Calgary is situated at the confluence of the Bow River and Elbow River east of the front ranges of the Rockies. Its metro area has about 1.6 million people, and the city anchors the south end of the Calgary-Edmonton corridor. Settlers came to the area in the late 1880s, and the Oil and Gas Age in the city began in 1914. Calgary began a growth boom in the 1970s and 1980s that extended until 2009.
The city and its environs include various neighbourhoods. For residents who want privacy and security, the city and its suburbs include several gated communities, ranging from urban condominiums to rural communities with many home styles. Home prices vary from less than $200,000 to more than $3 million. Outdoor recreation and green spaces are prominent amenities in all the communities. Many communities are designed with the specific mission to conserve the natural surroundings.
Those who are interested in moving to Calgary should consider looking into the best gated communities.
Conservatory Condominiums Amenities
- Outdoor recreational area
- Water features
- Heated underground parking
- Assigned storage lockers
The 68-unit Conservatory Condominiums are located at 527 15 Ave SW, near trendy 17 Ave and in the Connaught East portion of the Beltline community. Pasera Corp., which has built other housing buildings in Calgary, developed Conservatory Condominiums in 2000. An iron gate and central courtyard greet residents upon arrival and features multiple, pleasantly decorated sitting areas for conversation or meetings. Most units feature a porch and patio and a private washer and dryer within.
- Expansive acreage on prime land
- Paved paths for biking, jogging, or hiking
- Large park area
- Water features
- Rural, mountain setting close to the city
The expensive neighbourhood of Stonepine is located on the ridge next to the Glencoe Golf and Country Club in Rural Rocky View County. Its 50 duplex-style villas and 22 single-family homes provide spectacular views of the Elbow River Valley and the Rocky Mountains. They are situated on 135 acres and are maintenance-free. Stonepine is about 20 minutes from downtown Calgary and one hour from the heart of the Rockies.
In addition to Glencoe, the community also is near the Pinebrook Golf and Country Club and Elbow Springs Golf Club. All the clubs offer to dine for members and guests, and Elbow Springs's restaurant is open to the public. The Maharajah restaurant is less than 10 minutes away on Highway 8. The Richmond Square shopping mall is located 12 minutes away.
Houses in Stonepine were built in the early 2000s. Some have floor-to-ceiling windows and balconies, while others have beautiful stone masonry. Some are waterfront homes.
Spring Valley Lane
Spring Valley Lane Amenities
- Natural beauty
- Large lots and homes within easy commute of downtown
- Maintenance-free lifestyle
- Seven golf courses within a 15-minute drive
Spring Valley Lane is on the west side of Calgary, about 20 minutes from the city centre and 50 minutes from the heart of the Rocky Mountains. The community features 20 estate-style single-family homes on 10,000-square-foot lots. Home sizes range from 3,500 square feet to 5,000 square feet, and the developers have been careful to preserve the natural beauty of the setting. Each home is custom-designed to fit the slope of the lot.
Each home is unique, but all of them have the main living spaces, including the master suite, on one floor. Lots start in the $400,000 range, and most have views of the Rockies. Many are new construction homes, and residents can work with the builder on floor plans and features. Exteriors are stucco or Hardi Plank with concrete roof tiles, rock detail, and cobblestone driveways.
Aspen Landing Shopping Centre is a five-minute drive from Spring Valley Lane. It features a grocery store and various shops, restaurants, and services such as a veterinary office, dental office, fitness centre, and banks. The Westhills Town Centre is about 10 minutes away. It also includes a grocery store, boutiques, restaurants, and services.
- The community has preserved more than 60% of the natural landscape
- Homes have zero gas emissions and use half the grid power of other homes
- Rainwater harvesting
- Connecting footpaths
- Outdoor recreational opportunities including a soccer field, ball diamonds, and tennis courts
- A 20-minute walk from an LRT station
EchoHaven is a sustainable condominium community located in a cul-de-sac at Rocky Ridge in northwest Calgary. Rolling hills with aspen stands and three wetland areas surround home sites with mountain views overlooking ponds that attract wildlife.
