We design them with living in mind.”

A full-sized example of what’s available at Walden Place is displayed at its sales centre at 23 Walgrove Cove S.E. Here Cardel Lifestyles has unveiled a show suite in its Palliser floor plan.

Vettori was impressed by the specifications package at Walden Place, noting that kitchens come with quartz counters, stainless steel appliances and cabinets with soft-close doors and drawers. “All of their standards were pretty high-end,” she says.

Appliances include a 30-inch smooth-top range, hood fan, multi-program dishwasher and 21 cubic foot fridge. The cabinets are modern shaker and offered with four pull-handle options.

Also in the kitchen is a chrome single-handle faucet with a pull-out sprayer, double mount stainless steel sink and full-height tile backsplash.

The condos have nine foot ceilings and feature. For flooring, it’s luxury vinyl plank in the entryway, kitchen, laundry space and bathrooms and 38-ounce high-performance carpet with a cushy eight-pound underlay in the bedrooms.

Other benefits include sound attenuation and fresh-air intake.

“Fresh air intake provides a higher quality, healthier way of living,” Logel says. “Air is brought directly inside the condo for each individual homeowner. Not only does it provide fresh air but it also helps keep the home cooler in warmer months and more consistent temperature in the winter months. You also don’t have to breathe in other condo owners’ air.”

The building exterior is another important part of the plan at Walden Place.

“Walden is very modern and appealing, architecturally speaking,” Logel says. “It offers something unique.”

Cardel Lifestyles is following with a development that Logel says will boast a “classic modern look.” It’s done with big windows, James Hardie exterior siding and a heavy duty aluminum that resembles cedar.

Walden is a community by Genstar Development Co. that brings its residents plenty of added value, including green space, connectivity to major city arteries and access to commercial amenities, says Logel.

This includes the Gates of Walden, which includes a Save-on Foods, grocery store, Shoppers Drug Mart, Starbucks, banks, restaurants and a gas station. As Vettori says “pretty much anything you really need.”

By Josh Skapin, Calgary Herald

Setting standard of excellence Financial Post
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How do we begin working with our customers’ children, young adults starting their careers and looking for affordable, high-quality housing? That was the question Tim Logel, then vice-president of Cardel Homes, a leading Calgary single-family homebuilder, was looking to address in the late 1990s. “The demographics had changed and at that time multi-family developments were just starting up in Calgary. It was a good time to diversify.”

In 2000, he became a co-owner of Cardel Lifestyles. Since then, it has set itself apart with high-quality apartment condominium and town-home plans in prime locations, product customization and award-winning customer service. For the last 10 years, Cardel Lifestyles has outperformed the competition in sales.

It is also the most recent winner of both The New Home Buyers Choice Award and the Homeowner Mark of Excellence, two independent award programs.

“Our goal is to exceed customer expectations. That drives every decision we make every day,” says Logel. “I was fortunate at a young age to have worked with my dad raising beef cattle north of Waterloo, Ont. He taught me to do the job right the first time and to be passionate about our work. I try to instil that in my team. We set high standards and support those goals with well-thought-out execution and action items. What are the possibilities if we seek excellence?”

That approach is a hallmark of Cardel Lifestyles and the reason it has become the builder of choice for land developers in Calgary and like-minded contractors and suppliers.

By Mary Teresa Bitti, Financial Post

Generosity of Resolve Campaign celebrated with award Calgary Herald
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Eleven veteran home builders are being lauded for their role in the fight to end homelessness in Calgary.

The builder team behind the Resolve Campaign was recognized at the 2015 Generosity of Spirit Awards, winning the Philanthropic Group Award. These awards are put on by the Association of Fundraising Professionals Calgary and Area Chapter and were presented at a luncheon earlier this month.

Resolve’s builders include Albi Homes, Brookfield Residential, Calbridge Homes, Cardel Lifestyles, Cedarglen Living, Homes by Avi, Hopewell Residential, Jayman Built Group of Companies, Morrison Homes, StreetSide Developments: A Qualico Company, and Shane Homes. The builders were co-nominated by the Resolve Campaign and the Calgary Homeless Foundation.

“It was a nice recognition for a group that has been giving back for a long time,” says Alan Norris, president and CEO of Brookfield and chairman of Calgarians Committed to Change Cabinet for the Resolve Campaign.

The builders have made a $15.4 million pledge to the Calgary Homeless Foundation through the Resolve Campaign and will be the construction managers on a series of apartment buildings. CHF has a lease agreement for each building with a partnering homeless-serving agency. The agency will operate the building and provide support to tenants.

“The home builders have set an example of how individual companies can come together to make a significant impact. It was a gift that set the momentum for the campaign,” says Sheryl Barlage, Resolve’s executive director. “The home builders understand the need for affordable housing in our city and are doing something to see it come to fruition. We are so proud that they are being recognized for their outstanding support.”

Calgary Homeless Foundation president and CEO Diana Krecsy says the builders have gone “above and beyond” in their support.

“We are incredibly grateful for these community leaders who have come together to make a significant difference for Calgarians,” adds Krecsy.

While the initial pledge from the builders was important, Norris says he’s been pleased to see the support that has followed.

“We’ve obviously been raising money throughout the community … we have been very fortunate to receive philanthropy from a number of different individuals and companies throughout the city and beyond,” he says. “The Resolve Campaign has to be a community-wide initiative. That’s the only way that the campaign will be successful. It’s probably one of the most impactful campaigns that the city has seen because of the immediacy of getting people off the streets and into safe and supportive housing.”

A building dubbed Stepping Stone Manor by Cedarglen Living will be the first of the series to complete construction. It’s expected to open in late January or early February. The 30-unit building is at 222 15th Ave S.W., in the city’s Beltline district. A service provider for the project has not yet been announced.

Next in line are developments by Morrison Homes and Streetside Developments.

Morrison Homes is bringing a project called Providence House to Crescent Heights and is expected to open this summer. Streetside’s project, Aurora on the Park in Hillhurst-Sunnyside is slated to open in the fall of 2016.

A development permit has been submitted for Shane Homes’ development in Radisson Heights, which is expected to turn shovels in spring 2016.

By Josh Skapin, Calgary Herald

Living On The Ridge Condoliving
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The townhome has provided many first-time homebuyers and downsizers the best option for living in a spacious, single-familylike home at an affordable price, which is why this product form has sold out almost everywhere in town. And in Cranston, Cardel Lifestyles is releasing what could be the final chance to own a new townhome in this popular southeast community.

With only 15 units, Cardel Lifestyles’ townhomes in Cranston Ridge are extremely limited. And with all the standard features and obvious advantages of its enviable location in the community, it’s likely that they will be very popular, says sales and marketing manager Brad Logel.

After all, Cranston Ridge’s apartment-style condos have been very well received, with their first two buildings all but sold out and the third (of five) more than 50 per cent sold. “We now have something for every buyer… quick possession condos, condos where you can make your own design choices, and now large townhomes,” Logel tells Condo Living.

Cranston Ridge will have a total of 271 units (256 condo apartments and 15 townhouses) on build out. All of the condos and townhomes are designedto maximize the buyers’ enjoyment of their extraordinary location along the southern ridge of Cranston.

But the Cranston Ridge townhomes are of special note. They were designed to provide all the comfort, convenience and style that buyers may not have seen before in Calgary.

These are multi-level townhomes with double driveunder garages that come through in the amount of storage space they provide, and the well-thought-out floor plan that gives a new twist to the open concept layout.

The townhomes are 1,550 square-feet with three- or two-bedroom options with small variations on size and design depending on the unit’s location within the townhome block.

“Our townhomes are accessible from the street, which provides a ton of convenience. Each unit comes with a welcoming front porch, and a developed lower level opposite the double garage that can be turned into a convenient flex room to fit the buyer’s needs,” Logel says. “That lower level can be turned into a game room for the kids, it can fit a full-sized foosball table, be a great place to watch the game, or work as a den/guest room,” he adds. “It’s essentially the size of another bedroom with a large window. It comes with a lot of built-in storage places that can store sports equipment, toys and other essentials. It’s a flexible lifestyles room that can be whatever you need it to be.”

The living area upstairs is quite large and has a very functional flow with an L-shaped kitchen counter with a window over the sink looking out to the deck. “This adds to the sunny outlook of the interior, and not very many townhome designs have this feature,” Logel says.

It is an open-concept design that’s conducive to entertaining with a good-sized island and a roomy pantry, plus nine-foot ceilings in the main floor and developed lower level. Cardel Lifestyles, however, was able to tweak the open-concept plan to give a sense of separation between the kitchen, dining and living rooms.

“People want a large open concept but most prefer a dining area that is next to the kitchen but separated and private from the living room. We have hidden the half bath away from the kitchen. There is a large island, a pantry and a window over the sink that looks out to the covered deck. It’s the perfect main floor plan.”

The townhomes come in either two-master-bedroom or threebedroom plans with an upstairs laundry. “Having this option makes these townhomes attractive to singles looking to bring in roommates to help with the mortgage, or young, growing families along with downsizing couples that want the benefit of a spacious home at an affordable price.”

The Cranston Ridge townhomes start from $349,900 and Logel says that for a limited time, buyers can get $5,000 worth of free upgrades. “They’re the perfect low-maintenance suburban townhome with a spacious double attached garage.”

Currently available apartment-style condos are two bedroom, two baths that range from 897 square-feet all the way up to 1,038 square-feet (plus patio decks). “These are large condos most with kitchens and bathrooms that you would only find in a larger single family house. Many come with mountain views. Once you see our condos at Cranston Ridge, you’ll be sold.”

Their location in Cranston is a big plus. “Cranston is a fully established community, everything you need is already there, including shopping, coffee shops, schools and a huge multi-purpose community hall. Cranston is just minutes from the exciting Seton commercial centre that includes the South Health Campus. The whole area adds a lot of value to your home and quality of life,” Logel says.

Cranston Ridge has five different show suites to view. They are also presently building condos at Auburn Walk and Sage Place along with townhomes at Nolan Park. You can also watch for their next development, Walden Place condos and townhomes that will be coming this February.

Bold and thoughtful designs characterize homes at Cranston Ridge Calgary Herald
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Steps from the action — restaurants, shopping, coffee cafes and schools — Cranston Ridge features a collection of 256 apartment-style condominium homes.

They range from 523 square feet up to 1,038 square feet, along with 15 two-storey townhomes with double attached garages.

“The beauty of this project is that you don’t have to wait for anything. Cranston is an established community with all of the amenities in place,” says Brad Logel, sales and marketing manager for Cardel Lifestyles, the builder behind the project.

And the fact that the project spans the escarpment overlooking Fish Creek Park with hectares of park and pathways that meander down to groves of aspen trees and open fields leading to the banks of the Bow River elevates the bar further.

On the escarpment, the project is nestled between move-up and estate-style homes with a tot-lot on either side.

“It’s all about location,” says Logel, adding that Cranston Ridge builds on Cardel’s success with its first Cranston project — Cranston Place. The company also has projects in Sage Hill, Nolan Hill and Auburn Bay.

