On March 4, Brookfield Residential officially launched the community of Livingston, a new community gathering attention for its innovative, attractive home designs, and a fresh, exciting take on community.
“We’re so excited that it’s finally here,” said Jessie Seymour, senior manager of strategic marketing at Brookfield Residential.
A decade in the making, Livingston covers 500 hectares straddling Centre Street north of Stoney Trail. When fully developed, the community will be home to an expected 30,000 Calgarians. A major activity centre, acting as a central hub, will include an estimated one million square feet of institutional and retail space.
Residents will be able to access the “Green Line” LRT, which is expected to carve a path through central Calgary and terminate in the far north end of town.
Seventeen show homes are now open, exhibiting the diversity of housing styles and price points on offer. From starter condominiums to luxury homes, Brookfield Residential says Livingston was created with affordability and luxury in mind.
Brookfield Residential has emphasized a sense of community and inclusiveness in the new development, according to Seymour.
“We’ve really tried to redefine community in Livingston. We wanted to focus Livingston around culture – and not just different cultures, but really what does it feel like to live here, what does that look like?”
We’ve really tried to redefine community in Livingston. We wanted to focus Livingston around culture – and not just different cultures, but really what does it feel like to live here, what does that look like?
Offering families ample opportunity to get out and meet each other in community based events is important in fostering a culture of togetherness in Livingston, says Seymour. The inclusion of ample open green space and parks within the neighbourhood are expected to enhance community interactions.
City Councillor Jim Stevenson, says he believes the developers have accomplished their goal of fostering community in Livingston. He says the developer’s plan will encourage “a lot of interaction within the neighbourhood,” which should foster opportunities for people to get to know their neighbours, creating a sense of togetherness within Livingston.
Brookfield Residential has designated a full 20 per cent of the 1,200 acres of land to open recreational space, with the idea of hosting community-based events.
With Livingston, Brookfield Residential is responding to the changing family structures in Canada. Families looking for multi-generational options will find options to address their needs; some houses in Livingston include pre-built suites for extended-family living.
“There is a demand for four and five bedroom homes,” said Stevenson.
In Livingston, some of the houses will be single family homes with secondary suites, and some will be big homes suited for multi-generational families.
For many new Canadians, living with extended family is a cultural norm.
“We’ve seen Calgary just become a multicultural city. They are so many more people coming from abroad living here, and we’ve just seen that there is this want for multi-generational opportunities within their homes,” said Seymour.