Calgary is a city often referenced for its suburban sprawl and accompanying lifestyle; however, urbanization is on the rise with a multi-demographic nod towards more central living as the city begins to cultivate an urban center that boasts increasing levels of arts presence, cultural significance, and lifestyle vitality.
According to the Calgary Herald, data by Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp. suggests by summer 2014, there were 204 single-detached starts in the city’s ‘center’ zone. This marks an increase of over 30% from the previous year. The appeal of building a new home on an inner city lot within a neighborhood with established infrastructure and more readily available amenities has caught the interest of both home owners and builders in Calgary.
Adhering to modern building and design practices while working with large lots in matured communities allows the home owner to take advantage of not only the space but the property value attached to most sought after inner city lots. A house no less impressive than a unit in the suburban communities but with a 5 minute commute (or better yet, a 20 minute walk). Custom builders are taking advantage of the larger lots and established infrastructure afforded to them with inner city properties.
Formerly sleepy wartime neighborhoods like Mount Pleasant are becoming the new neighborhoods on the rise, with an increased presence of new art and lifestyle features and business. What was Rembrandts on 4th street and 23rd Ave NW for years has now become The Block, and is currently one of the most talked about restaurants in central Calgary. This area also boasts 4th Spot, Shigatsu, Sura, Flavours, Velvet Café and John’s Breakfast making it an area rich with density of culture.
Growth for development of the core neighborhoods is expected to increase in the next few years. While the new identity establishes itself, adopters with lots in the area are modernizing their homes to take advantage of the revitalization and re-urbanization of the vibrant center of the city of Calgary. It’s a good time to break ground on your own piece of the cultural shift that is taking place in this fast-growing and evolving city landscape. Van Manna Homes Inc. thrives in this environment and salvages any opportunity to bring modern style to richly proven neighborhoods.