Grab a cone of famous MacKay’s ice cream in Cochrane and then come see this perfect starter home…it even has a mountain view!
Warm and inviting, this 3-bedroom duplex is situated on a large pie lot that is entirely fenced. The main floor living room is double the usual size, with a stone-faced corner fireplace and access to the front deck for an evening drink while enjoying those views. Laminate flooring flows through the main floor to a cute white and bright kitchen with pantry storage, the 2pc bathroom and a dining room that opens to the backyard. Upstairs hosts three good sized bedrooms. The master bedroom has a walk-in closet and a cheater door to the main 4pc bathroom, which was recently remodeled. The basement level now homes the laundry, the utility room and a spacious rec room/office.
At this price, can you believe that you can have your own double underdrive garage? The yard is a dream for anyone with a green thumb to grow their own veggies or just wants to escape to a private oasis. Escape to Cochrane today!
Affordable stylish living in a cleverly designed, functional condominium in Country Hills! This property is well-planned, perfect for home buyers seeking a maintenance-free lifestyle. This two bedroom and two bathroom property has been designed for entertaining with its large square footage. It also provides you the livability option of having a roommate. There are all the high-end finishings that you would expect in this condo: including a well appointed kitchen featuring stainless steel appliances; new modern laminate flooring; master en-suite with a walk-through closet and a cozy corner gas fireplace. This home has a comfortable yet contemporary ambiance ideal for those seeking versatility to make the space their own.
Sun bathes the entire home with huge south and west facing windows. There is an abundance of storage both in-suite and in a secure enclosed area situated off the large patio. This unit features a unique elevated patio that is adjacent to the living room. Includes one underground heated titled parking.
This is a well-built and well-managed condo. Low condo fees include everything except electricity. This condominium complex is expertly planned to be rich in character, with thoughtful layouts and livability. Located in the community of Country Hills which has charm, character and continues to flourish and grow. It is the perfect location when it comes to convenience and accessibility with all essential amenities nearby. The perfect retreat from your busy lifestyle, away from the hustle and bustle of everyday. Welcome Home.
You don’t have to sacrifice size to experience the best of inner city living! Don’t miss this opportunity to own a fabulous 2 storey townhouse located on a quiet tree-lined street in the heart of the Beltline.
This spacious, upper level unit is ideally configured for roommates or a professional couple looking to experience the downtown lifestyle.
The main floor has an updated kitchen featuring stainless steel appliances, trendy tile backsplash, hands-free faucet and quartz countertops. The upgrades don’t end there, new flooring throughout, renovated bathrooms and a fancy washer/dryer. There are four large south facing windows that let in tons of light during the day. Evenings will be enjoyed in front of the fire place. Talk about cozy and yet perfect for entertaining.
The top floor features 2 spacious bedrooms and 2 full bathrooms. The master suite has 2 closets and a 4-pc ensuite. Did I mention the body spray shower head?
The main floor back door leads to a lovely patio and only steps to your indoor garage parking. Walking distance to everything on 17th Avenue!
With so many new communities in South Calgary, it can be hard to decide which one to choose for your family. Developing communities offer newer houses but often lack amenities. And of course, new usually means you have to deal with the dirt of dust of construction. Until now.
Welcome to Walden.
The Genstar community of Walden is located in the city’s southeast and is the perfect blend of modern meets nature. The family-centric neighborhood has been building since 2007 and is nearing completion — meaning your family can enjoy the perks of a newer community without any of the inconveniences. While you can still select a builder and buy a lot, pick a floorplan, and wait nine months to build a house, there is also a select inventory of fabulous existing properties.
Buying an existing home can be a great choice for the young family. These homes are often only a few years old but come with fully landscaped yards — perfect for enjoying backyard barbecues and relaxing after a long day at work.
Walden also features five finished playgrounds and a stretch of walking and biking pathways leading right into Fish Creek Park. This community was designed with its natural legacy in mind, and it shows. Picturesque preserved trees line the walkways and ponds. Unique, modern architecture balances beautifully with natural surroundings.
This community boasts a small-town feel — something to be valued in our ever-growing city. It’s peaceful and friendly but also offers the convenience of walk-able amenities. The neighborhood features a Save-On Foods, Starbucks, Tim Hortons, Shoppers Drug Mart, dentist, doctor, spa, children’s play place, and even a local pub with a fantastic rooftop patio.
These amenities are only the beginning. Walden is one of few communities with easy access to Stoney Trail, Deerfoot and Macleod Trail. Its central location makes Walden an easy choice for commuters.
Relax in your stunning, modern home while your children play safely in your own backyard. Watch the neighborhood kids bike to the local store, stroll the pathways to Fish Creek, teach your child to climb the monkey bars while the wind plays through the trees. It’s all waiting for you in Walden.
