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Best Neighbourhoods in Calgary: Calgary, AB Community Living Guide

Posted by Justin Havre on Friday, March 5th, 2021 at 7:46am.

Calgary Best Neighbourhoods

Making a move to Calgary, Alberta, means having access to the natural beauty of the area—whether it's discovering the wonders of the Canadian Rockies, hiking the miles of scenic trails, or observing Canada's wildlife. Residents in Calgary's many neighbourhoods enjoy open spaces that blend a dash of country charm and city living in an array of architectural styles to suit individual preferences and needs. With the many outdoor activities, parks, restaurants, and shops available within driving or walking distance of many communities, every lifestyle can be accommodated in these six of the best neighbourhoods in Calgary.


Brentwood Amenities

  • Walkable to grocery stores and restaurants/cafés
  • Nearby parks
  • Easy access to retail shops

Established in 1960, Brentwood resides in Northwest Calgary. The quiet and community-focused neighbourhood has an excellent liveability rating and cost of living index. Potential residents have choices in a variety of homes, condominiums, and townhomes. Prices range from the low $200,000s to the high $800,000s and have a median sale price of $421,000.

The Brentwood neighbourhood is also home to many schools that include kindergarten, middle, and high schools. Whether working locally or commuting to surrounding areas, transportation options are excellent. Commuters have access to John Laurie Boulevard to the north and the park and ride Brentwood C-Train LRT rail system.


Varsity Amenities

  • Silver Springs Golf & Country Club
  • Bowmont Natural Park
  • Varsity Estates Park
  • McMahon Stadium

The Varsity neighbourhood was established in the 1960s and 70s and comprises three distinct developed areas: Varsity Estates, Varsity Village, and Varsity Acres. With Crowchild Trail NW bordering the neighbourhood to the east and the Bow River to the west, along with Shaganappi Trail and two C-Train stations, residents have quick access to many of the areas local dining, shopping, and entertainment venues.

The University of Calgary and the University of Calgary Research Park is just a short drive away from Varsity. Several elementary schools and one junior high school serve the community.

Homes in the areas range from single- to multi-family residences with single-level and split-level floor plans to luxury condominiums. Prices average from $176,000 to $1,500,000, with an average price of $508,000.

Crescent Heights

Crescent Heights Amenities

  • Rotary Park
  • Centre Street Bridge
  • Pulse Dance Studio
  • Calgary Cycle

Crescent Heights was originally founded in 1895. It became a village in 1908, and in 1911, it was annexed to Calgary. In 1914, Crescent Heights was established as a community in the inner-city area just north of downtown. Edmonton Trail, the Trans-Canada Highway, Memorial Drive, and the Bow River make up its boundaries.

Crescent Heights offers its residents plenty of scenic outdoor adventures and magnificent views of the Bow River. Potential residents can choose from a variety of properties ranging in size, such as a one-bedroom, one-bath residence or split-level homes with four bedrooms and two baths.

Home styles include detached or attached dwellings, luxury residences, lakefront homes, condominiums, and townhomes. Prices are diverse, ranging from a low of $127,000 to a high of $2,230,000. The average cost of a home in Crescent Heights is $559,000.


Hillhurst Amenities

  • Close to downtown
  • Recreation facilities
  • Dining and nightlife

Hillhurst is one of Calgary's oldest communities and features historical buildings from the 1900s. This vibrant community offers residents plenty to do year-round. Situated near downtown, there are plenty of shopping opportunities at over 100 retail venues, scheduled events, festivals, a farmers market and flea market, and nearby Prince's Island Park.

Hillhurst has a central location near the Bow River and Kensington Road. With its short distance to downtown and area transit, residents can walk or ride to area businesses and attractions.

This quaint neighbourhood provides residents with a bevy of property choices, from historic and classic to modern single-family homes. The median home value in Hillhurst is $747,000.


Bowness Amenities

  • Pathways for pedestrians and cyclists
  • Bowness Park
  • Near Foothills Hospital
  • Educational facilities from K-9 to high school

Bowness made its debut in 1963 when it became part of Calgary. Prior to that, Bowness had been a small town of its own.

The community exudes a small-town vibe and friendly atmosphere while it experiences continued growth with new residents and businesses. Its convenient location along Highway 1 provides quick access for commuters to travel to neighbouring locales, such as Canmore and Banff, both a 40-minute drive from the community.

Day or night, residents aren't limited when it comes to things to do and places to go in Bowness. No matter the time of year, there is always something of interest available for everyone.


Acadia Amenities

  • Bow River
  • Acadia Tennis Centre
  • Nine schools
  • Grocery and drug stores

Acadia had its beginnings in 1960 and continues to offer its residents a quiet, well-maintained, and pet-friendly community. Its boundaries include Macleod Trail, a multi-lane expressway, the scenic Bow River, Heritage Drive, and Southland Drive. Residents also have the convenience of the Heritage C-Train Station for transit.

The neighbourhood ranks in the top 10 as one of Calgary's best neighbourhoods featuring well-maintained homes on large tree-lined lots. On average, the median property value in Acadia is around $385,000.

Choosing a Neighbourhood in Calgary

For those considering making the move to Calgary, there are plenty of activities and opportunities waiting to be enjoyed. Multiple choices in home styles and prices, plenty of schools and businesses, access to the C-Train rail system, and diverse communities to fit individual needs and budgets make Calgary a sought-after home base for new residents.

If you're interested in Calgary real estate, contact Justin Havre & Associates of RE/MAX First with Calgary Homes at (403) 217-0003 to get in touch with a local real estate agent who can help you find your Calgary dream home today.

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