Cranston Ridge spans five phases, each a separate four-storey building sheathed in stone and James Hardie siding with attractive batten detailing and a welcoming entrance portico. The project weaves through parks and tot lots with a lovely landscaped space that is slated for a community garden where residents can grow and harvest fresh vegetables.

Two of the phases are complete with a third ready for occupancy in March of 2016. Several floor plans are on display in building one including the popular one bedroom design, the 624-square foot Seton plan and four two-bedroom plans, including the Anniversary, the Ridge, the Fish Creek and the Bow 2.

The Fish Creek 2, a 1,038-square foot, two-bedroom home with an ample-sized den and large terrace features a large kitchen with island. Here there is room to prepare vast feasts for company or to cosy up with friends at the island for a heart-warming chat over a steaming cup of French roast coffee. The design is well thought out and allows for private spaces, as well as open areas to entertain large groups.

The home’s warm and cosy vibe really starts when one first enters the home, where the entranceway leads down a long and elegant hallway with plenty of width. The floors are clad in a wide-plank laminate cork flooring that emulates hand-scraped hardwood.

The design makes a statement, delineating the entrance from the main living spaces. To the left, through a pair of glassed French doors, a large den offers a respite and a quiet space to work from home, pen a letter or enjoy a cup of tea.

A secondary bedroom with an oversized window (it takes up most of the far wall) and a judiciously sized closet, grace the far corner of the home. The room is bright and airy and features a pretty accent wall clothed in dove grey and white striped wallpaper. Adjacent to the bedroom, a four-piece bathroom doubles as both a powder room for guests and the next best thing to an ensuite for the secondary bedroom.

The hallway then spills into the main open-concept living spaces – the large kitchen with its white quartz countertops and island with eating bar and contemporary waterfall edge sparkles in the sunlight. Stainless steel appliances, pendant lighting and a glass tile backsplash add to the effect.

As this is a corner main-floor unit, the main spaces flow with light streaming from every side. Sliding doors from the great room lead to a large outdoor terrace that spills onto green space.

A linear electric fireplace takes centre stage on the great room wall, a sculptural piece of art – the effect of the black fireplace against the light grey walls creates impact.

The master bedroom is of a good size, featuring a walk-through closet with built-in shelving and an ensuite with five-foot shower.

The Fish Creek model features two versions offering the same floor plan concept, but different square footages. The show suite showcases The Fish Creek 2. The Fish Creek 1 offers 992 square feet of living space. Pricing starts at $279,900 plus upgrades and GST. The show suite is $327,900, showcasing close to $30,000 worth of upgrades.

Prices include one titled parking stall. Additional titled stalls are available for purchase.

By Andrea Cox, Calgary Herald

Cardel Lifestyles Award Around Town
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Cardel Lifestyles cemented its reputation as one of Calgary’s top multi-family builders, as it was awarded the 2015 HOME (Home Owner Mark of Excellence) Awards run by research company CustomerInsight™.

The award is earned through the responses of customer surveys on questions about quality of workmanship and delivery, process and customer service, tabulated over a 13-month span.

“Every year, we receive thousands of completed surveys and builder reviews,” says Christian Caswell, president and founder of CustomerInsight™. “With the HOME Awards, we hope to empower new home buyers to confidently select a building partner from a list of homebuilders that have a measurable track record of customer satisfaction, from purchase agreement to possession, and beyond.”

“We also won the New Homebuyer’s Choice Award earlier this year. Both of the awards are based on surveys done by Customer Insight and done for all Alberta New Home Warranty Builders and their new homeowners,” says Cardel Lifestyles’ sales and marketing manager Brad Logel.

In collaboration with the Professional Home Builders Institute (PHBI), Customer- InsightTM surveys all new homeowners registered under the Alberta New Home Warranty Program, one at the time of possession, and then again thirteen months after possession. With over 600 homes builders and 16,000 new possessions annually, the New Home & Builder Reviews measure customer satisfaction in order to monitor industry performance and provide The New Homebuyers Choice AwardsTM to the best new home builders in Alberta.

By Pepper Rodriguez, Around Town

Cardel Lifestyles breaks ground in Auburn Bay Calgary Sun
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The staff of Cardel Lifestyles took some time out from Stampeding to celebrate the ground breaking of the company’s first condo building in its Auburn Walk project.

Located in the southeast community of Auburn Bay, the first building will house 88 units and will add a second building of 88 units in the near future. The sales centre and showsuite are located at 105 Auburn Meadows Dr. S.E.

The company also recently celebrated receiving the The Homeowner Mark of Excellence Award for 2014, presented by Customer-Insight.

“This award is different from our Customer Choice Award, which we won early this year at the SAMs, as it combines the full year of customer experience with respect to the three critical aspects, which are product, process and service performance,” says Brad Logel, sales and marketing manager. “We achieved the highest average for Alberta multi-family builders in the program with an average score of 88 percent.”

“This average is the combination of our one-and 13-month surveys and is the result of a lot of hard work and dedication from our administration, estimating, sales, construction and customer service departments.”

By Myke Thomas, Calgary Sun

Calgary’s first-time home buyers second only to Vancouver in buying newCalgary Herald
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New home builders in Calgary were among the busiest in the country with first-time home buyers over the first three months of 2015, says a study by a Canadian mortgage provider.

Over the first quarter of the year, 31 per cent of first-time home buyers that responded to a survey by Genworth Canada say they purchased through the new home market.

This was tied for second place in the country alongside the rest of Alberta, which includes all respondents in the province living outside of the Calgary area. Vancouver paced this section of the survey with 36 per cent of its respondents going the new home route.

Affordable mortgage rates have helped pave the road for first-time buyers, says Cardel Lifestyles sales and marketing manager Brad Logel. The multi-family developer has projects in Auburn Bay, Cranston, Nolan Hill, Sage Hill and Panorama Hills.

“The first time home buyer has been able to take more time and be more selective in their purchase,” says Logel.

“It’s not as active as last year but there are still new condo and townhome purchasers looking to take advantage of our great offers and the extremely low interest rates. It’s one of the best times ever to purchase and with our strong locations and value we offer — things are pretty good.”

Earlier this year, the Bank of Montreal (BMO) pulled back its five-year fixed term to 2.79 per cent from 2.99 per cent. TD Bank later posted the same rate.

“It’s a long-term investment and while interest rates remain low, they know purchasing now will only benefit them in the future,” says Cody Nixon. He is the area manager for Excel Homes in the Airdrie community of HillCrest, where the builder offers townhomes and front-attached garage homes.

“For first time buyers that have their down payment saved up, previously spoken to a mortgage specialist and have pre-approvals, their timeframe to make a decision to purchase is quite short,” says Nixon. “Others that have come to see us first, take slightly longer but with all the tools and contacts that we have, we are able to lead them through this process much faster so that they don’t miss out on a great opportunity to purchase.”

While price typically steers first-time buyers in where they decide to buy, other factors come into play depending on their stage in life, Nixon says.

“For those getting out of school and starting off their careers, price was a major factor in their purchase to buy,” Nixon adds. “We have also seen a number of current renters who want to get in their first home, but have had steady work for a number of years so items like the floorplan, overall size of the home and even location of the lot or community have been important decisions for them to consider.”

First-time buyers at Cardel Lifestyles’ sales centre have their eye on an attainable price at a location that meets their needs, says Logel.

“At times like this in the market, purchasers will tend to stay away from the B or C locations, instead seeking out the best,” Logel adds. “This works well for us based on the strength of our locations and the master-planned communities they are in.”

From the first quarter of the year, condos accounted for 24 per cent of homes purchased by first-time buyers in Calgary, says the study. This is followed by 20 per cent going to townhomes, four per cent for duplexes and 49 per cent in single-family homes.

The study also showed 62 per cent of all respondents across the country had help from a spouse or partner when making their first home purchase. This was followed by 35 per cent who said they bought on their own and two per cent that got help from their parents.

Along with helping with the down payment, parents are a big part of the home buying process for rookie purchasers in other ways, says Nixon.

“We find that the parents of first time buyers see us on a second or third visit to the show home and help their children by asking questions or raising concerns that they experienced personally, in a previous build,” he adds. “However we have noticed that parents aren’t the sole source that first time buyers turn to. Social media has become instrumental in helping first-time buyers decide to purchase a new home. Referrals from friends or family, or reviews from current purchasers and homeowners hold a lot of weight in what builder they decide to build a new home with.”

Buyers have had their say and Morrison Homes and Cardel Lifestyles came out on top.Calgary Herald
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The veteran builders picked up trophies at the 2015 HOME (Home Owner Mark of Excellence) Awards run by research company CustomerInsight. These awards are earned through the responses of customer surveys on questions about quality of workmanship and delivery, process and customer service, tabulated over a 13-month span.

These surveys are available through email and in a number of languages, including French, Punjabi, Italian, traditional Chinese and Hindi.

“Every year, we receive thousands of completed surveys and builder reviews,” says Christian Caswell, president and founder of CustomerInsight.

“With the HOME Awards, we hope to empower new home buyers to confidently select a building partner from a list of homebuilders that have a measurable track record of customer satisfaction, from purchase agreement to possession, and beyond.”

Cardel Lifestyles was the Gold Winner for multi-family in Alberta and Morrison Homes was the Gold Winner for Calgary. The gold distinction is awarded to the builder with the highest overall score in a category for the year.

“On the heels of being named Calgary’s Builder of the Year for the 12th time in 14 years, this is an incredible honour,” says Sam Hudson, director of marketing for Morrison Homes. “As an organization inspired by our founder’s philosophy of putting customers first, we place the highest value on what our homeowners themselves have to say and are encouraged by their overwhelmingly positive feedback.”

Morrison builds in seven Calgary communities, including Mahogany, Legacy, Auburn Bay and New Brighton in the southeast and Symons Gate, Nolan Hill and EvansRidge on the northwest end.

“In the end, it comes down to the homebuyer-centric values that permeate our entire team and which are deeply imbedded in the fabric of Morrison’s culture,” Hudson says. “Since we have such a long and rich history of building homes in Calgary (over 50 years), our building processes have been refined and improved over time to the point where efficiencies certainly play a role. But we’ve also been able to forge long-lasting and committed relationships with our trade partners and suppliers who know our standards and rise up to level of quality we believe our customers deserve.”

Cardel Lifestyles builds condos and townhomes in master-planned communities including Sage Hill, Nolan Hill, Cranston and Auburn Bay.

“Achieving this level of distinction means a lot to our organization because we worked as a team to obtain these industry leading results. My dad has always told me that in the life of a builder exceeding your customers’ expectations should always be your top goal,” writes Brayden Logel, Cardel Lifestyles’ business development manager in an email. His father Tim Logel is president of the company.

“What makes us different from the competition is that the foundation of our customer philosophy is to treat our customers like we would want to be treated,” adds Brayden. “We also have a detailed customer service plan that is measured and constantly reevaluated based on the customer feedback that we receive through the CustomerInsight surveys. Making the customer experience a central focus of our organization was a key factor in us being this year’s multi-family leader in customer satisfaction and experience.”

