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Old 11-19-2015, 10:09 PM   #81
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Saddleridge

Pros:
-close to transportation. I am a 5 minute walk from the c-train and a 5 minute drive from Stoney Trail
-most ethnically diverse area in Calgary
-brand new YMCA and library
-more affordable than many areas (I could live in an inner city apartment, but I like a house and yard for my own dogs and in order to foster rescue dogs)
-one of the few neighbourhoods that actually benefits from the airport tunnel today, rather than in the future
-for being a "far flung" suburb, it has good access to most other areas of the city
-best Indian restaurants

Cons:
-lack of bars / higher end restaurants
-some residents apparently pave their front lawns for more parking, but I haven't noticed that on my street
-lots of development in the area, so my 5 minute commute has become a 10 minute commute

Neutral:
-It is far from a lot of my "play" areas which would be more inner city/ downtown, but that's made up for by the fact that it's close to work.

I have pretty much lived all over the city, except NW - Glamorgan, Acadia, Windsor Park, Haysboro, Kingsland, Penbrooke. I wasn't really thinking of moving to the northeast, but circumstances led me this way and I love it.
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Old 11-19-2015, 10:27 PM   #82
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Lake Chapparal

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- The Lake is awesome
- Really safe area
- Right at the edge of the city, and the countryside south of Calgary is under-rated
- You get to refer to it as Lake Crap-aral. Lake Midnapore is nearby which you get to call Lake Midna-poo.
- Lots of green space and parks
- Neighbours are great. Lots of families and kids.
- Good local elementary school

Cons
- Local grocery store is Save on Food and it is terrible
- Long-ass drive to...well...everything


We like it a lot here but the drive is killing me. Spending as much time as I do in the car every day seems like a total waste. We want to eventually move closer in to the city.
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Old 11-20-2015, 12:21 AM   #83
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I've gotta say the NE stuff comes of as blatant racism more often than not. I grew up in Whitehorn and Stayed in the NE for a while after I left my parents house. Most of that crap comes from people who seemingly have only driven through the NE to go to the Air Port. And I find it strange how quickly people are eager to jump often every little thing people say, but this seems fine.

I'll generalize here, but most of the NE communities (Rundle - Red Stone)

Pro's,
-You'll get allot more house for your money.
-By far the best outer city area for commuting,
-Good access to shopping/services/Hospital.


Con's
-There are a disproportionate number of people who do not take care of their properties.
-You will probably see less appreciation in property
-Really lacking in entertainment, Good restaurants.
-some areas like the NW corner of Temple get allot of airport noise.

I can't really speak to areas like Malbrough/Penbrooke/Applewood, growing up I always considered them to be part of the SE, I never really spent any time around there.
If your top two priorities are bang for your buck and commute, I think it's a pretty good option. If Family, Property Value and Entertainment are high on your list there are probably better areas.


I live in Evanston now.

-Commutes pretty good for me in the morning, I leave at 6:40, takes 20 minutes to go 35KM.
-Nice Neighbourhood, but most in Calgary are.
-Better than most for walking/cycling.
-Good access to shopping, Beacon Hill, Cross Iron about 5 minutes away.
-Our Sobey's is actually a really unique layout for a grocery store, I hated it the first 2 or 3 times, but after about a month I started to love it. The way they set it up really encourages me to load my cart up fresh food and stay of the junk ilses
-2 new schools under construction now.

-Not close enough to a hospital or Entertainment, hopefully that will change as it becomes more developed.
-Afternoon commute sucks, takes about 50 minutes.
-LRT to Keystone has gotta be 20-40 years away, which would be about a 10-15 minute walk from my house. It will probably be a 45 minute walk to the LRT station by Vivo (Cardel Place) when greenline makes if there in hopefully 10-15 years, and I will have to cross Stoney, so hopefully there is a dedicated foot bridge by then.

My best reason to live in the area, is I got the house I wanted close enough to all of my kids grandparents. Probably doesn't help you much.
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Old 11-20-2015, 12:30 AM   #84
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Castleridge

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Diversity of people - having lived in the NE for 35 years, I love this about the area.
Diversity of housing - some houses and lots are gorgeous, but also has a bit of grit.
Large feild/park areas - small community, two large school fields.
Old enough to have mature trees.
Close to services and schools
From the NE, it's not very hard to get to nearly anywhere in the city
Close to LRT
No ugly garage front homes
Large lots - though I got lucky and got an especially large one.

