by Kevin Lapp
on Tuesday, September 1st, 2015 at 3:35pm.
In spite of what the mall Santa told your kids, we dont usually get everything we want in life. Of course, for every rule theres an exception. Take, for example, the Blackfalds. As a small Alberta town in close proximity to larger centers, Blackfalds is one of those rare commodities in the real estate world: A place that can grant everything on your wish list (within reason).
As you peruse the MLS, youll see a range of property types and sizes. Each has its pros and cons, but the common thread is that theyre all ideally situated to meet a wide range of wants and needs. If its on your to-do list, chances are you can do it in or near Blackfalds.
No matter what you select from the Blackfalds listings, youll be choosing a community in a prime location in mid-south central Alberta, just minutes from Red Deer and a kilometer from Highway 2 with direct links to Edmonton and Calgary.
Homes in Blackfalds enjoy a wealth of employment opportunities on their doorstep, including the industrial area of Red Deer, which serves as a base for the oilfield servicing, manufacturing, and construction industries.
It also benefits from being the nearest urban center to Joffre area petrochemical plants, which might explain its impressive unemployment rate of 2%.
while you Learn
As gateways to a better future, education and Blackfalds have a lot in common. Parents will be pleased with the high standards for schooling in the area, starting with the Iron Ridge elementary and junior high schools that boast excellent records of academic achievement.
Ten minutes down the road from Blackfalds, Lacombe Composite High School is considered one of Albertas best secondary schools, while Red Deer College and Canadian University College in Lacombe are internationally recognized institutions.
Sure, your kids will still whine about getting up early and trudging to class, but at least theyll learn something when they get there.
Work without play is like a warm-up band without a main act: Decent but unsustainable. Fortunately, when you close that deal from the MLS, youll open up a world of possibilities for family play time.
In town, youll find a recreation center with an arena, a library, skateboard park and spray park, not to mention plenty of greenspace and walking trails. Venture a bit farther afield from your new Blackfalds residence to Red Deer or Lacombe and take advantage of numerous cultural venues, community events, entertainment and a multi-use facility with a swimming pool, fitness areas and playgrounds. If you prefer golf clubs to night clubs, enjoy the local 18-hole course with superb dining and stunning lake views.
For those who like some religion with their new home purchase, theyll find three churches in the Blackfalds community and a host of others close by. Even if youre not religious, churches can be a great place to socialize and connect with your new neighbors.
Close to home, buyers can choose from a range of shops and eateries, as well as a grocery store, drug store, hair salons and a trendy coffee shop. For anything else, youre just a stones throw from Red Deers north end and its popular Parkland Mall.
til you Drop
When its time to unwind after a stressful day, youll discover what makes this town unique and one of central Albertas fastest growing communities: Countless opportunities to learn, earn, play and shop, all against the backdrop of a safe, friendly and close-knit community.
When it comes to the Blackfalds, maybe Santa was right; you really can have it all. So the next time he promises your kids the moon, maybe you should bite the bullet, grab your wallet and shop til you drop. Then send him the bill.