Builders with an above average customer satisfaction score are rated certified finalists. There were six certified finalists from Calgary this year, including Sterling Homes, Cedarglen Homes, Baywest Homes, Broadview Homes, Aldebaran Homes and Streetside Homes.

Nolan Park wins hearts of young coupleCalgary Herald
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For a young couple stepping into home ownership, Nolan Hill was love at first sight.

Convenient connectivity, a northwest Calgary location and appreciation for Nolan Hill’s charming Irish theme all factored in for Andy Lam and May Kim Lee, who are both in their 20s.

Lam and Lee bought their first home at stylish townhome development Nolan Park by Cardel Lifestyles. The company also has apartment-style condo projects in Sage Hill, Cranston and Auburn Bay.

“We first visited Nolan two years ago when we weren’t quite ready to purchase a home,” says Lam. “But we instantly fell in love with the community.”

Lee grew up in Hawkwood and Lam’s from Dalhousie, so with family in the northwest, staying in the quadrant was ideal. They also have friends in the northwest and like that they’re familiar with the stores and other amenities nearby.

“The Irish theme, and the homey feeling in Nolan, was the primary reason we looked at building in Nolan,” Lam says. “We looked at building in other areas of the city, including Cochrane, and Nolan was the community that gave us the best sense of the small-town feeling, but within a city, that we’re looking for.”

Nolan Hill is a new community in the city’s scenic Symons Valley corridor by United Communities. Along with neighbouring Sage Hill, the area boasts 76 hectares in green space, parks and environmental reserve.

When it comes to green space, townhomes at Nolan Park get the star treatment. The site is next to a sprawling seven acre park.

“You want to be near amenities,” says Brad Logel, sales and marketing manager for Cardel Lifestyles. “And if you can, you’d love to back on to something. Having a park that’s already there, built, maintained, and something that is going to stay beautiful all the time, where the community is taking care of it, that’s important.”

The development is comprised of 123 townhomes and stretches along Nolancrest Heights N.W. Lee is studying human resources at the University of Calgary and graduates this year. Lam finished school last year and has a job that takes him to the city centre. He says the site has “convenient” proximity to major arteries, such as Stoney, Shaganappi and Sarcee trails.

The couple bought an end unit in the Vista floor plan, which is one of three townhome styles offered at Nolan Park. Before buying, they got a sense for what Cardel Lifestyles could do by exploring show homes at one of its nearby condo developments.

“We could see the build quality and felt comfortable with our purchase,” Lee says.

The Vista has a two-car tandem garage and starts at 1,265 square feet. It has two bedrooms and 2.5 bathrooms. In price, this option starts at $299,900.

“We wanted an open-concept townhome,” Lee says. “There are no walls in the middle, that clears up the space and it will be more suitable in the long-run. Something that we can probably grow with as we move on to the next chapter of our lives,” says Lee.

“I think what we really wanted was a spacious kitchen.”

Kitchens are Nolan Park boast full-height ceramic tile backsplash, an appliance package, double-bowl stainless steel sink and cabinets with soft-close hinges.

Then there’s the Hillcrest with a single-car garage and the Park with a two-car garage. Both have three bedrooms and 2.5 bathrooms.

All three townhome styles have nine-foot ceilings on the main floor. The flooring includes linoleum in the kitchen, bathrooms, laundry room and entryway with 38-ounce carpets and eight-pound underlay elsewhere. They have a high-efficiency furnace and 50-gallon hot water tank.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

AREA: Nolan Hill is a community in northwest Calgary.
DEVELOPER: United Communities.
SALES CENTRE ADDRESS: 355 Nolan Crest Heights N.W.
HOURS: The sales centre is open 2 to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and noon to 5 p.m. on weekends and holidays.

By Josh Skapin, Calgary Herald

Auburn Walk breaks ground in Auburn BayCalgary Herald
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hovels turned for the 176-unit development by Cardel Lifestyles at its prized site on Auburn Meadows Drive S.E. recently.

The development’s first phase was brought on stream in October and is now more than 65 per cent sold out. Auburn Walk offers one- and two-bedroom condos from $149,900, before tax.

First possessions at the development are slated for summer 2016.

hovels turned for the 176-unit development by Cardel Lifestyles at its prized site on Auburn Meadows Drive S.E. recently.

The development’s first phase was brought on stream in October and is now more than 65 per cent sold out. Auburn Walk offers one- and two-bedroom condos from $149,900, before tax.

First possessions at the development are slated for summer 2016.

“We have had really good sales prior to commencing construction and we’re having a flurry of activity as we speak,” says Tim Logel, president of Cardel Lifestyles. “Sixty out of the 88 sold is very positive.”

Auburn Walk has attracted a cross-section of first-time purchasers and down-sizers, or as Logel calls them, “right-sizers.”

Cardel Lifestyles is also in various stages of sales and construction on multi-family projects in Cranston, Nolan Hill, Sage Hill and Panorama Hills.

Logel says amenity-rich locations are a common thread for his company’s developments, and this stretch of land in Auburn Bay is no exception.

“Of all the developments I’ve been involved with, it’s been very rare for me as a developer to see that many add-value things come together through the location,” says Logel of Auburn Walk. “That would be what I’m most excited about.”

Logel counts connectivity with Deerfoot and Stoney Trail along with proximity to commercial amenities at Seton, the South Health Campus and the community’s 17 hectare (43 acre) freshwater lake among the benefits to Auburn Walk’s location.

The development is also within walking distance of a grocery store at a planned market for the community dubbed Auburn Station.

“We designed a very nice, extra wide walkway to the grocery store — it’s literally a three-minute walk to go get your groceries,” Logel says. “Come home, put the car in the underground parkade, go next door, get tonight’s dinner, come back. And if you want to go walk over and see the sunset on the lake — it’s all here.”

By Josh Skapin, Calgary Herald

Photographer: Alex Dorval

New home buyers weigh in on Calgary area’s best buildersCalgary Herald
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There are 17 Calgary area companies up for awards in a competition based on the experience of their customers.

Winners of the second annual New Homebuyers Choice Awards for Calgary area businesses will be announced during a gala event for the Calgary region SAM (Sales and Marketing) Awards at the Telus Convention Centre tonight.

The awards are earned on the strength of weighted responses provided by purchasers who fill out and submit the new home and builder review. This survey is received one month after possession by all buyers with homes enrolled in the Alberta New Home Warranty program.

The review is managed by research firm CustomerInsight for the Professional Home Builders Institute. It’s offered in a variety of languages, including French, Hindi, Punjabi, Mandarin and Italian.

“This program is based 100 per cent on the voice of the customer,” says CustomerInsight president Christian Caswell. “This is the only program of its kind and mandatory for all builder members of Alberta New Home Warranty. Builders must enrol each home through this program.”

Three Calgary companies have two finalists each in this year’s competition. Morrison Homes is in the running for the category for single-family home builders with 150 or more possessions last year. The company’s multi-family division also placed in the multi-family category for 50 to 149 possessions.

“Customer satisfaction is a primary focus for us at Morrison Homes,” says Jason Ager, Morrison’s chief operations officer. “We value this recognition over other awards because it comes straight from our customers.”

Cardel Lifestyles and Jayman Built are the other companies with multiple contenders for awards. The builder’s submissions for Cranston Place and Panorama West joined Morrison on the short-list in the multi-family category for 50 to 149 possessions.

“Customer satisfaction and exceeding our customer’s expectations is a critical element of our corporate strategy,” says Brayden Logel, business development and customer service manager for Cardel Lifestyles. “From the minute that we meet the customer until that last day, whether it’s at the one year mark or a little bit after their warranty is over and still after that. It’s a huge part of a culture and we put a lot of focus on treating our customers as we’d like to be treated.”

Jayman Built’s Innovations by Jayman and Jayman MasterBuilt divisions are both in the hunt for top spot in category of single-family builders with 150 or more possessions.

The review asks home buyers about topics related to service, process and the quality of their home, says Caswell, adding these questions are relevant for builders of all types and volume sizes.

Last year marked the program’s highest response rates, to date, with an average of 71 per cent across Alberta. Award winners from Edmonton will be announced at the Edmonton Awards of Excellence in Housing April 25.

By Josh Skapin, Calgary Herald

Cardel Lifestyles Wins New Homebuyers Choice Award – Thanks to our customers for making us #1Press Release
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Apr 22, 2015 – CALGARY, AB – On Saturday, April 18, 2015, Cardel Lifestyles’ Panorama West development was awarded with a New Homebuyers Choice Award in the category of 50-149 Possessions, Multi-Family. The New Homebuyers Choice Awards are held in conjunction with CustomerInsight and the Professional Home Builders Institute and were presented at this year’s SAM Awards.

As the 2015 Winner, Cardel Lifestyles had the highest Overall Experience score of any builder in Alberta.

The New Homebuyers Choice Awards are based entirely on customer reviews collected by CustomerInsight, an independent customer research organization. Reviews are collected for all 615 builders registered under the Alberta New Home Warranty Program.

The construction of condominium buildings including common areas can be challenging scope of work in comparison to other build forms such as singles, semis and townhomes. Cardel Lifestyles’ award for its Panorama West condo development is a testament to the company’s expertise, across the board.

Cardel Lifestyles sends a huge thank-you to our customers for making us #1.

Cardel Lifestyles Wins New Homebuyers Choice Award – Thanks to our customers for making us #1Press Release

April 13, 2015 – Calgary, AB – Cardel Lifestyles is proud to announce that two of its condo developments – Cranston Place and Panorama West – are finalists for a New Homebuyers Choice Award. Cardel Lifestyles is the only builder to be a two-time finalist in the category of 50-149 Possessions | Multi-Family.

The New Homebuyers Choice Awards are based entirely on customer reviews collected by CustomerInsight, an independent customer research organization. Reviews are collected for all 615 builders registered under the Alberta New Home Warranty Program.

Results will be announced at Calgary’s SAM Awards, presented by the Canadian Home Builders’ Association on April 18, 2015.

Show suites open in Cranston RidgeCalgary Herald
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Condo buyers have five new reasons to visit the southeast community of Cranston.

Seasoned condo developer Cardel Lifestyles opens new show suites at Cranston Ridge today.

At build out, the development will have 271 units with prices ranging from $209,900 to $303,900, before upgrades and tax.

The show suites are the one-bedroom, 624-square-foot Seton and two-bedroom plans called the Anniversary, Ridge, Bow 2 and Fish Creek 2. The largest of the two bedroom show suites is the 1,038-square-foot Fish Creek 2, which comes with a den.

“We have condos that are extremely livable,” says Brad Logel, sales and marketing manager for Cardel Lifestyles. The company also has projects in Auburn Bay and Sage Hill that are in various stages of development.

Condos at Cranston Ridge feature nine-foot ceilings, carpet with an eight-pound underlay, four-inch baseboards, an appliance package, including a multi-program dishwasher and stackable high-efficiency front-load washer and dryer.

Cranston Ridge is the follow-up to the developer’s previous condo project in Cranston dubbed Cranston Place. Located at 522 Cranford Drive S.E, Cranston Ridge will be comprised of five condo buildings and two blocks of townhomes.