Cons:
Some services are not as well represented in the NE
Too far from the Lego Store.
Too far away from my work.
False perception about the NE extends to some retailers, who avoid the area.
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Old 11-20-2015, 01:27 AM   #85
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Hillhurst:

pros: lattes

cons: yop-gobbling interlopers in the neighbourhood for entertainment purposes
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Old 11-20-2015, 01:40 AM   #86
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Panorama Hills....

Read the Harvest Hills response, and it's basically the same.
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Old 11-20-2015, 07:54 AM   #87
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One of my big issues with the NE, and this is the cities fault, is that there are no big parks. Elsewhere you have Nose Hill, Confederation, Riley, the Bow River, Fish Creek, Glenmore...You look at a map of the NE and the only green areas are a couple golf courses and schools/sport fields.
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Old 11-20-2015, 11:51 AM   #88
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One of my big issues with the NE, and this is the cities fault, is that there are no big parks. Elsewhere you have Nose Hill, Confederation, Riley, the Bow River, Fish Creek, Glenmore...You look at a map of the NE and the only green areas are a couple golf courses and schools/sport fields.
Granted the width the current footprint of residential area of the NE is small in width.

But it is a major absence, and something that it desperately needs. I'm hoping that when the city annexes further east into Conrich, that they'll use land right beside Stoney Trail to make a grand regional park.

EDIT: With the nextCITY initiative, I'm hoping the NE can improve considerably in the future. It does have potential, but a lot of work will have to be done. The stretch on 36th Street from Memorial Drive to 32nd Avenue needs to be transformed into an urban corridor. 32nd Avenue from 36th street to Barlow also could get the same treatment.

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Redwood Meadows

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-Environment...it is like you are camping
-Reasonable housing prices
-Family friendly
-Reasonable commute into west side of Calgary
-Good flood protection

Cons
-Leased land
-Weirdly constructed homes (every contractor that has gone into the guts of the house is like WTF)
-On floodplain
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Old 11-20-2015, 01:29 PM   #90
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I've gotta say the NE stuff comes of as blatant racism more often than not.

Con's
-Really lacking in entertainment, Good restaurants.
Due to its diverse population, I think food is one of the NE's strengths. The ethnic joints may not be as polished as the chains you'll find in the other quadrants or fancy spots in the centre of town but many serve up some tasty food.


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32nd Avenue from 36th street to Barlow also could get the same treatment.
This corridor has a lot of overlooked potential.
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Old 11-20-2015, 01:42 PM   #91
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Wentworth

Pros:
- Pleasant Scenery
- Great access to the mountains
- Good access to amenities, lots of grocery store options and the little malls are starting to develop nicely (a breakfast place is finally opening up soon)
- Seems to be retaining it's property values well through the downturn despite being a newer area on the edge of the city
- Not a bad commute into Downtown, West LRT line is good
- Close to westside rec centre
- Will have good access to ring road if its ever built

Cons:
- Bull#### annual community association tax for God knows what
- Everyone drives like a complete aggressive ####### that hasn't been laid in a decade and it's your fault
- Nowhere for a male to workout
- Said grocery stores are expensive
- Access to anywhere other than downtown or the NW is pretty bad until the ring road is built
- Expensive
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Old 11-20-2015, 02:07 PM   #92
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Mahogany:

Pro's:

- Located right off Deerfoot and Stony so getting anywhere is a breeze since it's rare that both are messed (at least so far).

- Nicest lake in Calgary. Very big, with multiple accesses, each with it's own beaches. Main beach area has all the expected amenities like a gym, a rink and nice new tennis courts (Nothing beats new tennis courts). One advantage it has over other lakes is you can fish off of the promenade. Don't think you can do that any where else in the city.

- Lake is bordered by a long promenade which is awesome for walks.

