Avenue 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 comparison with the lifestyle responses.
You can expect questions on staples such as transportation, entertainment, and education. It will also get into housing density and home values.
It will be interesting to see what this yields for some communities, including two-time consecutive winner Arbour Lake. This lakefront community was held in the highest regard two years in row, thanks to its niche market. It’s the only lake community in the northwest, so it has the best of the northwest views and amenities.
Avenue also breaks the results down into categories, making it easier for their readers to find just the right neighbourhood for their real estate investment or future home. Looking to walk to work? The best inner-city communities were judged on factors including their Walkscore. That being said, the survey can reveal some interesting surprises: the south east community of Mckenzie Towne was ranked number 5 for most pedestrian-friendly, and it’s far from being in the inner-city. Wanting to get as far away as possible? Communities with the best access to green spaces are ranked to give you an idea of the natural oases around Calgary.
Already know which community you’d like to live in? Contact us today and we’ll help you get started.
Krista Kehoe, Calgary real estate agent & REALTOR®