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June 01, 2020 | Tyler Difley

Calgary lake communities by the numbers

For many Calgarians, the idea of living beside a lake is extremely appealing. Thankfully, Calgary is home to several lake communities, and each has its own unique character and mix of amenities.

For those thinking about buying their own lakefront oasis, here's a look at each of Calgary's established lake communities to help you find the one that's right for you:
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April 10, 2019 | Andrea Cox

Chestermere: despite economic setbacks, growth remains in the forecast for this lakeside retreat

Much like Calgary, the bedroom community of Chestermere didn't escape the real estate market pitfalls of 2018. However, some experts say that the worst is over, predicting that as the spring of 2019 takes root, sunnier days lie ahead.

Location and detail to amenities are two of the most important aspects for a luxury home. Kathleen Renne / For CREB®Now

Aug. 10, 2017 | Kathleen Renne

Defining luxury

Opulence, extravagance, and splendour are words typically used to describe homes of the rich and famous. Those words also apply to Calgary with its fair share of what are considered luxury dwellings.


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June 23, 2017 | Joel Schlesinger

The good life by the lakeside

Snapshots of Calgary's lake communities

Life at the water's edge may not be the defining Calgary experience. But for thousands of Calgary homeowners, life by the lakeside was a key reason they chose to buy in one of the city's many man-made lake communities. Here's a look at each of the Calgary neighbourhoods with a blue jewel of H2O at its heart, making them among the most desirable communities in
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Former (and future) McKenzie Lake resident, and president of Sage Appraisals, Greg Macdonald’s love of fishing is one reason he and his wife are buying back into the Calgary lake lifestyle. 
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June 21, 2017 | Kathleen Renne

Lake living

Lake communities merge city and cottage life for an experience you can't get anywhere else in Calgary

Greg Macdonald is a self-described "fishing fool."

"I'm either fishing, or thinking about fishing," he said, laughing.

This love of fishing is one of the reasons Macdonald and his wife are buying back in to the community of McKenzie Lake.

"We first bought a house in McKenzie Lake in 1999," said Macdonald.

"We sold it a couple of years ago when the market started to turn, but we just bought back in the area, because we loved lake living so much."

Known for its lake, Chestermere's people are what make it an amazing place to live. Photo courtesy City of Chestermere

Feb. 10, 2017 | Andrea Cox

There's something about Chestermere

Not your traditional suburban community


The rapidly growing community of Chestermere exudes an intrinsic lightness of being and a twinkling joie de vivre. You can feel it crackling in the air as you stroll down the pathways, watching people run, blade and bike during the summer months or cross-country ski in the winter, whooshing, swishing, all the while laughing.


"It's the people that really make this an amazing place to live," said resident Ryan Armstrong.


He moved his young family from northwest Calgary to Kinniburgh Estates in East Chestermere four years ago and hasn't looked back.


Nov. 30, 2015 | Carl Patzel

Airdrie approves new lake community

Lanark to house nearly 3,300 residents

Airdrie has approved the first phase of a neighbourhood structure plan in the city's southeast that will be the future home for nearly 3,300 residents.

Dubbed Lanark, the lake community will be located on a 66-hectare parcel of land south of Ravenswood and east of King's Heights and feature more than 1,200 units.

Developer Melcor Development envisions Lanark becoming Airdrie's first fresh-water lake community.

The Capicio family hit the Mahogany Lake Park, with daughter Jasmine, 9, Arlen, and Alex. The Capicos said that when comparing their home in the community to other neighbourhoods in Calgary, Mahogany looked to be a better investment. Photo by Wil Andruschak/ForCREB®Now

July 13, 2015 | CREBNow

The lure of lakeside

Amenities rank high for lake community residents

A cottage lifestyle within Calgary: that's how local urban expert Richard White described Calgary's lakeside communities.

"I know several people who love the idea of cottage life in the city. They'll invest more in a house, because they don't need to buy a house and a cottage," said White.

Buyers are not only focused on the inside of their homes, but also on the outside, added Scott Hamilton, marketing and communications director for Hopewell Residential, the developer behind Mahogany in the city's southeast.

"People are looking for recreational amenities that are convenient...Calgary is not lake country traditionally, so to have a lake is really attractive," he said.


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