What Young Families Should Look For In A Home

Happy Family Day To Everyone!

Happy Family Day To Everyone!

It’s Family Day in many cities in Canada, including in Calgary where I live with my wife and daughter, so Happy Family Day to my family and the many others all over Calgary and elsewhere in Canada who are celebrating today! But it’s a regular work day for me, so I was thinking that to pay tribute to this day, I’ll talk about family in this post — particularly young families, of which we have many in Calgary! One question that these families, often first-time home buyers, ask is, “What should I look for in a home?”

Before you set your sights on that new home, there are a number of important factors that you should consider. These factors have to do with both the home itself and the area where the home is located. Only by doing so will you help make sure that you’re making a wise decision with both your money and the time and future commitment of your family members.

Is it safe?

Safety is a prime concern of all people, but it is much more important for vulnerable chlidren. Make sure the area you’re moving to has an active government that keeps a tight lid on crime and puts a premium on law and order. Check out public records, and go around the community and try talking to people to see if you’ll feel safe and welcome. As for the house itself, is it child-friendly? For example, does it have a steep staircase? Is the play yard fenced?

Is there a good school in the area?

Among the most important factors that a family with young children should consider when looking for a home are the kids’ schools. Are there good schools in the area? If you plan to live there for some years, check out not only the elementary school, for example, but also the middle school and high school. There are Canadian school ratings available online that make it easy for parents to know if their children could get the education all children deserve in the area they’re planning to move to.

Is the location good?

Another important factor to consider about any home is the location. When shopping around for either the home of your dreams or a starter home (whatever the situation may be), keep away from heavy traffic arteries and power lines. Consider also the area where you work and its proximity to the neighborhood you’re looking at. Can you easily and quickly get where you want to?

Is the house sellable?

Regarding the house itself, one of the most important factors to consider its sellability. Younger families are highly likely to move up in time. A house that might be perfect for young families with small children may not be suitable anymore when those kids get a little older or if that family grows. Take a look at the configuration of the house and all of its features and find out if you could sell it in the future if you needed to. You’ll also want to consider the condition of the home and how long that home has been looked-after.

Are your finances stable?

Finally, always consider your finances very carefully before making any type of decision with regard to the home you’re trying to purchase. Don’t over-buy and get yourself into trouble financially.  Always consider not just your current financial situation but also the one you expect to have in the future, as well. Don’t purchase beyond your means and you will likely do just fine.

Buying your first home is a truly exciting time, but nothing beats living in a home that you’ve chosen well based on these five tips above!

 

Calgary is a great place in which to settle down, raise a family, find work and live a healthy lifestyle. For your real estate needs in this booming city, call me at 1-403-259-4141 or toll-free at 1-877-259-4141, or connect with me through my website at http://www.calgaryrealestate-goodrealtor.com. I’ll put my nearly four decades of real estate experience combined with cutting-edge Internet marketing technologies to work for you!

About Glenn Good

 is a Realtor® and the owner of Glenn Good Realty Inc.  under RE/MAX Realty Professionals. He has nearly four decades of experience in selling homes, the last half in Calgary, where he grew his business staunchly from referrals. A native of Fredericton, New Brunswick, he moved to Calgary in 1995 after residing for 27 years in Edmonton. Glenn combines his “old-school” real estate expertise with the latest Internet marketing technologies to help his clients get the best results when buying or selling. He is a devoted husband and father, and is now helping his wife and daughter grow their virtual assistant business for real estate agents. He also loves walking around his neighborhood, exploring his country and the rest of the world, and capturing truth and beauty through photography.

Grow And Have Fun With Somerset Real Estate

                                                               

Calgary is in its heyday, being the Top Canadian Investment City, the Best Large City in Canada and the 5th Most Liveable City in the World! If you want to join the many thousands who have already moved here — our population is now at more than a million, and counting! — you might want to take a good look at Somerset real estate. Established only in 1995, Somerset is one of the newest neighborhoods in Southwest Calgary, which is considered the most developed quadrant of the city. So you’ll be in for a great deal – a prime location in the best part of Calgary, yet more affordable housing in a beautiful and fun community with still lots of room for growth and open spaces for development, and only a few minutes away from established communities like Shawnessy on the northwest and Midnapore in the northeast, and a quick ride by C-train and Macleod Trail to downtown Calgary.

