What Do Buyers Look For In Inner-City Homes?

What Do Buyers Look For In Inner-City Homes?

Calgary’s inner city can be a great place to work, play, and live. The demographic of downtown dwellers includes first time homebuyers, empty nesters, luxury homebuyers, and even growing families. Downtown neighbourhoods are diverse and dynamic and inner-city home options abound. Buyers who choose to purchase in the inner-city are most often seeking a unique and specific lifestyle and experience, but there are some common aspects that appeal to buyers of all inner-city home types. If you are selling your downtown property, use this checklist to ensure that your inner-city home attracts the broadest range of buyers. Then partner with an experienced inner-city Realtor® to help you market your home to the right buyers and get it sold quickly.

The Appeal Of Inner-City Homes

Inner-city living is not for everyone. But those who do opt to live in the hustle and bustle of the city core are often seeking many of the same features in their inner-city homes. Whether they are apartment or townhouse dwellers, infill buyers, or historic home patrons, inner-city homeowners are looking for a certain experience.

One of the appeals of living central is the easy access to all sorts of neighbourhood amenities. Grocery chains and specialty food markets, healthcare and wellness facilities, urban parks and green spaces, churches and worship groups, and some of the city’s best schools (preschool through post-secondary education). Highlight the inner-city amenities available to help buyers see the appeal.

Many people who choose inner-city living are looking for convenience. Condo living can mean fewer maintenance responsibilities such as lawn care and snow removal. Smaller homes also mean reduced utility bills. Services like food delivery and dry cleaning delivery are abundant. And many apartment-style homes offer security and concierge services that can ease many of the burdens of everyday tasks. Help buyers see how your inner-city home can make life easy and breezy.

Inner-city living provides certain accessibility not found in suburban neighbourhoods. Walkability is a key feature of downtown living. Almost all goods and services can be accessed within walking distance. Public transportation hubs converge in the city’s core. And downtown Calgary is a central access point from which all sprawling quadrants of the city can be quickly reached. Many of the main thoroughfares to escape the city for weekend adventures pass through or nearby city centre. If your home is on a major transit route, includes parking, or is within walking distance of any major landmarks, let buyers know.

Suburban neighbourhoods can often become somewhat homogenous. The neighbourhoods can be comprised of homes within the same price range leading to a demographic of similar populations. Inner-city home styles range from affordable, small apartments and larger row houses to single-family homes and sprawling inner-city luxury estates. The demographic of the downtown population includes students, first time homeowners, empty nesters, growing families, professionals and executives, service workers, seniors, entertainers, and more. The diversity of the inner-city homes available and the people who choose inner-city neighbourhoods cultivates a vital and energetic dynamic. Let buyers know about the distinct attributes that make your inner-city neighbourhood unique.

There are many beautiful homes in downtown Calgary. Gleaming glass and metal highrises with stunning penthouse views, walk-up lowrises showcasing historic charm, mid century bungalows with vintage appeal, and fabulous examples of contemporary architecture; there is a home to suit everyone's design aesthetic in the inner city. But the downtown lifestyle is less about the house, and more about the home base. Options for dining and entertainment, cultural and social events, shopping, sports and events, meandering pathways and outdoor recreation opportunities are what truly define the inner-city lifestyle. When marketing the features that make your property a great purchase, don’t forget to sell the amazing lifestyle that your inner-city home offers.


Explore Inner-City Homes With A Calgary Realtor®

Whether you are looking to buy or sell an inner-city home in Calgary, it is a smart strategy to partner with an inner-city Realtor®. The team of Realtors® at the Tanya Eklund Group is Calgary’s inner-city real estate specialists. 

We specialize in inner-city because we, too, live here, work here, play here, and raise our families here.  A team of inner-city specialists is your best resource when buying or selling in Calgary’s downtown core. The Tanya Eklund Group team specializes in more than just the inner city, we are a dynamic, full-service team with extensive knowledge of the entire Calgary real estate market. We have cultivated a network of buyers, sellers, and support players so we can guide you through every step of the process with the most skilled professionals. And we are masterful negotiators ensuring that every offer is fair and favourable for our clients. Reach out to our team at (403) 863-7434 or through our contact form and let’s talk about what home means to you.


The Tanya Eklund Group has years of experience listing homes in Calgary. We have an extensive history of buying and selling in neighbourhoods across Calgary. We have the insight, skill, tools, and connections to develop a strategic marketing plan customized to the unique property you are selling. When you connect with us, we will design a game plan just for you.

That is a tricky question! Unfortunately, there is no way to know. The market can be fickle and inventory for condos can be high. But we can help you understand your competition, find the unique features that will set your home apart, and help you with marketing strategies that will position it to be the next condo that sells in your neighbourhood.

A Realtor® who specializes in the inner city will have the experience and knowledge to navigate some of the unique challenges that can arise when buying or selling in the city’s core neighbourhoods. Zoning, valuations, housing type, offer conditions, marketing and more can be different for inner-city properties than for those in more suburban neighbourhoods. Read How To Choose The Best Calgary Realtor® For Your Inner-City Listing to make sure you pick the right agent for you.

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