Read on for stats and fun facts about every community in Calgary’s north. This is part two of a two-part series on Calgary communities.
Average Sale Price (2017): $287,934
Fun Fact: For some great summertime fun, check out Cobb’s Adventure Park and Corn Maze. Abbeydale’s eastern edge bumps up against this family favourite.
Arbour LakeRead more:
Average Sale Price (2017): $473,497
Fun Fact: Named after a popular lake community in California’s Newport Beach area, Arbour Lake is northwest Calgary’s only lake community.
Banff TrailRead more:
Average Sale Price (2017): $680,641
Fun Fact: With championships in cross-country running and football from the 2017-18 season, William Aberhart High School – located in this lively community – is known for its strong sports programs.
Beddington HeightsRead more:
Average Sale Price (2017): $355,485
Fun Fact: With Nose Hill Park on its western edge and Nose Creek Parkway to the east (not to mention the half a dozen parks within the neighbourhood), residents here have ample opportunity to immerse themselves in nature.
Average Sale Price (2017): $443,253
Fun Fact: Bow Cycle’s annual Tour de Bowness bike race and street festival ramps up the excitement in this community – one of Calgary’s earliest suburbs – every August.
Average Sale Price (2017): $544,850
Fun Fact: The runner-up in Avenue Calgary’s Best Neighbourhoods rankings in 2015, Brentwood offers residents several popular amenities, including great shopping; proximity to the University of Calgary, SAIT and the Alberta College of Art and Design; and easy access to the core, thanks to the CTrain station servicing the community.
Average Sale Price (2017): $501,279
Fun Fact: Potlucks, skating parties, pub nights and musical extravaganzas like Cello in the Garden are the norm in this tight-knit, walkable, inner-city gem. The community also has a tool-share program and a weekly seasonal farmers market, which runs every Thursday from June to October.
Cambrian HeightsRead more:
Average Sale Price (2017): $598,933
Fun Fact: Cambrian Heights is known for a laid-back vibe and easy access to Confederation Park, with its 100-year-old trees and popular public golf course.
Capitol HillRead more:
Average Sale Price (2017): $626,193
Fun Fact: Not long after the great fire of 1886, framing began on a few homes in Capitol Hill, although the neighbourhood wasn’t formally established until 1910. Large-scale development began in the 1940s and ’50s.
Average Sale Price (2017): N/A
Fun Fact: Carrington was launched in the autumn of 2017 – right after the completion of the neighbouring $3-million, 0.9-hectare Greenway Park. At final build out, close to 3,000 families will live here.
Average Sale Price (2017): $330,254
Fun Fact: If you love Indian food, this neighbourhood is worth a trip. Check out Five Rivers Indian Cuisine. They have an all-day buffet, plus a judicious selection of vegetarian items.
Average Sale Price (2017): $640,325
Fun Fact: Retirees are a growing demographic in this pretty neighbourhood lined with ancient (by Calgary standards) poplar, elm, lilac and spruce trees. The median age sits at 45, with 17 per cent of the population over 65 years of age.
Average Sale Price (2017): $439,077
Fun Fact: Plans are in the works for a new community hub facility. When completed, it will be the first capital project in more than 25 years to be spearheaded and achieved by a Calgary-based community association.
Average Sale Price (2017): $418,766
Fun Fact: Part of Calgary’s “new north,” Cityscape borders Country Hills Boulevard and Metis Trail, and is a mere seven minutes from the Calgary International Airport.
Average Sale Price (2017): $620,499
Fun Fact: Every December, the 30-year-old Lion’s Festival of Lights illuminates Confederation Park with Calgary’s largest drive-by Christmas light festival.
Coral SpringsRead more:
Average Sale Price (2017): $487,757
Fun Fact: This jewel of the northeast revolves around paddle boarding and gorgeous sunsets. Lots of wide-open spaces, a central lake and 1,500 California-style homes make this community a standout.
