This is the third part in the newly-named "Here's Why SE Calgary Rocks!" series. My first and second installments talked about McKenzie Towne. Now I want to get down to the nitty gritty: the smaller parts of McKenzie Towne, specifically Elgin and Inverness.
First, some McKenzie Towne 101: there are four main "villages" in this lovely development: Elgin, Inverness, and Prestwick. There is also a High Street area, which was designed to cater to residents' commercial needs. The residential communities each centre around their own park, a layout which makes for plenty of community interaction and recreational opportunities. McKenzie Towne is popular because of the variety of architectural styles here. The developers have really tried hard to avoid the cookie-cutter look, while still maintaining a cohesive streetscape. You'll see Craftsman, Georgian, and Victorian influences, among others, in these homes.
So, what makes Elgin and Inverness so great? Well, they represent the first (Inverness) and the last (Elgin) parts of McKenzie Towne to have been developed, hence, "book-ends". That means you can find homes in a variety of price ranges in relatively close proximity to one another. It also means that you can choose between a home with a mature landscape ready for you to enjoy, or a blank canvas that you can tailor to your own taste. Whichever area you choose, they're both new developments built to current standards, so you won't have to worry about the headaches of owning an older home.
Inverness boasts a lovely square at its centre, complete with Victorian bandstand. Near this part of the community is the McKenzie Towne office, as well as the Inverness convenience store. Most residents live within walking distance of these central features. Elgin is famous for its 6-acre hill, which draws children from all over the neighbourhood, especially during toboggan season. The Village of Elgin is also home to a beautiful old-style clock tower and town square.
If you're thinking about relocating to McKenzie Towne, I highly recommend the villages of Elgin and Inverness. They are great for young families and, because of the mixture of property types (modern condos with convenience and luxury to spare, lovely rowhouses reminiscent of old brownstones in Eastern Canada and the US, and spacious single-family homes) your extended family could live close by. I love the community atmosphere that the developers kept in mind when planning McKenzie Towne, as well as the emphasis on architectural beauty. There's just something really special about Elgin and Inverness; you'll understand when you visit!
The Vanderveen Team
Maxwell South Star Realty
Phone: 403.253.5678 Fax: 403.592.6736