All Blog Entries by John Mayberry

There are currently 84 blog entries published by John Mayberry.

The Ann & Sandy Cross Conservation Area, located just southwest of the city of Calgary, offers 4,800 acres of natural beauty. The conservation area serves multiple purposes including the protecting natural habitats for native species, offering educational programs and managing human use of the area. Upon enterint the conservation area, you will be asked to register at the kiosk. Registration is quick and easy. However, since the Ann & Sandy Conservation Area is serves such an important purpose in protecting natural wildlife, there are certain guidelines that must be observed. There are no dogs, horses or pets allowed on the site. Cars, bikes, strollers and other vehicles are prohibited on the trails. Hunting, camping, fires and smoking are also not

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Prepare yourself for a fully Calgarian culinary experience at NOtaBLE -- The Restaurant. From the cozy charm of the atmosphere to the delicious gourmet cuisine, everything about NotaBLE captures the essence of Calgary. NOtaBLE is located at 4611 Bowness Road NW. It is closed Monday, open Tuesday-Thursday from 11:30 a.m. - 10 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 11:30 a.m.-11 p.m., and Sunday from 11 a.m.-9 p.m. 
NOtaBLE offers a lunch/brunch menu, a dinner menu, a dessert menu and even a take out menu. They also offer special menus that list gluten-aware lunch and dinner options. Lunch items include Wood-fire grilled bread with garlic confit, Rotisserie chicken "Greek Salad" with goat Feta, sandwiches, burger of the month, Wood-grilled Alberta lamb chop…
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Calgary's Talisman Centre has been a distinctive part of the Calgary skyline since it opened in 1983. The Talisman Centre is the largest multi-sports complex of its kind in the country and allows people of all ages to compete, train and play. Everyone from children to elite athletes utilize this state-of-the-art sports complex and fitness center to reach their fitness and health goals. The centre is open 5 a.m.-11 p.m. Monday to Friday, 6 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday, and 7 a.m.-10 p.m. Sunday and Holidays. 
The centre's amenities include a 20-person hot tub, a 6-person hot tub, a shallow teach pool, 2 eight-lane 50m Olympic-size pools with public swim times, co-ed steam rooms and an Olympic-calibre dive tank with spring boards and 3m, 5m, 7m and 10m…
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If you are looking for a creative way to break up your routine, your search can end here. Jubilations Dinner Theatre has been an important component of Calgary's cultural scene for more than 13 years. A talented cast provides fun, laughs and unforgettable entertainment while guests enjoy a four-course meal that is served by the actors. The Julilations experience is unique and, immersive experience that is the perfect way to break from your usual routine. Jubilations productions create comedic parodies of popular movies, TV shows and songs. Each show consists of three acts, with the meal served in between. The meal begins with soup and salad and then includes delicious entrees and satisfying desserts.    During the Summer Seat Sale, tickets for any…
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The Canadian Sport Heroes Collection exhibit allows visitors to relive some of the most glorious moments in Canadian sports history. The exhibit opened on June 13 and will be available until September 3. This exciting exhibit, by artist Gordon Milne in conjunction with Canada's Sports Hall of Fame, showcases an elite group of athletes who have changed the face of Canadian sports forever. The collection features world champions and Olympic medalists.    Gordon Milne was commissioned by the Canadian Sport Institute Calgary to paint this stunning series of large-scale acrylic portraits of Canada's sports heroes. The collection features portraits that capture the personality of the athletes through color. Gordon began each piece by studying the…
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Enter to Win CIR REALTY's Ultimate Family Vacation Contest!

CIR REALTY's Ultimate Family Vacation ContestOur Brokerage CIR REALTY has just created another exciting contest for all of you! From now till May we will be drawing preliminary prizes which include family passes for FOUR to attractions such as The Calgary Zoo, Telus Spark, Cineplex Odeon & more

THE GRAND PRIZE: A family Trip for 4 to DISNEYLAND! (5 days, 4 nights, Park Passes, Accommodation at one of Disney's resorts AND Flights included).

Grand Prize draw will be held the first week of June 2014. We will be doing public announcements of who the winners are on our CIR Facebook Fanpage.

TO ENTER: - visits our contest website, in the field that asks "Where did you hear about this

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After the record breaking 4th quarter of 2012, you might expect the market to cool and surprisingly, it hasn't. In the first quarter 2013, there were 115 commercial property deals which is consistent with long term deal velocity.  The dollar amount of commercial real estate transactions however was down to 50% of the previous quarter. There were 17 $10 million plus deal in the 1st quarter. That is down from 29 deals in the 4th quarter of 2012.

Condo Apartment Sector Looks Hot
  The condo apartment sales trends are positive and more is happening. According the recent RealNet Commercial real estate report, the apartment market had almost 70 million in transactions compared to just $13 million in the 4th quarter of 2012.Calgary Condo Apartment Market   It was the…
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The community of Panorama Hills in the Northwest area of Calgary is a wonderful area to live. Shopping, schools, parks, recreation centres, access to major highways, and beautiful modern homes are just some of the features that make this community stand out. See homes for sale in Panorama Hills now.

The chart below displays sales stats for Panorama Hills during the last 13 months. As you can see, prices have really jumped. From April 2012 to last month, the average sales price is up about $89,000!  That's incredible, but then it is a popular place to call home. There were plenty of new listings last month. Take a look at the Panorama Hills MLS listings and see if any of them look good. Give me a call for a viewing: 403 921-7355.

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Interest Rate Rumours

Just a fare warning to all; I heard from a couple really credible sources yesterday and today that there is a very good chance interest rates in Canada will be going up in the near future!

I know that the Bank of Canada did in fact leave it's benchmark interest rate unchanged for a 32nd month on Wednesday only two days ago, but I am just passing along what I have heard as it could potentially save you some coin in the future. As well the Bank of Canada has maintained its warning that it will eventually hike interest rates and Mark Carney has also repeatedly told Canadian households to start paying down their record levels of debt before interest rates move higher, which would increase the cost of servicing that debt. 

So for

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If you're wondering whether a move to Calgary is potentially the best choice you ever made, you'll be glad to hear most would agree with you. No matter where your from in the world, you'll appreciate the high quality of new and resale housing and the positive/stable employment picture.

The Alberta energy sector is still doing astonishingly well, so it is a good time to make the big move to Canada.

What makes Calgary such an exciting place to live? The quality of life in this city is very high compared to most Canadian cities. Many would claim that Vancouver is Canada's best city, but in most surveys, Calgary is very close behind and ranked as one of the world's most inviting/healthy places to live.

A low crime rate, lots of urban park space,

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Listing information last updated on August 20th, 2014 at 8:32am MDT.