Average Sale Price (2017): N/A
Fun Fact: A brand-new community, Cornerstone is spread across 1,000 hectares of land and will feature five new sub-communities, 180 acres of wetlands and a Major Activity Centre (MAC) that will bring a variety of new jobs to the area.
Country HillsRead more:
Average Sale Price (2017): $361,807
Fun Fact: The private Country Hills Golf Club features two 18-hole championship golf courses, one designed by Thomas McBroom and the other by Dave Bennett.
Country Hills VillageRead more:
Average Sale Price (2017): $273,097
Fun Fact: Movie buffs will love living here. Landmark Cinemas 16 Country Hills offers free reserved seating and comfy recliner seats.
Coventry HillsRead more:
Average Sale Price (2017): $388,450
Fun Fact: This is the ninth largest community in the city by population. While only 40 new homes have been built in the past five years, the population has grown by 1,000 people, meaning lots of little ones have recently arrived to celebrate life in this community.
Crescent HeightsRead more:
Average Sale Price (2017): $463,288
Fun Fact: Incorporated on May 1, 1908, this year marks the 110th anniversary of the community’s creation as a village. In celebration, the community is hosting its first annual Village Days Placemaking Festival throughout May and June.
Average Sale Price (2017): $428,235
Fun Fact: As part of a transit-oriented development plan, two new high-density towers and a mixed-use urban village are slated to add 1,400 multi-family dwellings to this established neighbourhood.
Average Sale Price (2017): $610,544
Fun Fact: Nearly 41 per cent of Edgemont’s population originally hails from places like Asia, Europe and Africa, making it one of Calgary’s most diverse neighbourhoods.
Average Sale Price (2017): $470,599
Fun Fact: Evanston offers 6.3 kilometres of walking trails and bike paths, which wind through 16 community parks and seven playgrounds before linking up to the municipal pathway system.
Average Sale Price (2017): $293,696
Fun Fact: This community is home to many young families, with a median age of 32 and 30 per cent of the population under 19 years of age. For the youngsters, learning is a snap – the community boasts seven schools.
Average Sale Price (2017): $256,217
Fun Fact: Just a hop, skip and a jump from the Calgary International Airport, Greenview was originally fused with the communities of North Haven and Thorncliffe, before all three received their independence in 1991.
Average Sale Price (2017): N/A
Fun Fact: Located just south of Bowness Park, Greenwood is home to Greenwood Village, a mobile home park with a community clubhouse and amenity centre.
Average Sale Price (2017): $710,428
Fun Fact: With the refurbishment and reconfiguration of the Hamptons Golf Course comes the development of the Enclave at the Hamptons, a new housing pod that will add another 64 homes to this 30-year-old community.
Harvest HillsRead more:
Average Sale Price (2017): $402,138
Fun Fact: With a lake and green space at its core, this established community is growing. The Parks at Harvest Hills, a 65-acre development on former golf course lands, will offer a variety of home styles built out in several phases. The community launched in spring 2018.
Average Sale Price (2017): $494,212
Fun Fact: Developed in 1981, Hawkwood was named after the original landowners – Dutch dairy farmers John and Joseph Hawkwood.
Hidden ValleyRead more:
Average Sale Price (2017): $435,804
Fun Fact: Its first house was framed in 1991. Since then, the community has grown to 3,874 households living in a variety of home designs, including the estate homes in Hanson Ranch.
Highland ParkRead more:
Average Sale Price (2017): $508,490
Fun Fact: The addition of 60 new homes in the past five years has contributed to seven per cent population growth. That figure will soon be inching higher, thanks to a mixed-use residential and commercial development that will add more than 2,000 doors to the former fairways of the Highland Park Golf Course.
Average Sale Price (2017): $562,176
Fun Fact: A restaurant by the same name has garnered rave reviews for its inspired dishes. Located at SAIT, the Highwood provides a world-class environment for students in the faculties of Professional Cooking, Hospitality Management, and Baking and Pastry Arts to show off their culinary prowess.
