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8 Calgary Neighbourhoods With Rocky Mountain Views

Posted by Justin Havre on Tuesday, February 22nd, 2022 at 7:31am.

Calgary Neighbourhoods with the Best Rocky Mountain Views

Looking for a home with amazing mountain views? Calgary real estate might just have exactly what you need. Calgary's City Centre is about 1,042 meters above sea level. Because of its location and elevation, many Calgary neighbourhoods offer amazing views of the Rocky Mountains.

Calgary is a city of more than 1.3 million people in the province of Alberta. Founded in the late 1800s, it received its name from Calgary on the Isle of Mull in Scotland.

The city lies within the foothills of the Parkland and Grassland Natural regions. It also is located between the foothills of the Rocky Mountains and the Canadian Prairies and about 80 kilometres east of the front ranges of the Canadian Rockies. Keep reading to find a list of the best Calgary neighbourhoods with Rocky Mountain views.

Aspen Woods

Aspen Woods Amenities

  • Westside Recreation Centre, which includes aquatic parks, skate parks, a climbing wall, and a wellness centre
  • Six parks or other green spaces
  • LRT station
  • Numerous yoga and exercise studios

Aspen Woods, or Aspen as the locals sometimes say, was founded in 2001 and is in southwest Calgary. The community was planned around the stands of aspen trees and sits on a rise known as Signal Hill. It features panoramic views of the city and the mountains. It has a suburban feel yet is near the city core and is marked by signature fountains and a shopping centre. The Aspen Landing Shopping Centre features 175,000 square feet of retail space and 40,000 square feet of office space. The Redwater Rustic Grille is a fine-dining restaurant in the Centre; Mercato West is an Italian cafe and market.

Homes for sale in Aspen Woods are typically larger than 2,000 square feet and sit on large lots. As one of the most expensive neighbourhoods in Calgary, prices range from about $700,000 to more than $6 million. Contemporary, transitional, and traditional home styles are the norm, but some townhomes are available. The neighbourhood is growing, and new construction homes also are available.

Aspen Woods's southern boundary is 17 Avenue SW, which provides quick access to downtown. It also is a quick commute to the University of Calgary, Foothills Medical Centre, and the Alberta Children's Hospital. Highway 8 is nearby and connects to the Trans-Canada Highway.


Bridlewood Amenities

  • Bridlewood Wetlands Park, which has trails and a platform for viewing several species of waterfowl and aquatic vegetation
  • Accessible to C-Train light rail, with an extension planned
  • Four local parks or playgrounds
  • Community events hosted by the Somerset Bridlewood Community Association

Bridlewood is located in southwest Calgary, and its borders are Spruce Meadows Trail or 22x to the south and 162 Ave SW to the north. It was established in 1998 and built on former pasture land. On the east, residents can view preserved natural wetland areas, and to the west, they can view rolling foothills and mountains.

The community was designed so that the homes would have plenty of green space for community activities and parks, and bicycle pathways interlaced the community. Bridlewood real estate options include condos, bungalows, and two-storey single-family detached and semi-detached homes. Most homes are moderately priced, ranging from around $200,000 and going upwards of $625,000. The neighbourhood has a small-town feel and is about 25 minutes by car from downtown.

A small commercial district within the community includes Sobeys Grocery Store, the Donair Grill, and the Bull & Finch Pub. The community also is a few minutes from Shawnessy, which features several shopping centres.

Crescent Heights

Crescent Heights Amenities

  • Ample parks, including Rotary Park, which has recreational amenities and a fantastic view of the city
  • Accessible to public transportation with 15 daily bus routes
  • Wide range of restaurants and stores along Center Street
  • Bow River Valley and trails

Crescent Heights is about six minutes north of downtown. Most of its houses are situated above or on the north escarpment of the Bow River Valley. Crescent Heights is known for its amazing views of the mountains, and those homes at the top of the escarpment also have fantastic city views. Founded in 1895 by Archibald J. McArthur, it is one of the city's oldest neighbourhoods. It is close to several main arteries, and 16th Avenue connects it to the rest of the city.

The neighbourhood features historic character homes, newer single-family homes, and condos. Because of its proximity to downtown, Crescent Heights homes for sale are slightly more expensive, with some homes in the area costing more than $5 million.

The Bow River has a bicycling path, and residents can find road bikes at Calgary Cycle in the neighbourhood. Pulse Studios and Don's Hobby Shop are other neighbourhood hot spots featuring costumes and masks.

Cougar Ridge

Cougar Ridge Amenities

  • Ski jumps and bobsled/luge tracks
  • Several parks
  • Paskapoo Slopes, which include walking and mountain biking trails, six forested beaches, and other environmental and natural features
  • Canada Olympic Park, which offers events throughout the year

Cougar Ridge is a newer neighbourhood in southwest Calgary, about 15 minutes from downtown. Its borders are Paskapoo Slopes and Canada Olympic Park on the north, making it an ideal choice for anyone looking for outdoor activities in Calgary. As its name suggests, it sits on a ridge and provides spectacular views of the city and the Rocky Mountains.

Cougar Ridge homes for sale boast natural surroundings and spacious lots. Housing options vary and include townhomes, single-family homes, and estate homes. Sizes range from 1,200 square feet to more than 3,000 square feet. Almost all homes have been built since 2001, and some are new construction homes. Prices vary, beginning in the mid $200,000s and topping $1 million.

