Happy November! This decade is drawing to a close, who else thought this year just flew by? This month we continue to hustle and as our second location opens on 14th Street , our agents have been busier than ever.
What’s also exciting is that December is almost here and with the final month of the year, comes Christmas! I love all the holiday buzz and as our family grows, we are even more ready to start planning and prepping early.
We are very excited to start planning for 2020, and boy, is it going to be a great one. New marketing plans and proposals, even better marketing service for my clients and some amazing appreciation events in the works. Stay tuned!
Homes under $500,000 moving to more balanced conditions? City of Calgary, November 1 2019 – Sales activity in October improved by nearly 10 per cent compared to last year, driven mostly by improvements for apartment and attached product. New listings also eased, which helped reduce inventory levels and the oversupply in the market. Despite the move to more balanced conditions, the market remains oversupplied and prices continue to remain below last year’s levels. “Employment has shifted in the city, with job growth occurring in our non-traditional sectors and often at a different pay scale. This is consistent with the shift to more affordable housing product,” said CREB® chief economist Ann-Marie Lurie. “However, at the higher end of the market the amount of oversupply is rising, as supply cannot shift enough to compensate for the reductions in demand. This is likely causing divergent trends in pricing and preventing prices from stabilizing across the city.” This is a market where signs of improvement are not consistent across all product types and price ranges. Improvements in sales are occurring in the lower price ranges across all product types. This is not yet translating into price shifts, as persistently elevated supply levels continue to place downward pressure on prices. As of October, citywide unadjusted benchmark prices were $422,900, just below last month’s levels and two per cent lower than last year’s levels.
For the full report, click here. What does this mean for you as a future buyer or seller in Calgary? Drop me a line, I’d love to help.
*Stats obtained from CREB.com
Commemorate Remembrance Day at a field filled with thousands of white crosses
When: November 1 to 11
As you travel along Memorial Drive this month, take a minute to honour the memory of the Southern Alberta soliders who’ve sacrificed their lives. The site will host a Remembrance Day service at 10:30 a.m. on November 11, as well as a daily flag raising ceremony at sunrise and a flag lowering ceremony at sunset between November 1 and 11. Memorial Dr. between 3 St. N.W. and Centre St., fieldofcrosses.com
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Historical reclamation meets contemporary inner city living in this exquisite Roxboro home. With over 3800 sqft of living space, this eco-friendly home boasts 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, and a massive landscaped yard complete with solar panels and electric vehicle charging outlet. You enter into the open concept main floor, where every element was carefully curated to create a modern industrial elegance while maintaining the original character and charm. The living space provides a tranquil environment with natural light flowing across the exposed brick walls, leading through to the chef inspired kitchen. The separated family room allows for privacy and relaxation with the wood burning fireplace, while barn doors reclaimed from a WW2 aircraft hanger lead to the office. Heading up the statement staircase, there is a spa-like full bathroom, and a generously sized master bedroom, complete with walk-in closet and private balcony. The additional two bedrooms are both sizeable and provide ample storage.
– Very charming family home in New Brighton
I had the pleasure of assisting some very special people on the sale of their homes this month. Congratulations to you all, you know who you are!I love helping people in their home buying and selling endeavours. Contact me today to get started. I can’t wait!
#SUPPORTLOCAL If you don’t already know, I love supporting local. Check out these amazing coffee shops owned by Calgarians. Happy Coffee drinking!
