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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Fresh start

New southwest community of Belmont offers new beginnings

Sitting just south of Silverado between 194th Avenue and 210th Avenue S.W., the new Calgary community of Belmont is touted as a quiet refuge on the edge of the city and a place for new beginnings.

“It’s a bright, modern community with a broad appeal for those looking for affordable quality in south Calgary,” said Steve LePan, development manager with Anthem United. “As the first new community in the area, it’s focused on affordable quality for first-time buyers or those new to Canada.”

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Off the beaten path

Priddis provides picturesque, rural lifestyle in Calgary’s shadow

Ed Osborne, the president of the Priddis Community Association and a former agricultural consultant, recalls when he relocated from the Calgary community of Woodbine to Priddis some 15 years ago.

“I grew up on and off my uncle’s farm in Manitoba. I always wanted to live in the country,” said Osborne, adding the allure of rural living is what drew him to the tiny hamlet about 10 kilometres west of Calgary’s city limits.

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