Foothills for thrills

With plenty to see and do, the Municipal District of Foothills may be your next day-trip destination

South of Calgary lies the Municipal District of Foothills. Okotoks, High River, Black Diamond, Turner Valley and Longview are all within the district’s boundaries, an area that encompasses some 3,600 square kilometres of ranchlands and rolling foothills.

According to 2011 census figures, not only is the district home to 21,258 people, it also
offers Calgarians and area residents a variety of interesting attractions. The website www.coollittletowns.com – an initiative of several southern Alberta communities – provides information on district attractions, from hundreds of unique shops, restaurants, galleries, activities and experiences.

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Walk it, bike it, like it.

For many city centre denizens, urban living is all about simplicity and connectedness

Jenna Dutton and her fiancé have called the city centre community of Ramsay home for the past two years. Prior to that, Dutton lived in next-door Inglewood.

“I’m drawn to the area because of the local shops, the heritage buildings, the diversity, the cool music scene and that everything is within walking distance,” said Dutton.

In other words, Dutton is drawn to the urban lifestyle. It’s a way of life characterized by walkability, community diversity and proximity of amenities, something she was exposed to while living in Montreal.

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Taking the Plunge

First-time home buyer finds her new abode by following her instincts

Danielle Burtoway has always had her sights set on buying a home, rather than renting one.

“I want to be smart about it,” said the 24-year-old, who currently lives with her parents. After looking for the past several months, Burtoway has taken the proverbial plunge – she’s buying a unit in Copperfield Park III.

While Burtoway admits that price was a definite consideration, she didn’t commence her property search with a specific list of criteria.

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Buying from a builder

Buying directly from a builder has many advantages and a few potential drawbacks

Myron Hildebrand is no stranger to working with builders. His current home is proof of that experience, having hired Sunset Homes to execute the build on his semi detached space, which he intends to turn into two investment properties.

“Buying from a builder, you have so much more control over the final product,” said Hildebrand. “It’s a fun process to go through.”

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