NW Calgary Realtor Review

Thursday, March 23rd at 1:51pm

Melissa McRae

We just received another great review from a very satisfied customer, who had this to say:

“Melissa was great with everything. She worked around my schedule and went out of her ways to find us the place that fit us.”
-Justin S.

Would you recommend The McKelvie Group to your friends & family?

Thank you very much for your kind words. It was a pleasure working with you too!

We love hearing from the people that we serve to ensure that we continuously provide the highest level of real estate services in Calgary and area. When we say “it’s YOUR move, we mean it.

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Almost Everything You Want to Know About NW Calgary’s Citadel

Wednesday, March 22nd at 4:54pm

Community Snapshot

Established in 1993 (community association formed in 1995) and has grown into a comfortable community in the center of many amenities, schools and with easy access to the rest of city.

Like Calgary itself and many communities that make up this great city, the name has its origin from Scotland.

Name Origin

The name of this community is more likely descriptive of its prominent position overlooking the city rather than named for the place in Scotland, but an indirect connection with the Orkney Islands cannot be ruled out. The name also reflects the names of other geographical features close to Calgary: Citadel Pass, Citadel Peak and Citadel Lake.

Our Citadel certainly does occupy a prominent position in the city at 1,255 m (4,117 Ft) with stunning vistas and a prominent vantage point to other areas surrounding it. Downtown and the beautiful Rocky Mountains, plus ravine and Hamptons golf course are on full display throughout the community.

Green spaces (white space when this picture was taken) abound in Citadel with an extensive pathway system where families gather and residents can go for a leisurely stroll or jog. Plus, well used parks with ball diamonds and soccer fields encompass the district creating a robust recreational element.

One of the great advantages of Citadel, is that there is a full range of home options for potential residents at any phase of their life. From starter homes to multi-family as well as single-family to estate, Citadel is a community of great variety in all shapes and forms.

Area Map & Surrounding Communities

Citadel is well served by major arteries like Country Hills Boulevard, Nose Hill Drive, Sarcee Trail and of course Stoney Trail ring road, making one the best commutes in the city.

If you are considering a move to Calgary, or looking for a great place to raise a family or quite community to call home, Citadel can provide you with space to grow or take it slow and enjoy a terrific lifestyle.

INFO Links
Citadel at a glance

St. Brigid Catholic School
Citadel Park School
Superstore & Country Hills Village
Crowfoot Centre
Stoney Trail -see map above

Crowfoot Library

Route 199

Citadel Homes for Sale

Citadel Community Association

Calgary community name origins

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Finding a NW Calgary Child Care Provider

Thursday, March 9th at 2:54pm

One of the toughest things that today’s parents face is not only finding affordable, convenient daycare; but that it also meets the specific needs of your child.
There always seems to be a shortage of spaces, which means that you need to start your search as soon as possible. This information has been compiled to help make that happen.

Asking the right questions of the potential provider is obviously very important to ensure that the environment is right for your child.
Here is a checklist of things to look for when reviewing a daycare facility (provided by findingqualitychildcare.ca).

Finding Quality Child Care Checklist

It is important to ask the right questions of each candidate you are considering, and asking these questions consistently so you can compare each appropriately and ensure that you find the best fit.

Questions to Ask a Potential Daycare Provider

The government of Alberta website has a child care look up page that enables you to access information about providers.
You can find this resource at: Child Care Lookup

Finally, here is a compendium of licensed child care providers in northwest Calgary.
Canadian Child Care Directory

It is also important to trust your instincts as a parent before and after you have made a decision.

Cyber Bullying & Internet Safety

Wednesday, March 8th at 11:31am

The act of bullying is nothing new. But to those for have experienced it, bullying can have devastating effects. In our increasingly socially and digitally connected world, bullying has taken a new form.

What is cyber bullying?

The RCMP Website defines it as:
Cyberbullying involves the use of communication technologies such as the Internet, social networking sites, websites, email, text messaging and instant messaging to repeatedly intimidate or harass others.
Cyberbullying includes:
• Sending mean or threatening emails or text/instant messages.
• Posting embarrassing photos of someone online.
• Creating a website to make fun of others.
• Pretending to be someone by using their name.
• Tricking someone into revealing personal or embarrassing information and sending it to others.
Cyberbullying affects victims in different ways than traditional bullying. It can follow a victim everywhere 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, from school, to the mall and all the way into the comfort of their home – usually safe from traditional forms of bullying.

To raise awareness and to fight this and other issues of community safety, The Tuscany Community Coalition is presenting a free seminar with Cybercrime Education Officer Constable Carter Duchesney and Community Resource Officer Constable Jason Schneider.

The event will be held at Eric Harvie School on April 18th from 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Educate your self and your child with great information from experts on the subject.

Tuscany Community Coalition
Calgary Police Service
Calgary Board of Education

The Wild Life in Calgary

Friday, March 3rd at 10:18am

photo by: Amy & Ian Mitchell and the Calgary Herald

Earlier this week a bobcat was spotted peering in the window of a home in Varsity in northwest Calgary. While this would certainly be surprise for anyone, it should not come as a shock.

Calgary is a unique city in that we have all manner of animals living in and around our city.

Here are some of the sightings in and around Calgary that have kept Alberta Fish and Wildlife officers busy.

Coyotes don’t just come to town to play the Calgary Flames. The real thing has been spotted in Tuscany and Arbour Lake. No doubt drawn by the large rabbit population who also dwell there.
A sleepy black bear stopped off at a home in the southwest community of Bayview for a nap in a tree. It was tranquillized an moved to a more appropriate locale along with other bears found wandering around Blue Ridge Estates as well as Fireside in Cochrane.
Royal Oak is a popular community, not only for families, but also a baby moose looking for its Mom.

Typically these animals are more scared of you than you are of them, but it is always a good idea to use caution when dealing with wild animals. Check out the attached links for procedures and contact information if you have an uninvited guest in your yard.

INFO Links:
Alberta Fish & Wildlife
City of Calgary
Calgary Herald article