Calgary News, Events & Local Insights about Calgary - Blog Archive: March, 2016

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There’s a groovy, hip, trendy happening place to be in every city. Think of Greenwich Village – everyone knows where that is.  Think of Yaletown in Toronto or Gastown in Vancouver.

Cool neighbourhoods have been a thing ever since people pitched tents along the railway tracks next door to Fort Calgary.

Inglewood, Ramsay, Mission, Cliff Bungalow, Beltline and the uber-popular East Village are some of the current obvious ones, and as far as a quadrant goes, the South West has had more than its fair share of popularity.

It’s time to set our sights on Calgary’s North West as the latest and greatest spot in Calgary’s urban landscape.

First, think of the fantastic amenities particularly in what might be called the outside inner-city ring.  The…

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Chances are that you, the home owner, didn’t design the home you’re presently living in.  There are of course exceptions, but the vast majority of us are living in a home that we didn’t design ourselves. The builder and the builder’s architects did.  But more often than not, we have designed our yard and our garden.

Do you have a modern home with avante-gard design features or a mid-Century bungalow?  It’s important that your magazine-cover home with its sleek design have an equally sleek garden.  Or your cottage-style bungalow should have an English garden, otherwise your exercise in horticultural contrast could be costing you value in curb appeal.

Just as today’s modern homes are “open concept” in terms of interior layouts, so should your…

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A majestic home in the south east community of Mahogany is the grand prize in the next edition of Foothills Hospital Home Lottery.  Not only is it valued at $2.4 million, it’s on an island in one of the lake community’s islands.

The traditional lottery home this year is 5,890 square-feet and built by Calbridge Homes.  It has three-storeys and stands proudly in the gated island community.  It’s custom built which means it’s one of a kind.  The precise layout, interior and exterior design and unique décor aren’t offered in any other home in Calgary.

The home has four bedrooms and a total of 4.5 bathrooms.  Because it’s on Mahogany Lake the home will have a private dock for the new home owners to keep non-motorized watercraft.

The interior of…

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There are a lot of hoops to jump through when applying for a mortgage.  A lot of paperwork to fill out and a lot of “proof” to provide.  Of employment, of credit, of savings patterns – it goes on and on.  And rightly so.  Lenders want to make sure you’re able to make your mortgage payments and that your debt load is within reason.  People who have skipped out on mortgages or found it impossible to keep up with high payments are the ones who have caused the industry to take such precautions.

But what if you’re a great person and you just don’t happen to meet all of the requirements to be approved for a mortgage?

You may be happy to know that there is such a thing as alternative lending.  Legitimate lending – we’re not talking about loan sharks or…

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