Average Sale Price (2017): $686,484
Fun Fact: The annual Harry Potter Festival transforms the streets of Hillhurst and Sunnyside into famous settings from the series, including Diagon Alley, Flourish & Blotts (the one-day-only rebrand of Pages Bookstore) or platform 9 ¾ at the Sunnyside CTrain station.
Hounsfield Heights/Briar HillRead more:
Average Sale Price (2017): $909,934
Fun Fact: Touted as “Mount Royal North” when it was developed circa 1910 (lots at the time were selling for $800) and affectionately called Grasshopper Hill, the community graces lands originally settled by Thomas Riley and Georgina Jane Hounsfield.
Huntington HillsRead more:
Average Sale Price (2017): $365,459
Fun Fact: Situated on the eastern edge of Nose Hill Park, Huntington Hills is the 16th largest community by population in the city.
Average Sale Price (2017): $477,663
Fun Fact: This community’s population has grown by 30 per cent since 1911 and it’s not slowing down.
Average Sale Price (2017): N/A
Fun Fact: One of Brookfield Residential’s latest community projects, Livingston straddles Centre Street N, west of Deerfoot Trail and north of Stoney Trail. The site measures 519 hectares, making it about a third of the size of Okotoks.
MacEwan GlenRead more:
Average Sale Price (2017): $424,471
Fun Fact: This suburban community shares a boundary with Sandstone Valley and a namesake with the iconic MacEwan Hall at the University of Calgary – John Walter Grant MacEwan, former Calgary mayor.
Average Sale Price (2017): $341,008
Fun Fact: One of Calgary’s older neighbourhoods, Marlborough was established in 1967 and named after the quaint British market town of the same name, located on the Old Bath Road – the ancient thoroughfare from London to Bath.
Marlborough ParkRead more:
Average Sale Price (2017): $307,394
Fun Fact: A coveted 18-acre green space, Big Marlborough Park features pathways, tennis courts, baseball diamonds and an outdoor skating rink. Three schools and the community centre are arranged along its perimeter.
Average Sale Price (2017): $353,470
Fun Fact: With almost 50 per cent of the population speaking a language other than English or French at home, this community is a multicultural gem.
Mayland HeightsRead more:
Average Sale Price (2017): $401,857
Fun Fact: Originally named Crossroads, the community was annexed by the City in 1910. One of the community’s most iconic structures is the Calgary Herald building, which overlooks Deerfoot Trail.
Monterey ParkRead more:
Average Sale Price (2017): $381,602
Fun Fact: Laguna Way, California Boulevard and Del Monica Place are just a few of the street names in this laid-back community with a West-Coast vibe, named after Monterey Park, California.
Average Sale Price (2017): $567,272
Fun Fact: Montgomery was originally settled in the 1880s by O.A. Critchley, a British rancher and one of the founding members of the Ranchmen’s Club. At the time, he purchased 480 acres for just $3 per acre.
Mount PleasantRead more:
Average Sale Price (2017): $687,764
Fun Fact: Residents of this community like to walk and bike – almost 14 per cent of the population pedals or strides to work. With almost 1,000 dog owners in the community, expect to see the family pooch out and about, too.
Nolan HillRead more:
Average Sale Price (2017): $503,877
Fun Fact: With six playgrounds in the community, there is no shortage of green space or play structures here. On cold winter days, parents can also take the kids to TommyKplay, an indoor playground just minutes away.
(Lower and Upper)
Average Sale Price (2017): $504,833
Fun Fact: Originally grazing lands for cattle, North Haven was developed in the 1960s. Its little sister, Upper North Haven – a pod of 620 homes – came online in the late 1970s.
Panorama HillsRead more:
Average Sale Price (2017): $452,892
Fun Fact: With two historical sites inside its borders – Reverend George McDougall Cairn and the John A. Lewis Rock Quarry – and a population the size of Cochrane, Panorama Hills should be added to the list of Calgary tourist attractions.
