By Rebecca Wissink

Walkability is all about how friendly a place is for those who choose to walk - with the presence of sidewalks, footpaths, or pedestrian lanes, and favorable roads and traffic conditions for accessibility and safety. A walkable community has significant places to walk to, like restaurants, shops, and other amenities, and encourages its citizens to get out and mingle on the streets.

Walking not only offers health and economic benefits to homeowners, but from the city’s perspective, walkability is about health and fiscal responsibility too. The executive director of Sustainable Calgary, Celia Lee, says the city needs to invest in creating walkable communities. Lee suggests the increase in chronic diseases across Canada over the…

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By Rebecca Wissink Patterns in luxury home buying in Canada are not only influenced by economic factors, but also by demographics and generational characteristics. There are three successive generations that compose Canada’s luxury real estate market - Baby Boomers, Generation X, and Generation Y. As most Baby Boomers enter retirement, and Generation Y is just getting going, Generation X is entering the prime of their lives.  Individuals belonging to Gen X as they are commonly called, are those born between roughly 1965 to 1979 (different researchers will use slightly different years) with ages ranging from about 42 to 57. This generation is considered the Bust generation, given they are a small cohort and lost between two massive…

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By Rebecca Wissink

Luxury or luxurious – to be of great comfort, richness, or extravagance - might be the most overused words in advertising, describing everything from bedding to garages and skincare. It’s no secret why the words are pervasive in advertising – they evoke feelings we desire. But if you google luxury what you see are lavish homes and properties. As the largest asset one will ever own, and the place where we spend most of our time outside of work, our homes reflect our style and desire for luxury. Yet, if beauty is in the eye of the beholder, we must understand that luxury is similarly unique to the person and their needs and desires. For those that seek luxury, there is no one-size-fits-all approach. Luxury might be a glass penthouse in…

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Renert School Calgary Real Estate 

Why Renert? Renert is a unique K-12 private school in Calgary’s NW that offers an innovative educational model. Known as Calgary’s leading mathematics school, Renert was founded on 25 years experience as the premier provider of academic support and test preparation services, for the city’s elementary, high school and university students. The teaching team at Renert are different. Teachers here are a distinctive mix of expert subject matter experts and specialized mentors. As an accredited private school, Renert students are obliged to cover the Alberta curriculum. In addition, a wide range of educational learning choices are offered, far exceeding this traditional curriculum. Students are allowed to progress and advance through curriculum at their…

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Webber Academy Calgary Alberta     

Webber Academy, a private west side Calgary school offers kids from K-12 an exceptional educational experience to thrive academically. Webber Academy is located on a 47 acre campus in the scenic community of Aspen Woods. Its majestic locale overlooks the stunning mountains and foothills to the west. Non-denominational and coeducational, this school caters to students with a range of cultures and faiths. The underlying mission prides itself on phenomenal student success, encouraging all students to have high expectations of academic achievement, behaviour and service. Education for all students is further enhanced with impressive extracurricular programs. There is never a shortage of activities to keep kids involved. Clubs and activities include…

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47 Wentwillow Lane SW an Upscale Enclave of Calgary's Westside Wentworth

47 Wentwillow Lane SW

Are you a both a nature lover and discerning buyer looking for luxury and prestige in your next Calgary home? Do you want your next Calgary real estate purchase to be something unique and unparalleled, combining serenity with convenience? Look no further, you have arrived. This incredible home is located in the South West Calgary neighbourhood known as the Willows of Wentworth. Nature takes centre stage here. An upscale enclave of Wentworth, you’ll discover large lots cradled by mature Aspen growth forests and environmental reserves. A tranquil, quiet lifestyle can be yours while just a short commute to downtown. This exquisite 4 beds, 4 baths walkout bungalow is all of this,…

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224 Horizon View Glen in Springbank's Exclusive Ecoluxury Micro Community

224 Horizon View Glen

 It’s not just a home, it’s a state of mind. Set amidst what has been noted as Calgary’s first Ecoluxury Micro Community, Ki, this stunning luxury home has it all. The word “Ki” (pronounced “Key”, is the Japanese word for life force, balance and energy.) It was applied to the key shaped cul-de-sac of this community in the rapidly expanding Springbank. This enclave identifies itself with a quiet social conscience, adhering to the Leed Certified Sustainable living program and ‘Zen-Prairie’ architectural design. Its desirable rural location with mountain views, nestled on 2 acres of natural forest, gardens and green space has the best of both worlds, with quick convenience to…

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411 Patterson Blvd SW in the Point in Patterson Heights

 411 Patterson Blvd SW

Visualize waking up each morning nestled amongst natural ravines, stunning vistas and expansive green space. Imagine seeing abundant wildlife from your window. Envision spectacular views of Calgary’s downtown and the Bow River as you walk, run or ride the abundant trails and pathways of your community. If this sounds intriguing, then look no further. This stunning home is located in the Point in Patterson Heights, a unique community offering this and so much more. Residents here enjoy privacy in plentiful natural surroundings, where 70% of its total development site is dedicated to be a natural reserve. Patterson Heights is home to municipal parks and reserves that include Sarcee Park and…

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53 Aspen Ridge Green SW | Aspen Estates

Natural privacy with nature at your door. A modern take on traditional French architecture. A vibrant community in Calgary’s desirable west side. These are a few of the features residents enjoy living and owning Calgary real estate in the premium enclave of Aspen Estates, known as Aspen Ridge Green. Streetscapes are lined with unique custom homes and this one is no exception. Situated on a picturesque ridge, overlooking tranquil greenspace, this stunning build by MGS Custom homes has it all. The modern main floor has oak hardwoods, 10’ ceilings, stunning built-ins and lighting. The living room is drenched in natural light and a gorgeous marble-faced gas fireplace with access to the deck. The elegant dining room is ideal for entertaining. The…

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102 Aspen Ridge Place SW Aspen Estates 

An award winning West Calgary ‘address of distinction’ can be yours. Quiet, family oriented living, where you can have a lifestyle that offers close proximity to work, play and the Rocky Mountains. Estate style custom built homes on large lots with elegant fencing and manicured boulevards are a distinct trademark of prestigious Aspen Estates. This luxurious abode, a former QuinnCorp show home is consistent with the premium architectural guidelines, quality and distinction that is Aspen Estates. As a resident of the larger Aspen Woods community, you’ll enjoy the wide range of walking trails, community recreation programs and breathtaking mountain views throughout. As for shopping and other amenities, the Aspen Landing Shopping Centre has it all. An…

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