I Love You Coffee Shop
The fact that I Love You Coffee Shop (ILYCS) owner Dan Murray spent much of his career in the music industry comes as no surprise: inspired by Japanese jazz bars, his new basement café on 4th Street S.W. is stocked with around 600 records at any given time. Murray has quite a sense of humour — he calls ILYCS both an “art project” and his “plan C” — which shows in the second-hand furniture, ever-smooth portrait of Carlos Santana, mismatched mugs and wacky social media stunts. In an indirect response to the placid decor and neutral colour palette saturating the coffee shop market, Murray spent dozens of painstaking hours designing and implementing the shop’s best feature — an explosive array of colours that jump out at you from cubist-inspired painted walls that become more entrancing the longer you look at them. ILYCS brews mild, savoury Calgary Heritage Roasting Company coffee for its drip and espresso options. If you’re looking for the opposite of caffeine, there’s a playful selection of cheap-and-cheerful wines, local craft beer and Miller High Life, the Champagne of beers. For food, Murray has sourced his favourite items that aren’t easily accessible to carless Beltline residents, including Montreal Bagels and Empire Provisions cured meats, which ILYCS combines into casual but elevated sandwiches. There are also Japanese pastries from Foster’s Oguraya Bakery in Spruce Cliff. All told, each part of ILYCS adds up to a lighthearted, invigorating whole. Whether you want to geek out on records, take advantage of the bathroom’s pink-and-orange selfie walls or just have an unfussy snack, I Love You is a coffee shop for the people.
348B 14 Ave. S.W., 403-454-1901, iloveyoucoffeeshop.com
Calgary Heritage Roasting Company (CHRC)
This new(ish) roaster has been amassing customers since 2015 despite having just opened its eponymous café in June of this year. Located inside the historic C. C. Snowdon building in brewery-heavy Ramsay, the space features rustic, hand-built tables and nods to both the building’s history and the company’s mascot Bubba the grizzly bear. CHRC’s coffee has a classic quality, eschewing the high-acid floral trend of other contemporary roasters. Have it with a fresh pastry from Butter Block & Co. or a piece of specialty toast.
2020 11 Ave. S.E., calgaryheritageroastingco.com
Lukes Central Library
Lukes Central Library manages to be both highly curated and a crowd pleaser. Whether you want to sip natural wine while enjoying the latest special by chef Eric Hendry, try the signature soft serve or simply grab a quick cup of Bows & Arrows coffee with a hearty takeaway sandwich, the experience is entirely up to you. If you’re sticking around, grab a niche art or food magazine off the rack by the entrance and cozy up in a booth next to the living wall.
800 3 St. S.E., lukeseastvillage.ca
Société Coffee Lounge
This coffee shop in the west end of the Beltline neighbourhood recently changed ownership and management, but Doug Godard and Kym Howse aren’t planning on reinventing the wheel. Though they have added food (the espresso brownie is a highlight) and a retail section of artisan products, the open-concept space and Phil & Sebastian coffee-based drinks will keep the regulars comfortable. Société also has a revolving menu of guest beans available for pour-over coffees. Order a drink, grab the Sunday edition of The New York Times and claim a spot on the behemoth of a brown leather couch.
1223 11 Ave. S.W., 403-474-6055, societecoffee.ca
This Calgary institution is mere blocks from the hottest spots in Mission. Their cozy and charming interior is perfect for a date night or early morning brainstorming session over hot Americano’s. If you’re heading their way for lunch or dinner, be sure to try their famous chocolate cake with buttercream frosting. It weighs in at about 12 pounds, so you know it’s good. 2212 4 St SW. purpleperk.ca
Source: Avenue Magazine
Commemorate Remembrance Day at a field filled with thousands of white crosses
When: November 1 to 11 As you travel along Memorial Drive this month, take a minute to honour the memory of the Southern Alberta soliders who’ve sacrificed their lives. More than 3,400 white crosses will be set up across five acres from November 1 to 11 as part of the Field of Crosses Memorial Project. The site will host a Remembrance Day service at 10:30 a.m. on November 11, as well as a daily flag raising ceremony at sunrise and a flag lowering ceremony at sunset between November 1 and 11. Memorial Dr. between 3 St. N.W. and Centre St., fieldofcrosses.com
Satisfy your sweet tooth at a new dessert cafe on 17 Avenue S.W
If you have a sweet tooth, the newly opened D Spot Dessert Cafe on 17 Avenue S.W. is for you. This new eatery takes creative desserts to the next level with banoffee milkshakes, cookie dough pancakes, chocolate fondue, chocolate lava cake and more. If you need something savoury to balance it out, there are also pizzas, poutines and hot dogs. 100, 933 17 Ave. S.W., 403-284-4649, dspotdessert.com
Get a head start on your holiday shopping at the International Christmas Market
When: November 15 to 17, 22 to 24 and November 29 to December 1 Held at Spruce Meadows over three weekends, the International Christmas Market is a great spot to do your holiday shopping. Enjoy performances by festive carolers and shop more than 300 vendors set up in indoor and outdoor areas of the equestrian facility. 18011 Spruce Meadows Way S.W., sprucemeadows.com
Embrace your inner dancing queen at a dinner theatre production of Mamma Mia!
