The Suite Life

Secondary suite reform provides new opportunities for Calgary homeowners

By the end of this year, Calgary’s full secondary suite policies will put into play a “gentle density” housing market.
After consulting with community associations and collecting online public feedback, city administrators will send design guidelines for backyard suites to committee and city council for approval.

Lisa Kahn, the City of Calgary’s legislation and land-use bylaws co-ordinator, says the new rules will govern how backyard suites look and interact with their communities.

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Built from scratch

The luxury custom homebuilding process

Hiring a custom builder to construct your perfect luxury home is a partnership requiring clear decisions and several important choices along the way.

Lupi Luxury Homes builds 18 to 25 homes a year priced between $900,000 and $3 million. Two thirds of these homes are in communities with Lupi land positions (like Rock Lake Estates in Rocky Ridge), the final third are in inner-city neighbourhoods where customers or the company have bought individual lots.

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Extras, extras!

The shifting popularity of new-build home upgrades

Home command centres, extra-large closets, gyms, secondary suites, energy efficiencies and more – the new-build bells and whistles homebuyers are choosing today are all about convenience.

No matter the size of the home, buyers want products that support a busy lifestyle, says Michelle Jakeman, director of sales and marketing for Calbridge Homes.

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$500,000 – $750,000

Diversity and volume of home options offer something for homebuyers of every stage

There is no such thing as a “typical” home in the $500,000 to $750,000 price range in Calgary’s market today.

“It is more than a starter home, but no mansion,” said Ray Riley, a REALTOR® with RE/MAX First. “It could even be a teardown in a desirable (inner-city) neighbourhood, or a luxury apartment downtown. It just depends on what the buyer is looking for, and where.”

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