Top 5 Edmonton Communities – Keswick On The River

Keswick On The River is a new townhouse, single-family home joint development by Cameron Communities and MLC Group. The first phase of Keswick was completed in 2013, and since then the community has become the premier sought-after southwest community in Edmonton. Keswick On The River is over 200 acres of tree-studded, river-wrapped property located just west of 170th Street on Ellerslie Road. Units range in price from $420,000 to $2,000,000, and sizes range in order to fit any family’s lifestyle.

The development is split into two separate areas, the Valleyside and the Estates. The simplicity, texture, and love for the natural elements that inspire the Estates, also strive to inspire the homes within the Valleyside. The Valleyside is characterized by front attached garage homes, that are a customized fit & finish or move-in ready. The size of the units range from 1500 to 3000 sq ft.

The Valleyside also offers luxury duplex homes from the $420s. There are five builders in the Valleyside: Cameron Homes, Parkwood Master Builder, Landmark Homes, Kimberley Homes, and Hillview Master Builder. The group of builders work together within the architectural guidelines to create homes ranging from arts and craft style to English Country, that blend seamlessly together providing the perfect style and size of home for any buyer. The Estates aim to use old world architecture, masonry accents, and clean lines to emit a sense of timeless beauty.

They provide 3000 sq.ft.+ estate homes that are full custom builds or move-in ready.  There are six builders in the Estates: Aacropolis Homes, Ace Lange Homes, Carriage Signature Homes, Perry Signature Homes, Vicky’s Homes, and Keswick Villa and Bungalows by Kimberley Homes. Although each builder adds its own touch to the development, they all strive to provide modern luxury homes that will appeal to any family’s lifestyles.

There are many perks to choosing a home in Keswick, for example: there is over 21 acres of greenspace: including 3 parks, constructed wetlands, and over 8 kilometres of landscaped trails. Keswick also backs on to a private golf course, and is surrounded by two other privatized golf courses in walking distance. Home owners are only minutes away from the Windermere Currents shopping Centre with highlights such as the Cineplex Odeon theatre, retail, and grocery stores.

Alongside the amenities closely surrounding the community, another incentive to buying in Keswick On The River is that it is also an ecologically sensitive development. All show homes are equipped with solar technology, and builders are highly encouraged to maintain the eco-sensitive lifestyle. As for cons in buying in Keswick, the main problem is that it lies on the outskirts of the southwest end of the city, which can make the daily commute quite long. However, for the price point and quality that the development aims to fit, homes in the interior of Edmonton may not  compete with the Keswick community.

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Calgary’s Top 5 Communities – Nolan Hill | The DigiHand

Nolan Hill is located in Calgary’s Northwest rolling hills, bringing Calgarians a community featuring British Isles characteristics with a modern twist. Nolan Hill is a perfect community for families, with amenities such as park space, shopping areas (Beacon Hill, Creekside and Gates of Nolan Hill), local schools (public, Catholic, French Immersion and private) and recreation centres (Crowfoot YMCA and Vivo in Country Hills).

Some other unique features of Nolan Hill are the castle ruins at the entrance and the nearby Symons Valley Ranch market with over 40 vendors!

Nolan Hill’s collection features condos and town homes, front garage homes and Estate Style homes. Even though there are several builders working in Nolan Hill, all the architecture has “Old World Charm” and emphasizes harmony between itself and nature. Town home and condo prices start in the $300’s, while front garage homes range from the $450’s to the $800’s.

Homes by Avi, Morrison Homes, Shane Homes, Sterling Homes, and Trico Homes are all builders for Nolan Hill’s Front Garage Homes.
While town homes and condos are built by Cardel Lifestyles, Cedarglen Living, Jayman BUILT and Morrison Communities.

Bailie Richards is 4th year student at the University of Calgary, studying Italian Studies and Business, with a concentration in Operations Management. Richards is also a co-founder for the Calgary-based start-up company, The DigiHand.

