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And the Winner is…

Congratulations to Elenita. C, the winner of our latest “Guess the Final Sale Price” Contest.

Elenita recently visited our Open House at 1272 Lake Sylvan Drive SE and her guess of the final sale price of the home was the closest of all the entries we received.

Elena, we hope you and your family enjoy the gift certificate to The Lake House Restaurant at Lake Bonavista!

Whitehall Restaurant

We like to share our favourite neighbourhood restaurants with clients and friends. Our most recent discovery, Whitehall in Bridgeland, was a wonderful surprise. I was at lunch with a friend at Whitehall for the first time. When the baked breads just out of the oven with pork dripping arrived on the table I knew I was in for a treat. They say food evokes strong memories and indeed it took me back to my childhood in Yorkshire.

Michelin star chef Neil McCue recreates a taste of nostalgic memories from England with his own personal flare. Whether you’re looking for traditional Roast (Alberta) Beef with Yorkshire puddings, dripping chips and red wine sauce or Duck Confit with pickled blueberry, toast curd and chicory salad, Whitehall has it all.

A Yorkshire lad, Neil is approachable and down to earth, and passionate about food. Neil decided to become a chef when his grandma gave him a set of Wusthof knives. Neil set off for Barnsley College and after several years in prestigious UK hotels and restaurants, came to Canada to be sous-chef at Langdon Hall, Cambridge Ontario and then head-chef at Catch Restaurant and Oyster Bar alongside chef Michael Noble.

In 2015 Neil opened his own restaurant Whitehall and as they say, the rest is history. To finish my story, when I discovered the pork dripping on the table I asked the server where the chef was from, she said he was up in kitchen and to go say hello and ask him. We had a good banter and before long had made plans to host a British Expats Kitchen Party. For more details on this event go to British Expats Connect Calgary Facebook page, or call Kate at 403 464 6888.

https://www.whitehallrestaurant.com
42, 4th Street NE, Calgary AB T2E 3R7
Phone: 587 349 9008

And the Winner is…

I would like to announce the WINNER of the “Guess the Final Sale Price CONTEST” at the Open House events we held for 17, 42 St SW.

The winner of the $50 Cassis Bistro gift certificate is Linda H who had the closest entry we received. The actual sale price was $635,500!!

 

 

Relocations

Clients relocating to Calgary often ask us which neighbourhoods are the best. It’s a difficult question to answer as a neighbourhood that may seem a ideal to one client may not to another, as we all have our personal preferences of what constitutes a great neighbourhood. Three major factors to consider when choosing a neighbourhood/ community to search for your new home are:

Proximity to services – the location of places you frequent (such as gym, grocery store, library etc.) is important in choosing which neighbourhood you would like to live in. If driving 15 minutes to pick up milk is not for you, then a grocery store nearby will make all the difference. We listen to your lifestyle requirements and research neighbourhoods to find the properties that meet your needs.

Travel time to work – consider your commute time to and from work. You spend one third of the day (8 hours, or more) at work. A long commute on top of these work hours can add up quickly and take time away from your family/ leisure time. We customize your home search to a commute radius so you only receive notifications of properties within your commute timeline.

Schools/ daycare/ parks – homes in the areas of the best schools are in high demand and can help retain the value of your home. We provide you with the most recent school ranking data and school attendance zones, so you can be confident your children will attend the school of your choice.

There are many other factors that affect a home buyer’s choice to where to purchase. At Calgary Home Previews we take the time to get to know you and your requirements, making your home search as smooth as possible. For more information please connect with us on Facebook, or contact us by email or phone. We’d be happy to help you find your next home!

Energy Efficiency in your Home

Our experience is that home buyers may ask to see the past year of utility bills for a home they are considering buying, to make sure that they will not be overpaying for heating bills in a poorly insulated home. As utility bills increase, having a home upgraded to improve energy efficiency before putting your home on the market will improve your likelihood of selling.

Whether you own or rent, you can request a free (yes, free!) energy efficiency evaluation of your home, an Energy Efficiency Alberta installer will visit your home and conduct a walkthrough to identify potential opportunities for energy-efficient upgrades. They will install energy efficient products to replace your current ones such as:

•      Incandescent nightlights, lightbulbs and exit signs with LED products

 •     Inefficient shower heads with high-efficiency shower heads

 •     Installing faucet aerators if no aerator is present, or to replace an existing aerator

 •     A traditional power bar with an advanced power bar

 •     A non-programmable thermostat with a smart (self-adjusting) thermostat

In addition the Alberta Government is giving home improvement rebates for energy improvements:

•      Improved insulation

•      Upgraded windows

•      Tankless water heaters

On-line rebates are also available for household appliances that qualify, including refrigerators, clothes washing machines and smart thermostats.