A lovely and fun place to call home

 

One of the two gateways to Somerset is a six-acre public square exquisitely designed like an English country garden. It will take you to beautiful parks, pathways, and picnic spots that reveal the relaxed lifestyle of the residents, with a hint of adventure as what you’ll find at the Somerset Water Park, with its fun water sprays, and the baseball diamonds and tennis courts. You can also always enjoy a good read or some quiet time in the nearby public library, and you’ll find several schools in the area. Just six minutes southwest of the community is Spruce Meadows, a 360-acre equestrian facility and show jumping complex that is rated in TripAdvisor as the top destination among the more than 200 in Calgary. It’s heaven for its 500,000 horse enthusiast and show jumping fans annually, but is also a great place for a stroll and sightseeing, exhibits and shopping. The Spruce Meadows International Christmas Market is likewise much awaited, with its more than 250 vendors featuring a wide assortment of popular as well as unique and creative gift items. About eight minutes northeast of Somerset is the community of Midnapore, which has a mall with top fast-food restaurants, a man-made lake for water sports in summer and skating and tobogganing in winter, the popular Fish Creek Provincial Park with its impressive wildlife, the South Fish Creek Recreation Complex with its ice arena, a large business area, and several schools and service establishments. About seven minutes northwest of Somerset is the suburb of Shawnessy, with the Shawnessy Town Centre regional shopping area, the historic Shawnessy Barn on 17 acres of green space with a well-designed playground for children and tennis courts for adults, and several schools.

A young and decent community

 

About seven out of 10 people in Somerset are 44 years old or younger, with families making up 87% of the population. Immigrants make up one-third. Statistics Canada’s 2006 Census of Canada showed a median household income of $76,765, higher than Calgary’s, with only 6.9% low-income households, almost half that in Calgary. Seven out of every 10 homes are single detached and two are apartments, with some townhouses and low-rise condos; and nine out of every 10 homes are owned. Most of the homes were built in the 1990’s and are well-maintained. The average home price is above $300,000.

I invite you to check out the Somerset homes for sale here.

Calgary is a great place in which to settle down, raise a family, find work and live a healthy lifestyle. For your real estate needs in this booming city, call me at 1-403-259-4141 or toll-free at 1-877-259-4141, or connect with me through my website at calgaryrealestate-goodrealtor.com. I’ll put my nearly four decades of real estate experience combined with cutting-edge Internet marketing technologies to work for you!

 

About Glenn Good

 is a Realtor® and the owner of Glenn Good Realty Inc.  under RE/MAX Realty Professionals. He has nearly four decades of experience in selling homes, the last half in Calgary, where he grew his business staunchly from referrals. A native of Fredericton, New Brunswick, he moved to Calgary in 1995 after residing for 27 years in Edmonton. Glenn combines his “old-school” real estate expertise with the latest Internet marketing technologies to help his clients get the best results when buying or selling. He is a devoted husband and father, and is now helping his wife and daughter grow their virtual assistant business for real estate agents. He also loves walking around his neighborhood, exploring his country and the rest of the world, and capturing truth and beauty through photography.

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Calgary Police Service The Calgary Police Service, located in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, is made up of more than 1,200 police officers and 500 civilian members.

The Calgary Fire Department In 1999, the Calgary Fire Department and its members became the first metropolitan-sized Canadian fire service to achieve “Accredited Agency” status by the Commission of Fire Accreditation International.

Calgary EMS The Calgary EMS Department has recently implemented new technologies for dispatching ambulances to emergency calls. Using Global Positioning Systems (GPS) our dispatchers can now determine the precise location of each EMS unit. This allows our dispatchers to more accurately determine the closest unit to an emergency medical call.

City Utilities

ENMAX ENMAX Corporation – The power to do anything, ENMAX Energy Corporation and ENMAX Power Corporation, ENMAX Corporation is an electric distribution and transmission utility company headquartered in Calgary, Alberta.

Shaw Communications Inc. Shaw Communications – Welcome to Shaw

TELUS

Hotels and Motels

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Government

City of Calgary The City of Calgary

Government of Alberta Government of Alberta

Government of Canada Government of Canada

Culturally Speaking; Calgary Culture

Calgary City Information

CULTURALLY SPEAKING

Calgary has a wide variety of cultural centers as sampled below:

  • Alberta Theatres Project
  • Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Chamber Music Society of Calgary
  • Calgary Festival Chorus
  • The Southern Alberta Opera Association
  • Calgary Opera Company
  • Calgary Centre for the Performing Arts
  • Pleiades Theatre
  • Pumphouse Theatre
  • Loose Moose Theatre
  • Lunchbox Theatre
  • University Theatre
  • Glenbow Museum
  • QR Centre

Calgary Sports and Recreation

Calgary City Information

SPORTS AND RECREATION IN CALGARY

 Calgary proudly offers a great deal of sports, recreational and community facilities, and shows a great continued emphasis on developing these.

