Walden Wows Buyers

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.

Featured Property:

23 WALDEN GR SE

MLS# C4201878

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.

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Don’t miss your chance! Call me to see it today!

 

Varsity townhouse

JUST LISTED : #45, 3519 49 ST NW

Location! Location! Location! Immaculate and beautifully renovated multi-level, 875 sqft, 2-bed townhouse in Varsity.

This home features an open living space with bright windows, a warm colour palette & gleaming new floors. The open dining area leads to a private sunny balcony with personal access to the courtyard! The kitchen offers an attractive newer white kitchen with updated glass mosaic tiles. The main floor also has a spacious family room with large windows providing an abundance of natural sunlight.

The lower level offers a large master bedroom with walk-in-closet plus another good-sized bedroom, with big windows. There is also a huge 4-pc bathroom, that is white and bright. This property is complete with in-suite laundry, a large storage room, plus an assigned parking stall close to the entrance.

Condominium amenities include a sauna/fitness room. And condo fees include heat and water/sewer. Perfect for first time buyers and a fantastic opportunity to get into the real estate market, don’t miss out!

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JUST LISTED : 1204, 2200 Woodview Drive SW

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!

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Date Night

Calgary – It’s Date Night!

Calgary is AMAZING!

I know, I might be biased – but there is so much to do in our city.  With everything the city has to offer date night should be easy and more than just dinner and a movie. 

How about these cool local date night ideas:

• Live Improv: Loose Moose Theatre 
• Handmade Pasta Making Lesson: The Spice Chica 
• Murder Mystery Dinner: Fort Calgary 
• Sunday Brunch: Monki Breakfast Club
• Drop in Volleyball: Rally Pointe
• Tacos and Bowling: National on 10th
• Escape Room Experience: Level 1 Escape / Escape Capers YYC 
• Surfset Group Fitness: Revolution Fitness 
• Live Music: There are tons of cool places like Ironwood and Wine Ohs

Everyone is different and the more you can personalize the experience the better it will be for both of you.  Remember that they love you  just spending time together and reminding them how important they are to you will win you major brownie points and fill your heart up with joy.

Or, “Netflix and Chilling” always works too  😉

Love Valentines Day

Valentine’s Day – Pamper Her or Spoil Him

Tis the season of love, tingly feelings and romance.  I adore this time of year, people being all mushy gushy with feelings, open hearts and public displays of affection. I mean, seriously, is there anything cuter than a couple holding hands walking in the snow and not feeling the cold. It doesn’t matter if you are in love with yourself, a partner, your family, your friends or even your pet – sing it from the rooftops during this time of year. It’s OK!

“BEING IN LOVE IS AN AMAZING THING; BUT BEING IN LOVE WITH YOUR BEST FRIEND IS EVERYTHING!”

There seems to be a lot of gift giving this time of year, but celebrating your love for another doesn’t mean you have to spend all your savings. There are many ways you can show you care … I’ve listed some of my ideas below that you can totally steal and take credit for on Valentine’s Day:

Pamper Her
  • Breakfast in bed or meet for breakfast somewhere instead of dinner
  • Send her a sexy text message or tantalizing voicemail
  • Have a romantic Valentine’s Day picnic on the floor. Use some candles and lay a soft blanket on the floor. Put on some soft music and white Christmas lights for additional romantic lighting
  • Share a warm bath with scented oil or bubble bath
  • Together write your love story – how you met and fell in love. Don’t forget “lived happily ever after”
Spoil Him
  • Hide post it notes around the house with cute little sentiments
  • Mail a love letter to his office so it arrives on Valentine’s Day
  • Use lipstick to make hearts and XO’s on the rear view mirror or bathroom mirror. Leave a kiss on his napkin for lunch or dinner
  • Do something together, go skating or tobogganing – its fun, seriously!
  • Break out his favourite board game, puzzle or video game
October Calgary Market Statistics

Status quo for Calgary’s housing market

Prices remain similar to last year in Calgary, but ease in October

October’s housing market conditions closely echoed previous month’s trends with easing sales, rising inventories and downward price pressure. Like last month, the monthly activity was not enough to derail gains that occurred earlier in the year.

October sales and inventories in Calgary totaled 1,467 and 6,463 units for a month of supply of 4.4. Several months of elevated supply in comparison to demand has weighed on pricing over the past several months. The city-wide unadjusted benchmark price in October totaled $438,900, 0.6 per cent below last month, but comparable to last year.

“While economic activity has improved in 2017, it will take some time for this to translate into housing market growth. There have been employment gains, but most of this has occurred in areas with traditionally lower income,” said CREB® chief economist Ann-Marie Lurie.

“We also continue to face weak migration, higher lending rates and changes to lending policy. The combination of these factors is impacting housing demand, which is prolonging the pace of recovery.”

Resale inventory gains occurred in each product type and across most districts in the city. The largest gains were in districts with substantial new development growth.

In the detached segment, the largest number of units added to inventory occurred in the $300,000 – $500,000 price range. This represents nearly 42 per cent of all detached inventory. 62 per cent of the inventory in the city-wide market is priced below $500,000.

“There is far more product availability in the lower price ranges now compared to several years ago,” said CREB® president David P. Brown.

“This provides more options for potential buyers concerned about their purchasing power given all the changes in the lending market.”

The largest monthly price change occurred in the apartment condominium sector which recorded an unadjusted monthly decline of 0.8 per cent, resulting in a 13 per cent spread over monthly highs recorded in 2014.

