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01-18-2013, 10:01 PM
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Topp Spin
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Moving to Calgary

Hello there guys,
My fiance and I are moving to Calgary and while she's doing a whole bunch of research on where to live and what to do, I thought I'd come here and ask for your opinions...

I grew up in Vancouver, but I've been living and working in Alberta for over a year now. I work about 3 hours north west of Edmonton and live in a small town. The woman and I have been doing the long distance thing since I moved out, and every month or two, I'll go down and see her for a couple weeks or so... Our plan was for her to leave her government job and find something in Edmonton, so I would only have a 2.5/3 hour drive to see her and could do it on my days off. I work 12 hours a day and get lots of days off, If I don't work overtime.

Problem is, she hated Edmonton and I'm not a big fan of it either. The people were definitely friendlier and more down to earth than the Vancouverites we're used to. We just didn't think Edmonton was very nice (aesthetically at least..)

We decided that Calgary would be a better option and she likes Calgary significantly more! Found out today that she got the awesome job she really wanted and now it's time to pack up and move. I'll stay at my current job and then find something in Calgary in the near future, because it's much easier in my field to dictate where I want to go and where I want to live.

What are the "good parts of town?" I believe her office is in the southwest so somewhere close to there would be good I guess. She's also alright with commuting up to 30 min. if she has too. I'd obviously prefer the north because my commute is close to 6 hours, so Airdrie would be a good fit for me. In the end, I want to make sure she's comfortable; I can adapt and deal with a bit of a longer drive, if you guys tell me that the best areas are in the south.

I wont be there with her every day, I'll be up in my town for a few days, and then drive back down to Calgary for my days off, so I want to make sure she's in a safe area, especially because we don't know anyone there. I'm ready to buy a house in Calgary, but with the markets dropping and the uncertainty of a brand new city, we might wait a year or so before buying. For that reason, and to save more I want to keep rent down as low as possible while still having a good place. Whatever that number may be, we're willing to pay it as long as its reasonable. We just want a nice, newer 1 bedroom apartment. We figure that it would be a waste of money to spend more and rent something we don't really need. I'd rather just save that extra money and put more down on the house..

I'm also big into quadding and would love to have some information on where I can ride. I know of Mclean Creek, but what else is out there?

I'd appreciate any help or information you guys are willing to give about your city. Thanks a lot

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