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Howdy, partner! Rumor on the dusty trail is you're looking for a dream home in the heart of cattle country, Cochrane, Alberta, the pride of beautiful Rocky View County. Good call!

Situated in the shadows of Big Hill, 20 kilometers west of Calgary on the banks of the Bow River, Cochrane is a rapidly growing – but still sparsely populated – city that boasts some of Alberta’s most stunning vistas and unspoiled natural landscapes. With its small-town, deep-country ambiance, it’s a perfect nesting place for those who prefer to walk on the quieter side of life.

Traditionally dominated by cattle ranches and sprawling farmlands, Cochrane has opened its arms to a large number of urban exiles in recent years, giving the city a more modern, happening vibe in several areas. Cochrane’s population nearly doubled between 2001-2014 – nearly 21,000 people now call it home – and the real estate market has kept pace. Along with historic country estates and cottages, the city now boasts a wide range of ultramodern, recently constructed homes in brand-new master-planned communities.

It may feel like a whole different world, but Cochrane is a mere 20-minute, largely gridlock-free ride from Calgary, where much of the city’s population works. Still, many Cochranites are able to bring home the bacon without leaving cattle country. According to the city’s Economic Development Strategy, roughly 1 in 3 residents works within city limits, with businesses in the retail, construction, health care, transportation, mining, oil and gas, and social services industries employing the bulk of the workforce. By 2029, the city expects its business infrastructure to grow by 50 percent. Not just a place to enjoy blue skies and solitude, Cochrane is gradually developing into one of Alberta’s stronger economic hubs.

Currently, Cochrane does not operate a public transit system, so you’ll need your own set of wheels to get around, at least for now. Fortunately, Highway 1A runs alongside the city, giving commuters easy access to Calgary. The oft-romanticized Cowboy Trail (which has a better ring to it than its official name, Alberta Provincial Highway No. 22) runs north-south through Cochrane as well.

Defined by rolling hills, open spaces, and panoramic mountain views, Fireside, situated on the banks of the Bow River, is one of Cochrane’s newest neighbourhoods. If you’re looking for a townhouse, side-by-side home, or starter house in Cochrane, it’s hard to go wrong with Fireside. Neighboring community Riversong features a similar mix of housing options and includes several upscale country estates as well.

Conveniently located beside the Cowboy Trail in the northwest quadrant, Sunset Ridge is a scenic and serene neighbourhood boasting ravines, mountain views, open spaces, expansive trails, and classically designed architecture. Best yet, it’s also one of the most affordable areas in town and includes some of the most unique and colorful real estate in Cochrane.

Overlooking the Bow River Valley on the western edge, Bow Ridge is a popular, family-friendly subdivision with a variety of housing options as well. Other neighbourhoods popular among families, singles, and empty nesters alike include Bow Meadows on the western edge and the Willows of River Heights, which has as many green spaces as any ‘hood in Cochrane (but no townhouses). Other areas with a surplus of high-quality and highly affordable new homes for sale include West Valley, West Terrace, and the coveted Gleneagles golf course community.

Alberta house hunters who enjoy leading healthy, active lives will be happy to call themselves Cochranites. Recreational facilities include multiple indoor/outdoor ice rinks and running tracks, a dozen baseball diamonds, 15 football/soccer fields, a BMX track, skateboard park, golf course, 2 horse riding arenas, 4 curling rinks, a Boys and Girls Club, 24 playground structures for the kiddos, and the 50 and Over Club for seniors.

In the mood to get out and have some fun in the sun? Take a stroll along the 24 kilometers of paved trails bisecting the city or in one of its 23 parks. Practice your serve on Quigley Park’s tennis courts, go for a skate in Centennial Park, or just sit back and cast a line into the Mitford Park fish ponds.

The Cochrane Ranch Historic Site, which features free heritage demonstrations and interpretative displays, is a must-see for locals and visitors alike. Same goes for the quaint, tourist-friendly downtown area, dotted with shops, eateries, and historic sites. And as a resident of Cochrane, you’re only a stone’s throw (you can throw a stone 20 km, right?) from a wide range of performing arts facilities, ethnic restaurants, shops, galleries, theatres, and other cultural attractions in Calgary. Cochrane is also a day tripper’s paradise, situated an hour from both the beautiful resort town of Banff and the majestic Canadian Rockies.