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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This two-bedroom executive townhome in Glamis Green has an open and modern floorplan offering over 1,000 sq.ft. of living space. Perfect for first time home buyers with discerning taste as it features high-end finishes throughout!
The main level features a large master bedroom, a generous sized second bedroom and a 4 piece bathroom. This floor also features in-suite laundry, with shelving and loads of storage space.
The wide open upper floor is warm and welcoming. Showcasing an elegant kitchen with granite counter tops and a raised breakfast bar. The great room layout is beautifully designed with considerable space for both dining and living. It even boasts a gas fireplace for cozy evenings in curled up with a book. There is also a powder room for your guests.
The windows and patio entrance deliver an abundance of natural light. Being on the top floor allows for your own private patio with a private feeling, perfect for bbq-ing in the summer.
If you are looking for a home that is a quick commute to downtown (only 8kms)? And do you delight in being surrounded by almost every amenity you can think of? Than look no further….Glamis Green is for you! Welcome Home.
Glamorgan is located in SW Calgary, only 8kms from downtown Calgary. Glamorgan is close to several shopping malls and contains a number of restaurants. There are both public and separate schools in the area. Glamorgan Community Centre offers before and after school care in a comfortable setting, complete with homework tables and computer stations. There is an outdoor ice rink for community shinny games as well as an adjoining pleasure rink. There are a variety of activities such as yoga, Guides, Adult Fitness classes and Karate. The community also offers outdoor soccer, family softball as well as other recreational sports. GCA has a new building situated next to the outdoor rink, called GlamShack and it is the central meeting spot for Grassroots Hockey and Soccer.
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.
This layout! Welcome to the vibrant community of Royal Oak, where your extraordinary double-master suite awaits. This two-bedroom is uniquely arranged to offer privacy and amenities to two parties, while offering a central living/dining area for entertaining in style, and hanging out in comfort.
The elegant dark maple kitchen features Boshe/LG stainless steel appliances, and the under cabinet lighting complements the glassy black granite counter finish. A full ensuite on one side and a 4-pc bath on the other are both accessed through spacious, walk-through closets.
The in-suite laundry sits discreetly just beside the kitchen/foyer. Along with access to the building’s built in gym and party room, you get an oversize titled parking stall in the heated underground parkade, titled storage locker, and underground bike storage area.
Stroll across the way to find a plaza with ample shopping opportunities, quickly arrive at the LRT and be the first to enjoy the Rocky Ridge Recreation Facility opening in 2018!
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.
Love (for your home) is all around. Or, well, it certainly should be!
Ok, Imma tell it to ya straight. At the risk of sounding to “yolo-y”: we only get one life to live, and you’re in your house every. single. day. You better love that place! Your residence is your fortress, your mansion, your den and your pad — all with your personalized touches. If you’re not feeling the vibes of your dwelling, don’t do nothing. Reorganize, redesign, renovate or – you guessed it – get yourself into a new home you love!
I work with clients of all budgets and needs, and it would be my pleasure to help you find your specific style of domestic paradise. Finding a place so “you” it verges on ridiculous comes with a life-changing, and empowering feeling of fulfilment. So, this February definitely show some love to your significant other, but don’t forget to spread the love all around your personal palace. Each mark in the floor should tell a story, each smell evoke a memory, each squeaky stair and settling clack resound in your ears as a comforting purr.
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.
Welcome to this classic, original owner home in the desirable community of Edgemont. This home has been loved and is simply perfect for raising your own family. Perched on a quiet crescent, facing a green space with sweeping unobstructed views of Nose Hill Park, this home is located on a prime lot and provides the ultimate privacy. There are many fine details in this well built, fully developed estate home. As you enter the generous foyer, you are greeted by soaring vaulted ceilings and a grand staircase. The main floor features a formal living & dining room, a bright white kitchen and a large eating nook. The family room has an elegant marble fireplace as its focal point. On the second floor, there is a large open loft with built in office cabinetry and 3 great-sized bedrooms. The oversized master retreat includes a walk-in closet and ensuite bath with a relaxing jetted tub, double vanities and a separate shower. Delight in your beautiful backyard with its sun bathed deck and yard! Other features include a large attached garage, finished basement + much more!
Pest infestations not only cause damage, they can also take a chunk out of a homeowner’s wallet. Here are a few ways to prevent critters from calling your house “home.”
Ants follow the trails left by scout ants. If you find a trail of ants in your kitchen, clean the area with soapy water, household cleaner or a 50/50 solution of water and vinegar. To avoid an infestation:
• Keep sweets and food in tightly closed containers.
• Plant spearmint around your house.
• Place strips of cucumber, citrus peels or borax near any openings where you’ve seen ants.
The easiest way to prevent roaches is to keep your kitchen spotless—clean up crumbs, wipe down the sink and sweep the floor. But, if you’ve already seen them in your kitchen, here are other options:
• Sprinkle catnip or bay leaves in areas where roaches
lurk, such as behind the refrigerator, under the oven and under your sinks.
• If you see a roach, spray it with soapy water. The soap will slowly suffocate it.
• Set traps with baking soda and sugar. Roaches love sugar; however, the baking soda will dehydrate them.
While no home is safe from termites, it is possible to reduce the chances of an infestation.
• Termites thrive on moisture. Survey your home’s foundation, and look for water leaks.
• Schedule a pest inspection. Termites are crafty critters that only make their presence known through the damage they cause. Schedule a pest inspection every couple of years to catch an infestation early and help you avoid making costly repairs.
Rodents can wreak havoc on your home. While traps are effective once the rodents are in the home, here’s how to keep them out in the first place:
• Keep your kitchen clean. Wipe down the counters and sweep the floor before you go to bed.
• Ants aren’t the only vermin that hate mint. Mint keeps rodents at bay as well.
• Place steel wool in holes on the exterior of your home.
• Put trays of used cat litter outside near where you think they could get in. Rodents will smell the cat and scurry in the other direction.
Pets can give us a lot of things—love, attention and fleas. Although chemical pet treatments can get rid of the fleas on your pets, they often don’t get rid of them in the house. For that, try these suggestions:
• Sprinkle salt, borax or baking soda on the carpet and upholstery. Let it sit for a few hours, and vacuum afterwards.
• Get a dehumidifier. Fleas love humidity. If you keep the humidity in the room under 50%, you may be able to get rid of adults fleas and their larvae.
• Clean your bedding and your pet’s bedding regularly.
• Comb your pet’s coat with a special flea comb, and clean it in a glass of soapy water.
Remember, for large infestations, always call a professional!