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.

Calgary’s 5 Top Communities – Walden | The DigiHand

Looking for an escape? Want to get away from city life without actually being secluded from the city? Walden is the place for you! Walden is a growing community in South East Calgary, with town homes or single family homes you will surely find the right fit. What are the pros and cons, you might be wondering? Let’s take a look.

Let’s start with cons:

Walden is directly south of Chaparral on MacLeod Trail, which means it is a pretty far commute from downtown. Furthermore, it is right off of MacLeod Trail, which is under road construction currently that seems to be moving slowly. Shawnessy is the nearest shopping plaza that has everything you could really need, however, because of the road construction on MacLeod, it can be a bit frustrating to traverse through. Though, once all of the construction clears up most of the cons for the Walden community will disappear!

Now for the pros:

Despite Walden sitting on the ever-busy MacLeod Trail, it is easy to get to Deerfoot Trail, Stoney Trail, and Highway 2 as alternative options to get into the city. If you’re not big on driving, there are options for public transportation as well.

As a new development, Walden’s homes feature more modern looking architecture and designs, with clean lines and a simple look. The builders in Walden, such as Cardel Homes and Homes by Avi, are creating a modern twist for this new community. Houses in Walden are modern looking colourful, rather than just neutral and “cookie cutter”. The variation in home sizes in Walden make it a great place to downsize or to grow a family in a safe, suburban community.

The amenities in Walden are plentiful and include a new Save on Foods, a number of different banks, fast food places, a gas station and more. If you happen to travel outside of Walden, to Shawnessy, the shopping and entertainment opportunities seem endless.

Bordering on the opposite side of Walden is the Bow River Valley. There are plenty of reasons to get outside here; on walking paths or bike paths in the valley, or you can run and play in the soccer or baseball fields. There is no short for outdoor activities in Walden — just you hop on to Highway 2, and off you are driving straight to the mountains.

Walden is a perfect up-and-coming community for anyone looking to live in quiet suburbia that isn’t too far outside of the bumping city.

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.

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As a born and raised Calgarian, I have watched Calgary grow to become the world-class city it is today. As much as I try to stay informed regarding all of the new developments throughout the city, it becomes impossible to know of all of the developments happening in Calgary.

As soon as I research the community or builders for a client, that knowledge often becomes obsolete a year later, after the community continues to change dramatically.™ allows Calgary REALTORS® and potential home buyers a tool to help narrow down the search process and help find the right builder and/or community without having to drive around wasting precious time researching in person.

It allows us REALTORS® the ability to do the research from a computer and understand the expectations of builders to ensure that we are able to help our clients and whether or not the builder will pay us for our efforts.
Many home buyers start researching new homes many months before they even consider contacting a REALTOR® to help.

Often by then, it is too late. The builders often refuse to pay us, making it nearly impossible to help our clients pick the right property and negotiate on their behalf. The tools offered through NHLS™ can help us register our clients without even having to know that the clients are considering buying something new. This allows us the ability to contact our clients early on in the process and guide them through the many pitfalls of going directly to a show suite without representation.

The cost of this service is very minimal and will almost surely pay for itself for 20+ years after your first deal, because of it. I am unsure how much more it has cost by clients when they had to negotiate without me. Were they protected?  Did they have a lawyer read through their contract?  If not, then who was representing their best interest?  I can assure them that it was not the builder. I wish NHLS™ had been around when I’d started over a decade ago.

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RE/MAX Real Estate (Central)

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 East Village Development

Calgary’s East Village is the “latest and greatest!”

Here are 10 reasons you should consider living in Calgary’s newest vibrant neighbourhood!

