What Are Calgary’s Best Communities for Bungalows?

Currently, there is a hold on home-buying in Calgary because of plunging oil prices. This will only be temporary. People will always need to buy and sell despite the state of the market. These are your best options.

Top Three Neighbourhoods of Calgary

Alberts’s largest city is resilient. Most native Calgarians know the city is diverse and can weather storms and booms. The number one ranked neighbourhood in Calgary is Glenbrook. It features a grid of bungalows that are well kept. The neighbourhood is in transition. This well-maintained community has grandparents living there as well as a next generation of families who buy, move in, and renovate.

Rosscarrock is the number two neighbourhood. It is a southwest community that is predominately comprised of raised bungalows. If you own a bungalow in the area, you can renovate and enjoy a home that will appreciate as the area develops due to zoning that allows infills. Developers snap up the property. Building sets of semi-detached homes with two storeys are encouraged by extra-wide lots.

The Kingsland neighbourhood has home prices that are approximately $40.000 cheaper than the average home in the city. Buyers purchasing a decent sized bungalow can tear out walls to create an open-concept that is 15-minutes from downtown by car as a plus.

Possibilities

The southwest neighbourhood of Lake Bonavista has a bungalow that has been renovated by architect Catherin Chernoff. It was formerly a rectangular shaped bungalow with a 1970s cozy cottage-like look. Cedar shingles clad the entire exterior. There were multiple rooflines. The roof and shingles united the complex shape of the house, and they mixed well with the surrounding landscape of grown mature trees.

Bungalows were not intended to be forever homes when they were built in the 1970s. Some work was required to update the space. Realtors tell clients to focus on kitchens and bathrooms to improve resale value. Those areas were important to Chernoff also, but she believed the rest of the house should be beautiful as well. She wanted a light and airy modern style with simple, clean lines. The space was dressed in painted wood paneling and a creamy palette of muted browns and off-white.

A granite top island and dark, rich hardwood floors were placed in the kitchen. Few upper cabinets were in the design, purposely to enhance the uncluttered feel. The home’s footprint was only slightly expanded. Six hundred square feet were added to make room for a second storey guest suite, laundry, and mudroom. An open-concept sitting and dining area made the bungalow seem much bigger. An original fireplace, in the living room, was kept. A graphic surround of drywall, marble, and wood replaced the brick façade.

 

A few other minor tweaks were done to make the original layout more efficient. A few feet of the hallway was absorbed to shift the main bathroom and turn a small bedroom into a luxurious master ensuite. The trees in the area allowed for the construction of a glass wall that looked out on the yard. They naturally obscured the living space from the street view.

This renovation is shared because of the trend to conserve, celebrate, and respect the bungalow heritage in Calgary. The examples cited here give interested buyers some food for thought. SW Calgary has an excellent selection of bungalows that are perfect for someone looking to renovate. Custom built bungalows are also available. The ideas presented here may come in handy.

Bungalows in SW Calgary

The area also has executive style bungalows in the desirable communities of Christie Park Estates, Oakridge, Lakeview, Shawnee Slopes and Canyon Meadows. These bungalows are well cared for and are spacious. There are golf courses, playgrounds, and public transit in the area. The bungalows in these prestigious communities are perfect retirement homes or great options for families with teenagers.

Horizon Village 50+ condo complex has bungalows that provide maintenance free living. This vibrant community has a social committee that organises Billiards, Bridge, coffees, potluck suppers, and other special events.

Bungalows Just Outside Calgary

Already built bungalows can be found in Black Diamond, which is 35 miles north of Calgary. Without going too far, you can escape the big city in this community. Every needed amenity is within walking distance. The natural beauty of Alberta surrounds you here.

Current issues such as environmental responsibility and sustainability are not lost in the small town values and charm of Black Diamond. Well-known businesses and unique local shops are featured in this community-spirited area. Calgary is practically at the front door and the Rocky Mountains at the back. Residents here enjoy the best of what both worlds have to offer.

Also north of Calgary, a country residential enclave is in the process of being built. The location is Silverhorn. The goal is to work not at the expense of Mother Nature, but in partnership with her. Silverton Inc. plans to preserve large amounts of open space and ensure there is appropriate home construction space. The Bungalows being built there will have a minimum of 1600 sq. ft. Monstrous two-storey bungalows are planned with main levels having a minimum of 1800 sq. ft.

Just a short jaunt south of Calgary you will find Green Heaven Estates in the town of Okotoks. This area has a world class view of the mountains. An exquisite natural backdrop offers modern city living with a home town feel. The bungalows built here are meticulously crafted custom-built homes that are decadently chic. The spacious lots make you feel that you own a private view. There are many amenities located nearby.

Bungalows in NE and NW Calgary

Bungalows in NE Calgary are close to the airport, Deerfoot Trail, shopping, swimming, golf, and public transit. These residences are located on quiet streets. Some are nestled along Winston/Mountainview, which has the prettiest streets.

The bungalows in the NE area are perfect for empty nesters. One of the nicest locations is Panorama Hills. Residents can walk to stores, the library, theatre, and park. The Villa backs to the Hampton Golf Courses’s 18th hole. In the desirable Brentwood neighbourhood, there are gorgeous bungalows immaculate and modern.

The Highland Park area has fantastic bungalows that have been well maintained. They have refinished hardwood floors, updated kitchens, and spacious open-concepts. Executive style bungalows on Hidden Ranch have cozy lined streets that offer superb curb appeal. This fabulous location backs onto school fields and green spaces. At the end of the day, master suites in these bungalows are the perfect place to retire. Jetted tubs and a back deck accessible from the master suite are available in some of the bungalows.

True gems are located across the street of Rosedale mansion in the NW Crescent Heights. These bungalows have been renovated with new eaves, soffits, and siding. Two tiered decks from an urban oasis.

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