Whether you prefer the suburbs, living in the city or you're not sure what you prefer, it's important to find the right place to call home. Calgary has plenty of great suburban and urban areas to choose from. Here are a few things to consider before home shopping.
Living in the downtown area provides a different type of lifestyle compared to suburban living. If you enjoy eating out, heading to the newest bars and grabbing a cup of Joe at a hot cafe, urban living may be the right choice for you. However, families tend to choose suburban living for the outdoor activities and open green space.
Of course, urban living also comes with the noise of downtown, while suburban living provides a quieter environment. Those without a vehicle also prefer living downtown because of the public transportation.
If you hate driving and dealing with traffic, making the decision between urban and suburban living may depend on where you work. Some of the suburbs provide public transportation into the city, but you will need to live near one of the stations. Urban living, on the other hand, usually means commuting by foot or with public transportation. This means, less time in traffic and no need to drive to work.
Cost can also be the deciding factor between urban and suburban living. Downtown living is typically more expensive and you won't get as large of a home for the same price. However, the extra cash you spend on your home will be made up with the gas you won't have to spend to get to downtown for work or play.
Making the decision between urban and suburban living in Calgary isn't easy. There is no right answer and it really comes down to what you prefer for your specific lifestyle.