For many Calgarians, the idea of living beside a lake is extremely appealing. Thankfully, Calgary is home to several lake communities, and each has its own unique character and mix of amenities.

For those thinking about buying their own lakefront oasis, here’s a look at each of Calgary’s established lake communities to help you find the one that’s right for you:Arbour Lake

  • Quadrant: N.W.
  • Established: 1992
  • Population: 10,636
  • Dwellings: 3,942
  • Median pre-tax household income: $109,790
  • New listings (YTD): 94
  • Number of residential sales (YTD): 55
  • Residential average price (YTD): $412,650
  • Residential benchmark price (YTD): $420,150

Auburn Bay

  • Quadrant: S.E.
  • Established: 2003
  • Population: 17,251
  • Dwellings: 5,993
  • Median pre-tax household income: $136,961
  • New listings (YTD): 214
  • Number of residential sales (YTD): 101
  • Residential average price (YTD): $469,064
  • Residential benchmark price: $424,600

Chaparral

  • Quadrant: S.E.
  • Established: 1995
  • Population: 12,717
  • Dwellings: 4,177
  • Median pre-tax household income: $137,640
  • New listings (YTD): 160
  • Number of residential sales (YTD): 71
  • Residential average price (YTD): $467,169
  • Residential benchmark price: $429,725

Coral Springs

  • Quadrant: N.E.
  • Established: 1991
  • Population: 5,858
  • Dwellings: 1,579
  • Median pre-tax household income: $114,498
  • New listings (YTD): 24
  • Number of residential sales (YTD): 10
  • Residential average price (YTD): $435,200
  • Residential benchmark price: $503,775

Lake Bonavista

  • Quadrant: S.E.
  • Established: 1967
  • Population: 10,292
  • Dwellings: 4,111
  • Median pre-tax household income: $130,604
  • New listings (YTD): 119
  • Number of residential sales (YTD): 61
  • Residential average price (YTD): $553,628
  • Residential benchmark price: $527,375

Mahogany

  • Quadrant: S.E.
  • Established: 2010
  • Population: 9,836
  • Dwellings: 4,082
  • Median pre-tax household income: $135,818
  • New listings (YTD): 134
  • Number of residential sales (YTD): 81
  • Residential average price (YTD): $477,332
  • Residential benchmark price: $366,180

McKenzie Lake

  • Quadrant: S.E.
  • Established: 1982
  • Population: 13,438
  • Dwellings: 4,662
  • Median pre-tax household income: $136,238
  • New listings (YTD): 117
  • Number of residential sales (YTD): 68
  • Residential average price (YTD): $487,305
  • Residential benchmark price: $449,280

Midnapore

  • Quadrant: S.E.
  • Established: 1977
  • Population: 7,310
  • Dwellings: 2,898
  • Median pre-tax household income: $79,815$
  • New listings (YTD): 56
  • Number of residential sales (YTD): 34
  • Residential average price (YTD): $396,410
  • Residential benchmark price: $350,140

Sundance

  • Quadrant: S.E.
  • Established: 1982
  • Population: 9,915
  • Dwellings: 3,421
  • Median pre-tax household income: $134,504
  • New listings (YTD): 101
  • Number of residential sales (YTD): 50
  • Residential average price (YTD): $481,251
  • Residential benchmark price: $449,980

SOURCE: 2018 Calgary Civic Census, 2016 Census of Canada & CREB®

PHOTOS: Cody Stuart / CREB®Now