New additions

Calgary’s fledgling communities have plenty to offer

Calgary’s growing list of new communities is providing a haven for buyers looking for a little bit of everything.

According to last year’s civic census, nine of the city’s fastest-growing communities are located in new areas, led by Saddleridge in the northeast, which saw 2,373 residents move within its borders in 2014.

It was followed by Auburn Bay (2,242), Cranston (1,858), Skyview Ranch (1,759), Evanston (1,704) and Panorama Hills (1,384).

“There is definitely a community feeling,” said Skyview Ranch resident Amanda Gardippe about the northeast community, which is being developed by Walton and is expected to house more than 4,000 residents over the next three to five years.

“Everyone knows everyone and they are very helpful and friendly. It seems like every house is a family, which is great.”

Gardippe added she is excited about rumours of major retail and grocery stores coming to the area, but for now is happy with the local corner store within walking distance of her home for “treats with the kids.”

Copperfield, meanwhile, saw similar growth, welcoming 960 residents in 2014. The southeast community, being developed by Hopewell, will soon be celebrating the opening of a new school after the Calgary Board of Education confirmed plans to open elementary schools in the community, as well as in Auburn Bay and New Brighton, as well as middle schools serving McKenzie Towne, Cranston, Evergreen and New Brighton/Copperfield for the 2016-17 school year.

Copperfield is located just minutes away from one of the city’s newest additions. As one of the preferred sites for the long-promised new cancer centre, Calgary’s $1.3-billion South Health Campus boasts 2,400 staff and will serve 200,000 outpatient visits and perform 2,500 births every year.

Across the street, the retail expansion at Seton is now in full swing, with the first phase of the planned 130,000 square feet of retail along Seton Boulevard open for business.

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