Despite some recent adjustments, prices in the attached and detached segments remain relatively stable compared to last year.

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Calgary September Market Update

The BIG Picture

Inventory increases and sales drop in September, but overall sales for the year remain higher than last year.

Strong gains in the first-half of 2017 has put the Calgary year-to-date sales at seven per cent above last years’ levels and 11 per cent below long-term averages, but challenges remain with easing sales and rising new listings in September.

Inventories rose across all property types to 6,861 units, while both apartment and attached-style properties saw the highest inventory on record for the month of September.

“The recent rise in inventories is preventing further price recovery as sales activity has moderated over recent months. This does not come as a surprise as sales activity is expected to remain modest by historical standards until more substantial economic improvements take hold,” said CREB® chief economist Ann-Marie Lurie.

“Some may consider this a setback, but it is important to note that recent movements are balancing out the higher than expected gains that occurred in the first-half of the year.”

New listings in September totaled 3,266 units, a year-over-year gain of nearly 10 per cent.

“There are several factors influencing new listings. Given the falling prices over the past two years, some sellers were waiting for market conditions to improve prior to listing their homes. More stability in the market has prompted many of those sellers to no longer delay their listing decision,” said CREB® president David P. Brown.

“In some segments, rising new home inventories are also impacting total housing supply. Ultimately, prices are affected. However, this inventory also opens up opportunity for buyers to step up into a home that was financially unattainable.”

As of September, unadjusted benchmark prices totaled $441,500. This is 0.2 per cent below last month, but nearly one per cent above last year. Downward price pressure this month occurred across most product types. However, year-to-date benchmark prices in the detached sector remain comparable to last year.

Prices in the detached sector remain relatively stable compared to last year. Condominium apartment prices remain four per cent below 2016 levels and twelve per cent below 2014 highs. This sector continues to struggle with price declines resulting from excess supply as months of supply pushed above eight months.

 

JUST LISTED : 167 Douglas Woods Hill SE

Welcome to this show stopping family home in sought after Douglasdale.

This open concept home has been recently updated for a polished, modern look. You’ll be impressed as soon as you step inside this gorgeous home. It features hardwood floors, a spacious living & dining room, main floor laundry & a discrete half bathroom. The home opens up into a family room with huge windows and a corner fireplace. Once in the kitchen your eyes are drawn to the details which includes high end cabinets, stainless steel appliances & shining granite countertops.

Upstairs is your extra large dream master suite – a large 4 pc ensuite with corner jacuzzi tub & a walk in closet. There are 2 additional bedrooms & a kids/guest bath up.

The fully finished lower level is ideal for family entertainment. Space includes a supersized recreation room, built in office space, a 4th bedroom & storage space!

The backyard is enormous, did we mention there’s a POOL? The property is well manicured with a large multi-tiered deck. Welcome Home.

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JUST LISTED : 409, 59 22 Avenue SW

Discover contemporary condo living in River Grande Estates, and relax into convenience, amenities, and distinct downtown lifestyle.

Two bedrooms and two bathrooms offer everyone comfort and privacy, while 9-foot ceilings, new flooring throughout and attractive, brand new stainless steel kitchen appliances are sure to impress your guests. A huge walk-in closet and a 5-pc ensuite off the master will make you never want to leave home.

There is assigned storage, in-suite laundry and underground parking! No where compares to Mission for restaurants, shopping, transit and fitness opportunities; your lifestyle is about to experience an upgrade. Additional features include underground visitor parking, a car wash, a library and an entertainment room.

What else do you really need!? See it today!

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Housing recovery a balancing act

Growth in new listings outpaced sales preventing inventory declines 

Sales posted a modest gain in August, but a rise in new listings kept inventory levels elevated.

Inventories totaled 6,624 units, where over half were comprised of attached and apartment style properties. While inventories were 16 per cent higher than August 2016 levels, the slight rise in sales prevented further gains in the months-of-supply, which remain just above four months.

“Employment growth is contributing to the stability in sales activity, but it is not enough to meet the recent rise in listings and make a substantial dent in inventory levels,” said CREB® chief economist Ann-Marie Lurie.

“Unemployment rates remain elevated and job growth is mostly occurring outside the energy sector, slowing the recovery process. Broader economic improvements will be required prior to it translating into substantial improvements in the housing market.”

The second month of higher inventories compared to sales weighed on prices for the month. The unadjusted city wide benchmark price totaled $442,300 in August. This is 0.3 percent below last month, but remains nearly one per cent above last year’s levels. Overall total residential prices remain four per cent below peak levels.

“Buyers have several options in this market, and sellers need to continue to be realistic regarding the price they expect to receive for their home,” said CREB® president David P. Brown.

“While some of the buyers are re-entering the market, they are also considering all of their options prior to making a commitment.”

The pace of growth in detached sales has closely matched new listings this year. However, inventory levels continue to remain at 3,280 and months of supply pushed up to 3.32. Recent gains in months-of-supply prevented further gains in prices this month. Detached prices totaled $510,900 in August. This is slightly lower than last year, but 1.5 per cent above last year’s levels.

With over seven months-of-supply, the excess supply continues to weigh heavily on the apartment condominium sector. As of August, the benchmark price totaled $263,300. This is one per cent below last month and three per cent below last year’s levels. Downward price pressure in this sector is expected as supply levels remain elevated in the new, resale and rental market.