Lake living

Lake communities merge city and cottage life for an experience you can’t get anywhere else in Calgary

Greg Macdonald is a self-described “fishing fool.”

“I’m either fishing, or thinking about fishing,” he said, laughing.

This love of fishing is one of the reasons Macdonald and his wife are buying back in to the community of McKenzie Lake.

“We first bought a house in McKenzie Lake in 1999,” said Macdonald.

“We sold it a couple of years ago when the market started to turn, but we just bought back in the area, because we loved lake living so much.”

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Communities with character

Mature and distinctive communities are a point of pride for Calgary’s southwest residents

Lawyer Chris Davis is no stranger to Calgary’s southwest, a sprawling quadrant of the city roughly bordered by the Bow River to the north, Macleod Trail to the east, and the city limits to the south and west.

“My family has long roots in the southwest, going back to the early 1920s,” he said, adding he spent his early years growing up in Lower Mount Royal and is also running for city council in Ward 8 in this fall’s municipal election.

“Historically, there seemed to be a big divide as to whether your family chose to live north or south of the Bow River.”

Because of his familial connection, Davis found himself gravitating toward an adult life in the southwest, residing in Bankview, Elbow Park, Garrison Woods, Parkhill and Richmond-Knob Hill at various times.

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SHIFT conference promises opportunity to “experience the future of Calgary”

“It is time to SHIFT or get off the pot!” That’s the call to action Pathways 2 Sustainability – Alberta’s Sustainable Communities Initiative – has issued in advance of its upcoming conference, SHIFT, which takes place June 15-17 at the St. Louis Hotel in Calgary’s East Village.

SHIFT promises attendees an opportunity to “Experience the Future of Calgary – the SHIFT to a resilient society and new economy and what it means for our city.”

“We have a changing political landscape in Alberta and Canada that’s moving to adopt climate resilience in the ways in which we build, design and manage communities and community systems, including food systems, energy systems and transportation systems,” said SHIFT co-ordinator and Pathways 2 Sustainability executive director, Lisa Fox.

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Trading spaces

Downsizing can be the right move in a variety of situations

Cindy Beaudet owns and operates Destinations Seniors Downsizing, a Calgary company helping seniors “declutter, downsize and decide what stays and what goes.”

“I tell them the first thing to do is to call their kids and tell them to get their stuff out of the basement,” said Beaudet.

Most of Beaudet’s clients have been in their homes for more than 40 years.

“It’s so overwhelming for them. They’ve been in a house for 40 or 50 years, and now they’re moving to 587 square feet of space,” she said.

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Building home equity

A long-time renter transitions into home ownership and begins building tax-free capital gains

Nathan Magee knows a thing or two about renting. Since moving to Calgary in 1999, he has rented apartments, duplexes, houses and rooms in neighbourhoods as disparate as Bridlewood, Marda Loop, Forest Lawn and downtown.

Magee rented for 14 years in Calgary before deciding it was time to buy in 2013.

“What really pushed my wife and I over the edge was a combination of things. We were renting a house in Marda Loop at the time and the place got broken into four times. Plus, the rent was going up to $2,000 a month. That’s when we thought, ‘Let’s get out of here and look at buying,’” recalled Magee.

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