In the first three buildings, 88 of the units have been sold. There are quick possessions available in the first two buildings, says Logel. The building exteriors feature James Hardie Board and stone.

“Our homeowners love the convenient and quiet location, the plans, and the ability to customize with many different options,” Logel adds. “Our plans are not typical for most condo builders. You have kitchens and bathrooms that are more like a single-family home or townhome.”

Logel notes, while the development has drawn a mix of demographics, many buyers at the development are either young professionals working in the south end of the city or down-sizers.

“It’s everything you want in a condo development,” says Logel. “You can walk the Ridge Pathway, walk to Fish Creek (Provincial) Park. It has an estate neighbourhood feel with all the luxury homes nearby. You get the benefit of an established master planned community with easy access to everything.”

The sales centre for Cranston Ridge is open 2 to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday and noon to 5 p.m. on weekends and holidays.

By Josh Skapin, Calgary Herald

Calgary Resolve campaign helping those in need of affordable housingCalgary Herald
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A battle with mental illness almost put the 55-year-old Patrick on the city’s streets a few years ago, which would have left him in the same uncertain situation as about 3,500 Calgarians who seek comfort and shelter each day.

Patrick, who pays monthly rent of less than $500, has been at the Bob Ward Residence, run by Horizon Housing, for almost five years.

“It’s a place where I can feel safe,” he says. “It’s a place where I can get away from the world if I’m having a bad day. It’s a comfortable place where I have a bed that I know I can sleep in every night.

“I don’t have to worry about whether I’m going to get into a shelter. That stress is taken off. I have a place for my possessions and things I hold dear to my heart,” says Patrick, who lives off a disability pension and other government funding.

“I’m so lucky that I can afford it,” he adds. “That’s the main thing. I can afford this.”

People like Patrick will find more places to call home in the future thanks to an ambitious local capital campaign called Resolve, which is raising money to provide new affordable housing in the city for the current homeless population. Two projects are being planned near the Bob Ward Residence, which is a building owned and managed by Horizon Housing Society for tenants with mental health challenges, physical disabilities and people living below the poverty line.

“It’s pretty amazing,” says Patrick. “I am one of the fortunate ones. With Resolve, they’re going to make it so that people can have the same gift, the same blessing that I have . . . It’s clean and safe and it’s affordable.”

Patrick hasn’t personally benefited from the Resolve campaign but speaks passionately about it and the impact it will have on the city.

Resolve is a capital campaign aimed at finding affordable housing solutions for people who are homeless. Its target is to raise $120 million. Right now, it’s about a third of the way to reaching that goal.

Alan Norris, chairman of the Resolve campaign, said the genesis for the initiative occurred about two years ago and is effectively the capital component of the city’s 10 Year Plan to End Homelessness.

“I looked at the issues these individuals face. They need a hand up, somewhat,” says Norris. “I also looked at the business case. . . We were spending as a province, and as a city, more and more money every single year to maintain people in a homeless state.

“More and more money was being spent through the justice system, through police, through hospitals, EMS, you name it,” notes Norris. “And the situation was just getting worse and worse. So, you were spending more and more money every year to be a worse state. That just seemed totally illogical to me.”

Getting a roof over the heads of the homeless just seemed like the right thing to do on many levels.

“It’s a broad issue,” says Norris. “We’re trying to get the entire city behind us — all Calgarians — from a corporate point of view, a family point of view, (and) a philanthropic point of view. We think (this) is one of the most impactful fundraisers and people will notice the difference if we can accomplish this.”

On Tuesday, the Community Summit, hosted by the Calgary Homeless Foundation, will launch the updated plan to end homelessness in the city.

Eleven homebuilders in Calgary have stepped up to support the Resolve campaign, with a contribution of $1.4 million each for a total of $15.4 million. The builders who have contributed to the campaign, so far, are: Albi Homes, Brookfield Residential, Calbridge Homes, Cardel Lifestyles, Cedarglen Living, Homes by Avi, Hopewell Residential, Jayman Group of Companies, Morrison Homes, Qualico and Shane Homes.

Many Resolve partners have also received funding from the Government of Alberta. There are nine agencies partnering with the campaign — Accessible Housing, Bishop O’Byrne Housing, Calgary Alpha House Society, Calgary Homeless Foundation, Calgary John Howard Society, Horizon Housing Society, Silvera for Seniors, Trinity Place Foundation of Alberta and The Mustard Seed.

Each of Resolve’s nine partners meets a particular need within the community.

To date, the campaign has raised enough money to provide 915 individuals with a safe and affordable rental home. The funds raised and distributed through Resolve are used in a myriad of ways, such as paying off mortgages, building projects and purchasing land. Resolve tenants pay rent geared to their income, with rent being much lower than market value.

Currently, there are 42 buildings Resolve is supporting in various stages of development, totalling 1,763 units.

Those battling homelessness also hope the rental market will loosen a bit in the coming months, which will also in the battle against this issue.

“We still have incredible tightness throughout the whole homeownership spectrum,” says Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi. “Prices to buy a home have gone up so people are renting longer. Because they’re renting longer, the rents are going up, meaning that people who should be working and should be able to pay market (value) are finding it difficult to find things they can afford.

“They’re seeking affordable housing or subsidized housing and that means that folks who are homeless are having a lot of difficulty getting out of the shelters,” Nenshi adds.

He notes the city needs to build more entry-level rental housing and more subsidized housing.

“The Resolve campaign is a really, really good example of getting some of that non-profit or that affordable or subsidized housing . . . built. They’re doing a terrific job and the city is also a very happy and willing partner to get them building quickly,” explains Nenshi.

A lack of affordable housing makes it difficult for people moving to Calgary for work to be able to live here.

“The number one reason that people are concerned about coming to Calgary is not the weather; it’s ‘will I be able to afford to live there,'” says Nenshi. “We have to ensure that if we continue to attract business here, the people who work for those businesses, have somewhere to live.

“I believe, fundamentally, that everyone deserves a life with dignity and that life with dignity means having a decent place to live,” he adds. ” We have to ensure we’re doing all we can to make sure that everyone — (including) working people (and) people who are unable to work because of health, or mental health issues — still has a dignified place to live.”

The Great Cities report by the Calgary Chamber of Commerce notes that half of the homeless people in Calgary are employed but cannot afford to house themselves.

“The greatest barrier to eliminating homelessness in Calgary is the housing crisis and lack of access to affordable housing,” according to the report. “Cities that lack affordable housing find it difficult to attract and retain labour in certain fields such as education and law enforcement.

“Affordable housing boosts economic development by providing the labour force with reliable homes and increasing people’s disposable income, meaning households spend less of their monthly income on housing costs and more on goods and services that support the local economy,” the report says.

Adam Legge, president and chief executive of the Calgary Chamber of Commerce, notes there are many different business arguments for ending homelessness, with one of them being the efficiency of public dollars.

“It’s been proven that it costs more to have someone homeless over their lifetime than it does to get them into stable housing, because they’re typically able to deal better with continued employment and health and wellness,” says Legge.

“You actually create greater opportunities for employment when people have a stable address, a stable home,” he says. “They’re able to be more resilient and enter into the workforce in a more stable way. So, that supports businesses in terms of their needing more labour. You have a greater ability to grow the labour pool.”

Jay Westman — chairman and chief executive of Jayman MasterBUILT, who is also on the cabinet team of the Resolve campaign — notes that getting the keys to homes into the hands of homeless people is vital in ending the societal problem.

“This is really getting into systemic change,” he says. “And we’re talking about a campaign with infrastructure . . . We have the talent and the resources to handle all the various things in dealing with social affordable housing. What I’m very encouraged by is . . . the building industry (has) stepped up here at $15.4 million. That was the initial commitment and that is basically 330 keys to doors in itself.

“If we show North America that this city of Calgary can do this, I believe it will spread to all the other cities around North America,” Westman says. “I believe we can solve this . . . I just can’t get more excited that we can really make a difference in the community. This is just the most compelling campaign I’ve ever been involved in.”

Diana Krecsy, president and chief executive of the Calgary Homeless Foundation, said the Resolve campaign is critical in ending homelessness in the city.

“We have a need for affordable housing and we have a need to get community involved in owning the issue of solving homelessness,” she says. “Resolve is right there. They’re building (and) raising funds for affordable housing . . .They’re showing community leadership, innovation and ownership of the issue. . . Because of that campaign, we’ll be able to house 3,000 vulnerable Calgarians in the next four years.

“We’re absolutely moving in the right direction,” she concludes. This type of project has “never been done in Canada. Nine not-for-profits working together, fundraising together . . . This is the first of its kind in Canada.”

By Mario Toneguzzi, Calgary Herald

Cardel’s condo complex boasts intelligent use of spaceCalgary Herald
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Marie-Claire Williams’ days are spent brainstorming the best way to enhance the look and feel of spaces for a Calgary renovation company. She’s a sales and design consultant for Cardel Renovations and recently took that discerning eye to the new home and condo market, as she set out to find the right fit for her own housing needs.

“I look at floor plans every day,” Williams says. “Spacially, I know what works and what doesn’t work, just by looking at a plan. (That’s) a really great thing, but it also makes you really picky when trying to find a house for yourself.”

Williams found what she was looking for at Cranston Ridge, a condo development by Cardel Lifestyles in the southeast community of Cranston. She picked a floorplan with two bedrooms and two bathrooms that measures about 900 square feet and is dubbed the Cranston.

“It’s a really good size,” Williams says. “For me, it really worked.

“It’s a beautiful layout. I love that you walk into this beautiful, bright kitchen and you’ve got your living area centrally located, so it gives more of an open-concept-type feel for a condo, which makes it feel a little bit bigger.”

Going the two-bedroom route made sense from a number of angles. For now, the secondary bedroom will serve as a guest room.

“I’ve got friends and family that can come and stay,” she says. “From an investment standpoint, down the road, if I do decide to rent it out it’s easier to rent out a two-bedroom condo.”

Condos at Cranston Ridge are offered in four interior colour packages. Standard features include nine-foot ceilings, kitchens with an appliance package, a full-height backsplash, double stainless-steel sink and chrome single-handle faucet. The windows are low-e, where “e” stands for emissivity, a measure of energy loss. The carpet has an eight-pound underlay and there’s linoleum in the kitchen, laundry room, bathrooms and entry.

“As a designer, I have pretty high standards, for sure,” Williams says. “When I went in and saw what all my options were, I was going over in my mind how I could customize it in a way that would be perfectly me. An hour later, I was setting up a time for a purchase agreement. So I was definitely impressed.”

Cranston Ridge is located between two park areas and is across from a pathway that leads to Fish Creek Provincial Park. Its third building, consisting of 56 units, is expected to launch sales this fall. There are five buildings in total. The third building is slated to offer pricing on two-bedroom condos ranging from $209,900 to $339,900, before tax. Some of these units have views of the Rocky Mountains says Brad Logel, sales and marketing manager. “Cranston is pretty much fully developed,” Logel adds. “It’s got the schools, the shopping, the community association.”

