Trends shaping the city’s short- and long-term development

There are some notable trends in real estate that offer clues to what’s on the horizon for the curious, the concerned and those who just like to plan ahead.

“I think the findings from the 2016 census highlight changes in the Calgary housing market,” said Rylan Graham, a sessional instructor in the Faculty of Environmental Design at the University of Calgary.

“Homebuyers are seeking communities where the corner store, coffee shop and local pub are all within walking or biking distance, or near an LRT station that can whisk them across the city while avoiding the annoyances of commuting by car.”
Everyone has a different view on how the City should function,” said Bliek.

“Through our municipal development plan, the City of Calgary is enabling more intensification, infill, mixed use and more growth around primary transit centres. It’s all driven by the desire to have a more fiscally and environmentally sustainable city form.”
If the City planning process was boiled down to two words, they would likely be “evolution” and “consultation.”

A very good indication of what the consumer favors is the “University District” in NW Calgary as an example. University District joins the ranks of campus communities around the world that combine culture and convenience with flourishing commerce and tremendous livability. An environmentally sound, socially responsible and intelligently designed 200 acre community that will change the way Calgarians live, work and play forever. In addition to condo living, a Senior assisted living facility is in the works  and a Senior independent living facility. A community with a network of pathways connects residents to every conceivable amenity. All residential and commercial buildings are within a 10-minute walk of the nearest park.

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