  • 2 Indoor Wave Pool Leisure Complexes; Lindsay Park Aquatic Centre(International class pool and athletic training complex)
  • Glenmore Reservoir: 365 hectare lake boasting 2 yacht clubs and the largest inland
  • sailing school in North America Canoe courses Club house with indoor practice tanks for winter training
  • Stampede Race Track – Thoroughbred and Sulky horse racing
  • Golf Courses; 48 Public, 14 Private plus several par 3 and driving ranges
  • 226+ Tennis Courts (several enclosed and winterized)
  • 120+ Sheets of Curling Ice
  • 270+ Racquet Sport Courts
  • 29 Billiard Halls
  • 12 Bowling Facilities
  • Swimming Pools; 14 Indoor, 10 Outdoor, 13 agency (e.g. YWCA & YMCA), institutional and private clubs
  • 3 Waterslides
  • Arenas; 17 municipal, 19+ community, 3 society, 2 private, 3 DND (other)
  • 116 km (72 miles) of walking & cycling paths
  • 60+ km (37 miles) cross country ski trails
  • Fitness and Health Spas; 7 municipal, 2 community, 49+ public/private

Calgary Transportaion Services

Calgary City Information

TRANSPORTATION SERVICES IN CALGARY

 AIR SERVICES – Calgary International Airport


Calgary has one of the finest and largest airport facilities in Canada located just 12 km from the central business district and connected by a high capacity freeway system. The new $130 million terminal provides Calgary with a substantial increase in capacity to handle the rapidly growing volume of passengers and freight traffic the city is experiencing. It also greatly increased the quality and the speed of services which enhances the attractiveness of Calgary as a business air travel centre.

PRIMARY AIRLINE TRAFFIC
Airline
Country
Flights/Week
Air Canada Family America West
Continental Airlines
Delta Airlines
KLM
Lufthansa
United Airlines
WestJet
Canada
USA
USA
USA
Holland
Germany
USA
Western Canada
978 +
37
33
90
8
8
43
186+

Calgary has experience spectacular growth in the use of air services out of the city since the opening of the new terminal. Passenger traffic and cargo out of Calgary International has more than tripled since 1970. Cross-border traffic has increased five-fold.

 TRAFFIC

Our city is divided into four “quadrants”:
northwest, northeast, southeast and southwest. Generally speaking, the Bow River divides the city into north and south halves and Centre Street separates the east from the west.

There are many major routes through the city of Calgary, the largest of those being the Deerfoot Trail which can take you from the north edge of the city to the south boundary in approximately 20 minutes, with a speed limit of 100 km/hr and no traffic lights.

The Trans Canada Highway (#1) passes through Calgary east-west on 16th Avenue North, as do Glenmore Trail in the south and McKnight Blvd. in the north. North to south main arteries are Centre Street, 14th Street, 10 Street, and Edmonton Trail in the north half of the city, and Macleod Trail, Elbow Drive and 14th Street in the south. Crowchild Trail (referred to as Highway 1A in the north) runs from north to south through the west half of the city.

Rush hour is between the hours of 7:00 and 9:00 AM and 3:30 and 5:30 PM, Monday through Friday. During this time major routes are busy, especially the ones leading in and out of the downtown area.

 BUS SERVICE

City-wide passenger bus service is provided for by Calgary Transit, as follows:

165+ Bus routes
800+ Motor buses
83+ Light Rail Vehicles

 

 

The average number of monthly passengers: 6,300,000 + as of November  2000.

LRT

After an extensive study of Calgary’s future public transportation needs, LRT (Light Rail Transit) was chosen as the urban travel mode that would meet those needs most economically and effectively. Work was begun on the first line in May 1978. Three years later on Monday, May 25, 1981, the first passenger boarded the train for its inaugural run. Extremely popular from the beginning, the C-trains operate mainly on the surface with several comfortable cars capable of carrying approximately 175 passengers per car. At present, there are lines running to the northeast, into the middle of the northwest and south-central which is expanding further south because of the demand for the C-Train

 RAIL

The Rail is back! After CPR dropped it’s passenger service years ago, a few other companies rolled onto the tracks to provide Canadians and Calgarians with rail service once again. These include:

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