Ahead of the curve

Cooper’s Crossing provides, walkability, amenities and classic architecture in Airdrie

On Airdrie’s southwest side, Cooper’s Crossing stands as an example of what a great master-planned community can look like. It was named after the Cooper family, who farmed the land for more than 100 years. The 320-acre development features 44 acres of parkland, two six-acre ponds and Discovery Park – a multi-generational gathering space with a fire pit, toboggan hill, secret forest, play structures, half-basketball court, gazebo and picnic area.

“Buzzwords like placemaking, walkability or ‘live, work, play’ communities are popular today, but we had a firm grasp on the importance of these concepts 20 years ago when we first started designing Cooper’s Crossing,” said Paul Gerla, owner and manager of WestMark Holdings Ltd, the Airdrie-based developer behind Cooper’s Crossing.

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Solar 101

Harnessing the sun for all your energy needs

St. Albert’s Ron and Carole Kube had never known anyone with a solar-powered home. Then, in 2014, Ron Kube read a story in the newspaper about a household that installed a solar array. He was surprised to learn they were his former neighbours.

“In fact, the guy was Craig Dickie – he used to live across the street from us,” said Kube. “And I was so excited that I called up Craig and I said, ‘can I come over to the house and see the solar system?’ And he said, ‘yeah, sure, come on over.’ ”

The moment Kube saw the system, he was hooked.

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Living architecture

Green roofs add a touch of nature to the concrete jungle

Great thinkers have always known that nature is essential to the human spirit. Perhaps that is why more and more architects, designers and builders are choosing to create green retreats in their designs, including rooftops that allow the eye to drink in nature’s beauty.

“There are just so many benefits to green roofs,” said Kerry Ross, one of Canada’s leading green roof experts and the first accredited green roof professional in the country. She spearheaded a number of “living architecture” projects, including the eco-roof at the University of Calgary Research Park and the green roof initiative at Calgary City Hall.

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City hall free-for-all

On Oct. 16, Calgarians will go to the polls to determine the city’s mayor, councillors and school board trustees. In the competition for the mayor’s chair, a three-man race has emerged between incumbent Mayor Naheed Nenshi, veteran city councillor Andre Chabot, and local lawyer and former Alberta Progressive Conservative party president Bill Smith.

Nenshi, Chabot and Smith recently sat down with CREB®Now’s Mario Toneguzzi to discuss some of the most important real estate and housing-related issues impacting Calgarians, now and in the future.

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The last best west

Historic West Hillhurst still embodies can-do spirit of its founders

Residents in the inner-city, northwest community of West Hillhurst cherish the values of yesteryear – community, connectedness, family friendly programming and volunteerism.

“There is such a great camaraderie here,” said longtime resident Chris Koper. “There are so many older community members that love to tell stories that connect us to the past.”

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