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Old 02-06-2013, 07:46 PM   #1 (permalink)
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So although I have spent a lot of time in Banff and Golden, BC. I have never really spent more then the time to get out of the airport in Calgary.

After the crappy season in Onterrible and Quebec (December was crap). I finally bit the bullet and started heavily job hunting. I got an offer today that is pretty good.

So I will probably accept the offer in the next day or so. What do I need to know about Calgary? I will probably rent first before buying a house, where should I look? The company is on the north side, near the airport. I wouldn't mind a short commute.
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Old 02-06-2013, 07:50 PM   #2 (permalink)
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The airport is in the NE, and while it may be tempting to live close by, I would avoid the NE (cue music track: Elvis Presley - In The Ghetto) look for a place just on the other side of the Deerfoot, or even in Airdrie (if you must)
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Old 02-06-2013, 07:59 PM   #3 (permalink)
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How is cochrane?
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Old 02-06-2013, 08:03 PM   #4 (permalink)
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The NW is probably the best quadrant, but will likely also end up being the more expensive. If you want a short commute, there are some areas in the NE that are alright, but plenty of it is old, and largely poorly planned neighbourhoods with some less than stellar occupants in some areas. If you snowboard, the NW is the best. :P
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Cochrane is really nice, but pretty far from the airport. The new Stoney Trail makes getting from the NW over to the area you'll be working in a lot faster. If you live somewhere close to Stoney Trail you'll also have a pretty quick route out to the mountains as well.
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cochrane to the airport is probaly 20-30 minutes depending on how fast you drive so if you want an easy commute i would say no. look into panorama, country hills, coventry hills area if you want easy commute and nicer community. Rent in calgary now is extremely high and hard to come by so make sure you budget that in. A 2 bedroom apt in the above communities will run you around $1200 and up. The NE part of calgary can get quite dumpy and for the most part its majority East indians that populate that area. You won't even know what to do with yourself mountain wise because we have some of the best resorts within a 3 hour drive. I'm sure our shit days here are your pow days there lol
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Old 02-07-2013, 09:02 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Cochrane is really nice, but pretty far from the airport. The new Stoney Trail makes getting from the NW over to the area you'll be working in a lot faster. If you live somewhere close to Stoney Trail you'll also have a pretty quick route out to the mountains as well.
This. Since it opened it has mate it very easy to get to/from BAnff and to the airport. Not sure of the quality of life though out in the burbs. Calgary is not that big as long as you are not SE you can't go wrong IMO
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Old 02-07-2013, 09:59 PM   #8 (permalink)
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I work at the airport every day, bought a house in Airdrie. Takes me 20 mins to get to work. I used to commute all over the GTA so this is heaven for me. IF you're planning on renting first you'll get used to the city quick and learn where the good/bad areas are to set up camp.

I'm happy with Airdrie so far, its the burbs but it works for me...

Eventually I want to build either 20 mins West of Airdrie, or down near Bragg Creek somewhere.

Season passes are on sale until mid-June at early bird rates for next year if that's something you're looking for. Other than that, not much to getting used to this city. People are friendly, gas is cheap, taxes are low. Most people are from somewhere else so it's pretty easy to strike up a conversation with almost anyone. Kayaking, hiking, mountain biking are all very easily accessible in the summer.
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After some negotiation looks like this will be happening. Going to be tough the first few weeks, flying out alone and staying in a hotel. Girlfriend is staying behind to sort out the house move.

Might be car-less till it gets shipped by train ... so I guess I may have to bum rides :-)

EDIT: I will be working near the airport. So if anyone wants to grab lunch near the mall the week of March 25th .. that would be cool, don't have many Calgarian friends yet :-)

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Old 03-09-2013, 11:40 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Check country hills (if you don't mind burbs). It's about as far NE as you can get before being on the "other" side of deerfoot. Newish construction and very close to airport. Airdrie or cochrane are cheaper but those are like...ultraburbs. If you live there, you will probably never do anything with anyone in the city, ever.
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