EchoHaven is a small community of 25 single-family detached homes that focus on solar-heating strategies, water conservation initiatives, and, at minimum, meeting EnerGuide 84 efficiency standards. The community also focuses on making a minimal environmental footprint. Residents have common goals about environmental friendliness and sustainability, and homes are grouped to provide a larger, more common area while allowing minimal views into the neighbour's home. Residents own their lot and 1/25 of these common areas.
Potential residents have the opportunity to buy lots and build their own homes or choose a green builder. The cost to build a home that meets the best energy standards is about $240 per square foot or about $35 a square foot, more than the cost of building a home that meets building codes.
Shopping, restaurants, and other services are nearby. Community Natural Foods is about a three-minute drive, and Crowfoot Crossing, which provides shopping, entertainment, and dining, is 3.6 km away.
- Accessible to main arteries such as Bow-Trail, the Trans-Canada Highway, and the Sarcee Trail
- Location in a vibrant and growing part of the city
- Range of housing types and prices
- Near an LRT station
Eighty5Nine features 83 urban luxury condos and townhomes in West Springs, in the far southwest quadrant of the city. Residents enjoy fantastic views of downtown Calgary and a location in the vibrant, up-and-coming community of West Springs. The West Springs community includes various restaurants, pubs, and cantinas, including Vin Room West, 722 World Bier Haus, Fergus and Bix, and Mercato West.
Homes range in size from 529 square feet to 1,500 square feet and vary from modern flats to classic brownstones. The homes feature private patios or balconies, stainless steel appliances, Hartford Sandoval tile, quartz kitchen countertops, and contemporary, flat-panelled cabinetry. Flat prices are about $300,000; terrace homes in the mid $300,000; and brownstones are about $400,000.
- 84 acres of combined beach and lakefront
- 265 acres of open space, including a central park, several parks, sports fields, central courts, and community paths
- 74 acres of naturalized wetlands
- A community beach club, including a splash park, fishing pier, and hockey rink
Mahogany is a four-season suburban lake community that officially launched in 2008. Hopewell Residential, named Calgary's developer of the year for five years, envisioned the community and is developing it. The neighbourhood has an urban village within it that includes a Village Market. The Village Market features shopping, restaurants, cafes, exercise and dance studios, and professional services. Among the restaurants in the urban village are State and Main, Canadian Brewhouse, and Nando's. A future southeast C-train line is expected to serve the community. Mahogany is less than 10 minutes from the South Health Campus.
Houses are in 10 different architectural styles and span price ranges from less than $200,000 to more than $900,000. They range in size from 600 square feet to more than 3,500 square feet. Residents can also choose from various home types, including condos, paired homes, bungalows, single-family homes, single-family homes with front attached garages, and estate homes. Mahogany is about 24 minutes from downtown via AB 201 and AB2.
Elbow Valley Amenities
- Residents Club includes various outdoor and indoor recreational options
- Three lakes, one of which is stocked for fishing
- 20 kilometres of nature trails and multi-use trails
- Natural preserve areas
- Variety of neighbourhood events scheduled throughout the year, including Stampede Breakfast, an Easter egg hunt, and wine club nights
- Four golf courses nearby
The Elbow Valley community is a private estate on the west edge of Calgary along Highway 8, about 20 minutes from downtown. Its mission is to respect the nature surrounding it. Elbow Valley has been recognized as Calgary's Community of the Year four times and Canada's Community of the Year twice. The community takes its name from the Elbow River, which, with Lott Creek, shapes its topography. Conservation of these waterways is a primary goal of the community. Forested woodlands blanket the community, as well.
Residents can shop, dine, or be entertained at the Westhills Towne Centre or Aspen Landing Shopping Centre within 12 minutes or less of the neighbourhood. The average price of homes in Elbow Valley is about $2 million.
Find Your Home in a Calgary Gated Community
Calgary has gated communities that can foster almost every lifestyle. Some provide a vibrant urban lifestyle with restaurants and nightlife within walking distance. Others provide a more rural feel, with homes on large lots surrounded by nature. Some are intimate communities of only a few houses; others are larger communities of several thousand people. Some are primarily suited to people who share a specific interest, such as sustainability or water-based recreation. Some have homes of one or two styles and types; others have several types and styles within their gates. For those who want the privacy of a gated community, Calgary offers many choices.
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.