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March 2012

Found 10 blog entries for March 2012.

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Alternative Housing - Chinese Style

Alternative housing choices during these tough economic times has become a reality all across the globe. In North America more and more homeowners are downsizing, and developers are building smaller homes as the old days of the McMansions goes by the wayside. In China, people are heading for the hills, with over 30 million residents making their homes in caves in the Shanxi, Henan and Gansu regions.

Not just a "hole in the wall," these caves have been fashioned out of cliff sides, have arched ceilings, large windows, skylights, and in some cases over 40 rooms. Some of these larger models are rented out as apartments. They have natural air conditioning in the summer, are warm in the winter, and have no stairs to

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Calgary Home Team

Although spring is just begin to peek into Calgary, it's time to register your kids for the Epcor Centre's SummerACT program. Designed especially for kids 7-9 and 10-12, the week-long SummerACT program provides fun activities involving music, dance, acting and visual art. Camp is directed by experienced artists and teachers who will help your child acquire and hone new skills in a fun and unique creative environment.


We'd all love to see our kids develop their creativity and self-confidence while learning critical thinking skills in a safe and completely supportive environment. At SummerACT, your child will develop their ability to work with others, culminating in a presentation of their efforts for family and friends at the Epcor Centre.


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Calgary residents know that there's no place like home(town) for fun and excitement. Here's a look at the festivities occurring in and around our great city during the upcoming week:

Calgary Home TeamOn Saturday, March 10, why not enjoy an annual opportunity to experience new works at participating restaurants in the heart of the city. The Big Taste is an “11-day fling of culinary temptations,” and it ends on the 12th. Book directly with restaurants in this directory. Please indicate that you are a Big Taste patron at time of booking.

Spend a relaxing Sunday on March 11 at the Glenbow Museum (130 9th Ave. SE) with Inscapes. As part of Glenbow's ongoing From Our Collections series, they present a selection of contemporary art from the Glenbow collection exploring the

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Deluxe Diner CalgaryLet's kick it back a notch and go to eat at the Diner Deluxe in Calgary. It's great for small gatherings, or for just the individual. You will love this 1960s style diner! Not only is the food fantastic, but the Diner Deluxe is perfect for those on a budget. Known for their All Day Breakfast and their weekend brunch, their service is great (and they serve gluten-free options, too). Get sandwiches, burgers, the classic mac & cheese and more. Check out their specials, such as TV Dinner night. Seating is limited, so there may be a short wait.

Diner Deluxe is located at 804 Edmonton Trail SE. Call  (403) 276-5499 for more information.

When you're ready to buy or sell a home in Calgary, we are your real estate agents of choice. Be sure to use our quick and

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Calgary Home TeamAlthough the calendar officially still says, “winter,” many Calgarians are taking advantage of spring-like temperatures to get out and enjoy our abundance of area parks and pathways. One of our favorites is Nose Hill Park (5620 14 St. N.W.) in northwest Calgary.

Nose Hill Park was created in 1980, and covers over 11 square kilometres. The hill most likely gets its name from the fact that, by using a little imagination and standing in the right spots, it looks like a nose.

If you want to experience nature without leaving the city, you're sure to appreciate the Rough Fescue grassland in the park; Nose Hill Park contains one of the most significant examples of this grassland ecosystem left on the Canadian prairies. From the park's plateau, there are

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Need a place to replace your ski equipment while in Calgary?

Check out the Ski Cellar Snowboard. ski calgaryThis business has been around for more than 55 years in Calgary. They provide ski and snowboarding equipment and accessories. Outerwear by Burton, Spyder, North Face and more. Address: 1442 - 17 Ave SW. Call 403-245-4311 for more information.

There are also nine more shops in Calgary catering to not only skiing and snowboarding but, surfing  and skateboarding too!.  Some of these shops rent skis and snowboards, while others provide accessories and top name equipment. There's something for everyone! Some shop names are Epyx Mountainboards Inc., Frozen Ocean, Royal Board Shop, The Source, and Billy B's Ski and Snowboard. Calgary, in big city fashion,

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Calgary Home TeamAccording to an article in today's Calgary Herald, citing information from the Canadian Real Estate Board, housing prices in Canada are expected to decline during 2012. Demand for homes is expected to be greatest in Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Nova Scotia, with total anticipated sales forecasted to reach 458,800 units. That's up from 457,305 total units in 2011.

The national average price for a home is expected to decrease by 1.1 per cent this year, with a slight increase anticipated in 2013.

Gregory Klump, CREA's chief economist, noted that, “So long as the European debt crisis is contained and a global economic recession avoided, low interest rates will support Canadian home sales and prices. Recent trends are reassuring, but interest rates

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Calgary Home Team - Family of Man StatuesWe know it's hard to believe, but spring officially arrives in just three short weeks! It's time to get out of the house and enjoy some of the great things happening in Calgary during the upcoming week. Here's just a glimpse of all the action:

When you hear Brian Eno's name, you probably think of music, right? Surprise! He's also a cutting-edge artist, creating unique installations that mix sight and sound. On Saturday, March 3, come out to the Glenbow Museum to see Brian Eno: 77 Million Paintings, a constantly evolving sound and imagescape. For details on this exhibit and others, please visit or call 403.268.4110.

Sunday, March 4 is the last day of the Calgary Midwinter Bluesfest. CBMA presents the best in blues workshops, special

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Calgary real estateThe Calgary Real Estate Board just released some sunny stats for the Calgary real estate market. Increases in sales and home prices means we're entering the spring market with a new found optimism.

Total Sales for the city of Calgary in February/2012 were 1,737 - an increase of 7.02% from the same time last year.

The Average Price for Calgary real estate increased 2.93%.

When you consider Daily Activity, it appears that once February came around, people got in shopping mode and started buying. The Calgary market realized a 28.57% increase in daily sales from February 24 to March 1/2012, compared to the same time last year.

Although condo sales have decreased about -11.74%, townhouses have increased by about the same amount, and single-family homes

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In following with our series of local interest blogs, here are some more places where you can shop in at Chinook Centre

Switzer's Grocery and Confectionery - take a trip to Heritage Park Historical Village and go back to the 1930s inside this store. Offering gourmet goodies such as blends of coffee, honey, dips, jams, jellies and so much more. Open year-round daily from 10 am to 5 pm. Address: 1900 Heritage Drive SW. Call 403-268-8500 for more information.

Camelot Haven - are you in the market for specialty products made from alpaca fibre? This strong yet cashmere-like material is used to make blankets, men and women's clothing, alpaca fur rugs and more. Talk about unique! Address: Cochrane AB. Call 403-932-7036 for more information.

Chinook Centre - Need a

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