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Retire at Gleniffer Lake Resort

With the new year comes new opportunities and maybe this year is the year you finally decide to retire! Perhaps you’ve been on the fence about what you’d like to do in your retirement and part of what’s holding you back is a convincing little voice whispering about lakeside life, but still close enough that the kids can visit and bring the grandkids. The city life just isn’t for you anymore and that’s okay! That’s why we’re here to tell you about the gem of central Alberta, Gleniffer Lake’s Resort and Country Club! If you’ve been looking for the lakeside life close by, as in within two hours of both Edmonton and Calgary, Gleniffer Lake is the little piece of paradise you’ve been searching for! Here’s why it’s a terrific idea to retire with us at Gleniffer Lake Resort!

 

Relax and Unwind

The thing about Gleniffer Lake Resort is it’s the perfect place to kick your feet up and enjoy the sunshine in the summer, the ideal beachside getaway for lake life in Alberta thanks to almost 5,000 feet of perfect beach to build sandcastles, play a game of beach volleyball or take a refreshing dip. The afternoons spent here, napping and playing and relaxing, are what lake life is truly about. Along with an outdoor and indoor pool, the resort also boasts a hot tub, the most delightful spot to watch the sunset in the winter!

 

Bring Your Boat!

The beautiful waters of Gleniffer Lake are waiting for you to bring your sailboat, motorboat, or sea-doo to take a cruise around this lovely lake. The clear blue water is the perfect backdrop for any lazy Sunday afternoon with the kids, catching fish or sharing stories. We have a number of boat slips available to rent or buy in our private dock. Here’s where you can find them!

 

Golfers Rejoice!

Onsite, we have a challenging 9 hole course and some lovely putting greens for beginners and pros alike. The charming landscape and beautiful rolling hills of green make our course one for the books! Have you golfed with us yet?

 

Location, Location, Location!

Sometimes the location of a retirement property is the selling factor. In the case of our lots and homes available at Gleniffer Lake, location is a prime reason some of our property owners have settled in on our shores! Calgary is a mere 75 minutes away and Edmonton just under two hours commute, convenient for those that have family in either direction. This can make the holidays easier with no flights involved. For the snowbirds that come back in the summer, it’s not a big trek to visit children and loved ones. 

 

A quiet, friendly gated community full of folks looking to enjoy themselves is what you’ll find here at Gleniffer Lake Resort and Country Club. Golfers, snowbirds, renters and permanent residents alike come together for monthly events and parties and we get around via golf cart for the most part! You won’t have to worry about those drivers speeding through residential neighbourhoods here, we’re all living that relaxed, lakeside life. If you’re ready to join us, come take a tour! We’d be happy to show you around!!

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Keep Your Vacation Property Safe While You’re Away

Investing in a vacation home is another way to invest in yourself because that vacation home is a place for you to relax, escape, and unwind from the stress of life in the city. That vacation home is a special place for you to recoup with your family and your grandkids, for you to enjoy the simple pleasures that come with stepping away from the concrete jungle to rejuvenate. But what happens when you’re back to work and your vacation home sits empty, waiting for your next getaway? Here’s how to keep your property safe while you’re away!

 

Security 

If you haven’t already installed a security system for your vacation home, now’s the time to do it. Motion sensor lights around the property, along walkways and around main access points is a good way to deter unwanted company on the property. If the home lights up when approached, this is an excellent deterrent for possible thieves. Having a timer on for lights inside the home makes it look lived in which is another way to prevent invaders. There are many security systems that you can now operate via your phone, allowing for remote locking, lighting and camera access.

 

Double Check Windows and Doors

As a rule, always double-check you’ve locked every window and door of your vacation home. Many break-ins happen simply because a window was left unlocked by accident. Consider installing doors with keyless locks and if there are sliding glass doors on the property, make sure to use a security bar. A security bar can be used in almost any window sill, but a two-by-four or a broom handle cut to size in the basement windows will also do the trick if you don’t mind how it looks. Be sure to secure that doggy door too, if you have one!

 

Make Friends With Neighbors 

Besides the wonderful social aspect of getting on with your neighbours, fostering a good relationship with those that live close to you provides extra protection when you’re away from your vacation home, as well as collecting mail or newspapers. Watchful neighbours are an extra set of eyes to report suspicious activity, lowering crime rates in the entire area. It pays to know your neighbours!

 

A few extra tips to keep your vacation home safe include hiring a landscaper to keep up with overgrown grass or plant life on your property and refrain from hiding a spare key somewhere obvious. It’s a good idea to just switch over to keyless locks as this removes an extra key from the equation, making the house just that much more secure. We, at Gleniffer Lake, take care of our own and keep an eye out for each other when necessary. If you’re looking for a safe place to own a vacation home, this is it! Visit our available lots today

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Invest In A Property You Can Enjoy

It’s quite the undertaking to go from deciding to purchase a vacation property to the actual purchase of the lot. What goes into choosing a vacation property? There’s lots to consider when you’re interested in investing in something you’ll love that isn’t too far from home. Perhaps it’s the property you dream of retiring to. Regardless, here’s how to invest in a property you’ll enjoy!

 

Know the Area

Before you even consider any exchange of monies, make sure you know where it is you want to purchase a property and actually get to know the area. Find a local rental to stay for a few days and get to work exploring the surrounding area. Where is the closest grocery store? How about the nearest hospital? Details like this are extremely important when picking the place you want to call your home away from home. And don’t be afraid to get to know the locals, find out where the best coffee is and what folks enjoy doing in the area! If you’ve got kids, find out where the coolest kid hangouts are and what activities you could get up to as a family.

 

Know Your Budget

It’s been a hard year and many of us are ready to throw our money at just about anything to give ourselves a moment of reprieve from the madness we’ve been living through since last March. But don’t be too hasty to lay down any sort of cash until you’ve made a clear, concise budget for yourself. What can you feasibly afford when it comes to a second property? A good rule to go by is setting aside at least 1 to 2% of the property’s initial purchase price for repairs or any maintenance you may encounter in the first year. Keep in mind that most vacation properties will likely require a larger down payment than your first home, somewhere in the 30% range, and budget accordingly for this. It’s okay if you need to wait just a little longer to save for your dream home. It’s worth it to invest in a property you’ll enjoy!

 

Know Your Taste

Are you set on a mountain location? What if it’s out of your price range? Would you be happy with a lake lot or do you dream of a cabin deep in the woods? Ask yourself the questions to find out what you’re really looking for in a property. Is it a retirement home? Is it for your kids to help them experience life outside the busy city? Sit with yourself and make a list of what you enjoy and what’s important to you, and remember that list when you’re looking for a property!

 

The first rule you should follow when purchasing a piece of property is that you want to invest in your own enjoyment so find something that you’re going to really love! At the end of the day, you’re looking for a place to relax and destress after a long week at work or even just an excuse to get out of the city. Whatever drives you to search vacation properties, make sure it ends up being a search for something you’re going to enjoy!