- Right next to new South Hospital

- Large Urban Village planned in the same vein as McKenzie Towne. Personally think that is much better than big box plaza's (I might be biased cause this is right next to my place so I won't ever actually have to drive in it).

- SE LRT station planned (I'll probably be dead by then though)

- Seton is getting a ciniplex with "VIP" theaters that are adults only and serve food and alcohol to your seat! http://bestcalgaryhomes.com/new-sout...atre-announced

- Our "Mahogany" sign has a waterfall. Yeah. I know.

Cons:

- New community so right now there's nothing built in terms of stores or gas stations or anything like that.

- Deep SE so although Deerfoot or Stony can get you almost any where fast, it racks up the km's. Very noticeable when taking an uber (#### you cabs).

That's really all I can think of. For now we also have nice views since there's nothing built south of Mahogany. The biggest concern is that this down turn shelves some of the more elaborate plans. Very real concern of mine at this time.

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Old 11-20-2015, 05:25 PM   #94
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That's really all I can think of. For now we also have nice views since there's nothing built south of Mahogany. The biggest concern is that this down turn shelves some of the more elaborate plans. Very real concern of mine at this time.
The developer of Mahogany seems to be pretty good and I doubt they're short term enough that this downturn will cause any issues that way. The community is pretty far for my tastes but I think it's great looking.
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Old 11-20-2015, 05:50 PM   #95
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Hillhurst (the side east of 14th):

Pros:
- Similar benefits to Sunnyside without being typecast as a "granola". j/k Bigtime
- +1 for lattes, must be most coffee shops per sq m in the city, and adding more
- Good mix of restaurant types, pubs to high end but could use a fair bit more take out places
- Kensington Safeway is great, not usually busy and very short lines
- Once you get on Memorial easy access east/west and quick to Crowchild/Deerfoot for north and south routes
- Close to Downtown, and Eau Claire
- Poppy Plaza, the Bow river pathways, Riley Park
- Depending on location, can be equal distance to Sunnyside LRT station or cross the river on 14th to the DT West Kerby station
- Not in flood fringe or overland flow area

+/- Depends what you like:
- Possible arena/stadium across the river
- Hipsters, skaters, & soccer moms
- Not much of mix of housing types like Sunnyside is. Mostly single family north of Kensington road and apartments on the other side.

Cons:
- 10th street traffic and the rush hour gridlock at 10th/Memorial
- Transients
- 14th street has no valuable amenities and is ugly
- House prices
- Inner City Pressure https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WUAcN9UCnbU

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- I know nothing about schools in the area

Why are people talking about certain neighbourhoods having higher taxes? Don't we all have the same tax rate?

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Due to its diverse population, I think food is one of the NE's strengths. The ethnic joints may not be as polished as the chains you'll find in the other quadrants or fancy spots in the centre of town but many serve up some tasty food.
Certainly depends on taste. I'm sure most areas have hidden gems you have to look for, but if your looking a list of Calgary's 20 best dining spots in any give year, it will pretty much break down like this.

1 NW
3 Kensington/Bridgeland
3 Downtown
5 Beltline
4 South Inner City
2 deep south
1 SW
and a token 1 somewhere in the NE, E or SE that really does not look like the others at all.

I don't think good dining is a problem in Clagary, but Outside of the core of the city there is not a whole lot of fine dining in this town.
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Old 11-20-2015, 09:19 PM   #97
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Kensington Safeway is always busy when I go. Two cashiers helping 200 people. North Hill is way faster.
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Cliff bungalow. Close proximity to the ship and anchor. Lots of birds
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Mahogany

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The gate that protects me on my Island

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The button to open the gate sticks some times
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Old 11-20-2015, 09:55 PM   #100
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I live in ________. It's the best neighborhood you've never heard of.

Pros:
- the only hood that is actually on the reservoir
- huge lots and trees
- very civilized neighbours
- every medical specialty is represented, from gynecology to pulmonary, so if there is trouble just need to run to the next house
- see Huntingwhale's post, but better because there are no pink houses with elephants on them

Cons:
- have to drive for groceries since the Glenmore Landing Safeway prices are ridiculous
- other than a couple favorites, have to drive for dining
- if you want any work done, you get gouged
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