Calgary’s Top 5 Communities – Mahogany | The DigiHand

Mahogany is a new Southeast community in Calgary that prides itself on providing Calgarians with a lakeside lifestyle; in fact, Mahogany contains Calgary’s largest lake!

For those who enjoy relaxing outdoors, the community includes 74 acres of natural wetlands surrounded by 22 kilometres of pathways. Residents can enjoy the lake at two private beach sites, equipped with picnic areas, playgrounds, and sports courts, with washrooms and change rooms on site. On the outer area residents have access to an Urban Village and a Village Market, full of shops, cafes and restaurants. Additionally, the community is close to a hospital and eventually a new LRT line.

Mahogany is divided into 4 collections: Boulevard, Reserve, Lakeland, and Island. The collections include condos, paired homes, town homes, front-attached garage homes and estates, with prices ranging from the $100’s up to the $600’s. There are six builders working in this community, including: Hopewell Residential, Jayman BUILT, Excel Homes, Homes by Avi, Calbridge Homes and Morrison Homes.

Hopewell Residential, Calgary’s Multi-Family Builder of the Year, is building condos, paired homes, laned homes, and front-attached garage homes in Mahogany.
Jayman BUILT is building landed homes, front-attached garage homes, as well as a new community beside Mahogany, Westman Village.
Excel Homes is also involved in the Mahogany development, building front-attached garage homes.
Mahogany’s Lakeside Estate Homes are built by Homes by Avi, Calbridge Homes and Morrison Homes.
While Mahogany’s Island Estates are built by only Calbridge Homes and Morrison Homes.

While Mahogany is farther away from downtown, it’s perfect for people looking for a relaxing, lakeside oasis, and residents won’t need to constantly drive into town since Mahogany is surrounded by two shopping areas, featuring shops, cafes and restaurants. There’s a total of six builders working within the community, giving Calgarians a variety of homes from a variety of builders to choose from, making it perfect for individuals or families.

Bailie Richards is 4th year student at the University of Calgary, studying Italian Studies and Business, with a concentration in Operations Management. Richards is also a co-founder for the Calgary-based start-up company, The DigiHand.

Calgary’s Top 5 Communities – Seton| The DigiHand

If you have been looking for an urban community that isn’t right in the middle of downtown Calgary, but isn’t on the complete outskirts of the city – look no further, we have the place for you! Seton is Calgary’s “south urban district”, located off Deerfoot Trail, and situated south of Auburn Bay and east of Cranston, Seton is set to be the newest mixed-use development in Calgary.

Mixing suburban housing with retail and business, Seton is the place to be! Once complete, Seton will feature a central park, a public library, shopping centres and schools. Seton is also by Calgary’s South Health Campus Hospital.

In the coming future, the city plans to build an LRT line that goes straight into Seton, so transportation will be easier than ever, and you won’t have to deal with driving up and down Deerfoot Trail during rush-hour.

Seton features condos and AgeCare assisted living and nursing homes, so there is something for everyone here! Cedarglen Living is the primary home developer in Seton, with single family homes starting in the $400’s. Condominium unit plans are set to cater to a wide variety of the resident’s needs, with homes ranging from approximately 600 square feet to 1000 square feet. Seton’s mixed-use development holds the intention of accommodating all demographics, and Seton Park Place, the 142-unit apartment style condos, are starting at $190,000.

The condos in Seton model a lifestyle that is accompanied with downtown living, but offers affordable prices in the south that you simply cannot find in the heart of downtown Calgary. Due to the downtown lifestyle that Seton is going to create, apartment buildings and condos will be built on top of places of retail.

If you’re looking for move-in ready home, you will have to wait. Seton Park Place is not quite available for ownership, as home development has just begun! There are two wings that will complete Seton Park Place, with homes in the East wing available as early as June 2018, and homes in the West wing available in August 2018.

