One of the most appealing inner-city neighborhoods in Calgary is the hub of shopping and café life that is the Southwest’s Marda Loop. What was once a bustling turnaround point for the Marda streetcar line in the mid-20th Century has grown in the last decade into a high profile lifestyle area for home-owners.
Fully self-contained with amenities like grocery stores, a post office, gyms, major drug stores and retailers, Marda Loop also features signature touches like quality record stores, pet boutiques, café’s, deli’s and even local mechanics. The area is also well established with parks and green spaces, situated a short walk away from the sprawling and popular River Park.
Community spirit is one of the selling features of this neighborhood as the infrastructure encourages foot traffic and support of local businesses. As a result of this community integration, grass roots ventures and home grown businesses thrive in Marda Loop. Community support also extends to making annual events like the Marda Gras Street Festival massive successes; the festival routinely pulls in huge numbers of residents and non-residents to the Loop every year.
Though there has been an increase in population density in this area due to luxury condo development, the main focus in recent years has been the modernization and development of custom homes. Large lot sizes and the frequency of parks and green spaces make it an appealing option for setting down roots. Not to mention the fact that the area is situated between two major thoroughfares (14th street SW to the East and Crowchild Trail to the West) making the commute to the downtown core quick and fairly painless (give or take the occasional weather-related panic or extended summertime road construction project). These selling features have led to the area coming alive with vibrant and exciting projects for custom home builders in Calgary.
Van Manna Homes has just broken ground on a project in Marda Loop and has been geared towards encouraging custom-home building in this quality inner-city location for some time. It boasts everything that is appealing about established central neighborhoods in Calgary: culture, lifestyle amenities, and the available space to build large and quality custom homes in a convenient location. It is the kind of neighborhood where you could take the dog for an off-leash walk, stroll with the kids into the main shopping district for hot chocolate, pick up a few groceries, and then take a 10 minute drive to go see the symphony that night downtown…or catch the latest Hobbit at the Eau Claire cinemas if that is more your speed. Marda Loop’s location and frills allow you and your home to be plugged directly into what makes this city such a vibrant place to call home.