Did you know more million-dollar homes are selling in the Calgary area than during the same time last year!
Warmer weather gets us excited about using outdoor spaces, like this beautiful covered patio in one of our custom homes!
We can help you spruce up your outdoor space!
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Staying on top of the newest trends is at the top of Van Manna’s list. We are constantly striving to be the best builder giving the most value. Van Manna Homes has been recognized many times over for the exceptional homes we build. Check out this beautiful custom built home by Van Manna that won the 2014 Alberta Awards of Excellence:
We have proudly submitted our entries for this year’s CHBA SAM Awards & National Awards for Housing Excellence! There have been a record number of entries this year. These annual new home awards celebrate the most creative and professional work in the Calgary home building industry. The finalists will be announced in March. Stay tuned for more information as the finalists are announced!
Van Manna Homes is in your community completing custom home renovations!
We are one of Calgary’s finest custom home, award winning builders with over 10 years experience and are a proud member of National Home Warranty and the Canadian Home Builders’ Association.
Are you looking to complete a home renovation, a custom build or a specific room renovation? Perhaps you are looking for the opportunity to sell your property without paying real estate commissions or spending your time and money prepping your house to go on the market?
Whether you are looking to renovate, sell your property, or rebuild, Van Manna Homes offers a full range of services to suit your needs.
Please contact us for more information 403-383-3109 or [email protected]
Van Manna Homes is proud to announce we are now a sponsor of Elementary Safety. The initiative to educate and promote safety for children has succeeded in finding fun and educational ways to get kids engaged about the idea of safety.
Elementary Safety has built resources, including an interactive website at ElementarySafety.com, geared towards kids ages 6 to 10 with the express purpose of promoting safety in areas such as home and outdoor safety, road and vehicle safety, animals safety, fire and electric safety, and a special section on the ever important area of personal safety.
Van Manna Homes is proud to be involved with this site and advocate safety around the home for families. We always put forth great effort in considering safety and family life when approaching building homes with our clients so we dig the job Elementary Safety is doing and are proud to be affiliated. Visit their site to get started on educating your own little tykes on the do’s and don’ts of the world of safety. It’s possible you could learn something yourself in the process. And get some snazzy coloring pages out of the deal. Just make sure to stay in the lines.
Boasting one of the most famous views in the city, Crescent Heights is one of the best candidates for inner-city custom home building. Large lots and established infrastructure appeal to custom home planning while the neighborgood itself promotes a genuinely unique personality.
Bound by several key NW and NE thoroughfares, Crescent Heights features the busy business districts of centre street and the Trans-Canada, gorgeous strolls like McHugh Bluff which runs beneath Crescent Road, and permanent fixtures like the famed Peter’s Drive-in.
Crescent Heights also holds the distinction of having been it’s own village back in the day, having been established a staggering 120 years ago. One can see this history in the large boulevards and the plentiful parks and the prime location within what eventually became the city of Calgary. The village of Crescent Heights has become an enviable inner-city community; one that features some of the most impressive and unique custome homes in the city.
Along the walking path on Crescent Road, while enjoying a view of the north side of the downtown core, you can see some of the more impressice builds that have been created in recent years. Mixed well with old structures and new, Crescent Road is a feast for anyone interested in homes and custom design.
While the main strip of homes with a view are reserved for those of a certain income bracket, Crescent Heights contains a wealth of land, with lots and builds for any income. It is this quality mix of demongraphics that makes Crescent Heights such a diverse atmosphere for inner-city life in Calgary.
Van Manna Custom Homes has builds underway in this neighborhood, enjoying the large lot size to afford comfortable homes in this sought after location. If someone were to work in the downtown core, they could stroll down McHugh Bluff and across the pedestrian bridge by the Calgary Curling Club and into Princes Island Park and be at work in under 20 minutes. And if they are feeling energetic at the end of the day, they can climb the stairs at Mchugh Bluff park back up to Crescent Road and catch the last light of the view.
Crescent Heights mixes history with urban pulse and quiet warmth to create an inner-city life that is both storied and a bit of a best kept secret. And being able to walk off one of Peter’s epic milkshakes with a nice stroll back home afterwards never hurt anyone either.
We caught up with the home-owner from one of our finished custom-builds to get her thoughts on the project.
Q: What was your dream for your home?
A: My husband and I are empty-nesters. We wanted a home that would take us through the next 20+ years in comfort but also in style. We love to entertain so we wanted the kitchen and family room to take center stage.
Q: What was the best part of working with Van Manna?
A: The best part of working with Van Manna was their adaptability, their great creativity and their careful attention to detail. There wasn’t anything we wanted that they couldn’t accommodate and several times they came up with wonderful and creative solutions to any concerns that we had.
Q: What were some surprises?
A: We live in a side by side duplex. I am constantly surprised by the privacy we have and the incredible amount of room we have, both inside and out.
Q: What would you recommend most to people starting the building process?
A: Be very familiar with the house plans. Go over them again and again and don’t be afraid to ask questions and voice concerns. It is far easier to make changes before the building begins.
Q: What was a customization you liked best?
A: We had a built-in wall of niches put in the family room downstairs where we can showcase art and our big-screen t.v. It is beautiful!
Q: What was the communication process like when working with Van Manna?
A: The communication was daily with Van Manna. Phone calls were promptly returned and meetings/walk throughs easily and happily complied with. Van Manna made this not only an easy process but a fun one, as well.
Q: What is your favorite thing about your home?
A: My favorite thing about our home is the open feel without losing any warmth. It is easy to entertain in and wonderful to come home to. It is exactly what we were looking for.
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.
Ah the Oil business, all at once a booming and busting entity to hang your hat on. As Calgary gets pulled into the gauntlet of another oil price dive, all eyes are on the residual housing market correction threatening to take place.
By January 2015, house sales had slumped 45% since last year’s peaks, with experts predicting a 10% drop is house values this year as the oil prices continue their roller coaster ride with most Albertan’s, directly or indirectly affected, strapped in for the ride.
So what does this mean for home-owners?
If the last crisis of 2008 is any indication, the troubling economic effects of an oil crisis will cause a bit of a hit to home values for the near future. Those who are looking to break into the market and finally purchase a home, the listings will most likely be in their favor. Those who are looking to sell will be facing some stiff competition and harsh truths when it comes to value. For those who are in the position to sit tight and wait out the storm, the act of retaining the inner-city urbanization and building still remains. The high cost of infrastructure and commutes during times of economic strife promote the idea of inner-city living, and with decreasing prices, the option to not only buy inner-city but build inner-city is becoming more available to more people.
While the local economy narrowly avoids a recession, the need to maintain structure within the city is essential. As with before, the market will return to a level place and when that happens, those who arrived or stuck with the inner-infrastructure will see great returns.
Until then, home-owners and home-builders will continue to build up and improve upon the inner neighborhoods to provide a strong core for the city to build upon when times are high again. Stay tuned to see what Van Manna Homes is doing with their newest projects.