Meet your Neighbours – The Jarvis Family
June 18, 2021
Patrick and Lisa Jarvis are new residents of Currie. After only a month in the community, they already have lots to share about their new home. From amenities and natural spaces to history and nature, the Jarvis’ were happy to share some of their favourite things about living in Currie.
The Journey to Currie
Patrick and Lisa were in a state of transition as the COVID-19 pandemic struck. Their plan to rebuild a family home in Crescent Heights was put on pause and the couple decided to embrace the opportunity to live in a new part of Calgary for a period of time, having already sold their former house.
Luckily, family friends who own a home in Currie were in search of someone to rent their space for a year. The timelines worked out perfectly and the Jarvis family were thrilled to move into their temporary new community.
“They raved about Currie as a community, not only its proximity to everything but its deliberate and thoughtful care around design including the consistency of architectural features without the sense of “cookie-cutter cluster.” – Patrick
Settling into a New Home
After travelling to over 90 countries and territories, Patrick has gained an appreciation for the value of community planning and all the beautiful neighbourhoods in his native Calgary.
“From the first moment we moved in, we have had a sense of feeling connected to the area, feeling like we have arrived home.”
Patrick describes the area as having a “relaxed vibrancy.” The proximity to downtown and abundant amenities give the community a lively energy, without the noise or commotion he found common in other urban neighbourhoods.
A Historic Community in Calgary
The couple have taken to exploring Currie by foot, enjoying long strolls through the community and discovering new features each time. In particular, they are delighted by the deep connection Currie has to its past as a military base. They note that the street names, the green spaces, and the overall community plan all thoughtfully honour Canadian military personnel.
“We are consistently impressed with how the history is incorporated throughout Currie. The purposeful respect of our past effectively transforms an evening walk into a stroll through a living, open air museum.”
While the proximity to amenities and quick commute to downtown are valuable features, the Jarvis’ claim that it’s the incorporation of local history that makes Currie “truly unique.” As an example, Patrick names Valour Park as one of the new places they’ve been able to explore. He notes that the plaques describing Canada’s involvement in The Second World War and the park’s noteworthy environmental design work perfectly together to create “a living monument to Canada’s military.”
Other Local Amenities and Attractions
One thing the Jarvis family are anticipating is the reduction of public health restrictions so they can visit local businesses and experience them the way their owners intended. At the top of their list is Wild Rose Brewery and the Inn on Officers’ Garden.
In the meantime, they have been enjoying the many outdoor activities in Currie. As bikers, they’re taking advantage of Currie’s central location with iconic locations such as Weasel Head Flats, North Glenmore Park and Sandy Beach only a 15–20 minute ride away. To access even more of their favourite local businesses and entertainment, the Marda Loop area is just a relaxed 20—25 minute ride from their home.
While Patrick is quick to note the exceptional environmental design of the community, he cites the streetscape as his favourite feature. Not only is the community beautiful and pleasant to walk through—the homes themselves enhance the welcoming feel with front porches facing the street, rather than garage doors. The couple often finds themselves greeting and chatting with neighbours when walking through the streets. This purposeful design has been helpful in making the couple feel at home quickly and forming connections with their new neighbours.
“It has the charm of a long-established, mature and welcoming neighbourhood.”
All of these aspects—the connection to local history, exciting amenities, and elevated aesthetic—contribute to a positive, healthy, and vibrant community. To summarize how the couple feels about their new home in Currie, Patrick says, “Although we’ve only been here less than a month, we sense that feeling of community. We feel like we’re new here, but we belong. Currie feels like home.”
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