There are numerous advantages to owning a home both inside and outside of the city. What matters most are the needs you have to meet as a home owner, as well as the budget for your home purchase.
Real Estate in the Suburbs
Real estate in the suburbs is normally better priced than inside the city where housing can be more scarce and costly. You will find that for the same number of square feet, you will pay less for real estate outside the city. If you have a family and would like more room without greater financial strain, it would be a good idea to consider looking for real estate in the suburbs.
You'll also have to factor in the time spent commuting back and forth to work. Living in the city will mean shorter commute times to work while life in the suburbs will often involve longer drive times. If you don't want to drive your vehicle to work, you're better off looking at housing within the city limits.
Benefits of Buying Real Estate in the City
Many people consider it a distinct advantage to live close to the urban core, citing a short commute or the ability to walk to work in addition to cultural and entertainment options that are always close at hand in the city. In addition, living in a downtown Calgary condo, despite the higher price you'll pay initially, might be a bargain in terms of associated amenities.
Upscale high-rise living can come with a pool and spa, an on-site fitness facility, and perhaps a rooftop deck, billiards room or community lounge for community social events or occasional private us. Some buildings have fully-equipped business centers as well, much like a fine hotel. Your city property can feature building-wide Wifi and cable access, a doorman and/or concierge services and a variety of other perks, perhaps even valet parking. Exterior landscaping and grounds upkeep is a typical benefit of condo ownership, in addition to freedom from routine maintenance and repairs.
Which is Better For You?
Lifestyle is a factor to consider. If you like a fast-paced, action-packed lifestyle then it is better to reside in the city where there is always something happening. If you prefer a quieter and more peaceful lifestyle then the suburbs may be just the place for you.
While suburbia offers peace, quiet, security and space, the city offers more entertainment, a closer proximity to work and play and smaller spaces for higher prices. Are you willing to live in a downtown Calgary condo instead of a townhouse in Airdrie? You'll get more house for your money in the bedroom communities surrounding Calgary but you won't have the close access to the true city life that can only be found downtown.
Think it over carefully. Both the suburbs and the inner-city have something great to offer. There are pros and cons to both and before making a buying decision make sure that you will be moving towards the right lifestyle.
Speak to a Real Estate Agent
To discuss your individual ownership needs and preferences in more detail, why not schedule an appointment with a real estate agent who can help you narrow your choices and point out the relative advantages of both urban and suburban real estate? There are no "right" answers, but it's important to ask the questions and obtain the answers that will lead to a decision that's right for you.