You Can’t Have it All? Don’t Tell these Communities

How Calgarians are putting living, working and play areas first

Given Calgary’s traffic, the only way to cover the critical elements – live, work and play – in three different parts of the city each day is to cut out the fourth one: sleep.

Fortunately, a new philosophy in home development lets you have it all without sacrificing the shut-eye.
“When you can live, work and play in the same area of the city, it creates a stronger sense of community,” said Elton Ma, director of commercial development for Brookfield Residential in Calgary.

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What They’re Saying

A smattering of Calgarians give their thoughts on the city’s new live, work and play developments

Almost 20 years ago with the advent of Seaside, a live, work and play development with a village-type feel on the shores of the Gulf of Mexico in northwest Florida, the philosophy of new urbanism took root.

Based on concepts espoused by renowned urban planner, Jane Jacobs – who designed Greenwich Village in New York City – new urbanism takes the inner-city vibe and brings it to the suburbs. The concept is rooted in historical village-style planning structure, with a central amenity pool in the village centre and high-density housing peppered throughout. It’s a design that draws people out of their homes, and walkability is a central feature. This provides a downtown feel and downtown-style amenities, and the concept is catching on big time in Calgary.

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Community Profile: Sage Hill

One of five communities in Calgary’s new north within the Symons Valley area, Sage Hill topped the 2018 census charts for population growth, expanding by 1,136 residents over the past year from 6,083 to 7,219 people.

And that growth is expected to continue, while the community’s latest development, Sage Hill Quarter, comes to life. It’s really a community within a community and it’s destined to bring a downtown vibe to this suburban oasis.

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REALTOR® Story of the Week: Lee Edwards

Brokerage: MaxWell Canyon Creek

In the fall of 2016, a fellow named Athar Alvi came into my office in Bragg Creek. He said that he had recently been let go from his job in Fort McMurray and decided to use his severance package to fund a dream he has always had – to be a movie director and producer. He had written a script and hired a professional cameraperson and a couple of professional actors. He had started filming and was looking for a location to shoot a certain scene. He asked if I knew of a place in the Bragg Creek area that would work. I told him “Yes, I do. Let me make a call.” The call was successful, introductions were made, and everything worked out.

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Neighbourhood Eats / Hidden Gems

Calgary is home to a thriving and diverse culinary scene, but a handful of high-profile restaurants tend to hog the limelight. This is unfortunate, as the city is brimming with fantastic food and hard-working restaurateurs, sometimes in unexpected places. Here are some the neighbourhood gems where Calgarians love to eat. They might not be flashy, but each is uniquely delicious.

1. Afghan Kabob Cuisine
Community: Castleridge
Come Here For: Excellent Afghan cuisine, including mantu (beef or lamb dumplings), nahkot (roasted chickpeas) and a variety of delicious kabobs.

2. Atlas Specialty Market & Persian Cuisine
Community: Downtown West End
Come Here For: Delectable Persian favourites, including ghormeh sabzi (a fragrant herb and beef stew) and badenjan (fried eggplant and beef in a tomato broth).

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