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moving to calgary blogCalgary’s growth is immense, even in uncertain economic times, and with so many moving to the city, we’d like to help ease the transition. Here’s everything you need to know about living in this city, laid out in a two part series. From the basics, to jobs, to culture, we’ll highlight haunts and hotspots in #YYC.

The Basics

Calgary, the largest city in Alberta, is located east of the Rocky Mountains, and surrounds two major rivers, the Bow and Elbow. The city is divided into four quadrants (SE, SW, NE, NW), and the layout comprises generally a grid format. Tip: Home hunting? Make sure to double check the quadrant on the addresses of Calgary real estate listings, as some streets repeat.

Because the city’s western boundaries are so close to the

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From custom made sofas to upcycled chic, Calgary’s home furnishing and décor experts are always on the cusp of new adventures into styling living spaces. These homegrown locations source locally while translating the Canadian spirit into every piece they sell. If you’re looking to makeover a space or spruce up your new home, here are a few home décor hot spots to get you started.


Wide open showrooms across North America offer an industrial backdrop for the iconic sofas crafted at Montauk, and Calgary’s location is just one such example. Here the brand showcases their handmade products, all of which are conceptualized and constructed in Montreal. These sofas are far from standard; rather they have a unique blend of modernity and edge, exactly

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family friendly communitiesWith Family Day around the bend and tomorrow marking the day of cupids, chocolates, and cards, it seems only fitting to spend the weekend thinking about your nearest and dearest. For some families, that means finding the ideal home, with enough space for everyone and in a prime location. So if you’re planning on scouring the market for the top neighbourhoods, here’s our guide to three areas in Calgary where families thrive.


Lakeview homes are the smart choice for a quiet community with plenty of outdoor recreation. The neighbourhood consistently ranks on Avenue Calgary’s best surveys, taking home accolades like #10 overall and #4 in the best established neighbourhood category. Residents will be quick to tell you all about the small town

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calgary winter eventsIce Festival

It’s the last chance to visit the Market at Symons Valley Ranch for the ice festival! Head down this weekend starting on Friday, from 10am to 5pm. This year-round market has set up a carnival tent for ice sculpting, is hosting outdoor family friendly fun, and is open for your fresh food needs.

Live ice sculpting is the main event, with professionals giving demonstrations and teaching kids about the craft. Bundle up for the demo, then warm up with a treat from a local vendor.

Lace Up

Skating weather is in full swing, so you and your family have a few options on that front.

  • A classic spot, Olympic Plaza’s skating rink is in the heart of the core and easily accessible.
  • A game of shinney has never been simpler than at the
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seton calgaryWhat started as expansive farmland has become Calgary’s up and coming urban hotspot. In just a few years, Seton will be the beacon for the latest in dining, entertainment, and homeownership.

The idea for this mixed-used development sparked alongside the new South Campus Hospital, and Brookfield Residential was quick to see the potential of a new core. Calgarians already travel great distances for work and play, so why not bring the urban appeal to the outer edges?

According to the Calgary Herald, the city has been welcoming an astonishing 40,000 new residents each year, so it’s no surprise that this development will be the answer to a need. Seton is just one of the ways the city and local home builders have been working towards a better lifestyle

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calgary main street workshopsCalgary’s growth speaks for itself, with new condos, communities, and transit expansions well under way. But what remains to be set in stone is how existing communities will handle the growth and maintain the unique cultures fostered over the years. That’s why the City of Calgary is hosting Main Street workshops. The Main Streets stretch across the city, encompassing more than just the inner-city. They’re classified as routes and destinations that see a lot of traffic and could be slated for further development. In fact, many of these areas were, historically, where the former streetcar lines ran.

The goal of the Main Streets workshops is to ascertain what the community needs from the growth and how improving on certain major areas could improve the

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calgary communitiesAvenue Calgary has given the proverbial green light for the Best Neighbourhoods of 2015 Survey.

While it may seem like the results from 2014 were published rather recently, that's due in large part to the lengthy prep times it takes to put the survey together. The February 28 deadline gives the Avenue team until August 2015 to get down to the nitty gritty of the survey info, craft their well written neighbourhood guides, and design interactive maps.

The new questionnaire will be based on a comprehensive weighting system, with respondents answering more general questions about lifestyle and amenities that make a neighbourhood stand out. Data from the city and other official sources such as the Calgary Police Service will be used to score each area in

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home winter protectionWhile we haven’t seen loads of white snow on our lawns over the past few weeks, this Alberta winter is just getting started. Forecasts predict cold patches and precipitation, so it’s never too late to take measures to protect your home. In fact, take advantage of the snow absence while you can!

Ice Dams

Most of us revel in the warmer temperatures brought by Chinooks, but your home and your roof may not be as fortunate. When the snow melts from the roof and trickles down to your frozen gutters, you’re left with an ice dam along the edge of your home. The dam encourages water to seep under the tiles and can cause expensive damage.

If there’s no snow on your roof, take a look to see if your gutters are clear of leaves. Got ice dams? Check out your

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real estate marketingEnvious of those stunning aerial shots featured in luxury listings? Well it’s getting much easier for sellers to take advantage of the bird’s eye view. With the help of unmanned aerial vehicles, real estate agents and sellers are getting shots that used to be far from simple (and quite costly).

Drones For Real Estate Marketing

At this point, your imagination—and some Transport Canada guidelines—are the only limits to using drones to market a property. The guidelines cover privacy and safety for the user and anyone near the drone, but if you’ve checked off all of those requirements, the drone marketing door is open.

The future of real estate marketing is heading towards unmanned aerial vehicles, particularly as they become more affordable. They

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calgary holiday theatreTheatres across the city are gearing up for the holiday season. Whether you enjoy the traditional carols or spontaneous takes on the season, you’re sure to find a theatre near you with an entertaining performance. The vibrant theatre scene is offering classics, themed nights, and family favourites throughout the month of December. Here’s just a few offerings from the box office!

Charlotte’s Web

Taking center stage at the Martha Cohen this December is the spidery web of a childhood favourite. The story of Charlotte’s Web features aerial acrobat and actress Manon Beaudoin, who has created a vivid imagining of the character, thanks to harnesses and a trampoline that brings her spider like motions to life. The performance is accompanied by live music

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