For more information, booking your appointment and frequently asked questions go to:

https://www.efficiencyalberta.ca/residential-no-charge/

The New Face of Calgary

The Calgary landscape is changing. In past years Calgary has been expanding outwards into ‘suburbia’ with new communities offering homes at more affordable prices. The impact of this direction is now being felt with longer commute times and a downtown core that is becoming less sustainable. Now the direction is changing to creating communities that are walkable with mixed use and higher density, making them financially sustainable.

Neighbourhoods are being developed as their own complete community, with residential, commercial and workplaces. Areas such as Quarry Park in South East Calgary have large apartment buildings with workspaces in the same building or are ‘walk to work’ accessible. The new University Heights development is another example of this trend, with recreation and work areas being designed and built within the community. This is a new vision for Calgary where people do not commute downtown to work but live and work in the same neighbourhood. This reduces costs, congestion on roadways, commute times to work and more.

Another recent change with the shift to increased density is the relative ease of Secondary suite application approvals. A Secondary suite is a self-contained dwelling unit within the main residence that has separate living, cooking, sleeping and bathroom facilities. These are commonly referred to as basement suites or in-law suites. You may have also noticed Backyard suites recently, these are a self-contained dwelling unit in a detached building that has separate living, cooking, sleeping and bathroom facilities. These are commonly referred to as garage suites, garden suites, or laneway homes and are becoming increasingly popular in those areas where zoning allows for them.

Whilst opinion of secondary and laneway suites is mixed, for those homeowners interested in applying, the City of Calgary has waived the fee for secondary suites applications in the last few months (regularly about $3000); and the fee exemption has been extended again for the time being. In addition you may soon see many more laneway homes as the City of Calgary has approved a pilot project of Seniors’ Laneway Housing in some locations where a backyard suite is already allowed.

For more information check out the websites (or just give us a call):

http://www.calgary.ca/PDA/pd/Pages/Permits/Projects/Applying-For-A-Secondary-Suite.aspx

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/calgary/calgary-seniors-laneway-housing-pilot-1.3809000

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Calgary in Top 5 for Liveability

It’s no wonder that so many people looking to start a new life chose Calgary as a place to call home! Calgary is once again in the top 5 most liveable cities in the world, sharing 5th place with Adelaide, Australia according to The Economist Intelligence Unit August 2016 Liveability Ranking Report.

Liveability ranking (out of 140) shows how liveable a city is in five broad categories (stability, healthcare, culture & environment, education and infrastructure). A liveability rating of 80-100% indicates that there are few, if any, challenges to living standards in that city, with 100% being ideal.

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Update on New Housing Developments in Northwest Calgary

Whether you are looking for an investment opportunity while your children attend university or a place to call home for yourself, here’s our latest update on one of the new housing developments in NorthWest Calgary.

The University District

We recently attended the “Circle The Wagons” event at The University District in NW Calgary, the official unveiling of the West Campus Development Trust’s master plan for development of 200 acres of the University owned land.

Ideally located for students, on campus staff or professionals working at The Children’s Hospital to walk to work/ studies, the University District has attracted the quality builders Brookfield Residential and Truman Homes.

You may recognize the name Brookfield from award winning communities Varsity and Varsity Acres in NorthWest Calgary. Truman Homes have a wide selection of floor plans to choose from, all with sleek modern designs and high end finishes. All units come with either garage or underground parking. There’s a variety of home styles and choices in Brownstones, Town homes and Apartments with contemporary styling, so there’s something to suit everyone’s lifestyle and budget.

The University district was designed with sustainability in mind, so builders conform to LEED energy & water efficiency requirements. The master plan also includes “The Green Spine”, a greenway that runs north-south through the development and links to Central Park, main street and the neighbourhood parks. If you’re looking for an urban lifestyle where you can walk to work and near many amenities, University District could be just what you’ve been looking for.

These homes are all leasehold, with 99 years lease. Construction will begin with phase 1 in 2016, with possession likely in late 2017/ early 2018. The townhouses include a rooftop patio for much sought after outdoor living space. Homes in the University District development will be available for sale from February 2017, when the show homes open. Financing is available with 5% down payment for primary residents and 20% down for investors. Prices start in the 200k’s.

Please contact us if you would like more information on this innovative new people-focused community!

To see The University District Virtual Tour click here