Nestled along Calgary’s Crowchild Trail, the established communities of Brentwood and Dalhousie offer quiet family living a stones throw from the downtown core.
“It’s a quieter community, the location’s nice, it’s not too far out of downtown and its not tucked away in the suburbs,” said Adrian Murphy who called Brentwood home for four years. “There’s good transit routes, good restaurants, you’ve got the McMahon stadium there which is nice … there’s lots of recreational things to do down there.”
According to the 2012 Calgary Civic Census, the Ward 7 community of Brentwood has a population of 6,059 and 2,595 dwellings. As Brentwood’s direct neighbour to the west, Dalhousie is also a Ward 7 community comprised of a population of 9,085 residents and 3,739 residents.
This May saw both Brentwood and Dalhousie’s real estate markets the busiest they’ve been in a year’s time with Brentwood seeing 13 singlefamily sales at a benchmark price of $495,900 and Dalhousie 10 singlefamily sales at a benchmark price of $473,000.
As Murphy mentioned, both communities have easy access to the LRT as well as several bus routes and short jaunts to Crowchild Trail, Stoney Trail and Shaganappi Trail.
There are plenty of schools in and around the two communities for growing families including Brentwood School, Sir Winston Churchill High School, Simon Fraser School and Dalhousie Community Play School.
For fans of shopping, as well as several strip-malls and box stores there’s Market and Northland Village malls offering up retail names such as American Apparel, Banana Republic, Old Navy, Swarovski and Winners.
For taking advantage of the sunshine and enjoying the outdoors with family and friends there are several parks in the area including Nose Hill Park — one of the largest municipal parks in North America — John Laurie Park, Varsity Estates Park and Bowmont Park Natural Area. For golfers, there’s the convenient Silver Springs Golf & Country Club located off 53rd Street NW.
Sports fans have easy access to nearby McMahon Stadium and the Saddledome is just a short CTrain ride away.
Nose Hill Park
One of the largest municipal parks in North America, Calgary’s Nose Hill Park encompasses 11 square kilometres of native grassland and was formed in 1980 after citizens spoke out against a plan to develop the area into residences. Residents of Brentwood and Dalhousie have a quick jaunt to the park to enjoy walking, hiking or biking through the rough fescue grassland taking in vistas of downtown Calgary, the Bow River Valley or the Rocky Mountains to the west.
In 1960 Calgary’s McMahon Stadium was built in 100 days to the tune of $1.05 million. The stadium, one of Calgary’s signature landmarks and a short distance from Brentwood and Dalhousie, is home to the Canadian Football League’s Calgary Stampeders, the University of Calgary Dinos and several other football teams of varying skill levels. The field was the home of Calgary’s 2011 Heritage Classic in which the Calgary Flames defeated the Montreal Canadiens 4-0.
For Great Britons looking for a taste of home or for Calgarians looking to try something a little different than their usual fare, the British Pantry has a little something for everyone from Marks and Spencers biscuits to mushy peas to cheese and meat pies. Open since 1997, the British Pantry is open seven days a week and offers extra services such as gift certificates and baskets, shipping of products to anywhere in Canada and special orders from Great Britain.
English Bed, Breakfast & Day Spa
Conveniently located on Dalhousie Drive, English Bed, Breakfast & Day Spa is hosted by David English and Teri Collins-English. Whether seeking out a comfy nook to read an adventure novel or taking an hour out of your day for a relaxing massage treatment, the English’s provide a home away from home for visitors from outside of the city or Calgarians looking to get away from home for a night or two.