March 04, 2021 | Andrea Cox
Community Profile: EvanstonShovels broke ground in Evanston in 2007, but the community has quickly become one of the fastest growing and most desirable places to live in Calgary's northwest quadrant.
Brimming with green space, the community is located next to the natural beauty of the Symons Valley and West Nose Creek areas, with views of the Country Hills Golf Course.
With Stoney Trail on the neighbourhood's southern perimeter, getting around is a snap, whether your destination is the airport, the downtown core or the majestic Rocky Mountains.
"Evanston truly has it all," said Cheryl Heilman, director of marketing at Qualico Communities, the developer behind Evanston. "It's an established, beautiful community with everything you could want located right in the community, either a short walk or drive away."
Qualico Communities is deeply invested in creating thoughtful communities throughout Calgary and area, including Redstone, Crestmont, Crestmont View and Silverado in Calgary, as well as Ravenswood in Airdrie, Harmony in Springbank and Dawson's Landing in Chestermere.
"It's an established, beautiful community with everything you could want located right in the community, either a short walk or drive away." - Cheryl Heilman, Qualico Communities
Evanston is nearing its final stages of development. At completion, it will feature 3,348 single-family homes and 1,419 multi-family residences. A variety of new-build home styles are available, including townhomes, side-by-side duplexes, laned homes and move-up designs. Home styles include Craftsman, Prairie and Colonial.
"People love that they can build new in an established community where their kids can go to school, and they can enjoy the parks and get groceries – all right in the community," said Heilman.
As it is in many new communities, word of mouth serves as one of the biggest selling tools in Evanston.
"There are a lot of referrals that go on in the community, with family and friends buying in the same neighbourhood, which helps to make for a really family-friendly community," said Heilman.
- Two schools have recently opened their doors – Kenneth D. Taylor (K-4) and Our Lady of Grace (K-9) – and a third K-6 school is in the works, contributing to an even tighter-knit sense of community.
- Evanston Towne Centre offers a variety of retail and dining options, along with a Sobeys grocery store, fitness offerings and banking.
- The community features more than 6.3 kilometres of pathways that wind through 16 community parks and seven playgrounds.
- One of the fastest growing communities in the city, Evanston's population has exploded since its inception 12 years ago and now sits at 17,685 residents, according to the 2019 civic census. It also has Calgary's largest number of preschool aged children at 2,483.
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