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Founded in 1972, Emerald Management and Realty Ltd. has offered services in the greater Calgary real estate market for more than 35 years.

Monthly Archives: April 2011

Like many who embark upon careers in the world of real estate, the team of qualified professionals at Emerald Management and Realty Ltd. deeply appreciates the historical and artistic aspects of distinctive building techniques. Victorian architecture, in particular, represents an appealing style with old-world allure. While the style is still replicated today, Victorian homes originated in the late 1800s, and received their namesake from Queen Victoria, the reigning monarch of England during that time. The predominant aesthetic happened to coincide with the Industrial Revolution, which resulted in a significant housing boom, requiring an influx of newly built homes throughout the United Kingdom and the United States.

Influenced by Italian and gothic architecture, Victorian styles exuded intricacies that aligned with European design and décor aesthetics. The arts and crafts movement of the late 1800s also played a large part in Victorian style, paving the way for Edwardian houses that are now considered quintessentially English.

At the time, Victorian houses not only represented an unusual architectural style, but a new dawn of convenience and style for homeowners. Typical features of the Victorian home included sash windows, an abundance of sanitation features, such as proper drainage and waste facilities, as well as gas-powered lighting fixtures and slate rooking. While Victorian homes were initially created as large manors for the European elite, the trend eventually trickled to all parts of society. Victorian homes were later downsized and built close together to accommodate smaller means and budgets. As a result, individuals who considered themselves to be upper or middle class, sought out distinct styles within the Victorian design, including gothic or Queen Anne architecture.

Several of Calgary’s older residential districts feature some great examples of Victorian-style homes, some of which have been converted to rental property. If your investment property is a grand old Victorian-style home, Emerald Management and Realty Ltd. may assist you as the firm has experience in the care and maintenance of this type of property. The team can quickly contact on-staff maintenance personnel, who work on our clients’ properties in a timely manner, thus preventing costly delays; this minimizes damage and maximizes the lifespan of the properties. Reliable independent contractors handle major renovations. Dealing with the same trusted suppliers over the years has enabled Emerald Management and Realty Ltd. to build continuity, stabilize operating costs, and benefit from rate reductions, which the firm passes on to clients to assist them in keeping their Victorian homes in perfect condition.

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