  1. Need a place to live? Calgary’s East Village has a number of elegant, luxurious and contemporary condominiums. The Verve is the East Village’s newest addition, featuring studio to 2-bedroom apartments designed for efficiency and comfort. Cool fact: The Verve is the East Village’s first condominium to be built on The Riff pedestrian street!
  2. Worried that if you live in the heart of an Urban village you won’t be able to cook from home? Worry not! Currently under construction at the corner of 5th and 3rd is Loblaws City Market and a Shoppers Drug Mart! All of your home cooking needs can be satisfied right here!
  3. Can’t decide between natural wilderness and urban luxury? St. Patrick’s Island in the East Village is the place for you! This developed island amidst the Bow River features gorgeous walk ways and bike paths, open, clean and kept grass and trees, and a modern arbour to sit and relax. Not enough? The park is also animal friendly and has a playground fit for the most adventurous children.
  4. 5th Street Square, at the intersection of 7th Ave and 5th Street SE is a small urban park where one can six back, relax, and collect their thoughts. If you’re into a more buzzing social scene, worry not. The YYC food trucks gather in the summer to give you a taste of… well anything you really want!
  5. Direct access to Calgary’s award winning RiverWalk. You aren’t limited to just walking here! Run or cycle in dedicated lanes to make your experience exactly that, your experience! Featuring paths along the Bow and Elbow Rivers, there is an ever changing site to see here!
  6. Artisan markets – enough said.
  7. Want to experience a national historic site whilst in the urban East Village? Fort Calgary gives you exactly that opportunity. This national Historic site has been around since Calgary was born in 1875. Stop by for an educated visit, brunch, or to host an event and “Make History”.
  8. No car? No problem! The East Village’s location makes it very easy to get around! Minutes from the City Hall C-train, you have access to every corner of Calgary!
  9. Tired of Netflix? Not to worry, there are tonnes of events around the East Village that you can partake in. Every month there is something new, from 5-minute therapy to weekly running group, the East Village has an event for you!
  10. As one of Calgary’s most up and coming neighbourhoods, the East Village is guaranteed to have a restaurant for you! From Village Ice Cream to Vasili’s Greek the East Village offers a wide range of selection just to tame your appetite.

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.

Getting your Home Ready to Sell

Thinking about selling your home can be overwhelming. There are many questions that need answers: Should I sell privately or through a Real Estate Agent? Are there any major changes that need to be done in my home? How do I appropriately decorate my home for open house?
This guide will help you answer any questions you have regarding selling your home.

  1. Selling your home privately and retaining all the money your home sells for may sounds appealing, but hiring a Real Estate Agent is your best bet to sell your home quickly and for the best possible price. Real Estate Agents know how to negotiate with buyers, have knowledge about a variety of neighbourhoods, and help get your place in top shape. They also save you plenty of time that you may not have to do it on your own.
  2. Keep your home up to date. Nothing is as unappealing as walking into a potential home and discovering that the current owners haven’t updated their home since the 70’s – shag carpet and all. You want your home to have a good first impression on potential buyers when they walk through the door, and the best way to do this is to make sure that anything that needs repairing is repaired, and any upgrades that will increase the value of your home are completed.
  3. The first thing that potential buyers see when they arrive at your home is the exterior. You want to keep the outside of your home looking well-kept and professional, which may include mowing the lawn, trimming any bushes or trees in the yard, keeping outside decorations to a minimum and tasteful, and cleaning the siding and windows.
  4. Depersonalize your home. Buyers want to be able to imagine themselves living in your home, and that can be difficult when they are surrounded by pictures of you and your family everywhere. This also includes removing any toothbrushes from the bathroom and removing any fixtures you plan on taking with you.
  5. The final thing you should do before you begin showing your home to buyers is de-clutter and organize. Make sure that the house has been deep cleaned and you’ve scrubbed any hard to reach areas, like the tops of door frames. Don’t leave anything lying around, try to get things out of the way so people viewing the home have a clear walking path. You should also organize your home. This includes the furniture, making the home look open and inviting, as well as your cupboards and any decorations you may have. When buyers are looking through your home, they do not want to see that you’ve stashed things away into crammed cupboards, as this may make them wonder what else you are hiding.

With these steps, you should be well on the way to selling your home.

Simone Wayling is a finance major at the Haskayne School of Business (University of Calgary). Wayling is also a co-founder for the Calgary-based start-up company, The DigiHand.

Downtown Or The Suburbs?

Justin and Angie Ahn are transitioning from being young adults to starting a family. They have previously lived in condominiums, apartments in downtown, suburbs, and now reside in the inner city. They are a family of three and with another child on the way, enjoying the middle ground between downtown and the suburbs.

