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August 2014

Found 5 blog entries for August 2014.

Street Town Mahogany townhouses townhomes

After an initial 72-unit first phase, the popular Street Town in Mahogany is rolling out a new phase for those looking to get into the townhome market. And the best thing about the next 72 units is, there are no condo fees for owners.

Built by Homes By Avi, Calgarians can check out the second phase of the Mahogany Street Town townhomes which are also found in EvansRidge in the Northwest. Other communities with the concept include Legacy in Southeast Calgary and Sunset Ridge in Cochrane.

The Homes by Avi construction for Street Towns usually include landscaping and a private, fenced backyard with a deck or patio. Townhome owners own both the land and the home, so there are no condo fees involved with these units.

A concept design of the Street Town

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Give yourselves a pat on the back, Calgary, after making The Economist's 2014 list of most livable places in the world.

Most livable cities in the world

The Stampede City ranked No. 5 according to the publication, tied with Adelaide, Australia, while Melbourne, Australia was named as the top city. In coming up with its findings.

The Economist factored in 30 criteria across five main areas: safety, health care, education, the environment and infrastructure for 140 different cities around the globe. Interestingly, two other Canadian cities cracked the top 10 as well: Vancouver (No. 3) and Toronto (No. 4).

Calgary scored 96.6 points, while Toronto had 97.2, with Vancovuer coming in oh so slightly ahead at 97.3. The highest possible score is 100.

For the metrics of the ranking, each

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Brentwood Home murders

A nice Calgary home is for sale in Brentwood. The choice lot is surrounded by gorgeous mature trees and features 1,000 sq. ft., 4 bedrooms, plus 1.5 bathrooms with a good sized corner lot on a quiet family-friendly street in one of the city's best neighborhoods. Sounds great doesn't it?

It's also a home where last April, five students - all good friends - were brutally stabbed to death. And this fact brings up some interesting questions for potential buyers. Would you pay the listed price of $489,000 for this home? Or would you expect to get a super deal on a house that was the scene of a horrendous crime?

Media attention has certainly put the spotlight on the blue house in one of Calgary's nicer, mature neighborhoods. But this listing is now what's

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Calgary UFO sitings & reports

Seeing a UFO is known as a 'close encounter of the first kind' and when it comes to these unexplained sightings, the city of Calgary seems to be a popular spot for out-of-space tourists.

A new report by Winnipeg-based UFOlogy, said Calgary is among the cities in Canada with the highest number of UFO sightings over the past 25 years. The Stampede City has had 431 reports over the past quarter century, with Toronto, Winnipeg and Vancouver experiencing the most incidents of unexplained occurrences.

If the surrounding Calgary areas are included - such as Airdrie, Okotoks, Balzac, and Chestermere - there have been 472 sightings. Officials with UFOlogy are quick to point out the data in the report does not mean UFOs are real - only that there have been

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Calgary real estate market balance

Looks like Calgary's red-hot real estate market is showing signs of finally balancing out as new inventory levels in July outpaced sales growth for the month. Now July did include 2,336 residential sales - a record for the month, but year-over-year sales growth did slow to 3.18%.

"While July’s sales growth seems like a dramatic departure from the double-digit gains recorded in the first half of this year, it is in comparison to exceptionally strong sales during the same period last year," said CREB® chief economist Ann-Marie Lurie, adding July sales this year are nearly 19% above long-term averages for the month.

In July, there were 3,219 new listings which is an 18% jump from July 2013. The boost in new listings outpaced sales growth during the

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