Charming Chestermere gives Calgary lake communities a run for their money

Long-time Chestermere REALTOR® Marjorie McKay can’t say enough about living in the small, friendly city on Calgary’s eastern edge. “What a lifestyle,” she said. “It’s like resort living.”

A rapidly increasing number of people are discovering Chestermere’s allure. When McKay moved to the community 27 years ago, the population barely topped 900. Today, it sits around 20,700, with growth of just under two per cent last year.

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SPONSORED: Get away from it all

Courtyard homes in Cornerstone offer buyers their own private oasis

For those homebuyers seeking privacy when it comes to their outdoor living spaces, Jayman BUILT’s Courtyard homes in the northeast community of Cornerstone offer just that. What makes these homes unique is their rear-facing, double-attached garages, and yards at the side of the home.

“When you have a backyard, you often lose your privacy,” said Nishi Saraswat, area sales manager for Jayman BUILT, describing the Courtyard’s side yards as “verandas” between dwellings that allow residents to garden, entertain and play with increased privacy.

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The forgotten option

Middle-ring neighbourhoods offer perfect balance of suburban charm and inner-city convenience

Between the inner city and the burgeoning suburbs lie Calgary’s so-called “middle-ring neighbourhoods,” a concept explored in a 2010 study by the University of Calgary’s faculty of environmental design.

As the study describes, Calgary’s 80 middle-ring neighbourhoods – which include communities like Acadia, Glamorgan and Huntington Hills – are those developed between the 1950s and 1970s and “poised to undergo redevelopment.”

Canyon Meadows, established in 1963, is one such community. When Gurmit Bhachu, the current president of the Canyon Meadows Community Association, moved to Calgary in 2004, he and his wife looked for a home.

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Bright future

A decade of redevelopment has transformed Calgary’s East Village, but the best is yet to come

Nearly ten years into the East Village Master Plan, which was developed in 2009, the Calgary Municipal Land Corporation (CMLC) has invested close to $400-million into its delivery.

“That has attracted nearly $3 billion in private investment, including RioCan’s urban retail centre, now under construction, and various condo developments,” said Clare LePan, CMLC’s director of marketing and communications.

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