November 2014

Found 6 blog entries for November 2014.

The countdown is on! You’ve purchased your next home and maybe even sold the current place you are in today, but the big move is still a work in progress. There are a couple essential notes to take to make your moving day as stress free and streamlined as possible.

1. Hiring a moving company or doing it yourself?

Do you call in all your favours and get your friends to help you move or spend the money and hire a moving company? A couple factors will probably play into your decision such as the time of year. Let’s face it, Calgary’s weather is a bit temperamental and if you’re moving the second week of January you might find out who your friends really are. You might need to sweeten the deal with eggnog lattes and take-out to swing the pendulum in

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Many of Calgary’s newer communities have Home Owners Association Fees or what's more commonly known as HOA fees. When you purchase a property in communities, like Auburn Bay, Mahogany or West Springs, you pay an annual fee to the community association which goes towards the maintenance of community amenities such as lakes, spray parks, tennis courts and outdoor skating rinks, to name a few.

Calgary's new communities have HOA fees.

Part of the appeal of these newer Calgary communities is that they are well looked after, with gardens or waterfalls welcoming you to the neighbourhood. So how are these great features taken care of? 

 1. What do HOA fees cover?

In different communities, the Home Owners Association Fees cover different things. For example, in Calgary lake communities,

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Secondary suites have long been a hot button topic in the City of Calgary. Everyone from community and residential associations, to tenants, homeowners, developers and politicians all take a side on this issue. The questions is how does Calgary, the 3rd largest city in Canada, provide much needed diverse housing options, including affordable rental properties, without rezoning entire communities?  

Calgary secondary suites.

The battle has been going on at City Council for a while, but especially since Mayor Nenshi was elected in 2010. A final decision has yet to be made that will move the issue off the table.

Types of Secondary Suites

1. Legal Suites are those that adhere to current building codes and land use bylaws and obtained building permits. This is the type of

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Calgary's film industry has pretty much been homeless for the last five years, but things are looking brighter as the Calgary Film Centre is scheduled to open in the fall of 2015. The Currie Barracks used to serve as Calgary's go to film stages, but the redevelopment of the area meant the film industry had to find a new home. Calgary has never really had proper TV and film facilities. With $22-million investment in the new studio, hopefully Calgary will become a more viable contender to producers and one day be included along side Vancouver and Toronto when referring to the "Hollywood North".

Calgary Film Studio

The 8.5 acres of land for the new Calgary Film Centre was purchased by Calgary Economic Development from the City of Calgary. The centre will consist of two

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All you need is a few friends…okay maybe more than a few to buy a 25-acre luxury property in Beverly Hills for $195 million. The home is owned by billionaire investor Jeff Greene, who already owns 3 downtown buildings in Manhattan and over 3,00 apartments in Los Angeles. This amazing estate is listed by Coldwell Banker Previews International real estate agents Joyce Rey and Stacy Gottula.

$195 million real estate propertyThe spectacular estate includes:

  • 12 bedrooms
  • 23 bathrooms
  • security guard house and state-of-the-art security
  • a 3,000-bottle wine cellar to go along with a stunning vineyard view
  • multi-colored marble inlaid floors and extravagant molding details
  • Alberto Pinto-designed grand chef’s kitchen
  • approximately 5,000 square feet Master Suite
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The City of Calgary is proud to have 17% of the designated park space as off-leash space. With 150 off-leash areas in and around the City there’s sure to be one close to home. Dog parks are full of people who share their love for their best fur friends, where you can meet people from your area and join in different dog groups to give Fido (and you) an opportunity to make new friends.  

Say Hello to Calgary's Off-Leash Ambassadors

Animal and Bylaw Services in Calgary have been piloting a program in selected off-leash areas, Off-Leash Ambassador Program, that places volunteers in the parks to act as liaisons to the City. They’re there to help promote positive interactions, safety and invite citizens to discuss ideas and concerns that they feel need to

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