Calgary Real Estate Alliance Blog: Calgary Real Estate News - Blog Archive: April, 2013

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April 2013

There are 3 blog entries for April 2013.

Pow! Parade of Wonders!Slap on a pair of Vulcan ears and head on down to the Calgary Comic & Entertainment Expo, happening April 26th, 27th and 28th, 2013 at BMO Centre, Stampede Park. This annual exhibition has been celebrating all things pop culture since 2006. Get your sci-fi, fantasy and horror fix while visiting over 600 exhibitors and guests from film, TV, comic books, gaming and animation. They’ll be plenty of opportunities to meet with your favourite stars, along with other industry leaders including movie studios, writers, make-up artists, cosplay specialists and magazine and comic publishers.

Guests and exhibitors from a variety of different industries will be at the expo, from classic favourites such as Richard Dean Anderson, also known as MacGyver, and Carrie

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“A developed country is not a place where the poor have cars. It’s where the rich use public transportation.” –Gustavo Petro, Mayor of Bogota

A recent study by Real Estate Investment Network found that one of the key factors when determining the value of residential property is the proximity and ease of access to amenities. Homebuyers are placing more and more value on a community’s “walkability”, opting for a lifestyle that is not car dependent.

Walking in CalgaryWith potential homebuyers being more attracted to a car-light lifestyle, the price of homes has grown tremendously in the city’s core neighbourhoods, such as Victoria Park and Connaught, in Calgary’s Beltline region. Home values in these inner-city communities increased anywhere from 205% to 265%, the most

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Memorial Drive, Known as the Gateway to Calgary's DowntownWhat seemed to be a never ending “work-in-progress” is finally nearing completion: Calgary’s Poppy Plaza is scheduled to open within a month. The park, originally budgeted to cost $11 million, is currently undergoing the finishing touches before opening. Poppy Plaza is part of the larger Landscape of Memory project, and is found at 10th St and Memorial Drive, along the Bow River.

A plethora of delays including weather and labour issues and even a contract dispute that is now being settled in court kept pushing the project back from its original completion date of 2011.

But now, despite the delays, everyone is looking forward to next month’s grand opening of Poppy Plaza, created to honour Canada’s veterans and remind the citizens of one of Canada’s

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