The inexact science of naming Calgary communities

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?

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Growth spurt

As Airdrie grows, new communities flourish

Airdrie’s new communities are looking forward to renewed expansion in 2018, as more buyers are looking to the city, fuelling a boom that has put residential housing sales at their highest point since 2013.

According to the city of Airdrie, nearly 2,000 houses were sold in 2017 for an average price of $394,046, up from 1,336 the previous year. The housing boom has not only led to a population increase, but has helped Airdrie grow its young, vibrant demographic. The city’s statistics now show that 35 per cent of residents are between the ages of 25 and 44, with children under 15 accounting for the second largest demographic.

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Evanston energy

Northwest community is experiencing rapid growth, thanks to affordable homes and extensive amenities

One of the fastest growing communities in the city, Evanston was designed with lifestyle in mind. Located on the city’s northern edge and bounded by two major arteries – Shaganappi Trail and Stoney Trail – the community features easy access to the downtown core and the mountains.

“Evanston’s vision was wide-open spaces and a place for families to grow and flourish. It was achieved by creating parks, soccer fields, green spaces and amenities right in the community,” said Laura Field, marketing co-ordinator for Qualico Communities, the developer behind Evanston.

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Area evolution

Calgary’s new northeast offers exciting opportunities and value for homebuyers

“A full, master-planned community destination.” That’s how Mattamy Homes vice-president of sales and marketing Warren Saunders describes Calgary’s expanding – and evolving – northeast quadrant.

“That means choice for homebuyers,” he said, noting that wasn’t always the case in decades past.

In the “new northeast,” Saunders says the expanding range of housing options allows different generations of homebuyers to remain in that sector of the city throughout their lives.

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