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7 Beautiful Inner-City Neighbourhoods in Calgary

Posted by on Sunday, June 26th, 2016 at 12:47pm.

Calgary Inner City Neighbourhoods

Looking to move to the inner-city neighbourhoods in Calgary? There are many things that make inner-city Calgary neighbourhoods a beautiful place to live.

Most people choose Calgary inner-city living because of the location. They want to be close to the action rather than way out in the suburbs. 

Each community offers that great, sought-after location but there are other big attractions to many of Calgary’s inner-city neighbourhoods.

Elbow Park

Located west of Elbow Dr SW and within walking distance of downtown, the Elbow Park community is where the Glencoe Club is located and the historic Christ Anglican Church.  Church bells peel out over the neighbourhood every Sunday and the extra-wide sidewalks with grassy boulevards make Elbow Park a wonderful, walkable neighbourhood.

Mount Royal

The Mount Royal neigbourhood is an old community south of 17 Ave SW on the hill was Calgary’s first luxury neighbourhood. Many of the original, historic mansions still grace the curved streets throughout Mount Royal.  The original lots have mostly been subdivided and large homes in excess of $3 million dollars have been constructed.  The marvelous architecture, stone walls and one-hundred year old Prairie Cottonwood trees are a real treat in this pristine inner-city enclave.


The Rideau community in Calgary was built in the 1920s along the winding Elbow River and features large estate homes and luxury infills on generous lots.  With the Elbow River escarpment on one side and the very old trees providing a shady canopy, the noise of the city is drowned out making Elbow Park seem like a country escape.


The Southwest Calgary Altadore neighbourhood is contained within Calgary’s inner-city ring and is located near Elbow Park, yet real estate values are just slightly more affordable.  Less than 7 km from the city centre, Altadore is much like a suburban neighbourhood with inner-city amenities. River Park on the neighbourhood’s east side has one of Calgary’s largest off-leash dog parks.

Mount Pleasant

North of the Trans-Canada highway by Confederation Park, Mount Pleasant is a neighbourhood with moderately priced bungalows; however, redevelopment is accelerating in this North West neighbourhood and new single-family infills are becoming common. The beauty of Mount Pleasant is the large park in the centre of the neighbourhood and the beautiful mature elm trees on both sides of every street.  Planted more than 70 years ago in a stroke of genius, these elm trees arch over the roads in a picture-perfect sort of way. It’s one of the rare neighbourhoods in Calgary with this type of tree formation.

West Hillhurst

The West Hillhurst neigbhourhood in Calgary was farmland owned by various members of the Riley family until it was subdivided after World War II.   There were hundreds of war-time houses put in place for returning serve personnel but these are disappearing in favour of luxury infills.  This area is very close to downtown Calgary and close to major roadways such as Memorial Dr SW and Crowchild Trail which make getting out of the inner-city very quick.


Charleswood is a mid-century community with a variety of bungalows, three and four-level split and two-storey homes on 50 to 70 foot lots.  Charleswood is situated around Canmore Park and is sought-after for many reasons.  There are plenty of schools right in the neighbourhood, both public and separate and proximity to the University of Calgary and Foothills Medical Centre.  Not to mention the mature landscaping and beautiful homes for under $1 million. 

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