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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Peace and quiet

Springbank offers tranquil lifestyle and stunning views on Calgary’s western outskirts

As the summer sun rises in the bold, blue Alberta sky, Lisa Neiles revels in the quiet, as she sips her coffee on the deck of her home on Calgary’s western perimeter in Springbank Hill. She says that the peacefulness, along with the easy access to the city, attracted her and her husband to the area.

“I love how we can sit on our deck and hear nothing but the birds chirping,” said Neiles. “It is rare you can live in the city and drive down a country road with a view of the meadows with horses and mountain range, turn a corner and drive into your neighbourhood of approximately 40 homes. It’s the best of both worlds.”

Although Neiles’s home technically sits within Calgary’s city limits, a two-minute ride down the road leads to the rural community of Springbank in Rocky View County. Known for its sweeping mountain vistas and wide-open rolling lands peppered with country residential acreages and estate homes, Springbank’s borders are being slowly absorbed into Calgary proper – Springbank Hill, Aspen Woods, West Springs, Cougar Ridge, Crestmont and Valley Ridge have all been annexed.

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South to Silverado

Silverado combines big city amenities with a healthy dash of rural attractions

Silverado is a southwest community whose genesis and inspiration was driven by natural beauty. It borders the world-class equestrian centre of Spruce Meadows, along with wide-open farmers’ fields peppered with grazing horses and their manes blowing in the Chinook winds.

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