Generational divide

The complicated relationship between millennials and the housing market

When Juliet Burgess, 29, bought her 110-year-old home in Inglewood for the above-list price of $350,000, she says she became the first among her circle of millennial friends to become a homeowner.

“I personally don’t know anyone in my age group who owns property,” said Burgess, who works in the not-for-profit sector. “We’re super lucky to be able to afford to buy.

“I’ve been saving my whole life, since I was 14. Even with that, my partner’s savings and our parents giving us a little bit, we could only put down the minimum for a down payment.”

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Community improvement

City invests $200 million in infrastructure upgrades for Inglewood and Ramsay

The historic communities of Inglewood and Ramsay will be bustling with activity as the City of Calgary moves ahead with more than 20 infrastructure projects valued at $200 million-plus in the coming years.

A new Zoo bridge is under construction on 12th Street S.E., another is planned for 9th Avenue, creation of a new bus-only route is underway, river parks and streetscapes will be improved, and major transit projects, including the Green Line LRT, will eventually enter the communities.

“There are many different projects and they’re all kind of happening for different reasons,” said Emma Stevens, a communications spokesperson for transportation infrastructure with the City of Calgary.

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Blast from the past

Old and new Calgary collide in eclectic Inglewood

Voted Canada’s best community in the 2014 Great Places in Canada contest, Inglewood stands out for a variety of reasons, beginning with its historic flavour.

Founded almost 150 years ago in 1875, the area has a long and storied history and displays its status as Calgary’s oldest neighbourhood with pride. Many of the community’s original stone buildings still grace the main stretch along 9th Avenue (originally, Atlantic Avenue), and although they may no longer host their original founding businesses, a new collection of storefronts, from funky cafes to antique furnishing and vintage clothing stores, now calls the
area home.

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The view from up here

With a commanding view of the city, Joshua Pinter and Michelle Maguire are enjoying the high life

Thirty-somethings Joshua Pinter and Michelle Maguire made the leap into home ownership in November of 2016.

The couple purchased a two-bedroom home on the 26th floor of the second tower at the Guardian project in Victoria Park. The recently married and energetic duo have busy careers: Joshua is a product manager for a software company and Michelle works in business development. The couple says they both have the downtown mentality so they kept their home search to a small radius around the core. They both loved the view from the Guardian with its floor-to-ceiling glazing and vistas of both the mountains and the downtown’s high rises.

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Following her housing bliss

No longer “throwing away” money on rent, local yoga and fitness instructor purchased a condo in historic Inglewood

Spring is all about new beginnings and for yoga and fitness instructor, Lana McGillivray, the adage couldn’t be more true.

This hip and vibrant 34-year-old recently took possession of her new one-bedroom condo at i.D. Inglewood, and started a new job as manager of a new fitness studio in the East Village.

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