Airdrie appeal

Affordability, community and amenities have drawn many to Calgary’s northern neighbour

While most people take great care to choose the place they want to call home, one could say Airdrie chose Wendie and John Pilkington. More precisely, their son and his growing family chose Airdrie for them, when he relocated from England to a new job in the city of nearly 65,000.

Since 2014, the elder Pilkingtons have resided in Cooper’s Crossing, which has been voted Airdrie’s best community for five years in a row.

“Airdrie is where the kids are and that’s where we are,” said Wendie Pilkington, admitting that even when they first moved, they weren’t sure they would remain. After nearly 30 years of living in England’s comparatively grey climes, Airdrie’s year-round sunshine was particularly attractive.

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Tiny paradise

Versatile tiny homes provide unique lifestyle on a limited budget

Mark Kirk sold his house, moved to Calgary, and only then realized how much stuff he really owned, and how little of it he regularly used. This revelation – along with his desire for a career change – led Kirk to start his own tiny-homebuilding business, Blackbird Tiny Homes.

These homes are called “tiny” for a reason, measuring between 120 square feet and 420 square feet. Kirk says that while tiny homes have been around for close to a decade in the United States – and are the subject of more than one HGTV series – they’re a relatively new option for Albertans.

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To each their own

The 2017 Calgary Fall Home Show offers tips, tricks and inspiration for every type of homeowner

“The show for every home.” That’s how Marketplace Events show manager Teri Salazar describes the Calgary Fall Home Show, which runs from Sept. 21 to 24 at the BMO Centre.

“It doesn’t matter if you have a condo, a new build, a fixer-upper or a McMansion, if you want to do a simple update or a complete renovation overhaul, we have something in the show for everyone,” she said.

There’ll be some 350 exhibitors at this year’s show, which Salazar says has been refocused to highlight those aspects exhibitors and attendees have been looking for, including more sources for inspiration.

“This show will be better than ever,” she said.

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No slowing down

Today’s retirement communities are designed to keep up with a new generation of active, engaged seniors

Dorothy Baker, 92, is perched on the edge of a chair in an elegant sitting room in Lake Bonavista Village Retirement Residence, her neon-pink toenails poking out from a pair of white sandals. A resident of Lake Bonavista Village for the past eight years, Baker exemplifies the modern senior: someone who is active, engaged and often busier than those folks still working the nine-to-five grind. She’s the treasurer of Lake Bonavista Village’s knitting club, she organizes bridge games for residents, and she serves as one of the village’s welcome hostesses for newcomers to its population of more than 200 residents.

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