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These Are the 10 Best Neighbourhoods in Calgary Right Now

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Alberta recently experienced the highest population growth among all Canadian provinces and territories, with a year-over-year increase of just over four per cent from July 2022 to July 2023. Calgary is one of the cities attracting people from outside of Alberta, mainly thanks to its lower-than-average housing prices compared to elsewhere in the country. In August 2023, the average home price in Calgary sat at $570,700, a record high for the city but still far less than the rates in cities like Toronto and Vancouver.

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If the promise of more affordable home prices has you considering a move to Calgary, but you haven’t decided on a specific area, we’ve got you covered. Here’s a breakdown of the top neighbourhoods in the city and what makes each one so enticing.

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Altadore

Altadore, a family-friendly neighbourhood located in the southwest part of the city, is a perfect combination of urban and rural living. Situated a short distance from Downtown Calgary, it offers the best of both the urban and rural worlds. Besides having many parks and schools, there is also the Marda Loop, a vibrant outdoor shopping district.

Beltline

The Beltline neighbourhood in Calgary is a lively urban community located just south of the downtown core. With its trendy shops, restaurants, nightlife and cultural attractions, it’s a popular destination for young professionals, artists and families alike. The area is characterized by a mix of historic architecture, modern condos and green spaces like Central Memorial Park and nearby Stampede Park.

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Edgemont

Edgemont, located in Northwest Calgary, is a beautiful residential neighbourhood with breathtaking views of mountains and ravines. It provides a peaceful suburban lifestyle with convenient access to city amenities. Residents appreciate the well-kept parks, walking trails and nearby schools, making it perfect for families. Offering a variety of housing options like single-family homes and townhouses, Edgemont remains a popular choice for those looking for a blend of nature and city living.

Crescent Heights

Crescent Heights is a residential area near McHugh Bluff and the Bow River. This cute neighbourhood offers a mix of quaint, cottage-style heritage homes, tree-lined streets and boutique shops. You can find a variety of coffee shops and restaurants, particularly along Centre Street North. The neighbourhood is also close to the Bow River Pathway and just a short distance from popular attractions like the Calgary Tower and the Calgary Zoo.

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Sage Hill

Sage Hill in Calgary’s northwest is a peaceful, family-friendly community with modern developments and beautiful surroundings. Despite its tranquility, it offers convenient access to amenities and a variety of housing options at affordable prices. Residents can enjoy parks and recreation facilities, fostering a strong sense of community. It is also conveniently located near major roadways like Stoney Trail and Shaganappi Trail.

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Currie

Currie is a vibrant and evolving neighbourhood located in southwest Calgary. Situated on the historic site of a former Canadian Forces Base, it offers a unique blend of history, modern urban living and green spaces. As a master-planned community, Currie features a variety of housing options, including townhouses, condominiums and single-family homes, attracting a diverse mix of residents. It has walkable streets, parks and retail amenities, plus it’s conveniently located near major roadways and downtown Calgary.

Brentwood

Brentwood, located in the northwest quadrant of Calgary, is a popular residential area with mature tree-lined streets and a close-knit community atmosphere. It offers a suburban lifestyle with easy access to city amenities. The neighbourhood features single-family homes — along with some condos and apartments — making it appealing to families and professionals. It’s also close to schools, parks, shopping and the University of Calgary.

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Varsity

Varsity, situated close to the University of Calgary in Northwest Calgary, is a highly esteemed residential area known for its mature trees, single-family homes on large lots, and its proximity to green areas such as Bowmont Park and Nose Hill Park. Established in the 1960s and early 1970s, it provides a peaceful suburban living experience with easy access to all the urban amenities one could desire, and is home to a predominantly youthful population.

Hillhurst

Hillhurst is a lively neighbourhood just north of Downtown Calgary. It has historic charm and is close to both the Bow River Pathway and Riley Park. There are character homes, modern buildings and trendy shops. The community is bustling and welcoming to residents like young professionals, families and artists. It offers easy access to parks, schools and public transportation, making it a top choice for urban living with charm in Calgary.

Evanston

Evanston is a rapidly growing community in the northwest quadrant of Calgary. Known for its affordable housing and family-oriented atmosphere, it offers residents a peaceful retreat from city life while still providing convenient access to amenities. With its well-maintained parks, playgrounds and pathways — as well as nearby schools and shopping centres — the neighbourhood caters to everyone from young families to retirees.

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