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John Paulsen is a diligent caretaker of his acreage and has learned that planning ahead makes maintenance much easier.
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Feb. 23, 2017 | Kathleen Renne

Labour of Love

How to welcome spring when you live on an acreage


John Paulsen has lived on his five-and-a-quarter acres in Springbank for more than two decades.


"It was always my dream to live on an acreage."


And he made that dream come true when he designed and built his home in Springbank, after living in Calgary's Silver Springs community.


DeWinton Community Association president Dusty Dancer says acreage living appeals to homeowners looking to create their own oasis. Photo by Wil Andruschak/for CREB®Now
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Aug. 26, 2016 | Alex Frazer Harrison

The appeal of acreages

Out-of-town living resonates for those looking for laid-back lifestyle

Dusty Dancer likes his privacy – a natural evolution having owned an acreage property south of Calgary for nearly two decades.

So he gets the appeal of how some homeowners might be looking to leave the city for a little r 'n r.

"Some have their own nine-hole mini-golf course. You can make it whatever you want to be. You can't do that in the city," said Dancer, president of the DeWinton Community Association.

Still buzzing with plenty of activity in new-home construction, Airdrie sales activity slowed in 2016 but hasn’t dropped compared to five-year averages. Photo by Carl Patzel/For CREB®Now
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Aug. 12, 2016 | Carl Patzel

Mirror image

Satellite communities showing similar signs of strain; officials still optimistic

Feeling the pinch of a slowing economy, smaller satellite community housing markets have mirrored a downward drift in prices compared with Calgary but continue to be an attractive draw for buyers.

Depending on the region, CREB®'s mid-year forecast update has shown only a slight reduction in sales compared to long-term trends and actual growth in other outlaying districts.

Still buzzing with plenty of activity in new-home construction, Airdrie sales activity slowed in 2016 but hasn't dropped compared to five-year averages. A continual inventory build-up has kept new listings on pace with the past three years for Airdrie, which experienced a 5.37 per cent population growth since last summer and has recently surpassed 60,000 residents.

While Watermark still sees mature buyers in its villa portion of the project, it is seeing more young families and working professionals, say developers in the area. Photo courtesy Macdonald Development Corp.
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April 01, 2016 | Lindsay Holden

A bit of everything

Bearspaw, Springbank appealing to a more diverse sect of buyers

Long admired for its opulence, the communities of Bearspaw and Springbank just outside of Calgary's northwest border are now attracting a wider range of buyers who are looking for a bit of everything, say industry professionals.

"Years ago, the area was big into horse culture – everyone wanted to buy a pony for their teenaged daughter. Now, it is more about organized sports, family vacations," said Jeff Neustaedter, a real estate professional whose office last year saw 35 transactions above the $1.1-million mark in Bearspaw alone, ranging from 40-hectare sites to secluded parcels.

While the area between Calgary and Cochrane has always been known for its stately homes, McKinley Masters Custom Homes owner Mark Kwasnicki noted homeowners want more these days – they want space to stretch their legs, but also to get away from the hustle and bustle of city life.

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Oct. 02, 2013 | Cody Stuart

Amazing Acreages

Fresh air and wide-open spaces are the calling cards of acreage living. While the daily lives of those living in metropolitan regions are often filled with nosey neighbours and traffic gridlock, those living in more rural areas tend to lead a more relaxed lifestyle.

Although more than 80 per cent of Canada's 35,158,304 residents call urban centres like Calgary home, a 2009 survey showed 43 per cent of rural Canadians (those living in towns of 5,000 people or less) rated their quality of life as "excellent".


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