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Most Affordable Neighbourhoods in Calgary: Calgary, AB Affordable Living Guide

Posted by Justin Havre on Tuesday, February 9th, 2021 at 12:07pm.

Calgary Most Affordable Neighbourhoods

Calgary's designation as one of the world's most liveable cities makes it a highly desirable destination. Clean air and water, top marks for healthcare and more are all part of the attraction. However, being a desirable place to live can result in higher real estate prices. The good news is that Calgary still has many affordable neighbourhoods. These neighbourhoods offer attractions like proximity to art, culture, and entertainment, as well as easy access to nearby necessities. The following neighbourhoods have everything someone is looking for in a new affordable home in Calgary.

Deer Ridge

Deer Ridge Amenities

  • Deer Ridge Community Gardens
  • Outdoor hockey and skating rinks
  • Tennis courts

Deer Ridge is located in the Southeast segment of Calgary. Founded in 1978, the neighbourhood is on land annexed by the city in 1961. The neighbourhood is bound by the Bow River and Deercliff Road on its eastern side, Canyon Meadows Drive to the north, the Deer Run community to the south, and the Bow Bottom Trail to the west.

Residents have easy access to Fish Creek Provincial Park, which is located immediately to the east of the neighbourhood. The park boasts over 100 kilometres of paved and unpaved trails. An artificial lake offers relaxing swimming in the summer months. Anglers enjoy fishing in the Bow River. The area is also a popular place for hiking, biking, picnicking, and bird watching.

Deer Ridge includes Don Bosco Elementary and Junior High School. An active Community Association hosts local events and works to keep the community an excellent place to live.

Deer Ridge Hotspots

Huntington Hills

Huntington Hills Amenities

  • Eight sheets of curling ice
  • Hockey rink
  • Private ice rink rentals

The Huntington Hills neighbourhood is in Calgary's Northeast quadrant. Running from Beddington Boulevard in the north to 64 Avenue North in the south, it is bounded by Deerfoot Trail and Nose Creek on the east and Nose Hill Park on the west.

This neighbourhood was first established in 1967 on land that was annexed to the city of Calgary in 1961. Schools in the area include Catherine Nichols Gunn Elementary, Alex Munro Elementary, Huntington Hills Elementary, St. Helena Junior High, and John G. Diefenbaker High School.

The neighbourhood's community association offers a wealth of programs to keep residents healthy and entertained. They can enjoy time on the ice with curling, hockey, and figure skating. Available local fitness classes include yoga and children's dance. Other outdoor activities include pickleball, soccer, lacrosse, and slow pitch softball. These amenities are part of what earns Huntington Hills a top 20 spot on Avenue Calgary's list of the city's most desirable neighbourhoods.

Huntington Hills Hotspots

Huntington Hills Shopping

Huntington Hills Restaurants

Coach Hill

Coach Hill Amenities

  • The Calgary Gymnastics Centre
  • Killarney Aquatic & Recreation Centre
  • Olympic Oval Ice Skating Rink
  • Trails West Hockey
  • Several soccer fields

The Coach Hill neighbourhood gets its name from the Old Banff Coach road, which was once a popular stage coach route. The neighbourhood was first established in 1979 on land annexed by the city in 1956. It's located in Calgary's Southwest quadrant. The neighbourhood has easy access to natural settings, being bound by the Sacree Trail to the east and the Bow Trail to the south.

This mixed residential development offers a pleasing mix of single-family homes, townhomes, and apartments. The area's high elevation allows for excellent views of the surroundings. A wealth of green spaces, parks, playgrounds, and athletic fields means there is always something exciting to do.

Students in the area have access to a range of public and private schools, including the Spanish bilingual school A.E. Cross Junior High.

Coach Hill Hotspots

Renfrew

Renfrew Amenities

  • Renfrew Hall
  • Renfrew Community Garden
  • Tiny Tots child activities
  • Local skating rink

Renfrew's easy proximity to the Trans-Canada Highway makes it an attractive and convenient place to call home. The neighbourhood is just north of the community of Bridgeland. On the east, Renfrew is bound by Nose Hill Creek and the Deerfoot Trail. To the west, it is separated from Crescent Heights by the Edmonton Trail.

Before Renfrew was a residential neighbourhood, it was the site of a Royal Canadian Air Force training base that also served as Calgary's airport. A mix of condos, apartments, and single-family dwellings give local residents a range of living options.

Evanston

Evanston Amenities

  • Well-designed green spaces
  • Evanston Community Park
  • Evanston Creekside Soccer

Evanston is one of five communities located within Calgary's Symons Valley area. It's bounded by the Shaganappi Trail on its Southwest side and the Sarcee Trail on the west. This desirable neighbourhood has seen a great deal of growth in the past decade, with an increase in population of about 10 percent. Potential residents can choose between multiple styles of single-family homes, as well as duplexes and townhomes.

The neighbourhood's convenient location in Northwest Calgary means easy access to TransCanada and the Calgary International Airport. With three established schools and two expected to open soon, residents have great educational choices. Copious green spaces, trails, and playgrounds allow for many opportunities for outdoor relaxation.

Evanston Hotspots

Evanston Shopping

Evanston Nightlife

Evanston Cafés

Evanston Restaurants

Beddington Heights

Beddington Heights Amenities

  • Community after-school program
  • The Butterflyway

Beddington Heights was first developed as a railway station on the Canadian Pacific line. Named after the village of Beddington in England, Beddington Heights is among Calgary's more established neighbourhoods.

First established in 1979, the community now features a range of nearby features that include small stores, restaurants, and bars, as well as necessities like drug stores. Most homes in the area are single-family homes, with a small selection of condos and apartments included.

Beddington Heights Hotspots

Beddington Heights Shopping

Beddington Heights Cafés

Beddington Heights Restaurants

Rocky Ridge

Rocky Ridge Amenities

  • Rocky Ridge Ranch Centre
  • Rocky Ridge Community Garden
  • Active soccer and baseball leagues

Rocky Ridge is located at the western edge of Calgary. Established in 1998, it is among the area's newer neighbourhoods. Bound on its southern side by the Crowchild Trail, it has easy access to refreshing natural scenery.

The Rocky Ridge Royal Oak Community Association also regularly hosts events that range from film nights to Easter egg hunts to massive community-wide garage sales.

Rocky Ridge Hotspots

Rocky Ridge Shopping

  • Royal Oak Estates Shopping Centre

Discover Calgary's Most Affordable Neighbourhoods

These are just a few of the highly affordable and highly desirable neighbourhoods that prospective Calgary residents can choose from. All offer something for everyone, from restaurant lovers to outdoor activity fanatics. New residents should take some time to look at the neighbourhoods that appeal to them most to help them find a great new home; contact the Justin Havre team of RE/MAX First with Calgary Homes at 403-217-0003 if you're looking for a real estate agent to help you find an affordable home in Calgary.

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