Average Sale Price (2017): $784,785
Fun Fact: Annexed by the City in 1910, Parkdale was originally known as the Parkdale Addition. Development was spotty and occurred in stages, spanning several decades and housing styles. It is still ongoing today, as contemporary infills take the place of post-war “Victory Homes” and 1950s bungalows.
Average Sale Price (2017): $277,729
Fun Fact: This community offers a wide variety of housing choice, with 50 per cent of the community’s housing supply made up of multi-family designs, from townhomes to apartments.
Point McKayRead more:
Average Sale Price (2017): $400,867
Fun Fact: This is the former site of the Cinema Park Drive-In, an outdoor theatre that could accommodate more than 1,000 cars. It closed in the early 1970s to make way for the Point McKay townhome development.
Queens Park VillageRead more:
Average Sale Price (2017): N/A
Fun Fact: A rental townhome and apartment project in the Cambrian Heights area, this community within a community has a young population – the median age is 29.
Average Sale Price (2017): $362,092
Fun Fact: Developed in the 1970s, Ranchlands retains some of the natural and unique features of the ranching lands that are its namesake. Ranchlands Park is peppered with rounded hilltops and depressions, known in geologic terms as knobs and kettles, which were carved by retreating glacial ice many millennia ago.
Average Sale Price (2017): $440,291
Fun Fact: Spread across 360 acres, at final build out this community will be home to 9,000 residents of all ages. The central Redstone Participark, which is woven into the 3.5-kilometre community pathway system and features a permanent installation of circuit training equipment, is just one of the area’s highlights.
Average Sale Price (2017): $485,743
Fun Fact: Community spirit is widespread in this village-like community. The annual Stampede party is highly anticipated, weekly pub nights are well attended and lawn bowling is the up-and-coming sport.
Rocky RidgeRead more:
Average Sale Price (2017): $450,747
Fun Fact: The undulating ribbon-like form of the brand-new, 284,000-square-foot Shane Homes YMCA at Rocky Ridge, designed by GEC Architecture, was achieved using glulam (glued laminated) timber.
Average Sale Price (2017): $1,285,330
Fun Fact: Named after the wild roses that grew on the early city’s north hill (the escarpment now known as McHugh Bluff), Rosedale began as a co-operative in 1908. During the area’s genesis, many of the streets were named after friends and relatives of the developers.
Average Sale Price (2017): $641,467
Fun Fact: Here, the 1950s bungalow is the predominant architectural style, with clean, simple profiles and stucco or wood exteriors. Long front setbacks and spacious yards are also common, due to a built-to-open-space ratio of 28 per cent.
Royal OakRead more:
Average Sale Price (2017): $487,023
Fun Fact: In this community of great views (the vistas of the Rockies and downtown core are lovely), tots and teens can ditch the school bus and walk to school, thanks to an established elementary school and a new middle school that opened its doors for the 2016-17 school year.
Average Sale Price (2017): $321,338
Fun Fact: Developed in the early 1970s as a group of four communities known together as the Properties, Rundle was named after a prominent peak in the Rockies, as were its counterparts – Pineridge, Whitehorn and Temple.
Saddle RidgeRead more:
Average Sale Price (2017): $400,090
Fun Fact: Until recently, this 50-year-old community drew the northern boundary of the city’s development, but now half a dozen communities have been built above it.
Sage HillRead more:
Average Sale Price (2017): $414,807
Fun Fact: Although it was destroyed by a fire more than a year ago, the Symons Valley Market, which is right on Sage Hill’s doorstep, is rebuilding and will soon be a world-class destination market and event space designed by FRANK Architecture.
Sandstone ValleyRead more:
Average Sale Price (2017): $425,740
Fun Fact: An established community with mostly single-family home offerings, Sandstone Valley’s low density and easy access to the mountains and amenities are huge draws for residents.
Scenic AcresRead more:
Average Sale Price (2017): $549,464
Fun Fact: Originally, lot sizes were intended to be much smaller in this community, but in 1985, when only 10 per cent of the community was developed, the build-out threshold was decreased from 16,000 to 9.500 by increasing the size of the lots.
