Downtown amenities on Calgary’s western edge
Location, location, location. “That’s one of the top things that this community has going for it. Location and amenities,” said Cindy Arevalo, co-area sales manager for Trico Homes’s new townhome project in the Wentworth area of West Springs.
Bounded by Springbank to the west, Old Banff Coach Road to the north, Bow Trail to the south and 69th Street S.W. to the east, West Springs boasts easy access to the downtown core and the Rocky Mountains. With over 10,000 residents, it’s a young and vibrant community where 97 per cent of the population is under retirement age.
West Springs was originally nothing but rolling, grass-covered ranchlands that were considered part of the acreage community of Springbank. In 1995, the land was annexed by the City, and the new community was established in 2001. Wentworth is a more recent addition, as is the upscale West 85th shopping plaza, with its bevy of downtown-style eateries and amenities, including Mercato West, Vin Room, Fergus and Bix, and summertime staple My Favourite Ice Cream Shoppe.
“It really is all about location. I’m close to everything. I can walk to some really great restaurants and pubs – the same restaurants and pubs that I would find in the inner city. I can even walk to the grocery store if I want to.” – Meredith Trent, West Springs resident
West Springs resident Meredith Trent, who works remotely three days a week from her home office, can’t say enough good things about the community. “It really is all about location,” she said. “I’m close to everything. I can walk to some really great restaurants and pubs – the same restaurants and pubs that I would find in the inner city. I can even walk to the grocery store if I want to.”
Although census results indicate the community is highly car-centric, with 84 per cent of the population driving to work, that’s changing as new amenities in the community allow for greater walkability and work opportunities that are closer to home.
- The area has access to some of the best public and private schools in the city, including West Springs School, West Ridge School, Rundle College, the Calgary French and International School, the Calgary Waldorf School, Webber Academy, Calgary Academy and the National Sport School.
- The nearby Westside Recreation Centre offers everything from a wave pool and waterslide to a climbing wall and ice rinks.
- WinSport’s Canada Olympic Park is mere minutes away, as is Edworthy Park, the Bow River, and major routes to Kananaskis, Canmore and Banff.
- Originally part of the rolling ranchlands of East Springbank, West Springs was annexed by the City almost two decades ago. Since then, it has grown into its own thriving village within the city.
Statistics Quadrant: S.W. Established: 2001 Population: 10,031 Dwellings: 3,268 Median age: 35 Median pre-tax household income: $130,013 Number of residential sales (YTD): 54 Residential average price (YTD): $713,185
SOURCE: 2017 Calgary Civic Census, 2011 National Household Survey & CREB®