23 WALDEN GR SE
Offered at only $479,900
This immaculate family home sits on a fantastic corner lot on a very private cul-de-sac. Full of upgrades, this home features nine-foot ceilings, upgraded appliance package, granite countertops, engineered hardwood, upgraded sinks and fixtures, triple pane windows, gas line to barbecue, and is Certified Built Green. A large foyer welcomes you and leads to the spacious family room with a modern fireplace, dining area, and chef’s kitchen with stainless steel appliances and a walk-in pantry. The second level boasts a stunning master suite with a walk-in closet and luxurious ensuite, two more bedrooms with walk-in closets, and a huge bonus room with space for a playroom and an office! A custom-built deck overlooks a landscaped and irrigated southwest backyard. Why live with the dust of a tiny plot of dirt when you can move in and enjoy this rare oversized retreat! Parks and pathway systems frame this incredible lot and a school site and major amenities are within walking distance. Property is listed by CIR Realty.
Welcome Home to 1204, 2200 Woodview Drive SW, Calgary!
Quartz Counter tops. Check! Brand new kitchen. Check! Brand new GE Stainless Steel Appliances. Check! Trendy vinyl plank floor. Check! In-suite new laundry. Check! Low condo fees. Check! This place checks all your boxes, and for under $250,000? WOW!
This fully remodeled single-level townhouse is perfect for first time home buyers or the savvy investor. Open the front door and fall in love with the warm and welcoming feel of this home. The open concept living room is beautifully lit with natural light, and the kitchen is a showstopper. White shaker style cabinets, large subway tiles and under mount sink.
The bathroom has faux marble tile surrounding the deep tub and plenty of storage in the vanity.
The master bedroom is huge with a walk-in closet, motion-sensor light and custom built-ins. The 2nd bedroom also has a generous closet with built-ins!
Storage not a problem here, with a pantry and extra space in the furnace room. Did I mention a newer furnace/hot water tank? You’ll be the envy of your friends!
Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral and for years prior to 1990 it was a popular in construction Canada wide. Mainly used for insulating buildings and homes against wintry weather and noise. It has also been used, and, in some cases, continues to be used, in products like:
cement and plaster
industrial furnaces and heating systems
floor and ceiling tiles
Here we were, looking to renovate a townhouse that was built in the late 1970’s – we were pretty sure that there would be asbestos. Therefore, during our home inspection period we had a testing company come out and grab samples from everywhere that could potentially contain asbestos. We were right, they did detect 2% Chrysotile Asbestos (which is by far the most common form) in the drywall joint compound no where else. The company said that it was often added to the mud as a binding agent – I sure didn’t know that. Anyways, we negotiated with the seller some of the costs and were off the races.
So, you know, Health Canada says there are no significant risks if materials containing asbestos in your home are:
tightly bound in products and are in good condition
sealed behind walls and floorboards
isolated in an attic
Well, we were definitely going to be disturbing those nasty little asbestos fibres, so next came abatement. We hired M.A.R.S. Environmental Services to do the work for us as we wanted it done properly and safely. It was going to take them 2.5 to 3 full days to remediate all the areas that were going to be affected by our renovation plans. That even included around each of the electrical plugs we were either going to move or replace/repair.
Did we learn a lot through the process? Yes. Was it a bit costly and time consuming? Yes. Was it worth it? YES!! The health of my family, and the ability to confidently say it has been remediated when we go to sell, is totally worth it. I would say that if you are going to be renovating or flipping an older property, get the testing done prior to waiving your conditions for peace of mind and to ensure you still have a profit margin in that flip!
Absolutely delightful breakfast nook encircled in bay windows? This is not your average condo! This unit meets everyone’s needs with two enormous bedrooms and two and a half bathrooms. The master ensuite bathroom features an incredible steam shower! The unique aesthetic choices like the clean white walls throughout and the driftwood-stained hardwood in the living and dining area up the style and polish for a truly unique, contemporary atmosphere. Enjoy all the modern comforts in this home; a Sub Zero fridge, Jenn-Air built-in self-cleaning oven, stone-faced gas fireplace, double tandem garage, and more than necessary storage. Relax in the sun on your two decks with mature landscaping and incredible unobstructed views. This unit’s architecture is rare and exceptional– just like you! A few minutes from public transit and a short ride to the mountains – discover your new home and the desirability of Patterson.
Modern, luxurious living begins and ends in fashionable Marda Loop. Tired of cookie-cutter layouts and unimaginative design? This extraordinary penthouse suite of the coveted Courtyards at Garrison Woods speaks to a new class of contemporary Calgarians. Incredible double-height ceilings and a sunlit, open plan impress straight through the door, while a corner gas fireplace and oversized garden-facing windows make entertaining an effortless thrill. The peninsula kitchen features upgraded appliances, a tiled backsplash, a sizable pantry and slate flooring. Under the stairs is a built-in office nook, and around the corner a convenient powder/laundry room and a spacious balcony.
Last but certainly not least, atop the elegant staircase is the inspiring master retreat — a private loft that stretches the entirety of the suite and features an interior balconied view of the living-space below, and the courtyard beyond. A roomy mirrored closet and 4-piece, modern master-bath polish off this compelling upper floor.
