Housing prices in Okotoks are crazy and the rental market is nuts! If you’re looking for a place to live you might want to consider purchasing an apartment. Prices are typically lower than any other type of housing so the down payment and mortgage approval could be more achievable. Now yes there are pros and cons to living in an apartment: Pros you don’t have to look after the exterior and cons you don’t have exterior space such as a yard and there may be limitations on pets.

Here are some of the options available for apartment living in Okotoks and which ones have age or pet restrictions. If you’re in the 50+ age range, here is a list of age restricted places to live. If you are thinking about renting, your landlord may have further limitations to pets regardless of what’s in the Condo ByLaws and rules.

Table of Contents

1. Crystal Shores

2. Downtown Okotoks

3. Calvanna Village

4. Cimarron Commons

Crystal Shores

Two bedroom, two bathroom apartment in Okotoks

On the north end of town, in the lake community of Crystal Shores, at 92 Crystal Shores Road and 32 St, we have the Mesa. This is an incredibly well run building and a very involved Condo Board. This complex attracts a lot of older people that have chosen to down size and enjoy the lock and leave lifestyle. Often they’ll take off and go south for the winter. There is no need to worry about cutting grass or snow removal and most units have underground parking. There are 1-bedroom, 2-bedroom and larger corner units. There are four, four-storey buildings and an amenity building. The amenity building has a gathering space, pool tables, a little gym room and a hot tub (open during the winter). Community is very important at the Mesa and there are regular get togethers for the residents. The disadvantage, or perhaps for some, the advantage of the Mesa is it doesn’t allow dogs. Pets in the Mesa are limited to 1 cat , up to 2 caged birds or fish. So if you have a dog you might want to head over to the Penncross at 1 Crystal Green Lane . The Penncross is a four-story building that has a beautiful courtyard, underground parking and a really nice gym. It does allow small dogs and you should always make sure your dog has approval before you purchase.

There are a few other smaller buildings on the north end. There is an older complex (1977) called Tower Hill at 280 Banister Dr near Good Shepherd School. Even though it is close to an elementary school, it is an adult only building (21+). It is a 3 storey building and it doesn’t have underground parking or elevators. Another disadvantage is the lack of insuite laundry (although the occasional unit has been retrofitted). Dogs, spiders, snakes, reptiles, livestock or fowl are not allowed in this building. The other larger building is located on Veterans Way called Heritage Heights. This is an adult only building (45+) that has an interesting combination of single floor units on the first and second floors and lofted third floor units. The loft is accessible via a spiral staircase inside the 3rd floor units or from the common area hallway on the 4th floor. The movers will be thankful for this design detail. It has elevators, underground parking and a common space where residents can get together. This building also doesn’t allow pets.

Downtown Okotoks

In downtown Okotoks there’s a variety of apartment complexes. Some of them are mixed use where there’s a business on the main floor and people living above. There are a couple of smaller buildings on Lineham and Poplar that are quiet with 15 Lineham Ave catering to the 45+ crowd. The larger complex on North Railway appears to have a lot of units for rent.

Calvanna Village

Calvanna Village is at 200 Community Way, close to where the old Safeway was located. This complex consists of 3 4-storey buildings with elevators and underground parking. There are one bedroom and 2 bedroom units as well as large corner units. It is an adult only building (55 plus), has a community room for gatherings, and doesn’t allow pets other than birds or fish and you will need board approval.

Cimarron Commons

Cimarron Common a point of view apartment complex in Okotoks

The last complex I want to talk about is the one at 12 Cimarron Common. This complex consists of two buildings and only one (Building 2000) has title underground parking! The biggest advantage of this one is that it is within walking distance of the shopping mall where the Canadian Tire, Sobeys and Walmart are located. And it’s right across the street from urgent care! If you happen to work in one of these 2 locations and you’d rather walk than drive then this is a fantastic place to live. This building is pet friendly (with approval) and there are a lot of young families living here.

There is a new complex being built on Northridge Dr in the community of Wedderburn called Lawrie Park. If you can wait a year or so and have a healthy budget, this complex might be an option.

Something else to keep in mind when it comes to affordability, depending on the complex, in addition to your condo fees, you may have to pay heat, electricity and cable/internet.

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