When: November 15, 2019 to February 9, 2020 Mamma Mia! is arguably one of the catchiest, most irresistibly entertaining musicals out there, and starting this month, Calgarians can experience it in all its glory at Stage West. The musical production promises to be a high-energy and entertaining experience as it dives into the lives of Donna and her daughter Sophie, who is trying to find out who her father is before her Greek island wedding. Expect to hear all the hit songs including “Mamma Mia!” and “Dancing Queen.” 727 42 Ave. S.E., 403-243-6642, stagewestcalgary.com
Watch RuPaul’s Drag Race star Thorgy Thor play the cello, violin and viola
When: November 16 You’ve seen Thorgy Thor compete on RuPaul’s Drag Race and RuPaul’s Drag Race All-Stars, and now, you can see the popular drag performance artist perform with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra this month. Get ready for an entertaining evening of drag and classical music featuring Thorgy playing the cello, violin and viola and conductor Daniel Bartholomew-Poyser. Jack Singer Concert Hall, Arts Commons, 205 8 Ave. S.E., calgaryphil.com
Check out Telus Spark’s newest exhibit, Body Worlds: Animal Inside Out
When: Runs until March 1, 2020 From octopuses and sharks to horses and giraffes, Telus Spark’s latest exhibit takes an anatomical look at more than 100 animals whose bodies have been preserved. The family-friendly exhibit will be on display until March 1, 2020, but don’t wait to check it out. Read more: 6 Things to Know about Body Worlds: Animal Inside Out Telus Spark, 220 Saint George’s Dr. N.E., 403-817-6800, sparkscience.ca
Watch a musical about a pie-maker trying to change her life
When: November 19 to 24 Don’t miss Broadway Across Canada’s next Calgary production, the Tony Award-nominated musical, Waitress. It follows the story of a waitress named Jenna who’s trying to escape her tumultuous home life and take her pie-making talent to the next level. Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium, 1415 14 Ave. N.W., calgary.broadway.com
Go see the Calgary Zoo decked out in lights
When: November 22 to January 4 Every winter for around a month and a half, the Calgary Zoo stays open in the evenings and invites the public to explore its grounds, which are decked out in colourful light displays for its annual Zoolights event. It’s a magical experience complete with family-friendly activities like skating and fire pits to round out the festivities. Look for new additions like a Sugar Shack and axe-throwing this year. Calgary Zoo, 210 St. George’s Dr. N.E., 403-232-9300, calgaryzoo.com
Get in the holiday spirit at Heritage Park’s Once Upon a Christmas
When: November 23 to December 22 Christmas officially arrives at Heritage Park this month with Once Upon a Christmas. Between November 23 to December 22, visit the historical park on Saturdays and Sundays for a magical experience that includes handbell and caroling performances, a holiday play, Santa visits, wagon rides, gingerbread cookie decorating, a kids-only shopping experience and more. Heritage Park, 1900 Heritage Dr. S.W., heritagepark.ca
Get a head start on your Christmas baking at this cooking class
When: November 24 For many of us, the holidays mean breaking out our pots and pans to do some Christmas baking for our family and friends. But if you’re looking to make something a little different this year, consider taking one of The Cookbook Co. Cooks’ Christmas baking classes, which run at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on November 24. Who knows, you may just discover your new favourite holiday treat. The Cookbook Co. Cooks, 722 11 Ave. S.W., cookbookcooks.com
For more fun ideas, check out the list on Avenue!