Settling into an already-established community was “appealing as a homebuyer,” Williams says.

Her new place is in the first building and she’s slated to take possession in January.

“I wasn’t set on buying, so I was looking to keep my options open,” Williams says. “I just thought I would stop by the sales centre and the location obviously was fantastic.”

Cranston Ridge sells out of a sales centre at 302 Cranston Road S.E. The community is master-planned by Brookfield Residential and boasts a wide range of housing options, including various multi-family options, starter homes, move-up homes and estate homes.

Cranston Ridge is Cardel Lifestyles’ second development in the community. Its first was Cranston Place, which at press time, was 97 per cent sold out. Cardel Lifestyles also has developments in various stages of sales in Sage Hill and Panorama Hills in northwest Calgary.

By Josh Skapin, Calgary Herald

Auburn Walk condos offer single-family styleCalgary Herald
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Cardel Lifestyles launches sales today of a new development in Auburn Bay, and it promises to be like a walk in the park for those who will live there.

Auburn Walk will feature a pair of four-storey condominium apartment-style buildings with 88 units in each. Homes will be one- and two-bedroom condos ranging in size from 544 square feet to 1,018 square feet.

The name, Auburn Walk, derives from its walkability, says Brad Logel, sales and marketing manager for Cardel Lifestyles. The development is next to a commercial area and just a short jaunt from Auburn Lake in this master-planned community by Brookfield Residential. Auburn Walk is also transit-oriented, with access to rapid transit to downtown, and eventually the CTrain.


Today is the grand opening of the sales centre, which features a purpose-built show suite.

“We don’t have to wait for the first building to be built” to experience a show suite, says Logel. The sales centre is just under 900 square feet and features a two-bedroom, two-bath show suite.

Auburn Walk’s first building features 11 different floor plans, and the second building has 12 floor plans.

“I love having a building that offers choice. With an 88-unit building, it’s not too big, but it gives you many types of plans to offer. There are many different types of purchasers,” Logel says.

For those who love the expansive feel of a long kitchen island, the corner units have just the item: an island stretching eight-foot, five-and-a half inches long. “For a condo, that’s pretty cool,” says Logel.

The main floor units and the top floor units will have nine-foot ceilings. The third and fourth floors offer strong view potential, either toward the downtown skyline or to the mountains.

“We believe we have condos that are much more like a single-family home than a condo. Our show suite has a really good-sized island, where you can fit three really good-sized stools and have room in between,” says Logel.

Most condo-style apartments offer a U-shaped kitchen with an attached eating bar. At Auburn Walk, however, many floor plans offer islands, which results in excellent flow through the area.

“We have real-sized kitchens,” says Logel, to fit all of those kitchen items, both daily and special use, that one begins to collect as time goes on — the blender, the larger toaster, the Kitchen Aid mixer, the fondue pot. “The show home has a walk-in pantry.”

A wall-oven package option is available, to free up the space around the hood fan to give better presentation to the cooking space above the range.

The exterior of the building is an attractive combination of wide decks, defined columns and peaked roof details.

“Our building is designed a little different. What we have is a modern, urban condo building that meets Muskoka,” says Logel, who was originally from Ontario, and moved to Alberta in the mid-1990s.

“We understand Muskoka, and drew on inspiration from various lodges. But we wanted to make sure that it didn’t look out of place. The development will be built in 2015 and 2016, so we wanted something that had a bit of the modern and timeless feel, while being true to the lake community.”

Helping create that relaxed, outdoor living space feeling are extended patio decks on most units on the first and second floors, stretching the width of each condo.

“With one of our condos the patio deck is 240 sq ft. In anothercondo the patio deck is over 34 feet long,” Logel says.

The show suite will demonstrate a patio in this style, to give a feeling of its spaciousness.

The sales centre is located at 105 Auburn Meadows Dr. S.E. The grand opening runs today from noon to 5 p.m. Starting prices range from $179,900 to $349,900, plus GST. Estimated condo fees for a 900-square-foot unit will be in the $325 to $330 per month range.

“We believe it’s one of our best locations,” says Logel.

By Claire Young, Calgary Herald

Cardel Lifestyles to launch two projectsCalgary Herald
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Whether their days are spent on a construction site, in a show home or the head office, young people are thriving in Calgary’s homebuilding and land development industries.

The developer behind several popular condo complexes in northwest and southeast Calgary have new projects planned for both quadrants this September.

Cardel Lifestyles will launch Auburn Walk in the community of Auburn Bay and Nolan Park in Nolan Hill. The company is now taking registration for people seeking more information on these developments on its website cardellifestyles.com.


Auburn Walk is a 176-unit development in a prized location, says marketing manager Brad Logel.

“The reason we called it Auburn Walk is you can walk to everything,” Logel says.

“It’s difficult to have any one site check off every single one of them that we’re looking for but this one does it. It’s a 10-out-of-10.”

The appeal of the site starts with what’s planned for next door — a shopping centre dubbed Auburn Station, says Logel. And next door to the shopping centre there are convenient transit connections. “For that level of convenience and people’s ability to connect and travel — that’s pretty sweet,” Logel says. He adds, the man-made lake in Auburn Bay is another key amenity near the site.

Auburn Walk’s exterior architecture was inspired by hotel lodges in the Muskoka area, says Logel. He adds, the builder also tipped its hat to the Ontario lake community when naming the project’s floor plans.

“We have a number of new plans that we think are amazing. I mean, knock it out of the park plans,” says Logel, adding they come with large patios.

Cardel Lifestyles is currently selling in two southeast Calgary projects, both in the nearby community of Cranston. The first of the two is Cranston Place and the newer development is Cranston Ridge. On the northwest end, the developer has a few units remaining at Panorama West and is selling in the second building at Sage Place in Sage Hill.

Nolan Park will boast Hardie Board siding and be comprised of 122 townhomes in three models that come with single, double and tandem garages.

“Northwest Calgary has always been an area in high demand for where people want to live,” says Logel, adding townhomes are often “snapped up” quickly.

In Nolan Hill, he says “there’s rolling hills and lots of open space.”

“We have townhomes and a big (seven-hectare) park that you back on to and we’re nestled in with move-up homes,” adds Logel.

By Josh Skapin, Calgary Herald

Fresh faces are taking Calgary’s homebuilding, development industry into the futureCalgary Herald
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Whether their days are spent on a construction site, in a show home or the head office, young people are thriving in Calgary’s homebuilding and land development industries.

There’s an increasing number of company leaders and rising stars in their 20s and 30s in the residential business. Here are some of the up-and-comers in home building and development.

Ian Macdonald
Tuxedos and trophies are nothing new for Ian Macdonald.

His work at luxury community Watermark at Bearspaw has made the 31-year-old a housing industry award staple. This includes an appearance at the National Canadian Home Builders’ Association SAM (Sales and Marketing) Awards this year in Whistler B.C., where he collected the Community Development Award, a trophy Watermark’s developer Macdonald Development Corp. won for the second time in two years.

“I don’t think you can top that one. It’s the Oscars of our industry,” says Macdonald, director of sales and marketing.

He adds, the award belongs to Watermark’s residents, who bought into the vision for the community.

While some assume Ian Macdonald with Macdonald Development Corp. must mean a family tie, the shared name is only a coincidence. Ian’s father owned and operated home building supply stores and window and door companies across the Okanagan.

After university, Ian’s first job was at Macdonald Development Corp.’s Kelowna B.C. project, Highpointe. Here, he sold his most expensive piece of property at $1-million and keeps a photo in a light box to commemorate the milestone.

“The light box is still in my dining room to this day,” he says.

Macdonald’s interest in the residential business comes from the connections he has built through the process of helping people find the right fit for their new home.

“You can talk about all the other details to developing approvals, architecture, amenities, all these facets but at the end of the day, it’s families,” Ian says. “I am so fortunate because there are families where year-after-year I am invited to Thanksgiving dinner to spend with their family. Every Easter, I am at one family’s house in the community. My family’s home back in the Okanagan, I’m bringing purchasers out and introducing them to my parents and that has been a real joy.”

Nicole Westman-Jones
Nicole Westman-Jones found the career she wanted in an industry she has known her entire life. The 30-year-old has long seen herself in marketing and, “real estate kept following me everywhere I was going,” says Westman-Jones.

She’s the marketing manager for Tamani Communities, part of Jayman Group of Companies. This land development company is behind master-planned communities such as Riversong and Riviera in Cochrane.

“It was always a topic of conversation,” says Westman-Jones of her exposure to the home building industry growing up. Her father is Jay Westman, co-founder and chair of Jayman MasterBuilt.

Westman-Jones says many weekends were spent touring show homes.

“My brother and I would do a few — then we’d get bored,” adds Westman-Jones, laughing. “My dad would bribe us with Slurpees.”

But the interest in show home parades and alike came later. She says there’s a lot to like about marketing communities.

“To me, I get to see the outcome of my marketing,” says Westman-Jones. “I get to watch our traffic and sales go up and typically that happens shortly after I do a marketing campaign, so I get the quick results in my position.”

After that, she enjoys watching the community take shape.

“We did the new phase in Riviera and it was really interesting to see the branding and signage we created and finally when it was done for the opening it was really awesome to drive down the hill and just see it all come together.”

Nicole and her brother Matthew Westman are part of Jayman’s board of directors. They’re part of a 10-year education and training plan to help be of value to the board, says Westman-Jones.

“I have always enjoyed continuous education and I take a few evening classes a year for continuous knowledge,” Westman-Jones add. “It is important to me to see Jayman continue as a family business and I would like to see my future kids and my brother’s kids run the business one day.”

Brayden Logel
brayden-logel-buyersweighin Brayden Logel has worked as a labourer, in sales, and now he’s in the front office for one of the city’s major multi-family developers. Logel is a business development manager for Cardel Lifestyles, where he says innovation and analysis are big parts of the role. Cardel Lifestyles’ current projects include Sage Place, Cranston Ridge, Cranston Place and Panorama West.

“I enjoy business in general and will read the business section front-to-back,” says Logel,

His father Tim Logel is head of Cardel Lifestyles and uncle Brad Logel is sales and marketing manager, while another uncle Bryan Logel is also in the multi-family development business.

“It was always a dinner table conversation and continues to be, despite what my mom would want us to talk about,” says Brayden, laughing.

Brayden’s first job was as a labourer at Cardel’s 2002 complex Panamount Place at age 14 and was later an assistant site supervisor at the developer’s Lighthouse Landing project.

“The people who I graduated university with … a lot went into oil and gas,” says Brayden, 25.

“I always found building a multi-family development really interesting because you’re creating something tangible — while with oil and gas, it’s a continuous process. With multi-family construction you can go back five, 10, 15 years and look at — I was part of providing this excellent value product to 400 people, or whatever it might be.”

Recently, Brayden was with a new sales person in northwest Calgary, who remarked it seemed they had done a number of projects in the area.

“We drove around Lighthouse, Panamount, the townhomes I first started selling in with Brad (Logel) way back when and it brings back a lot of memories. A lot of experiences you’ve had with family and the customers you’ve helped,” adds Brayden.

