Life on the Hill

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For Deidra and John Hooper, buying a home in the new community of Hillcrest offered the best of both worlds.

With Deidra working as a substitute teacher in Calgary and John a delivery driver based out of Balzac, the neighbourhood on Airdrie’s southern edge gives them easy access to their jobs. But at the same time they’re just a quick drive or walk from Airdrie’s amenities.

“We moved here from Coventry Hills in Calgary … we’d wanted to move out of the big city for quite a long time,” says Deidra, whose family relocated in the spring. “Airdrie allows us to continue to work in Calgary, but it also has all the big-city amenities, but with a smaller-town feel.”

Located southeast of Eighth Street SW and 40th Avenue SW – the latter expected to eventually connect to Highway 2 – visitors and residents coming into Hillcrest are greeted by a stone tower and gatehouse entrance feature installed by area developer Apex. A stormwater pond anchors the northeast, there’s a future school site set aside, and Hillcrest is lined with linear parks and pathways.

The Hoopers, who have two teenage daughters, chose a 2,400-square-foot, four-bedroom home, roughly twice the size of their old one in Calgary. Deidra says that selling features for them included a three-car attached tandem garage, a nicely placed bonus room, lots of windows and natural light, and that fourth bedroom. That and a location on a much-quieter street than back in Coventry Hills where a gas station was among their neighbours.

She also appreciates the close proximity to W.H. Croxford High School; her daughters enter Grade 8 and Grade 11 there next year. Back in Calgary, the girls had to be bused down to Crescent Heights near downtown. “[Now] the kids can bike to school or walk to school and if they want to be involved in after-school activities, they can stay,” says Deidra, “and it’s great to have kids [who] live in your community going to the same school.”

The Hoopers have already started to experience Airdrie’s legendary community spirit. “We walked to the [Canada Day] fireworks, and it was awesome being in a small place where you feel like part of the community,” says Deidra. “And I love driving up the country roads – there’s a farm just south of us that has horses.

“You really feel like you’re in the country, even though you have everything from the city,” she adds.

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