I have listed a new property at 30 BRANDER AVE in LANGDON.
What an amazing opportunity to purchase this huge corner vacant lot right across from school in gorgeous Langdon! This community boasts a very family oriented way of life. All the comforts of country living with the big city just a short drive away. You get the best of both worlds here!! Priced to sell this vacant lot is just waiting for your custom built house to call home. Drive by today and just take a look at what could be your new family playground and start planning your dream home!
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I have listed a new property at 15 MILLER BAY in OKOTOKS.
Come view this amazing custom built 3 bedroom with option of 4th bedroom bungalow in Okotoks which sits in a quiet friendly cul de sac on a 3rd acre! This prof landscaped yard has a maintenance free deck, hot tub, fire pit, shed, lots of trees, flowers & underground sprinklers. It is an oasis! Inside is stunning, loaded with high end finishing's & upgrades. With it's sleek architecture, open floor plan and roughly 3290sq feet of living space this home is sure to please! Starting with beautiful vaulted ceilings, floor to ceiling windows, 2-fire places one is a 2-way, Brazilian cherry hardwood, porcelain tile, air conditioning, on demand hot water, granite, wired sound, ceramic counter top stove. The master suite is very large & private, the ensuite is elegant with granite counters, soaker tub & oversized shower. This home boasts a private loft/bedroom & or office with separate bathroom. The Lower level is an entertainers dream with full bar, huge family room, sports room, extra bedroom, pool table area!
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Okotoks Realty News - Among Dinosaurs

An example of the recent fossil find in Okotoks

 

Today's Okotoks realty blog is a departure from the usual Calgary and Okotoks real estate market reports. In fact, in the future I plan on mixing things up somewhat to include more public interest pieces. After all, you and/or your family may be joining the community for the first time and want to know just a little bit more than the fluctuations in Alberta mortgage rates.

 

Last week while combing for news on Okotoks realty I came across this CTV News piece reporting of a very interesting find. An Okotoks area man was out walking his dog (sounds like the start of a joke) and came across a sweeping patch of fossilized scales imbedded within a sandstone boulder. The man, curious, reported the find to interested parties and within days folks from Drumheller swept in for a closer look. What the Okotoks man with the dog found was in fact a dinosaur. Specifically, the petrified find was a prehistoric Alligator Gar, a rare hybrid of alligator and fish that still roams around in a much watered down version today in North America. This remains of the hardened beast in Okotoks however is not among the recent deceased, it comes in at around 60 million years old. Happy Birthday Gar.

 

Aside for the adventurous appeal of this story I bring it up in my Okotoks realty blog because it draws attention to one of the reasons people enjoy buying a home in this neck of South Central Alberta. In one moment from your Okotoks home you can whisk away to the big city of Calgary but in the next, especially when the warm weather arrives, you can take the mere 2 hour trek to the Jurassic Park of Canada - Dinosaur Provincial Park and the Royal Tyrrell Museum in Drumheller.

 

I'm proud to be a representative of Okotoks realty because I know that when I welcome new families into our community fold that they are joining a dynamic region that cannot be compared to anywhere else in the country. Whether you and your family are seeking fantastic educational facilities, community parks, upscale shopping, sports & entertainment complexes, or 60 million year old petrified relics, Okotoks is the home for you.

 

If you happen to be looking for anything from homes for sale in Cranston Calgary to Okotoks realty, please feel free to call me directly anytime at (403) 830-7575 or contact my Okotoks realty office.

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CALGARY — A dwindling supply of single-family homes for sale in Calgary has contributed to a spike in MLS sales in Okotoks and Cochrane in the first quarter of this year.

The Calgary Real Estate Board, in a report released Tuesday, said tightening market conditions in the city are supporting sales growth in both those communities, where property inventory levels remain relatively healthy.

“Relatively strong demand has reduced the amount of time properties are on the market,” said Becky Walters, CREB’s president. “However, overall inventory levels remain healthy, contributing to balanced conditions for buyers and sellers.”

CREB said many homebuyers have turned to communities surrounding Calgary “as consumers seek affordable options.”

During the first quarter of this year, Okotoks has seen MLS sales increase by 17.92 per cent from a year ago to 125 transactions. The average sale price for a single-family home is up 2.58 per cent to $401,410 while the single-family benchmark price, which represents the typical property sale, is up 6.47 per cent to $374,967.

Cochrane has experienced a 6.45 per cent rise in MLS sales in the first quarter to 99 transactions with the single-family average price rising by 12.58 per cent to $463,068 while the benchmark price rose by 10.85 per cent to $396,400.

However, MLS sales in Airdrie in the first quarter were down 12 per cent to 264 transactions. The average price for a single-family home increased by 0.15 per cent to $367,164 while the benchmark price was up 4.82 per cent to $343,767.

“The activity in Calgary’s economy and housing market has spread to some of the surrounding centres outside of city limits,” said Richard Cho, senior market analyst in Calgary for Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp. “With listings down in Calgary and average prices higher, some buyers have looked to some of the smaller centres that are a short drive away.”

In the city, single-family MLS sales of 3,565 in the first quarter are down 1.49 per cent from the same period last year. But the average sale price for a single-family home in Calgary has risen by 10.36 per cent to $513,109.

“The improvement in sales activity in Okotoks is due to inventory levels being slightly elevated, unlike some of the other surrounding areas,” said Ann-Marie Lurie, CREB’s chief economist. “This provides consumers with choice even though there has been a 15 per cent decline in new listings.

“If dwindling supplies for single-family homes persist within Calgary city limits, it should support growth in outer lying communities. However, as resale listings fall, consumers may turn to new homes, and such a move could limit sales growth for resale products.”

 

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