Kings of the Castle

Located in the southeast corner of Airdrie, King’s Heights has been one of the city’s fastest-growing neighbourhoods for close to a decade. Accessed via Yankee Valley and Kingsview boulevards, King’s Heights is promoted as being Airdrie’s “most meticulously planned” new community.

Certainly for Allan and Mariam Penman, it was the perfect fit for the couple and their daughter after immigrating to Canada from Scotland in 2008.

“We were landed immigrants,” recalls Mariam. “The economy was pretty bad at the time, but my husband was really fortunate to be offered a job when we landed in Toronto.”

Six years ago, the opportunity arose to come out to the Calgary region. “But we didn’t want to live in Calgary … Calgary was so big and we didn’t want that,” says Mariam. (Which is saying something, considering the Penmans hail from Scotland’s largest city, Glasgow.)

“Allan worked near the airport and we thought Airdrie was the perfect choice,” she adds. “We looked online together and made a few decisions. We didn’t know much about the city, so first we rented a townhouse in King’s Heights … after a couple months, we decided we liked it, so we built a house.”

Working with McKee Homes, the couple chose a three-bedroom plan of just under 2,000 square feet, just perfect for the Penmans and daughter Lauren, now 11.

“Coming from Scotland, the houses here compared to the houses there … the difference is unbelievable,” says Mariam, joking that her old semi-detached home in Scotland “would fit in our garage” in Airdrie.

Six years later, the Penmans have seen a lot of growth in the area. A new commercial area, Kingsview Market, has developed just west of the neighbourhood, as has the Kingsview Business Park employment hub; plans for a new K-5 elementary school in the neighbourhood were unveiled by the province in 2014; and more builders continue to add homes to the community, including Homes By Avi, Innovations by Jayman, Shane Homes, Loreck Homes and Merge Developments.

For Mariam, the appeal of the area is its proximity to amenities. Lauren figure skates at Genesis Place and Plainsmen Arena, while both Allan (who is a draftsman in oil and gas) and Mariam (who does IT support analysis) find the commute to their jobs – he in north

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