Riverside real estate

Waterfront living comes at a premium in the Calgary market

DaVinci Homes CEO Naheed Kazmi utters three magic words when describing the appeal of the 31-unit Riviera on the Bow in Parkdale, one of her company’s most recent projects: “Location, location, location.”

“Everybody wanted that location,” she said, recalling when the company purchased the land in 2008 and how she has received many calls since over the years from would-be buyers.

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55 Years of Calgary Real Estate: 1996 CREB® President Jim Ross

CREB® past president Jim Ross labels digital revolution in 1996 as a game-changer

It was the cusp of the modern-day tech revolution, and Jim Ross had the best seat in the house.

“The Internet was quite new, and we were just coming to grips with the best way to head down that road,” said the CREB® past president, who guided the local real estate industry in 1996 through increasing demand for digital alternatives. “At that time, we had no idea what the impact of the Internet would be, how universal it would become.

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55 Years of Real Estate: 2013 CREB® Past President Becky Walters

Former CREB® president Becky Walters remembers how communities rallied in following natural disaster in 2013

Becky Walters remembers 2013 like most Calgarians do – one equally fraught with harrowing tales of devastation and inspiring stories of community spirit following a historic flood that left many communities underwater.

In June 2013, Alberta experienced heavy rainfall that sparked 32 states of local emergency in communities throughout southern Alberta and resulted in billions of dollars in insurable damages.

“It was something that affected the whole city, of course,” said Walters, who, six months earlier, had become president of CREB®.

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Glass half full

Calgary Economic Development’s top boss promotes collaboration, innovation

On the heels of flooding, low oil prices and, now, raging wildfires, Calgary Economic Development’s top boss admits it might be easy for people in the province to see the glass half empty.

Yet Mary Moran, as well as other community leaders, urged those people to keep current conditions in perspective before claiming the end is near.

“These are historically challenging times for both Calgary and Alberta’s economy,” said CED’s president and CEO, who likened the province’s current situation to a game of Whac-a-Mole. “It seems we barely finished covering up the scars of the flood of 2013 when our number-one energy customer became our number-one very intense competitor. (more…)

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New life for Bragg Creek

Plan is expected to provide more housing diversity, increase tourism options

A plan approved by Rocky View County late last year to rebuild Bragg Creek after the 2013 flood will also lift a 20-year building ban on the community and is expected to transform the hamlet from a through-point to Kananaskis with a mature population into a vibrant business community with young residents.

Long favoured by day-trippers, Bragg Creek has seen little change in decades due to the lack of water and wastewater infrastructure to support new residents. Under the new plan, the hamlet will encourage flood-resilient design, including homes raised on piles, roadways with permeable surfaces, and rustic themed landscaping that conceals structural dykes.

“The Hamlet of Bragg Creek is envisioned to be a vibrant commercial core that attracts residents and visitors, a thriving residential community, and a country atmosphere that is in harmony with the natural environment,” said Amy Zaluski, acting policy supervisor in the planning department at Rocky View County.

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