For families looking to buy a new home, being near other families matters.

It can mean built-in friendships, with your children making instant connections with others around their age.

Parents will usually have a lot in common, as well. This makes it easier to bond with neighbours over shared interests, such as minor sports teams and other youth-based activities.

Homebuyers with children have been drawn to one of Airdrie’s newest communities, says Karen Kotchar, area sales manager for Shane Homes in Midtown. 

“There’s just a real sense of community and family in Midtown,” she adds of the centrally-located community master-planned by Shane Communities.

“I read it on the community Facebook pages and I see it everyday with the families playing at the playground or going for their walks and bike rides around the pond.”

So, what makes Midtown a place that’s attracting families? Here’s a quick look:

Play Time

From its early days, Midtown has featured a substantial playground that’s been well-used by community residents and visitors to the community.

It has a variety of interesting pieces of equipment that entertain a range of ages. This is located within walking distance to many of the homes in Midtown, making it an easy solution for filling a few hours on a sunny Saturday afternoon.

Development has started on two new parks in the community. One will feature play equipment and the other emphasizes open play and has seating and picnic areas.

The community also boasts 3.2 kilometres of pathways, ideal for cycling as a family, along with a striking pond.

Terrific Parks Nearby

Midtown is a three-minute drive, according to Google maps, from Iron Horse Park. Run by a non-profit organization, Iron Horse has a miniature train families can ride on that travels through a scenic, intricately-designed park.

Community residents also have quick access to the natural beauty of Nose Creek Park, which has multiple playgrounds and sprawling pathways, and Chinook Winds Regional Park.

With more than two kilometres of paved pathways, Chinook Winds also features three playgrounds, a skate park, spray park, toboggan hill, among other outdoor amenities.

Walkability

Need a jug of milk from the store? Your early teen son or daughter can bike over to the gas station and run that errand for you.

Having amenities nearby makes those quick pick-ups easier. This is also handy for parents needing to grab something on their way home from work.  

Within the community, there’s a commercial development that includes a Co-op gas station, barbershop, dentist, pizza parlour, Tim Hortons, among other businesses.

A Sobeys grocery store accompanied by even more places to shop and eat are part of another development just down the road.