To summarize, Seton will be the perfect community for those looking to live a downtown lifestyle without being in the heart of downtown Calgary, as there will be countless amenities such as shopping and entertainment, all close to open green spaces and nearly a straight and direct route to the mountains! With homes developed by Cedarglen Living, you will most definitely find a home to suit your lifestyle here!

The only setback with Seton is that while the hospital and some of the shopping centres are up and running, the homes are still being developed and the LRT Green Line is not yet built, so the commute into Calgary city centre can be long.

If you’re looking for the perfect community and have time to spare before moving out of your current home, you should consider Seton!

Kayleigh Demosky is a finance major at the University of Calgary. Demosky is also a co-founder for the Calgary-based start-up company, The DigiHand.

Calgary’s Top 5 Communities – Legacy | The DigiHand

Legacy is Calgary’s newest residential neighbourhood in the southeast quadrant of the city, just five minutes past the Shawnessy Shopping Centre.

Planning for the community began in 2001, with sales opening up in 2013. Developed by WestCreek Developments, this community is perfect for any stage of life. WestCreek is using acclaimed builders such Albi, Shane Homes, Brad Remington Homes, Jayman BUILT, Sterling Homes, Morrison Homes, and Calbridge Homes, to name a few.

Legacy was designed with families of all different socioeconomic statuses in mind. The builders developed condos, townhouses, duplexes, single family homes, and estate properties, widely ranging in price. The variety in the homes and prices available creates a perfect fit for any lifestyle.

Condos Carlisle Group (starting from the $200’s); Legacy Park (Starting from $119,000)

TownhomesAldebaran Homes (starting from the $320’s)

DuplexShane Homes (starting from the $360’s); Trico Homes (starting from the $350’s

Move-up HomesCalbridge Homes (starting from the $450’s); Jayman BUILT (starting from the $500’s); Stepper Homes (starting from the $460’s); Sterling Homes (starting from the $500’s); Trico Homes (starting from the $650’s); Westcreek Homes (starting from the $500’s)

Estate Homes- Albi Homes (starting from the $900’s); Calbridge Homes (starting from the $850’s); Morrison Homes (starting from the $900’s)  

Legacy is unique in that it provides both city and mountain views from the community, which are also accompanied by the expanse of the Pine Creek Valley to the south. The Pine Creek Valley includes 300 acres of developer-protected environmental reserve, free for the residents to explore and enjoy.

Within the community, there are 15 kilometres of paved walkways past ponds, off-leash dog parks, playgrounds, and an organic community garden. Designed with aesthetics and active living in mind, Legacy is a timeless addition to South Calgary. In 2016, Legacy was named Community of the Year – City of Calgary, at the regional Sales & Marketing awards.

With quick access to Macleod Trail (Highway 2A) and Marquis of Lorne Trail (Highway 22X), Legacy allows you to enjoy living amongst the serenity of nature, without ever being far from the amenities of the big city. As the community is still in the development phase, there are many plans scheduled in the future for amenities right in Legacy.

For example, there are plans in the works for four schools (the high school opening in 2018) and 800,000 sq. ft. of retail space right within the community. However, with legacy being only a five minute drive from Shawnessy, homeowners will have easy access to all amenities such as movie theatres, restaurants, grocery stores, and retail shops.

As well, the Legacy community is only minutes from the brand new South Health Campus Hospital. There are many pros and cons to the Legacy community in Calgary, as it is an extremely new development, there is still a long way to go for the community to be fully complete and equipped with amenities.

It also is quite far from the interior of the city, making commuting into downtown tough. However, despite these cons, Legacy provides families the perfect balance between quiet and busy, nature and city-living. It boasts with possibility and growth for the future, and could be a community which will fit perfectly into nearly every family’s lifestyle.

Monica Turcotte, is a student at the University of Calgary, studying entrepreneurship with a minor in communication and media studies. She is also president of the Alpha Omicron Pi sorority at the UofC. Turcotte is also a co-founder for the Calgary-based start-up company, The DigiHand.