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The rustic aesthetic of timber-frame and log homes is a perfect match for the natural backdrop of acreage properties.
Courtesy Moose Mountain Log Homes Inc.

Feb. 14, 2018 | Gerald Vander Pyl

Heritage homebuilding

Classic timber-frame and log homes are the perfect fit for many Alberta acreage properties

Attractive acreage properties lend themselves beautifully to some classic building methods: timber-frame construction and natural log homes.

Each has its own appeal, and while the homes come at a premium cost, Alberta specialty builders say the results are worth the money.

Courtesy Chris and Carly Dykstra

Feb. 14, 2018 | Andrea Cox

Return to their roots

Finding the right home in a welcoming community

When Chris and Carly Dykstra sold their home in Victoria's Oak Bay neighbourhood last spring, they debated what their next step would be. They had lived on the West Coast for close to 10 years, raising their three girls who are six, 10 and 11. But when push came to shove, the Dykstra family decided to move back to Calgary, where Chris had started his career and the couple's two eldest girls had been born. They found their perfect home, one that would accommodate three children, three Golden Retrievers, a cat and a bunny – a 4,500-square-foot, open-concept, custom home in the family-friendly neighbourhood of Watermark in Bearspaw.
The Nelligan family (from left: Jasper, Angus, Paris, Frankie-Lou and Bruce) off the back deck on their Westmeadows Estates Acreage west of Calgary. Photo by Wil Andruschak/For CREB®Now

April 11, 2016 | Kathleen Renne

Life as a country mouse

Acreage living brings unique challenges and opportunities 

Frankie-Lou Nelligan is no stranger to country life. She grew up on farms and acreages before returning to that lifestyle three years ago. Even so, Nelligan still experienced some maintenance surprises when, for example, she turned on her sink taps and the kitchen filled with the odour of rotten eggs. As she discovered, she needed to "shock" the well, or disinfect it with chlorine.

"My husband is a city mouse and I'm a country mouse. If you want to live on an acreage, you definitely have to have a country mouse," says Nelligan, who along with her husband and three children, live on five acres in Springbank.

"You're responsible for a lot more on an acreage. Every year, some kind of maintenance needs to be done on the septic tank or the well."

Anna Garcia says her family feels lucky to call her largely forested acreage in Bragg Creek home. Photo by Adrian Shellard/For CREB®Now.

Oct. 21, 2015 | Kathleen Renne

Next door to nature

Residents tout benefits of acreage living

Anna Garcia loves her neighbours.

The Bragg Creek resident says they're relatively quiet, active and the kids are cute.

Did she mention they're a family of moose?

"We saw her (the mom) almost daily, licking right off our deck. Those moments are spectacular. It makes us feel exceptionally lucky," said Garcia.

The lure of living so close to nature was too much for Garcia and her husband to resist when the couple uprooted from Willow Park in southeast Calgary to their largely forested Bragg Creek acreage in 2001, where Garcia's husband also owns a furniture business.


June 10, 2015 | CREBNow

Back to your roots

Acreages and rural living provide room for growth, sense of community

Alberta's come a long way from its historical roots of buffalo herds and settlers.

More than 600,000, or 17 per cent of, Albertans lived in rural populations in 2011, according to Statistics Canada. That's a far cry from 75 per cent who lived rural rather than urban in 1901.

Yet a pioneering spirit still remains throughout the province, said Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development Minister Verlyn Olson.

April 30, 2015 | CREBNow

A unique city

Calgary distinctive in offering both metropolitan and acreage luxury

Calgary's housing market has evolved to include a luxury segment offering buyers just about anything their hearts desire, suggested a local industry expert.

"We have those individuals who want to experience the city life, so that's the downtown metropolitan living," said Mary-Ann Mears, managing broker with Sotheby's International Realty Canada.

Feb. 19, 2015 | CREBNow

Don't fence me in

Acreages provide room for growth, rural sense of community

For more than two decades, Ray Howell has lived "free" on an acreage west of Calgary.

It's a freedom that Howell doesn't take lightly.

"I enjoy the opportunity to do what I want, within reason," he said, noting the added benefits of raising children around animals, plus the smaller student-to-teacher ratio at school.

"We have a large garden and have had many animals throughout the years. Overall, you have more freedom to do what you want."

Sept. 04, 2014 | Cody Stuart

Wide open places

Many Albertans yearning for that rural experience

As Alberta's major cities continue to grow, it would appear more people are being drawn in by the urban experience.

Yet many Albertans are still choosing the prairie skies over city streetlights. Perhaps unfathomable to urbanites, these rural dwellers are all too willing to cast aside conveniences of the "big city," and instead stake their claim in the hills, prairies and valleys of Wild Rose Country.

"I enjoy the opportunity to do what I want, within reason," said Ray Howell, who's lived on an acreage west of Calgary for the last 22 years. "We have a large garden and have had many animals throughout the years. Overall, you have more freedom to do what you want."

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