Average Sale Price (2017): $533,662
Fun Fact: Recently, this community’s population almost tripled in six years, jumping from 2,109 in 2011 to over 5,300 in 2017.
Silver SpringsRead more:
Average Sale Price (2017): $498,271
Fun Fact: Habitat for Humanity’s efforts are taking shape in this community. Expect a brand-new, 32-unit townhome project, thanks to the diligent efforts of future homeowners and the support of hundreds of volunteers.
Skyview RanchRead more:
Average Sale Price (2017): $364,956
Fun Fact: A new Calgary Board of Education K-9 elementary and middle school is slated for development here beginning sometime in 2019, with completion expected for the 2022-23 school year.
St. Andrews HeightsRead more:
Average Sale Price (2017): $849,647
Fun Fact: One of the city’s best-kept secrets, Toronto Crescent offers spectacular views of the downtown skyline.
Average Sale Price (2017): $450,912
Fun Fact: Known for its food initiatives, including a year-round farmers market, the community of Sunnyside also spearheads the Fresh Food Basket – a program that aims to help community members experiencing challenges accessing healthy food. It’s a drop-in program that distributes fresh produce to approximately 70 community households per week.
Average Sale Price (2017): $362,732
Fun Fact: Expect to see and hear lots of young children laughing, playing and riding their bikes here – 28 per cent of the community’s population is under 14 years of age.
Average Sale Price (2017): $320,272
Fun Fact: The community’s namesake, Mount Temple, is a mountain to be reckoned with. Summiting is a difficult scramble, and more mountaineering accidents have occurred on this proud peak than on any other in Banff National Park.
Average Sale Price (2017): $390,934
Fun Fact: Nose Hill Creek winds through the community and the 11-hectare Laycock Park, which offers a tranquil spot to get away from it all. The park is undergoing enhancements, including new pathways, a walking bridge, and picnic areas and benches.
Average Sale Price (2017): $514,107
Fun Fact: For those who enjoy growing their own food, this Tuscan-themed community offers a seasonal community garden. It’s a great way to get some sunshine and exercise while socializing with neighbours.
Tuxedo ParkRead more:
Average Sale Price (2017): $497,978
Fun Fact: Although slated for phase two of the City’s Green Line LRT, Tuxedo Park is already an accessible community, with excellent transportation routes and a location close to the core.
University DistrictRead more:
Average Sale Price (2017): N/A
Fun Fact: Often likened to vibrant, artsy Brooklyn, University District is a master-planned community with a distinctive, mixed-use High Street and a three-acre Central Park developed on the University of Calgary’s endowment lands.
University HeightsRead more:
Average Sale Price (2017): $770,393
Fun Fact: The community is home to Ronald McDonald House Southern Alberta, a home away from home for families travelling to Calgary for their child’s medical treatment. Built in 2007, the facility offers 24 private family suites, a communal kitchen and a comfortable, warm and welcoming environment.
Valley RidgeRead more:
Average Sale Price (2017): $581,637
Fun Fact: Many know this community as the former site of the Happy Valley Campground, a vacation mecca that was closed in the late 1980s when the lands were annexed by the City.
Average Sale Price (2017): $480,436
Fun Fact: Voted best neighbourhood in the city by Avenue Calgary in 2017, Varsity has it all – accessibility, the beauty of an established neighbourhood and great shopping, thanks to Market Mall.
Vista HeightsRead more:
Average Sale Price (2017): $286,207
Fun Fact: Home offerings are diverse in this well-located community, but over 50 per cent are multi-family. It’s just minutes from Deerfoot Trail, with the wide-open expanses of Fox Hollow Golf Course as a backdrop.
West HillhurstRead more:
Average Sale Price (2017): $762,738
Fun Fact: The West Hillhurst Community Association’s founding fathers, known as the Grand Trunk Hot Shot League, were a group of local residents who travelled on the Grand Trunk Streetcar together in the early 1940s.