City-limits bliss

Amy Shafer found her own private oasis in Watermark at Bearspaw

Amy Shafer grew up on a farm, so when it came to building her dream home, being immersed in nature on the doorstep of wide-open park space was a top priority. She and her husband, and their three children, had been living in Valley Ridge, but just didn’t feel connected. Their search for the perfect lot brought them to Watermark in Bearspaw, where they purchased a 1.33-acre home site that backs on to an Aspen grove, a freshwater pond and walking trails. The community features 46 acres of parkland and 16 ponds, and brushes up against the Haskayne Legacy Park, with trails connecting to Calgary and Cochrane. (more…)

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Marking a mark

Watermark at Bearspaw provides inviting atmosphere for young and old alike

Vancouver-based Macdonald Development Corp. is known for its thoughtful community designs, often imbued with a west coast feel.

It’s a vibe that resonates with residents – connecting neighbours and instilling a strong sense of community. Watermark at Bearspaw, the developer’s latest master-planned community, is no exception.

The 290-acre community is located in Rocky View County at the edge of Calgary’s city limits, touching the northwest neighbourhood of Tuscany.

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March of the million-plus

Luxury sales numbers rebound; experts point to demand’s impact on pricing

Calgary’s luxury resale housing market bucked the trend in 2016, posting modest improvements in sales volumes throughout the year and recovering somewhat from the significant decline experienced in 2015.

Yet industry observers urge caution at interpreting this past year’s numbers at face value, saying a return to long-term averages is still far away.

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Bang for their buck

Luxury buyers want it all including the (second) kitchen sink

Today’s homebuyers want more for less – a pattern that is also starting to manifest in the luxury market, say local industry experts.

“There’s no question that, like everybody, we’ve felt the pinch,” said Danny Raposo, general manager of Astoria Custom Homes, which is building in Watermark at Bearspaw, just outside the city limits.

Still, Raposo describes 2016 as “a decent year,” noting an increased interest in Astoria’s Watermark product during the eight weeks prior to mid-September.

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