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Federation of Calgary Communities urban planner Carrie Yap said more pedestrian-friendly environment could include anything from wider sidewalks and wayfinding signage and landmarks to direct connections via pathways and linear parks. Photo by Wil Andruschak/For CREB®Now

Aug. 13, 2019 | Alex Frazer Harrison

The why of walkability

Experts tout prevalence in today's homebuying decisions

Walkability has evolved from a buzzword to an influential part of home purchasing decisions in Calgary, say real estate experts.

And to meet growing demand for improved accessibility, developers and planners need to start now by designing communities of tomorrow through a more pedestrian-friendly lens.

"(Walkability) is important to our customers," said Brookfield Residential development manager Tara Steell. "We're hearing from them and using best practices to create communities with master-planned communities. We have the ability to influence that and try to get people out of their cars."

Mattamy unveiled its first net-zero home in Cityscape late last year. Pictured, from left, is Andy Goyda of Owens Corning Canada with Mattamy Homes representatives Don Barrineau, Brad Carr and Warren Saunders, as well as Donna Moore of the Canadian Home Builders’ Association - Calgary Region and 
Salvatore Ciarlo of Owens Corning Canada.

Oct. 24, 2018 | CREBNow

Homebuilder among finalists for environmental award

Finalists announced for 25th annual Emerald Awards

Mattamy Homes is among 70 organizations and individuals who have been named as finalists as part of the 25th annual Emerald Awards, which recognize environmental excellence in the province.

The homebuilder has been recognized under the Large Business (more than 100 employees) category for its Cityscape community in northeast Calgary.

As part of the federal EcoEnergy Innovation Initiative, Mattamy will build five net-zero homes in CityScape – the first already revealed late last year.

Oct. 19, 2018 | CREBNow

Ever wonder what a $4 million home looks like?

People have differing opinions of what a luxury home truly means. For some it's price, for others sheer size, and for others still it's the prestige of an exclusive location – whether that means an inner-city lot in the middle of the action or a secluded acreage with mountain views. However, when it comes to luxury, seeing is believing. With that in mind, let us take you inside some of the Calgary area's most luxurious homes, all currently priced at over $4 million.

City of Airdrie planning and sustainable development manager Tracy Corbett said council approved Vesta's South Point NSP proposal after the developer clarified what the types of housing would eventually be in the community. Photo by Carl Patzel/For CREB®Now

Sept. 28, 2017 | Carl Patzel

South Point in Airdrie takes next step

New community to house close to 1,600 residents

After a few trips to the drawing board, the new Airdrie community of South Point has sketched its way to approval, and will be highlighted by a much-needed link in the city's road system.

Located on a 28-hectare plot east of Hillcrest, south of Morningside and 40th Avenue S.W. and west of the CP Rail tracks, the Vesta Properties' project will eventually host an estimated 587 residential units that will service close to 1,600 residents.

With questions over density allocations and housing mix, the original Neighbourhood Structure Plan (NSP) was defeated by Airdrie council in September. A re-worked plan was approved in late January.

Inn from the Cold donor relations director Janeen Webb said the organization is seeing similar usage numbers this year when compared to 2015. Photo by Michelle Hofer/For CREB®Now

June 07, 2017 | Kathleen Renne

Hope is on the way

Inn from the Cold reports consistent number of bed stays to 2015

A haven of hope – that's how many guests at Inn from the Cold describe Alberta's only barrier-free shelter exclusively for families, which continues to see capacity-like numbers leading into one of its busiest times of the year.

"One of the things we're doing here is restoring dignity," said director of donor relations Janeen Webb.

In the face of Alberta's ongoing economic downturn, Inn from the Cold has reported about 30,000 bed stays so far in 2016. Webb said that's consistent with 2015 when the organization saw almost 40,000 stays by year's end.

Kitchen and bathroom renovations provide some of the highest returns on investment when it comes to increasing the value of a home. 
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June 07, 2017 | Shelley Boettcher

Mortgaging to fight mortality

Mortgage company helps fight kidney disease with fundraising program


Dave Kelly set out to help his friend raise money for charity in Lethbridge.


But within a few months, his idea – the Kidney Mortgage, a fundraiser for the Kidney Foundation of Canada – had grown bigger than he ever imagined.


"It started off as something small," said Kelly, a mortgage associate with Dominion Lending Centre Mortgage Excellence in Lethbridge. "But the idea has really been taking off."


Situated at the south-end of the Peace Bridge, The Concord will offer unparalleled views of the Bow River. Courtesy Concord Pacific

March 30, 2017 | CREBNow

The height of luxury

Vancouver-based developer encouraged by uptick in luxury home sales


Vancouver-based developer Concord Pacific says it is encouraged by the Calgary market. Sales of its Eau Claire luxury condo tower, The Concord, have hit 67 per cent.


"It's coming out of the ground. We're pouring the P1 (parking) level and you have to understand that this parkade has never been done in North America by anybody. Nobody has ever done nine-to-13-foot ceilings on four levels of parkade. This is a unique situation," said Grant Murray, senior vice-president of sales for Concord Pacific.


Murray says that coupled with the flood mitigation work that took an extra year to design into the base of the building, it was pivotal to do it right. By Easter, he says, they should be at podium level and the completion is expected to be December 2018.


March 09, 2017 | CREBNow

A Transition in the Making

Detached sales activity boosts February housing market


After the first two months of the year, Calgary's detached sector continues to drive a slow transition in the housing market.


February sales totaled 1,342 units, which is still 19 per cent below long-term averages, but an improvement over the past two years.


As sales kept trending upward, detached inventory levels continued to ease in February. These conditions caused months of supply to fall to 2.4 months, putting less downward pressure on pricing.


Myron Hildebrand, who’s purchased numerous homes directly from builders, says it gave him more control over the final product. Photo by Tyler Klinkhammer / For CREB®Now

March 07, 2017 | Kathleen Renne

Buying from a builder

Buying directly from a builder has many advantages and a few potential drawbacks


Myron Hildebrand is no stranger to working with builders. His current home is proof of that experience, having hired Sunset Homes to execute the build on his semi detached space, which he intends to turn into two investment properties.


"Buying from a builder, you have so much more control over the final product," said Hildebrand. "It's a fun process to go through."


Janet and Glen Belbeck say their farmhouse chic kitchen, and other renovations, improved the value of their home significantly. Photo courtesy of M.A.D Renovations

March 01, 2017 | Karen Durrie

Renovate to Stay

Calgary couple renovates instead of moving and loves the result


Fifteen years ago, Glen and Janet Belbeck moved into their brand new spec home in McKenzie Towne's Inverness area. Back then, the community sat at the extreme end of the city, with coyotes, deer and rabbits frolicking in the fields nearby.


More than a dozen years later, the couple, with two kids grown up and moved out, decided to purchase a McKenzie Lake home with their dream view of the mountains, overlooking the Bow River.


But when the economy went sideways, and their Inverness home's outdated country kitchen failed to impress buyers who had showhomes to choose from in newer neighbourhoods, the Belbecks decided to stay put and invest in a large-scale renovation.


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