This is a secure, upscale 18+ building with exceptional recreational features including a lap pool and change rooms with shower facilities. The exercise area includes stationary equipment. There is also a clubhouse with a fireplace, kitchen facilities and furnishings. Guest suites are available. Also note there is an assigned, secure underground parking stall, storage locker, air conditioning and integrated sprinkler system. Two blocks from everything you need from, restaurants, groceries and coffee shops to Village Ice Cream. Just a quick trip to Mount Royal University, Glenmore Athletic Park or Downtown.
For more details click here! Call 403-370-2620 to book a private showing!
If you are one of the excited few thinking about taking the leap into the house of your dreams this year, congratulations! Choosing and customizing your home should be among the most thrilling, fulfilling experiences out there. And, just in case you were wondering when this was going to start being about me, well here it is: when buying a new home, it’s a pretty excellent idea to have professional REALTOR® representation. Oh wait, I’m a REALTOR®! What a coincidence!
Let’s talk about show suites for a minute. If you’ve got your eyes on a new build, and feel like browsing around a show suite… HOLD IT! Did you know, that if you don’t have REALTOR® representation the first time you set foot on that site, you may not be allowed to include me as part of the process after that? Basically, if I don’t “introduce” you to the builder, you may lose the right to future REALTOR® representation completely. Yikes is right.
Now, if you’re working with a builder sales rep on a new construction, don’t get me wrong; they will give you quality information regarding development specifications, financing options, upgrades and sales. However, while REALTORS® are contractually obligated to represent the buyer (you), on site sales reps are hired by, and contractually obligated to represent the seller (not you). Think of it as showing up to court without a lawyer, and then asking your opponent’s lawyer for legal advice.…Ok, maybe it’s not that serious. But you know what I mean!
So, as shiny, manicured and tempting as they are, remember to give me a shout before succumbing to the enticing lure of the show home! Plus, then we can grab milkshakes afterwards and chat about it.
Move-up homes driving construction activity, community development, say local housing officials
The head of Calgary’s new home industry believes move-up products have become the go-to sector within Calgary’s residential construction industry, and will be the backbone of new communities moving forward.
Allan Klassen, who is the newly minted chair of the Canadian Home Builders’ Association – Urban Development Institute Calgary Region, said buyers’ focus over the last several years has been increasingly focused on detached product priced over $500,000.
“It is the prominent driver in terms of overall growth of new construction,” said Klassen, who is also senior vice-president of Calgary housing for Brookfield Residential, which is behind the mixed-use Seton development in the southeast and the recently announced Livingston community in the city’s north.
He noted move-up homes provide the foundation behind many of Calgary’s newer communities, such as Auburn Bay, Cranston and expansions in Tuscany.
Klassen describes the typical move-up home buyer as young. He estimates nearly half of these buyers are between 25 and 34, while their average household income is around $125,000.
“WHEN A FAMILY IS GROWING, PARENTS ARE LOOKING FOR SCHOOLS, PARKS, KIDS PLAYING ON THE STREET. THEY’RE LOOKING FOR A SENSE OF BELONGING.”
Their reasons for moving up vary, but are primarily driven by lifestyle changes, such as a growing family. As such, the adage that real estate is about “location, location, location” still holds true when considering move-up buyers.
“When a family is growing, parents are looking for schools, parks, kids playing on the street. They’re looking for a sense of belonging,” said Klassen, adding that, once those locational needs are met, features such as increased square footage, more bedrooms and storage space come into play.
Stephanie Myers, who is Jayman BUILT’s vice-president of single-family housing operations in Calgary, estimates 55 per cent of the company’s sales year-to-date fall into the move-up category.
“This is a higher rate than we would see in a typical year,” she said, noting the price band for move-up homes has widened. She added move-up homes used to be $500,000 and up; now, however, they’re available for around $450,000.
“Given the incredible price points in the current market, and with interest rates running as low as they are, we have seen a number of buyers skipping the traditional starter homes and jumping right into the move-up segment,” said Myers. “The first-time buyer is more prominent in this group than ever before.”
Klassen agrees, saying Brookfield currently sees more than half of its move-up buyers coming directly out of rentals.
According to both Klassen and Myers, move-up buyers will typically settle into their homes for five to seven years before looking to move up again – often within the $600,000-$800,000 price range.
Don Barrineau, Mattamy Homes’ division president in Calgary, said his company is seeing similar demand within the move-up sector. Mattamy has currently released new floor plans within its master-planned communities in Calgary and Airdrie that offer larger square footage (up to 3,400 square feet) and larger lots (up to 43 square feet).
“We want to have a large variety of consumer segments and product types in our communities,” said Barrineau, noting that offering move-up homes allows buyers to go through the majority of their life cycle in one community, should they so choose.
Barrineau encourages move-up buyers do their homework and market research to determine, “what changes will happen within a person’s life that will instigate a move to a different product type, and what will they be looking for in that different product type.”
In Cityscape in northeast Calgary, for example, Barrineau said move-up buyers are seeking more bedrooms and an option to include a spice kitchen.