Fringe benefits

Suburban condos appeal to those looking for good value

After renting a condo in Marda Loop for the past ten years, Kerri-Lyn Ouellette is moving: She’s buying a condo in the suburbs. Her choice? Hopewell Residential’s Sandgate development in Mahogany.

“Marda Loop isn’t affordable for a single woman with a middle income. Condos in the suburbs, however, are affordable,” said Ouellette, adding that Sandgate condos start in the $190s range.

Ouellette says market conditions played a primary role in her decision to buy now.

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Positive traction

Real estate officials expect conditions to support turnaround in downtrodden commercial market

Calgary’s commercial real estate market is showing signs it is finally moving on from tough economic conditions that sent vacancy rates soaring and rents plummeting over the past two years, say officials.

‘‘There is a sense in the market that the worst is behind us and that conditions will gradually improve,” said Joe Binfet, managing director/broker of Colliers International in Calgary.

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Healthy homes, healthier people

Pilot planning initiative puts public health front and centre of new community development

A stretch of Nose Creek that straddles Calgary’s northwest and northeast quadrants may now be only home to scenic, rolling grassy hills.

But soon enough, about 9,000 city residents could being calling it home sweet home, along with 21,000 jobs, as planning is underway to develop a community with residential, commercial and industrial opportunities.

Most notably, however, is this community, once built, will be one of city’s healthiest places to live, work and play.

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Suburban creativity

Commercial landlords thinking outside of the box in wake of high vacancy rates

Landlords in Calgary’s suburban office market continue to display increasing creativity in the face of rising vacancy rates that are not expected to stem any time soon, says a new report.

In a third quarter report issued earlier this month, Barclay Street Real Estate noted the overall vacancy rate in suburban Calgary rose by
1.1 per cent from the second quarter to 22.3 per cent. Research director Anthony Scott attributed the slight increase to the introduction of new inventory that came to market with significant unleased space.

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Boomers making their mark

Condo developers respond to ‘downsizing’ needs

As the largest segment of the population in North America, baby boomers have shaped our world more than any other age group. And their impact on housing is profound.

Now, while this generation, born between 1946 and 1964, is becoming increasingly gray, the real estate industry is responding to their needs for housing.

Many developers in Alberta are turning their attention to high-density high-rises in centrally located neighbourhoods to reflect boomers’ demand for stylish, worry-free living, said Parham Mahboubi, vice-president of planning and marketing at Qualex-Landmark — a Vancouver-based development firm which is the force behind Park Point in the Beltline along 12th Avenue S.W.

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