Deciding to live within Calgary’s city limits is an easy pick these days. Quick and convenient access to government offices, workplace, schools, and amusement centres are just some of the reasons why many city dwellers prefer urban living.
On the other hand, living in the countryside is a practical investment for a number of people, especially now that leading Okotoks home builders are basking in the thriving real estate market of Alberta. Thinking of moving to Okotoks? Here’s what you need to know about this cozy town as written in the Calgary Herald article by Erika Stark:
Nestled within the Sheep River Valley, and surrounded by farmland and foothills, the town of Okotoks has long been an attractive alternative to city life.
It’s close enough to Calgary for commuters — just 20 minutes from the city’s southern edge — and has enough schools and recreation opportunities to be enticing for young families. Despite the proximity to the city, Okotoks’ population of 26,319 people allows it to maintain that small-town feel.
But that population could more than triple in the next 60 years, reaching 80,000 if the town’s requests to tie in with Calgary’s water system and annex land from the M.D. of Foothills are approved.
Calgary’s real estate market is often a reflection of the current state of the energy sector. Nevertheless, home builders in Calgary, Okotoks, and other nearby locales are aware that residents are still keen on buying new homes. In fact, a new study released by BMO Capital Markets reports that Alberta’s housing market is expected to surge this year.
With only a population of around 25,000, Okotoks is just ideal for countryside living, making the sense of community involvement downright possible. Just like other city dwellers (including those residing outside Alberta), the residents of Okotoks have the convenience of having quick access to medical facilities, churches, recreational spots, schools, and park systems, to name a few.
A more affordable cost of living, fresh air, clear waters, and trees that complement very beautiful scenery are just some of the things that await you in Okotoks. If you decide to invest in a home within communities like Ranchers’ Rise, situated in the heart of Okotoks Air Ranch, you’re set to gain the best of both urban and rural worlds. You get the peace and quiet of a small town, and the amenities and conveniences of the city.
(Source: Okotoks eyeing land expansion, access to more water, Calgary Herald, September 23, 2014)