Jared Goldade
Construction sites and crafting communities won Jared Goldade’s heart at an early age.

“My mom and dad built houses when I was growing up,” says Goldade, development manager with WestCreek Developments. His parents would build new homes for the family to live in and his father was a leader in the city’s land development business.

“I remember being so enthralled with construction and building something. I was young and that was the coolest thing growing up.”

WestCreek is the company behind the master-planned community Legacy in southeast Calgary and Timberline Estates on the southwest side. Goldade worked as an engineer before moving over to WestCreek.

“This is the biggest investment of people’s lives and being able to be a part of that for so many people,” says Goldade, 26. “To look at a piece of land and say this is somewhere people are going to move, raise their family and live, for a lot of cases, 20, 30, 40 years. That’s where the interest is for me.”

He also likes the decisions that go into a new community. For Goldade, some of the most enjoyable moments in his job are figuring out the details.

“Every day, like every business, we face problems. We face little hurdles to get over and it’s the problem-solving, thinking of solutions — how can we do that different, better, that’s part of the fun,” says Goldade. He connects the interest to his childhood when he and his family would sit around the table and play games and puzzles.

“There are so many little intricacies that I love about this business,” adds Goldade.

Nicholas Hon
At age 31, not many people run their own company — let alone one responsible for the two tallest residential towers in a major city.

That feat belongs to Nicholas Hon. His firm, Hon Towers, has a two-building project called The Guardian. They’re 44 storeys and 146 metres each, breaking the record for tallest in Calgary.

Nicholas is no stranger to the home building business. His family owns veteran Calgary home building company Jager Homes.

“I’ve been fortunate to have grown up around the construction industry, and had the chance to learn from a few of its leaders,” says Nicholas. “I’ve tried to glean as much wisdom and practical knowledge from them as I could, and apply it to my own projects. In a way, I owe my success to them for helping me avoid many of the pitfalls.”

Hon says one of the favourite parts of his job is working with experts in their respective fields, including architects and engineers, adding, “there’s no way one person can know it all.”

Hon’s personal interest in creating homes is based around planning a space.

“I’ve seen buildings that have angles, slants and awkwardly-shaped rooms to help the exterior architecture be more interesting, but it always ends up creating a lot of wasted space because you just can’t furnish it,” he adds.

“So I ended up spending a lot of time on the layout and getting the dimensions right, as this will impact whoever is in that space for the next 50-plus years.”

During the economic downturn, a number of large developers stepped away from the market, opening the door for smaller companies such as Hon Towers.

“It was not until I found the site for The Guardian that I realized that I would actually be building a highrise,” Hon notes. “As we took over the project it had become my baby. I started obsessing over the details, and when it became hard to focus on anything else, I realized this was the business I wanted to be apart of.”

By Josh Skapin, Calgary Herald

Spice up your life at Sage PlaceCalgary Herald
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Step inside the Panorama and the warmth and livability of this two-bedroom, two-bathroom unit is immediately felt.

A closet to the left provides a handy place for stowing a jacket, while the adjacent home office niche is just the place to drop off a computer bag.

The Panorama is one of seven floor plans available in Sage Place, a new condo project by Cardel Lifestyles in the northwest community of Sage Hill.

Just beyond the closet and office is the laundry room, with space for storage that’s tucked out of the way.

To the right of the front door, the Panorama offers a spacious U-shaped kitchen with plenty of cupboard space behind light-coloured, five-panel doors with wide, brushed-metal handles.

White subway tiles — with an accent thread of smaller, earth-toned tiles — create a clean, bright backsplash for the well-lit space.

The peninsula provides room for the double-undermount, stainless-steel sink. An extended ledge offers two spots for casual dining, or a place for guests to sit and chat while the host works in the kitchen.

There is plenty of space for a proper dining table, with seating for four or six near the kitchen.

The kitchen is open to the centrally located great room — a comfortable place to lounge while watching a movie or visiting with friends.

The great room is bright, too, thanks to natural light flowing in from sliding glass patio doors.

The upper-floor Panorama units have a 67-square-foot covered exterior patio, providing enough space for a barbecue and furniture to enjoy warm weather. A gas barbecue line is an available extra.

The main-floor Panorama units have extra patio space, totalling 169 square feet, with views from the bedroom windows.

The two bedrooms are located on either side of the great room. The secondary bedroom is next to the main bathroom.

The master bedroom is a bright room, with enough space for an extra set of drawers or a chair, along with a bed and side tables.

The walk-in closet is located along a short hall to the ensuite, which has a single vanity and shower.

Sage Place offers seven of Cardel Lifestyles’ familiar and popular floor plans: Edgemont, Tuscany, MacEwan, 10th Anniversary, Kincora, Hampton and Panorama.

The plans have some updates and changes from the other projects Cardel Lifestyles is wrapping up.

Corner gas fireplaces, for instance, are being replaced with optional electric fireplaces for a sleeker look that also produces less heat.

In some plans, an island replaces a peninsula in the kitchen for added flow.

A presentation centre is on site at Sage Place, with show suites for the project on display at nearby Panorama West. Similar show suites are also available for viewing at Cranston Place in the southeast.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
Project: Sage Place.
Builder/developer: Cardel Lifestyles.
Area: Sage Hill in northwest Calgary.
Prices: The Panorama floor plan starts at $221,900. The smallest unit, the 10th Anniversary, starts at $189,900, while the largest unit, the Tuscany, starts at $274,900. Prices do not include GST. Condo fees range from $225 to $355 per month.
Directions: The building site for Sage Place is at the corner of Shaganappi Trail and Sage Valley Drive N.W. A presentation centre is on site at 450 Sage Valley Dr. N.W. Show suites are nearby at Panorama West at 175 Panatella Hill N.W.
Hours: Mondays to Thursdays, 2 to 8 p.m., weekends and holidays from noon to 5 p.m.

By Claire Young, Calgary Herald

Eager buyers line up to buy into Cardel Lifestyles’ Sage PlaceNew Condo Guide
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Braving snow and chilling winds, buyers began lining up at 7 a.m. eager to be among the first to purchase a home in Cardel Lifestyles newest offering in northwest Calgary – Sage Place in Sage Hill. “We couldn’t be more pleased about the response,” says Brad Logel, sales and marketing manager for Cardel Lifestyles. “It was one of the worst storms of the year and people were there hours before our grand opening (on Nov. 16) in that kind of weather; it was amazing.

“It was really quite a day,” he says, noting they sold 20 suites from the launch. “We already have enough sales to start building. In fact, by spring we expect the interest will be such that we can build two buildings at once.” What makes Sage Place so desirable is that it’s bigger, brighter and better than any of Cardel’s previous projects.

Logel says buyers are also excited about the location. Sage Place is situated right across the street from a 17-acre commercial site that will start construction in summer 2014.

“We’re really pleased to be able to offer an affordable condo development in a location with all the conveniences people want,” he says. “They’ll be within walking distance to shopping and the local farmers’ market at the Symons Valley Ranch, and they’re just a short drive from shops, services, coffee shops, restaurants and groceries at Beacon Hill (including a Costco) and Creekside plazas.”

Located just off Shaganappi Trail and 144th Avenue, Sage Place residents have great access to nearby Sarcee Trail, Stoney Trail, Symons Valley Parkway, Country Hill Boulevard and Sage Valley Boulevard. Further, Sage Hill presents a picturesque natural setting with rolling hills and ravines and established pathways and parks.

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With the launch of Sage Place, Cardel has opened a sales centre on site, and buyers can tour through showsuites at Cardel’s highly successful Panorama West development in Panorama Hills, which has just two suites remaining.

Logel says buyers at Sage Place will have the same high quality that people have come to expect from Cardel, including: large spacious plans, patio/decks, six appliances, a storage locker, underground parking, nine-ft. ceilings on the top floor, and four colour choices. “The cool thing is there’s a great ability to customize and you can live your HGTV dream,” Logel says. Buyers will also benefit from Cardel Lifestyles’ “industry-leading low deficiencies,” exceptional customer service, high quality construction and its amazing sound attenuation.

“The exterior is unique presenting a cool, modern look with a different roofline, which is something you’d expect to see in the Beltline and it will have great looking Hardie Board style siding,” Logel says. “We’re also putting in wider windows and bigger patio doors so the suites will be brighter, and the patios for the main-floor suites will be extended so they will be bigger than before.”

Sage Place consists of four, four-storey buildings with 48 apartment-style condos in each and the bigger site size allows for development of a landscaped park and extensive parking. “The ability for buyers to purchase extra parking stalls is rare in the condo world, and we’re going to be able to sell them at our lowest rate since 2004 simply because of the space we have and our desire to meet our buyers’ needs.”

As well, 90 per cent of the suites in the first building are bigger with all the remaining suites ranging from 897 to 1,038 sq. ft., which includes four newly designed twobedroom, two-bathroom corner suites, and prices average in the mid-$200,000s.

By Heather Ryan, New Condo Guide

Nothing but the hits at complex Calgary Herald
An artist's rendering of Sage Place by Cardel Lifestyles. Courtesy, Cardel Lifestyles.

A seasoned multi-family home builder is bringing its tried and true floor plans to a prime location in Sage Hill.

Cardel Lifestyles is taking its six most popular floor plans to its latest complex, Sage Place, which opens sales Saturday, Nov. 16.

Sage Place consists of 192 units across four buildings. The units are priced starting from $169,900, not including tax.

The project will be at the corner of Shaganappi Boulevard and Sage Valley Drive, just south of 144th Avenue N.W.

The development follows the release of sales at Cranston Ridge, a southeast Calgary project that opened in October.

Cardel Lifestyles prefers to be across from “high amounts of convenience,” says marketing manager Brad Logel, adding Sage Place is no exception.

The project will be across from a future shopping centre and near a number of other commercial hubs, including Creekside Shopping Centre, Beacon Hill Shopping Centre, Costa and the new Symons Valley Market.

“When I say ‘condominium living,’ I also mean ‘convenient living,’ ” says Logel. “We want a high level of convenience.”

Along with amenities, another way to offer convenience is access points, he says. For residents at Sage Place, this will mean connections to Stoney Trail, Sarcee Trail, Country Hill Boulevard and Deerfoot Trail.

“We want locations that have a great feeling — and this one has a great feeling,” says Logel.

Most of the project will come in two-bedroom floor plans, with an eight-foot ceiling on the first three floors and nine feet on the fourth floor.

“They’re all proven plans,” says Logel. “We’ve tested them out at other locations.”

The largest of these units is its 1,038-square-foot corner unit, The Tuscany, which includes an 81-square-foot patio. Other units with this patio include the 992-square-foot Hampton, the 960-square-foot Edgemont and the 941-square-foot Kincora.

Units with a 67-square-foot patio include the 897-square-foot Panorama B and 654-square-foot Anniversary plan. The patio on the Panorama B could be larger, depending on its location in the building.

Each unit has extra-wide windows to bring in more natural light, says Logel. “It’s very bright, and who doesn’t like bright?” he says.

