When you're driving south of Calgary it will only take a few minutes to run into the town of Okotoks off Highway 2. It's a lively town with a heart and soul that are distinctly its own. While that it’s just a skip and jump away from Calgary, it operates as its own separate entity and this has become a drawing feature for many.
The town has seen a population increase of 43% from the years 2003 up to 2011. As a result, the population cap, which was a long-standing one for the community, was removed by the town council. As well, the town has also decided to annex quarter sections to provide enough growth room for 60 years.
This new growth model has been attracting various businesses and many new residents. The Costco and Wal-Mart located in the town pull in many customers from rural regions. Okotoks has become a hub between Lethbridge and Calgary with approximately 25,000 people currently calling the town their home.
The average age of residents in this town is 34, making it a young community that welcomes seniors as well. In fact, over the last few years, a number of senior condos and retirement residences have been built in different communities across town.
Keeping up with the new expansion is a challenge in terms of managing the infrastructures such as fire, roads and water. A new emergency services building has been constructed to house fire services, RCMP and municipal enforcement services. The building was built and sized to offer community services to a growing population.
If you're looking for attractive real estate options right outside the city of Calgary, look no further than Okotoks. It offers plenty of recreational facilities, amenities and pathways. The home prices are much lower in this town than what you'd find in Calgary and you'll love its community spirit.