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Best Neighbourhoods Near 17th Avenue

The best neighbourhoods in Calgary have so much to explore! From easy access to the best employers to stunning views of Alberta's best natural landscapes, there's something for everyone here. Those who love shopping, dining, nightlife, and attending exciting events are often drawn to 17th Avenue. Stretching approximately 2.5 kilometres west of the Scotiabank Saddledome, residents and visitors alike can enjoy dozens of restaurants, cafes, bars, boutiques, and other unique small businesses. Many of Calgary's most desirable inner-city homes for sale are just a few steps away from the sights and sounds of 17th Ave. Read on as we explore the six best neighbourhoods within walking distance of 17th Avenue.


Those looking to live right in the

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Everything to Know About the Calgary Stampede

From the high-rise condos towering over the city skyline to the peace and quiet of Calgary's best gated communities, Calgary is a fantastic city to live in. The city offers many different cultural festivals and special events throughout the year, which locals and tourist visitors enjoy. Two of the biggest annual festivals in the city are GlobalFest Calgary and the Calgary Stampede—the latter is a rodeo and festival that gives "Stampede City" its nickname. Here's a guide on everything a person needs to know to attend the biggest outdoor rodeo in the world.

What is the Calgary Stampede?

"The Calgary Stampede" is a not-for-profit organization that arranges and hosts the annual parade, rodeo, and other events surrounding the Stampede. The rodeo and

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Landlord & Tenant Property Maintenance TasksNavigating the responsibilities of a tenant and a landlord can be tricky—especially when it comes to maintenance. Knowing which property repairs are each party's responsibility is critical, as it affects both their financial obligations and the property itself. In this comprehensive blog post, we'll take a deep dive into this important topic, providing valuable guidance on what tenants and landlords are responsible for regarding property upkeep and repair.

Mutual Benefits of Maintaining a Property

If you rent your home to tenants, regular maintenance of a house or apartment can help maintain its value. This is especially important if you plan on selling your property in the future. A property with a clean, well-maintained exterior will make a

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GlobalFest in Calgary, AB

GlobalFest is a major cultural festival that takes place every August in Calgary, AB. The festival started in 2003 and was spread out across various parts of the city. Today, the entire festival takes place at Elliston Park in East Calgary. Residents can walk from their homes in Penbrooke Meadows to reach the famous festival without worrying about parking. One of the best festivals in the city, it's capped each night with a fantastic fireworks display from up to five different countries. Here's a guide to everything residents and visitors could want to know about GlobalFest before seeing it firsthand.

What is GlobalFest?

The two main parts of GlobalFest are the OneWorld Festival and the International Fireworks Festival. The OneWorld Festival is a

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Why Should You Love Living Near Riley Park

Riley Park is in the northeast part of Hillhurst in Calgary, and it separates the rest of the neighbourhood from the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology. The Hillhurst and Sunnyside areas are now considered some of Calgary's most beautiful and walkable communities. The streets and sidewalks are clean and well-kept, and new streetlights and benches have been added in the last two decades. Dozens of locally owned shops and restaurants are just a short walk from most homes for sale in Hillhurst. Residents are also close to many great parks and other outdoor amenities, including Calgary's East Village RiverWalk. Here are some of the perks of living near Riley Park.

Stroll to One of Calgary's Best Wading Pools & Playgrounds

Calgary gets some hot

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Best Restaurants in Kensington Village

As a pedestrian-friendly part of Calgary, Kensington Village's restaurant scene is booming. Visitors can stroll from their Hillhurst homes in the evening and find world-class dining or just a quick bite for lunch in minutes. From international flavours to down-home Canadian favourites, there's a little something to satisfy every appetite. Here are some of the best restaurants locals can walk to in Kensington Village.

Niko's Bistro

Niko, the owner of Niko's Bistro, came to Calgary after Croatia's War of Independence and learned English while washing dishes, busing tables, and becoming a head chef. He opened this restaurant in 2006, and it's been growing in popularity ever since.

Niko's Bistro is perfect for a quick business lunch or a more

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Perks to Living Near Pearce Estate Park

If your Calgary home-buying wishlist includes proximity to a world-renowned park, Inglewood should be at the top of your list. Pearce Estate Park is located within Calgary's Inglewood neighbourhood, a unique part of the city with a variety of quirky shops, flavourful restaurants and fantastic art galleries. Living near the park has numerous benefits, and there are stylish condos and a number of new construction homes within walking distance of this natural respite in an urban city. Here, we'll explore the rich history and some of the perks of buying one of Inglewood's homes for sale near Pearce Estate Park.

Calgary History in Your Backyard

Pearce Estate Park is one of the community's most prized areas and was once owned by William Pearce. This

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Is January the Best Time to Apply For a Mortgage?Buying a home is the project of a lifetime for many people. It pays to be well-prepared and well-coordinated in terms of timing. Of course, you are free to start this process whenever you want, but some times are better than others to get a home loan. In this article, learn why January and the beginning of winter months are great times to apply and qualify for a mortgage.

For informational purposes only. Always consult with a licensed mortgage or home loan professional before proceeding with any real estate transaction.

January Is One of the Best Months to Apply For a Mortgage

Generally speaking, winter months represent a valuable opportunity for real estate buyers. Real estate is a seasonal industry, and the market tends to slow down during

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Why Should You Love Living Near the Calgary RiverWalk

The Jack and Jean Leslie RiverWalk is a vibrant, exciting part of Calgary, offering year-round recreation—especially for people who live in the nearby Downtown East Village area. Those moving to Calgary are easily drawn to this picturesque area. Located in Calgary's Rivers District, East Village is a lively modern neighbourhood that includes Fort Calgary, the oldest part of the city. Reasons to love living on the Calgary RiverWalk include access to parks and the city's centre, and the homes for sale in East Village are an excellent place to start your search around the RiverWalk.

You're Always Connected to the Heart of the City

In many areas, locals often have to choose between the convenience of living downtown and the open space of suburban and

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Best Restaurants on 1 Ave

Calgary was once known as Cowtown, and the dining scene here once reflected that nickname. Today, the restaurant industry is much more international in its offerings, and depending on your neighbourhood, a short walk is all it takes to access them. A great steak is still available in many restaurants, but Calgary residents can also choose from Japanese, Italian, Canadian, and many other cuisine options. 1 Avenue NE in the Bridgeland-Riverside neighbourhood is an excellent example of an area with various restaurants within walking distance. It's a fun, quiet street to walk down and do some sightseeing, with its elegant brick buildings and its share of Calgary townhouses for sale.

If walkable dining options are high on your home-buying wish list, the

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