Most of the condos come with titled underground parking, with surface stalls available for purchase.

While the complex will be near Sage Hill, sales will be at Panorama West, the builder’s other northwest Calgary project, at 175 Panatella Hill N.W.

The sales centre is open from 2 to 8 p.m., Mondays through Thursdays, and noon to 5 p.m. on weekends.

IT’S IN THE CARDS

A division of Cardel Homes, Cardel Lifestyles is a veteran Calgary multi-family builder.

The company recently rolled out two new complexes — Cranston Ridge and Sage Place.

Cardel Lifestyles has immediate possessions at its last Cranston project, Cranston Place, and is down to its final few units at Panorama West in Panorama Hills.

Before that, it built McKenzie Towne’s Prestwick Place and the Riverside Townhomes in Chaparral Valley.

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Talk about natural beauty. Some of Mother Nature’s most scenic touches to the Calgary landscape are within sight of a new project by a seasoned multi-family homebuilder.

Cardel Lifestyles is launching Cranston Ridge on Nov. 2.

The complex features 256 apartments and 15 townhomes in Cranston, a southeast Calgary community master-planned by Brookfield Residential Properties. Cranston is next to Fish Creek Provincial Park and near the Bow River.


The aptly-named Cranston Ridge overlooks the river valley and has prime views of the Rocky Mountains.

“Views like this are rare for affordable condos,” says sales and marketing manager Brad Logel. The homes start at $169,900, before tax.

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Most of the units have titled underground parking and additional surface parking stalls are available for sale.

“Being able to go for a walk along Cranston Ridge and experience a different life-size painting every day is magical and inspiring,” says Logel.

“Calgary is made up of people who have come here in part because of the natural beauty we’re so lucky to have. Once those views grab a hold of you, it’ll be hard to settle for any other location.”

The project is within quick access to Deerfoot Trail and is just down the street from a small commercial site.

Most of the development consists of two-bedroom floor plans that come in six models ranging from 654 to 1,039 square feet.

“Our thought process for our plans are that we want a downtown condo, but at the suburban price in our master-planned community,” says Logel.

“We do our very best to develop different plans. Each plan offers something different for each type of person, whether you’re moving down from a big house, or a year or two into your career job, or in-between.”

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The company’s two-bedroom layout — which contains 897 square feet of space, including two bathrooms — is the “most popular plan company-wide, wherever we build,” says Logel.

The design also offers larger kitchen options with a full pantry.

“When you walk into this home — and, based on how we designed it, the use of space — and you go with the deluxe gourmet kitchen option, there is as much kitchen cabinetry and counter space as we put in some single-family homes,” says Logel.

“This is an extremely livable condo plan.”

All floors in the buildings in the project have soaring nine-foot ceilings. The apartments come with six appliances and spacious patio decks to take advantage of the views.

This is Cardel Lifestyles’ second project in Cranston following a three-building complex called Cranston Place. Floor plans in the new development are similar to those in the previous complex.

Buyers interested in Cranston Ridge are encouraged to visit the existing show homes at Cranston Place, which is located at 302 Cranston Road S.E.

Retired couple Shari and Bill Karns recently downsized from a single-family home in another southeast Calgary suburban community to an apartment at Cranston Place.

“We liked the way they were built,” says Shari, adding the quality finishes caught their eye.

“We liked the cupboards they chose and the hardwood floors, plus it’s got a fair amount of storage — which you still need, even though you’re downsizing and getting rid of a lot of stuff.”

The couple bought a 941-square-foot apartment with two bedrooms and two bathrooms.

“(Our) condo is a corner unit and it is so bright in here,” says Shari. “We have windows on two sides, so it’s just so bright.”

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As a couple in their 60s, they wanted a place they could be in long-term.

“This fit the bill because the Sobeys is there and we can walk and get whatever we need and the bus route is right out front,” she says. “It was in the middle of everything.”

Also a plus was that the couple could take their two dogs with them. They have a French bulldog named Hank and a Boston terrier named Boston.

“There are quite a few people here who have dogs,” says Shari. “They’re like family, so you hate to get rid of them.”

There’s also plenty of green space for the couple to take their pups to play.

“There’s a park across the road, and Bill takes them over there and plays ball with them,” says Shari.

Cardel Lifestyles’ next development will be Sage Place in northwest Calgary. The 192-unit apartment complex in Sage Hill is to open in November.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
Project: Cranston Ridge.
Builder: Cardel Lifestyles.
Developer: Brookfield Residential Properties.
Area: Cranston is a community in southeast Calgary.
Prices: Apartments start from $169,900.
Hours: The sales centre for Cranston Ridge is at Cardel Lifestyles’ other multi-family project in the community Cranston Place. It is open 2 to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday and noon to 5 p.m. on weekends and holidays.
Directions: The sales centre is located at 302 Cranston Rd. To get there, take Deerfoot Trail to Cranston Ave., and go right on Cranberry Road.

ARM FLEXES MUSCLE

Cardel Lifestyles is the multi-family builder arm of veteran city builder Cardel Homes.

The multi-family side launched in 2000 and is led by industry veteran Tim Logel.

Cardel Lifestyles’ current projects include Cranston Place, Panorama West, Prestwick Place, and Riverside Townhomes.

Cranston Ridge will launch on Nov 2 and Sage Place is expected to open sales in November.

CLOSE TO NATURE

Cranston is a community in southeast Calgary that is being master-planned by Brookfield Residential Properties.

Fish Creek Provincial Park and the Bow River are both nearby.

By Josh Skapin, Calgary Herald

Press ReleaseCalgary Women’s Emergency Shelter
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On Wednesday October 9th, Tim Logel President and Partner of Cardel Lifestyles presented a cheque for $25,000 to the Calgary Women’s Emergency Shelter (“CWES”). The presentation took place in the park at Cardel Lifestyle’s Cranston Place Condo and Townhome Development. Cranston is an award winning neighbourhood by Brookfield, located in SE Calgary.

The 25,000 donation was part of a promise that Tim Logel and business partner Ryan Ockey made last October 11th at the Grand Opening of their Cranston Place Development. They pledged $500 from the sale from each condos and townhome at Cranston Place to CWES for their campaign to raise funds for the renovation of their shelter. This was the second donation to CWES by Cardel Lifestyles bringing the total to date amount given to $50,000.

The Renovation Campaign for CWES has successfully raised 1.2 million dollars to date. To reach their goal of completing their renovation they still need to raise another 1 million dollars.

The Calgary Women’s Emergency Shelter purpose is to support individuals and families in their efforts to live free from family violence and abuse.

Cranston Place is built on 5 acres, with 144 condos and 43 townhomes. The condo and townhome development is expected to be completed this February. Cardel Lifestyles will be launching another condo and townhome development in Cranston this fall called Cranston Ridge.

Cardel Lifestyles is Calgary’s #1 Condo and Townhome Builder (based on CHBA Building Permit Statistics 2006-2012).

For more information on CWES please go to www.calgarywomensshelter.com
For more information on Cardel Lifestyles please go to www.cardelcondos.com or email
Brad Logel at brad.logel@cardellifestyles.com

Photo Details:
L to R: Ann O’Donnell (Director of Resource Development & Communications – CWES); Gillian Weaver-Dunlop (Acting Executive Director – CWES); Tim Logel (President & Partner Cardel Lifestyles); Shelly Norris (Co Chair Renovation Campaign – CWES); Sherri Logel (Co Chair Renovation Campaign – CWES). Please note: CWES stands for Calgary Women’s Emergency Shelter.

Sage Hills’ Appeal Condo Living
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The northwest neighbourhood of Sage Hill is the perfect example of this growth, as the young community is on its final stages of development in what seemed like such a short time since the first show home parade opened here.

“We’re on the final phase of development, with only one more phase left for single-family homes, which together with the multi-family developments of Sonoma at Sage Hill and Sage Stone, mark the final opportunities to buy a new home in this community,” says Steve LePan, marketing director at United Communities, the developer of Sage Hills.

Panorama West’s walk-ability level is one of its biggest draws and will be even more so with the new Save On Foods Grocery next door in The Gates of Panorama Hills Shopping Centre opening this fall.

“Our homeowners are very excited to see the soon-to-be-completed shopping centre next door and their walking score go way up!” Logel says.

The new grocery is just one of several amenities within easy walking distance of Panorama West. Here buyers will find themselves mere steps away from a wide and varied selection of restaurants, a Medi Centre walk-in clinic, TD Canada Trust, Bank of Nova Scotia, Rexall Drugs, Restaurants, and yes even a Tim Hortons, too.

Cardel Lifestyles has a knack for finding locations that provide easy living convenience to residents. They look for existing amenities already in communities they build in, like the number of schools, how many entrances there are into the community, the walk-ability, parks, pathways, tot lots, splash park, and additional amenities like restaurants, banks, public transit and gas stations.

“Panorama Hills is a ‘have’ neighbourhood, as it has everything from schools and shops, to transit, parks, and pathways,” says sales area manager Brad Logel.

But that is only one of the reasons why Cardel Lifestyles is the number one multi-family builder in the city. “We are in tune with what our buyers want, and are able to deliver. Location, affordability, and quality, this is what Cardel Lifestyles strives to offer their buyers.”

At Panorama West, buyers can purchase one-bedroom condos from $159,900, ranging in size from 572 to 750 square-feet. Two bedroom suites start at $179,900 and are from 624 to 1,037 square-feet.

There are eight floor plans to choose from, but Logel says the two-bedroom, two-bathroom suites are their best sellers. Despite the success, Cardel Lifestyles doesn’t sit on their laurel, as they have redesigned their Tuscany 2, Paramount 2, and Edgemont 2 — their three largest floor plans – with an entirely new concept for Building D.

These now range from 940 to 1,037 square-feet, have been redesigned by bringing in more space in the kitchen, and master ensuite. These plans have typically attracted downsizers and the changes make it easier for them to transition from a single-family home.

Each Panorama West suite comes with its own storage locker which is perfect for buyers that are active in sports and need a place to keep their gear, or even just a place to keep your clutter, each unit also has its own titled parking stall either underground or surface, depending on the unit they buy. Each condo also comes with a large patio deck.

All condos include six standard appliances in each suite, buyers can enjoy a larger fridge, dishwasher, range, front load energy efficient washer/dryers and a vented hood fan in their stylish new kitchens.

Additional standards in each suite include either a private patio or balcony, six-foot-eight-inch patio door that allows for more natural light are available depending on the model, and Moen plumbing fixtures.

Buyers have five different options for their cabinetry, there are four interior design colour packages, that allows each suite to be different and unique to each buyers taste. Another great standard is that the legal fees are included.

Logel adds that they also provide industry leading sound reduction by using Gypcrete concrete floors and sound bars that absorb sound for a quiet living experience. Along with great standard features Cardel Lifestyles is focused on providing exceptional quality; it’s their goal to turn over homes with zero deficiencies. In 2012, Cardel Lifestyles achieved this 225 times, meaning 225 customers couldn’t find even a scratch when they inspected their home on possession day. This provides purchasers an unmatched level of confidence when buying a new home from Cardel Lifestyles.

