If you equate moving to the other end of the city with relocating to Mars, you’re not alone. For many homebuyers, where they grew up or first settled down in Calgary can influence where they look when it comes time to move.
When it comes to the names of Calgary communities, some honour early pioneers, others are named after the surrounding landscape and some simply sound like a nice place to live.
Pleasant Heights, Scenic Acres and Sunalta (a mash up of sunny and Alberta) sound like they could have come out of a real estate subdivision name generator. But how do developers actually come up with the names for new communities?
Calgary’s 12 business improvement areas (BIAs) represent 20 per cent of city businesses, with over $600 million in assessed property/business value, and $59 million in taxes. They go to bat for almost 5,500 businesses each day.
And while traditionally formed in and around Calgary’s core, Iris Li, the City of Calgary’s neighbourhood partnership co-ordinator, says four new BIAs are being considered across the city, including in suburban areas.
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.