Stories Tagged - neighbourhoods
Oct. 30, 2019 | CREBNow
However, there are mixed opinions among homebuyers and sellers, real estate professionals, and community developers about what features contribute to a livable, vibrant and healthy neighbourhood.
Aug. 13, 2019 | Alex Frazer Harrison
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."
Dec. 08, 2016 | Joel Schlesinger
A stretch of Nose Creek that straddles Calgary's northwest and northeast quadrants may now be only home to scenic, rolling grassy hills.
But soon enough, about 9,000 city residents could being calling it home sweet home, along with 21,000 jobs, as planning is underway to develop a community with residential, commercial and industrial opportunities.
Most notably, however, is this community, once built, will be one of city's healthiest places to live, work and play.
Dec. 21, 2016 | Jamie Zachary
CREB®Now recently had the chance to sit down with Lurie and reflect on 2016. Here's what she had to say:
CREB®Now: Did 2016 play out the way you expected?
Sept. 23, 2016 | Andrea Cox
Almost 15 years ago, Naz Virani made the shift from chef to homebuilder and developer. Since then, he has been one of a handful of builders at the fore of Calgary's gentrification.
In the early 2000s, Virani founded Sarina Homes, and began what he describes as a journey to transform the inner-city, one infill home at a time.
"A lot has changed since we started the business," he recalled. "We started out building single-family homes, then moved into semi-detached and then fourplex designs."
May 17, 2016 | Jamie Zachary
Change can be hard.
It can be messy.
It can be painful.
But it can also be necessary.
And with perspective, it can be the best thing that ever happens.
April 15, 2016 | Kathleen Renne
True urban living: that's how Beltline Communities president Rob Taylor describes the resident experience just south of downtown.
Taylor has seen Calgary's Beltline district – bounded by the CPR tracks on the north, 17th Avenue to the south, 14th Street to the west and the Elbow River in the east – evolve extensively since he first moved into West Connaught in 1983. (The Beltline is made up of four neighbourhoods: West Connaught, Connaught Centre, Victoria Centre and East Victoria.)
"There has been a tremendous amount of development in the Beltline. We're very much focused on creating a vibrant community with high-density, urban living."
March 30, 2016 | Kathleen Renne
People are always on the lookout for the next big thing, and that search extends to the world of real estate.
When it comes to reading the proverbial crystal ball as to which community will emerge as Calgary's next inner-city hot spot, the author of the blog The Everyday Tourist, Richard White, suggests one look north.
"The northwest inner-city communities are becoming much more urban and desirable," says White, explaining the growth of these communities has coincided with the relatively recent expansion of facilities like the Alberta Children's Hospital, the Foothills Medical Centre, SAIT and the University of Calgary campus.
March 11, 2016 | Shelley Boettcher
Are you overweight and out of shape? It could be because of where you live.
Local researchers are pointing to a new international study that has found a connection between obesity and urban geography – in particular as it relates to living in high-rise apartments.
"The literature out there is pretty clear — there's a strong relationship between the walkability of your environment and your health," said Calgary architect John Brown, a professor in the Faculty of Environmental Design at the University of Calgary.
Feb. 26, 2016 | Alex Frazer Harrison
For casual observers, it might appear that new neighbourhoods just sprout from the ground overnight.
In fact, those first show homes only come after years of planning and negotiation.
"When people see the graders out there, people think that's the start of a community, but it starts long before," said Brookfield Residential senior manager of strategic initiatives Grace Lui.
In the case of Brookfield's up-and-coming Livingston development in north Calgary, for example, grading might have started this year, but land acquisition took place 15 years ago. The new community, which will be comprised of 10,000 homes on 514 hectares of land just north of Stoney Trail, will welcome its first show homes in 2017.