“At Panorama West we have amazing choice of condo plans in one of Calgary’s best locations while providing quality and value. I wouldn’t wait too long to purchase though, this is the last condo building in Panorama Hills” says Logel.

Aaliya Essa, Condo Living

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Cardel Lifestyles always has the unique ability to find amazing locations that will offer their customers the conveniences of shops, parks, pathways and great access at the doorstep. With its newest condominium offering, Sage Place in Sage Hill, Cardel has done it again.

“We’re really excited about being able to offer an affordable condo development in a location with all the conveniences people want,” says sales and marketing manager Brad Logel, noting that prices start at $169,900.

Sage Place will be located “in the new northwest, just off Shaganappi Trail and 144th Avenue,” he says, offering great access points and terrific transportation routes with Sarcee Trail, Stoney Trail, Symons Valley Parkway and Sage Valley Boulevard all nearby.

Further, Sage Hill presents a picturesque natural setting with rolling hills and ravines, established pathways and parks, and residents will be able to walk to a commercial site right across the street that is expected to begin development in 2014, offering a range of shops and services.


Sage Place will consist of four, four-storey buildings with 48 apartment-style condos in each and the site size allows for development of a landscaped park and extensive parking, “and the ability to purchase an extra parking stall, which is rare with most condo locations.”

Sales for Sage Place will launch Nov. 16 from the existing showsuites and sales centre in Cardel’s highly successful Panorama West development in Panorama Hills, which has just a few suites remaining.

Interested buyers will also be able to visit a sales presentation centre at the Sage Place location.

Among the showsuites at Panorama West are two of Cardel’s most popular two-bedroom designs that will be offered at Sage Place, Logel says. “It’s hard to say if any development is as popular as Pan West. By Aug. 1 we sold 91 suites for the year, so we know which suites have been the most desirable and we want to give buyers an opportunity to enjoy those designs in Sage Place.”

Buyers will find the 653-sq.-ft. anniversary two-bedroom, one-bathroom suite and their most popular plan – the 897-sq.-ft. two-bedroom, twobathroom Panorama – along with four different two-bedroom, twobathroom corner suites ranging from 940 to 1,039 sq. ft.

They’ll also love that Cardel allows them to personalize their suites and is offering an assortment of four colour choices for Sage Hill. “The cool thing is there’s a great ability to customize and you can live your HGTV dream,” Logel says.

Logel says they will have the same high quality that people have come to expect from Cardel, including large spacious plans, patio decks, six appliances, a storage locker and underground parking, along with great-looking Hardie Board exterior siding.

Buyers will also benefit from Cardel Lifestyles’ “industry-leading low deficiencies,” exceptional customer service, high-quality construction and its amazing sound attenuation.

“It’s also super important for us to build in a timely manner because we know wait times are critical for people,” Logel says. “We’re typically able to build in 10 to 11 months, so people can feel confident knowing they don’t have to wait 18 to 24 months to move in.”

The location of Sage Place means residents can enjoy a vast range of existing shops, groceries, coffee shops, services, restaurants and more at Creekside Shopping Plaza and Beacon Hills, both just minutes away, and they can even walk to the local farmers market at the Symons Valley Ranch.

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Panorama West condos by Cardel Calgary Sun
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Cardel Lifestyles has released its fourth and final building in the apartment-style condominiums of Panorama West, offering one of the last chances to build this type of home in the desirable northwest community of Panorama Hills.

“It’s the last apartment-condo building in Panorama Hills,” says area manager Brad Logel. The four-storey buildings will hold 288 homes when completed, with the final 80 homes due for possession the summer of 2014.

The exterior elevations of Panorama West boast vinyl siding with decorative rundlestone and post beam accents. “Our buildings look like they would be at home in Canmore,” says Logel.

Inside the development are nine floor plans from which to choose with plans ranging from 572 sq. ft. to 1,037 sq. ft.

“We have a condo for every price range and lifestyle,” says Logel. “They are very livable.”

Standard throughout the final building will be brushed chrome hardware, an extended kitchen eating bar, knock-down style ceilings, a personal storage unit and a patio deck.

Interior design will offer a choice of four interior design packages, including the option of five cabinet choices.

Logel says reaction to the first three buildings has been fantastic, with people impressed by the size of the condos for the price as well as the size of the kitchens in the open-concept, well-designed space.

“Our kitchens resemble more of a smaller, single-family home than a typical condo,” he says.

The development features sitting areas such as a gazebo and benches.

“We have fantastic landscaping,” says Logel. “We’re also surrounded by community pathways, community green space, ponds and tot lots.”

Each home will come with an assigned parking stall, either underground or uncovered.

The development is near to an abundance of amenities, such as the Cardel Place recreation centre and the shopping centres of Country Hills Village and the Gates of Panorama.

“Panorama Hills is a have community because it has everything to offer,” says Logel “There isn’t a thing that we don’t have and that is unusual for a new suburban development.”

By Janine Workman, Calgary Sun

That’s a wrap – Panorama West sales soar in final building Condo Living
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The fourth and final building of Panorama West is already 40 per cent sold, well ahead of schedule, says Cardel Lifestyles’ Brad Logel. “This is an 80 unit building we call Building D. We have nine different condo plans in all to offer with three of them being brand new plans, and feedback has been overwhelmingly positive.”

Panorama West embodies the popularity of this north central neighbourhood, as only about a fourth of the 288-unit development is left barely two years since sales began. There are five remaining suites in Building C that is being completed by this fall, while Building D will see its first possessions start May 2014. “This may in fact be the final opportunity to own a brand new home in this highly-sought after community,” Logel says.

Panorama West’s walk-ability level is one of its biggest draws and will be even more so with the new Save On Foods Grocery next door in The Gates of Panorama Hills Shopping Centre opening this fall.

“Our homeowners are very excited to see the soon-to-be-completed shopping centre next door and their walking score go way up!” Logel says.

The new grocery is just one of several amenities within easy walking distance of Panorama West. Here buyers will find themselves mere steps away from a wide and varied selection of restaurants, a Medi Centre walk-in clinic, TD Canada Trust, Bank of Nova Scotia, Rexall Drugs, Restaurants, and yes even a Tim Hortons, too.

Cardel Lifestyles has a knack for finding locations that provide easy living convenience to residents. They look for existing amenities already in communities they build in, like the number of schools, how many entrances there are into the community, the walk-ability, parks, pathways, tot lots, splash park, and additional amenities like restaurants, banks, public transit and gas stations.

“Panorama Hills is a ‘have’ neighbourhood, as it has everything from schools and shops, to transit, parks, and pathways,” says sales area manager Brad Logel.

But that is only one of the reasons why Cardel Lifestyles is the number one multi-family builder in the city. “We are in tune with what our buyers want, and are able to deliver. Location, affordability, and quality, this is what Cardel Lifestyles strives to offer their buyers.”

At Panorama West, buyers can purchase one-bedroom condos from $159,900, ranging in size from 572 to 750 square-feet. Two bedroom suites start at $179,900 and are from 624 to 1,037 square-feet.

There are eight floor plans to choose from, but Logel says the two-bedroom, two-bathroom suites are their best sellers. Despite the success, Cardel Lifestyles doesn’t sit on their laurel, as they have redesigned their Tuscany 2, Paramount 2, and Edgemont 2 — their three largest floor plans – with an entirely new concept for Building D.

These now range from 940 to 1,037 square-feet, have been redesigned by bringing in more space in the kitchen, and master ensuite. These plans have typically attracted downsizers and the changes make it easier for them to transition from a single-family home.

Each Panorama West suite comes with its own storage locker which is perfect for buyers that are active in sports and need a place to keep their gear, or even just a place to keep your clutter, each unit also has its own titled parking stall either underground or surface, depending on the unit they buy. Each condo also comes with a large patio deck.

All condos include six standard appliances in each suite, buyers can enjoy a larger fridge, dishwasher, range, front load energy efficient washer/dryers and a vented hood fan in their stylish new kitchens.

Additional standards in each suite include either a private patio or balcony, six-foot-eight-inch patio door that allows for more natural light are available depending on the model, and Moen plumbing fixtures.

Buyers have five different options for their cabinetry, there are four interior design colour packages, that allows each suite to be different and unique to each buyers taste. Another great standard is that the legal fees are included.

Logel adds that they also provide industry leading sound reduction by using Gypcrete concrete floors and sound bars that absorb sound for a quiet living experience. Along with great standard features Cardel Lifestyles is focused on providing exceptional quality; it’s their goal to turn over homes with zero deficiencies. In 2012, Cardel Lifestyles achieved this 225 times, meaning 225 customers couldn’t find even a scratch when they inspected their home on possession day. This provides purchasers an unmatched level of confidence when buying a new home from Cardel Lifestyles.

“At Panorama West we have amazing choice of condo plans in one of Calgary’s best locations while providing quality and value. I wouldn’t wait too long to purchase though, this is the last condo building in Panorama Hills” says Logel.

Aaliya Essa, Condo Living

Hope at Large – Cardel’s multi-family formula Condo Living
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Cardel Lifestyles long ago established three strategic elements to being successful in Calgary’s multi-family housing market – location, price, and bang for the buck.

The company, with president and partner Tim Logel at the helm, has a knack for spotting potential building sites close to desired amenities, providing price points that cater to various homebuying segments, and offering a comforting feeling of value.

All of these factors are in place with the recent opening of Cardel’s latest condominium creation, Cranston Place, on five acres of land in the southeast community of Cranston, just across the Deerfoot Trail from the new South Health Campus in Seton, and short walk to neighbourhood retail amenities.

Cranston Place is a nice blend of 144 apartments in three buildings measuring from 625 to 1,000 square-feet, and 43 three-bedroom townhouses covering 1,260 square-feet. Apartment prices start in the $180,000s and townhouses are priced from the mid-$200,000s.

Cardel Lifestyles’ latest gem, extends the string of successful developments put together by the company. Lighthouse Landing in the north-central area of the city, the largest project undertaken by Cardel Lifestyles at 511 units, is now complete. Panorama West in the northwest will see the fourth and final 80-unit building brought to the market early next year, while just 20 of 95 units in Riverside Towns in Chaparral Valley in the southeast are left to sell. As well, just 20 completed units are left to sell in Prestwick Place in McKenzieTowne.

Add all completed projects, and Logel is excited by the upcoming milestone that will, by the end of 2013, see the company having built 2,000 condo apartments and townhouses.

“In 2013, we are finalizing plans to introduce our Cranston Ridge, about one kilometre south of Cranston Place, that will have 204 apartments and townhouses, as well as another 200 units in Sage Hill in the northwest,” says Logel.

As positive as 2011 and 2012 have been for Cardel Lifestyles, Logel says that what he is most proud of is the iron-clad commitment to quality that has gone into the developments.

“In the last two years, more than 75 per cent of the apartments and townhouses we’ve turned over to buyers have had zero deficiencies — all part of what we call the Perfect Possession Day Plan, which is part of our strategy to exceed customer expectations,” he adds.

Marty Hope, Condo Living