03 Feb Best Places for “Empty Nesters” and “Seniors” to Live in Okotoks
Buying in Okotoks as a 50+ adult
Relocating the 50+ crowd to Okotoks from other parts of Canada is a very exciting part of my business. I am seeing more and more grandparents moving provinces to be close to their grandchildren. This demographic tends to want to avoid stairs and have all their living on one floor. They’re also not interested in snow removal or lawn care. It is often difficult to determine which neighborhood, street or complex is best suited for them. I hope you find this post useful.
Types of properties in Okotoks
Whether a property is suitable for empty nesters/seniors or not depends on 2 things: The type of property and whether there are restrictions due to age. And yes, age restricted condos are still allowed and will continue to be allowed for the 55+ age group. Here’s the most up to date information from Alberta Human Rights commission. Most of the 50+ crowd are looking for single level or bungalow/villa living. Many apartment style condominiums offer single level living with elevators. For those wanting more outside space, there are houses that are better suited to the older crowd. If you’re looking for more of an assisted living type property, there are options! Any costs and prices mentioned are based on sales as of January 2024 and are not guaranteed to be the same in the future.
If you’re interested in an overview of all apartments in Okotoks, click here.
Mesa at 92 Crystal Shores Road
The Mesa is not age restricted and therefore anyone of any age can live there. However, the average age of the residents of the complex seems to have increased over the years. This complex does not allow dogs. Prices for a one bedroom unit start at around 250K. Larger units are more expensive.
Calvanna at 200 Community Way
The Calvanna consists of 3, 3-storey buildings, all of them have underground parking. There is also a community room where residents can meet for crafts, cards and coffee. The basement of the community room has some exercise equipment. Expect to pay 250K for a 1 bedroom and closer to 300K for a 2 bedroom.
Heritage Heights at 102 Centre Court
This building is a mixture of single floor units (first and second floor) and 2-st units (third floor). Most units have 2 titled underground parking stalls.
Tower Hill at 280 Banister Drive
Tower Hill Condominiums are located on the north end of Okotoks with fast access to Highway 2A. It is an older, quieter building with outdoor stalls. There are no elevators and very few units have insuite laundry. The common/shared laundry is on the main floor. This is an 18+ building.
7 and 15 Lineham Ave in downtown Okotoks
These 2 apartment buildings are smaller with only 6 units per floor. They have a common room on the main floor for coffee, cards and birthday celebrations. They have covered parking.
Bungalow/Villa style condominiums
Tucker Hill in Westmount
Tucker Hill has a combination of bungalows and 5-level split units. All units have attached garages- mostly single but a few of the larger units have double garages. The bungalows are desirable to the 50+ crowd but the complex doesn’t actually have any age restrictions. The 5-level split units do appeal to young families. If walk-scores were still a thing, this complex would rank highly!
105 Elm Place
Located at the east end of downtown, Elm Place properties were built in the early 1990s and have a 45+ age restriction. They have attached double garages but not direct access from the garage to the house.
Sheep River Villas at 100 Sheep River Drive
If backing onto a park with a view of the Sheep River is on your list- this complex is for you. Twelve of the 18 units are walkouts with the most amazing views! These properties are close to 1400 sf on the main floor and all have double garages.
Sheep River View in Sheep River Cove
You need to be patient if you want to live here! These units don’t seem to come on the market often. Built in 2008, most are over 1400sf and all have double garages. They appeal to the older crowd but I’m not actually sure if there are age restrictions!
Drake Landing Square
If you’re looking for a brand new build in an already established neighbourhood, these might be worth looking at. They’re priced in the high 600s and they are beautiful. They have attached rear garages and most of them back onto a greenspace/park.
Dakotas at Air Ranch
These villas are located on the west side of the runway in the NE community of Air Ranch. They have double attached garages and almost half of them back onto a natural park/pond area. The larger units are almost 1500sf on the main floor. They don’t seem to come up for sale often and currently sell in the 600s
Bungalow/Villa style NON condominium
Sheep River Ridge Villas on Sheep River Mews
These properties are not a condominium and therefore do not have bylaws. They do however have a Home Owners Association of $120 per month that covers lawn care and snow removal. They all have garages and range in size from around 950sf to 1250sf.
Tucked away in the community of Crystal Ridge, you will find 2 streets of attached homes. A handful are 2-storey units but the majority are bungalows. My favorite ones are the ones that back onto the ravine.
There is a small collection of villas just off of Sandstone Gate behind the NoFrills grocery store. These properties don’t have an HOA and homeowners are responsible for their own lawn care and snow removal.
Crystal Green Rise
These units all back onto Crystal Ridge golf course. Most are bungalows but the occasional one has a second storey where the primary bedroom is located. They have a HOA fee of $110 per month which covers lawn care and snow removal.
Feel free to reach out to me if you’re interested in learning more about any of these areas. And if you have a property to sell, I can help you find a buyer.
If you’re thinking about making a move to Okotoks (and there are plenty of reasons as Okotoks is a great place to live) and are unsure as to where to live, I hope this helps.