With over half a century of building excellence, Qualico has earned a reputation for market leadership and building distinction. Drawing on decades of proven performance and customer satisfaction, StreetSide Developments builds on this legacy — setting new standards and benchmarks in projects that range from innovative, urban development, to adult lifestyle communities. Qualico's StreetSide division builds condos and townhomes in communities across Western Canada. Whether apartment style, townhome style, detached houses or luxury condos, our innovative designs meet the needs of a variety of urban and suburban lifestyles and deliver great quality and exceptional value to our homeowners.
The story of how Qualico came to be is the story of its founders. Dr. David Friesen, Q. C., had an incredible work ethic, indelible spirit, passionate quest for knowledge and intuitive business savvy. Together with his wife Katherine Friesen, he built Qualico from its humble beginnings into one of the largest fully integrated, privately-owned real estate companies in Western Canada.
David Friesen was born in the Ukraine in 1911 and moved with his parents and siblings to Winnipeg in 1924. After completing grade 12, David worked his way up and became a manager of a grocery store chain. In 1934, he returned to the University of Manitoba, Faculty of law, where he graduated with a LLB degree and was called to the bar in 1941. Katherine was a school teacher. The couple married in 1943.
Before founding their company as Quality Homes, Katherine was earning $50 a month as a teacher, and David was a practicing lawyer who sometimes brought home chicken or pies in lieu of cash. But the couple had a vision – to build homes and provide shelter for families, creating communities and homes where people could put down roots, raise their families, and pursue their dreams. It was this vision that guided founders David and Katherine when they built their first houses in River Heights in 1950. They built seven houses that first year, and almost doubled their output to 13 houses the next year. Katherine decided to sell the houses herself, an audacious move for a woman in the 1950s.
Today, thousands of Canadian families choose Qualico to build their homes every year, many of which are created in Qualico’s master planned communities. The company’s activities span the entire real estate spectrum and include residential land acquisition and development, single and multi-family home divisions, commercial and industrial development, property management, concrete ready mix, building supply and manufacturing divisions.
The company and its people are honoured to carry on the founders’ vision with pride and with a sense of respect for two people who created a life of passion, purpose and inspiration.
Today, Qualico is one of the largest fully integrated, privately-owned real estate companies in Western Canada.