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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Next-generation neighbourhood

Innovative design and attractive amenities meet in Westman Village

Even though it is chock-full of cutting-edge design and brimming with bells and whistles, that’s not what’s drawing buyers towards Westman Village, a new neighbourhood within the award-winning community of Mahogany. Instead, it’s the lifestyle, including convenience, walkability, access to Calgary’s largest man-made lake, and loads of downtown-style amenities.

“What really sets the development apart are the amenities and the self-contained structure of Westman Village,” said Jay Westman, chairman and CEO of Jayman Built, the developer and builder behind the project. “The only thing that we don’t have is a gas station.”

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Cutting-edge construction

Home trends from Calgary’s new-build market

Cultural and economic shifts are pushing this year’s housing trend line into both large and small homes in Calgary’s new-build market.

Large-volume builders Homes by Avi and Mattamy Homes are seeing demand for four-bedroom homes in their northern neighbourhoods, as many customers – particularly from Asian or Indo-Canadian backgrounds – seek multi-generational homes.

And where price is key, the shift continues towards attached units like duplexes and townhomes that come without condo fees, as well as smaller, single-family homes without past years’ glitzy upgrades.

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Citadel

A bastion of diversity and community spirit in Calgary’s northwest

Roughly 25 years ago, the northwest community of Citadel began taking shape. At the time, it was literally pushing the northern edge of the city, etching its boundaries along Country Hills Blvd and Sarcee Trail, while its northern edge spilled into the wild sagebrush of ranchers’ fields. Today, it is bounded by Stoney Trail to the north and west.

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