If Calgary can call itself the Heart of the New West, then it stands to reason that one neighbourhood can dub itself as the city’s New North. If the mountain façade at the main street entranceway to the area is any indication, Skyview Ranch is definitely one urban frontier worth exploring.
From the moment shovels started turning the turf in 2009; Skyview Ranch has quickly become one of the most attractive residential spaces in the city. Nestled on the corner of Metis Drive NE and Country Hills Boulevard NE and expanding outward to the northeast, the area on the edge of town boasts more than 10 square kilometers of breathtaking natural scenery, made even more accessible via the network of pathways, parks and wetlands that are home to Alberta wildlife.
Fans of green space find Skyview Ranch to be an ideal panoramic postcard spot to take in the Rockies piercing the open skies to the west, with the prairie foothills looming in every other direction. With 1,800 residents in more than 800 dwellings, Skyview Ranch is currently one of Calgary’s smaller neighbourhoods, but one that’s gained a great deal of attention since development started a handful of years ago. In the past year alone, the number of residential units almost literally doubled in number, in response to the overwhelming demand for housing in the city. In fact, the establishment of Skyview Ranch has led potential buyers to consider purchasing in the northeast quadrant of the city for the first time in years.
When it comes to housing options in the neighbourhood, nearly a dozen developers have introduced the latest models in residential living that include condominiums, townhomes, semi-detached homes, front drive units and laned houses. Most commonly available dwellings tend to be eye-catching two-storey, front drive units featuring a double garage, complete with 2.5 baths, three bedrooms and the latest in stainless steel appliances and granite counter tops. Depending on the size of the homes, expect the price tags to vary from less than $400,000 for a 1,500 square-foot model to more than $500,000 for housing with greater than 2,500 square feet.
Because of its outskirt location, Skyview Ranch offers a taste of country living, with access to most amenities and services in nearby Balzac, home of the recently-built CrossIron Mills shopping centre. The neighbourhood is only seven minutes away from McKnight International Airport and is quickly accessible to downtown or even out of town via the Deerfoot immediately west. Like any new development, Skyview Ranch continues to be a work in progress. Future amenity plans include an LRT station for easy access to the rest of the city, a centrally-located recreation centre, a shopping mall, and onramps to a proposed ring road system − all of them designed to keep the adjacent ecosystems intact.
For folks who enjoy life on the edge of town, with a cross-section of urban exposure and rural hospitality, Skyview Ranch is one reason to look northward.