Life Style

Before they began their life together, they lived in apartments and condominiums in the downtown areas of Calgary and Edmonton.  The downtown environment fitted their lifestyle at the time, because the central location offered them the convenience of being close to everything they needed. There were a variety of bars, restaurants, and clubs that were in walking distance or a bus stop away.

Starting their jobs after finishing their studies at the University of Alberta, the commute to work was very convenient as they were able to walk or take public transit, thus saving money from reduced driving and parking costs.

Living in a condominium or apartment, however, underground parking was almost always an additional cost and proved to be difficult for out of town visitors.

Angie’s job as an auditor had her traveling across Canada, and when she had the chance, she was able to stay with her parents in the suburbs part of Edmonton. The suburbs, being away from the central part of the city, there was an increase in the money required to commute to work, though she did find some benefits: she really enjoyed the lack of traffic noise, able to relax in the backyard with a cup of tea.

Once she and her husband settle down for a family they knew that living downtown would not be an ideal place to raise their child, wanting more space, and a better education opportunity.  Justin and Angie made the choice of a home in the inner city making their commute to work still walking distance. Their home is smaller than what they could have bought in the suburb,s but it offers enough space for their children to grow up. Living in inner city also provides them a parking space for them and their guests. Although bars and clubs may not be their thing anymore, restaurants and cafes are still in close distance.

When choosing to a place to live it depends on lifestyles, opportunities that are given, but you’re not limited to stay at one place forever.

Justin Park, is studying Business Technology Management at the University of Calgary. Park is also a co-founder for the Calgary-based start-up company, The DigiHand.

5 Tips To Make Your New Home Feel Cozier- WITHOUT Breaking The Bank

Warm Wall Colours

The importance of wall colour is often underestimated asthe colour of your paint can completely revolutionize the space. Painting a room is a great way to instantly make it over without spending too much. The general rule of thumb is, for a quieter ambiance, make sure your colours are not extremely bright, therefore choosing colours such as a light brown, soft reds, and purples.

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If your new home has wood finishing, darker reds, navy, or a warm off-white can help create a more rustic-cozy feel to the room. Cooler colours make a space feel larger and airier. Warm colours do the complete opposite – they make a space feel smaller and cozier. Every colour, even whites and blacks, can have cool or warm undertones.

The most important aspect of picking a good paint is looking at the size of your room, large spaces often require these warmer colours to help make them feel cozier. However, a smaller room should have lighter greys or off whites with a warm tone in order to open up the space making it more inviting.

Use Rugs in your space

Whether that be in your bedroom or living room, adding soft and textured rugs can add to the warmth of the space almost immediately. Not to mention the fact that rugs on a bare floor keep the heat in, meaning that they are literally warming up a room.

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Pay Attention to Lighting

One of the easiest ways to make your home cozier is lighting. I can’t stress enough how important lighting is, and the effect it’ll have on your room. From the height of your lighting, the use of candles, to the colour of light bulb you choose, these quick changes can have a huge effect on the ambiance of the room.

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The general rule of thumb for choosing lighting for your new home is to evaluate the space. In a living room, for example, the use of table lamps will help to bring the lighting down to a working level, creating a warmer room that will make you want to cuddle up in a blanket and read. It is also important in these multifaceted rooms to have multiple sources of light – brighter ones for larger gatherings, smaller ones for more intimate gatherings, or a night in. As well, in the bedroom, the use of candles and warmer-tone light bulbs will help in creating a more warm and welcoming space.

Look for furniture that is “curl-upable”

There is a very big difference in furniture that is nice to look at, and furniture that is nice to sit or lay on. Ideally, the prefect love seat or sofa would strike a balance between the two. But if you truly are committed to the coziness, then prior to buying furniture you have to ask yourself, “Can I see myself curled up on this sofa of a Sunday afternoon, feet sunk deep in the cushions, reading a book and drinking tea?” If the answer is no – keep looking.

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An additional way to cozy up an existing couch is throw pillows and blankets. Adding soft and textured throw pillows can completely change the atmosphere in the room and create warmth to any space.

Illuminate “feel good” objects in a room

When planning on moving to new home, the things you love should take center stage. Your home must ultimately reflect who you are, and the rest will fall into place. That collection of memorabilia, family photos, or old vinyl’s represent you, and that will be reflected in the space and the overall coziness of the room.

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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.