The area is primarily residential, open spaces, and natural surroundings; however, a small commercial corridor is along Old Banff Coach Road. Restaurants including Jerusalem Shawarma and The Chopped Leaf are located in that corridor. Most shopping is done in nearby Westhills. Residents also use the nearby Westside Recreation Centre and participate in the West Springs/Cougar Ridge Community Association activities.

Springbank Hill

Springbank Hill Amenities

  • Quick access to downtown and area attractions via major roadways
  • West LRT station
  • Recreational opportunities, including skating rinks, soccer, and T-ball
  • Several parks, including Springbank Hill Community Park

Springbank Hill is a suburban community, established in 1999 and overlooking the prairies and the mountains. Its borders are 17 Avenue SW to the north, Stoney Trail to the south, 69 Street SW to the east, and 101 Street SW to the west. It is a mixed residential and luxury community just north of Delaware Ridge. Many homes enjoy sweeping views of the Foothills and Rockies.

Most Spring Hill homes for sale are single-family detached and range in price from the upper $400,000s to more than $2 million. Sizes range from 1,200 square feet to more than 4,500 square feet. The neighbourhood has some condos and row houses as well.

Springbank Hill is home to Ambrose University, which hosts about 900 students on a 40-acre site. Residents can travel to nearby Aspen Woods for significant retail. Restaurants within the neighbourhood include the Indian Accent Kitchen and Bar and a Subway. The Springbank Hill Community Association offers recreational opportunities and events.

Valley Ridge

Valley Ridge Amenities

  • Valley Ridge Community Association
  • Biking and hiking trails
  • Outdoor rink
  • Canoeing and fishing on the Bow River

In the northwest quadrant, Valley Ridge homes for sale offer a beautiful mix of city and mountain views. It is located between the Bow River and the Trans-Canada Highway, bordering the Stoney Trail on the east. The community was first developed in 1992 and is about 15 minutes from downtown.

Open spaces and natural elements characterize the neighbourhood, with spectacular views of the Bow River Valley and Nose Hill Park. It is a golf-course community, and the Valley Ridge Golf Course is located in its northern end. Housing options consist primarily of single-family detached houses with a few condos. Prices are moderate, ranging from the $200,000s and upwards of $500,000.

The community has a small shopping centre at its entrance. Restaurants within the community include the Van Gogh Grill and Bar and CPG Calgary Pizza. The Valley Ridge Golf Course also has a restaurant, Mulligan's, at Valley Ridge. Crowfoot Town Centre is nearby. More than half of the community is green space.

Discovery Ridge

Discovery Ridge Amenities

  • Discovery Ridge Pond, which offers opportunities for hiking and birdwatching
  • Griffith Woods Park, which is a natural habitat park with trails and recreational fields
  • Bus and CT train routes
  • Many recreation facilities and open areas

Discovery Ridge is in the southwest quadrant of the city and is bounded by Stoney Trail on the north, 69 Street W on the east, Rocky View County and the city limits on the west, and the Elbow River and Tsuu T'ina First Nation reserve on the south. Calgarians referred to Jackson's Valley before its development began in the late 1990s. It offers sweeping views of the Western Foothills and the Rocky Mountains, and, in some cases, residents feel as if they are living in the mountains. It is about 22 minutes from downtown via AB8 E.

Real estate in Discovery Ridge includes condos, townhomes, and single-family homes in various styles. Some new construction homes also are available. Sizes range from about 700 square feet to more than 3,000 square feet. Prices vary widely, starting in the upper $200,000 and topping $1 million.

The neighbourhood features abundant green space and borders natural wetlands. Residents also have shopping options within the neighbourhood at Cornerstone Shopping Centre, including wellness and health services, a barbershop, a nail salon, a wine and spirits store, and a coffee shop. Dining options within the neighbourhood include the Maharajah East Indian Restaurant and Earls Kitchen + Bar.

Arbour Lake

Arbour Lake Amenities

  • Fishing, boating, and similar lake activities
  • Arbour Lake Community Centre, which runs several programs
  • LRT station
  • Walking paths, ravines, and greenbelts

Country Hills Boulevard in the city's northwest quadrant bounds arbour Lake on the north, Crowchild Trail on the south, Nose Hill Drive on the east, and Stoney Trail on the west. It is Calgary's first lake district founded in 1992 and named for Arbor Lake in Newport Beach, California. It features a trout-stocked 10-acre lake and fantastic mountain views. It is about 26 minutes from downtown.

Arbour Lake real estate styles vary from condos to single-family detached homes. Prices also vary, beginning in the $200,000s for condos and topping $1 million for a 3,000 square foot detached home.

The community is located next to Crowfoot Crossing, one of the city's largest outdoor malls. It contains 350 local and national stores, dining, and entertainment venues, including a multiplex theatre and a YMCA. The Amaranth Whole Foods Market and Co-op and The Keg Steakhouse +Bar are two examples.

Discover Rocky Mountain Views in Calgary Neighbourhoods

Many Calgary neighbourhoods provide magnificent views of the Rocky Mountains and Foothills. They also offer outstanding opportunities for outdoor recreation. Mountain lovers can find homes in various styles and prices suit any budget.

If you're looking for the perfect Calgary home, contact Justin Havre of RE/MAX First with Calgary Homes at (403) 217-0003 to get in touch with a local Calgary real estate agent and discover your new dream home today.

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