Calgary real estate - A guide

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When looking for Calgary real estate, consider things that makes one neighbourhood more charming for you than others. Crime seems to correlate somewhat with the overall attractiveness of an area.

If this relationship can be quantified, that would be interesting to see. What else makes a neighbourood desirable? Convenience? Physical beauty with good air quality and a clean environment? Conscious upkeep? All of these to some degree. The appeal of a single piece of Calgary real estate, for instance, can be reflected in its price, and this would depend partially on all of the above as well as the size, features and condition of all buildings and the lot. This webpage examines a few factors in more detail.

Why is inner city living desirable

Older Calgary real estate, usually located closer to the centre of the city, has become increasingly popular over the last several decades. People like the charm, nostalgia, warmth, majestic trees and character of the Calgary inner city homes in these neighbourhoods, provided they are in decent shape. When they're not, incoming residents can enjoy these established communities through the purchase of in-fill homes, equipped with all the modern conviences one would expect in a suburban home.

Not surprisingly, these homes normally command a price premium. It's a lifestyle choice. For that you get the nice shops, parks and a locale that has stood the test of time.

Calgary transportation

The next thing to evaluate is commuting time. The tendancy is for more distant suburban Calgary real estate to have lower Calgary crime statistics but at some point, the greater travel distances and times to other points in the city become more trouble than they're worth.

In Calgary especially, this problem is exacerbated when using public transportation, where many one way travel times can easily stretch to an hour or more.

It's something we don't immediately think about when choosing places to live or to work. Of course it would be nice to have Calgary real estate in a community that is not too distant from work, but is nice, clean and well-kept. These attributes PROBABLY correlate negatively with crime rate (meaning many low crime areas are often nicely maintained as well).

More about Calgary crime rates

The increased travel distance is balanced with these other things, including affordability, as Calgary real estate in new, further-out areas tends to be a little cheaper.

But living anywhere in the city is not cheap. However that is a decision made in order to pursue your choice of career in many cases. It's all part of an overall lifestyle choice. Some people like the quieter suburban Calgary real estate or a rural lifestyle and are willing to drive further each day to enjoy that benefit. And this pick becomes more common once the family has children. Calgary real estate with good safety, schools, parks, and clean air becomes even more important at that point.

So what are the downsides? Stress. Its effects on health and relationships, blood pressure (induced by the pressures of rush-hour driving), emotional effects such as depression all can result from too long of a daily commute from your distant Calgary real estate or outside of the Calgary city limits. Then there are the expenses and environmental effects resulting from excessive driving - air pollution, greenhouse gas contributions, congestion and urban sprawl.

Making distant Calgary real estate work for you

What can you do to cope? First of all, live with it and appreciate the benefits of your trade-off and that you have been able to make a choice at all. Secondly, work part-time or tele-commute at least some of the time, thereby reducing the time and cost pressures (which can include fares, fuel, tolls and/or parking).

One thing some people do is use the travel time to take audio-courses using portable electronics devices such as the car CD player or iPod. Entire publishing companies such as Nightingale-Conant exist to produce these things and they provide effective use of the time for many.

Commuters can also benefit from being organized and prepared, setting out clothes and meals the night before to reduce the morning rat-race, and spending more quality morning time with the family helps. And so does using company-supplied fitness and washing facilities to minimize tension on the job. Carpooling helps with stress and expenses, without sacrificing too much time, and so can the Calgary C-Train in some cases.

If congestion is a problem, consider starting work an hour or two earlier (or later) to avoid the rush if you can. One more thing; live close to work. The table following the map below includes a travel index, where travel times from downtown Calgary (Centre Street Bridge) to the Calgary real estate in each neighbourhood is compared and ranked on a scale from one to 100.

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Calgary property assessment

Consider these value items when examining the price of Calgary real estate, in addition to the building and lot size size, amenities and condition. A larger property, all else being equal, should cost more. Same goes for one in better shape.

Bearing these facts in mind, the map and table below provide data to help you examine the effects of Calgary crime and distance from downtown on the prices of Calgary real estate. Please check the link on each neighbourhood name for more details about the area.

How were these values calculated? The Crime Index was taken by counting all these types of crime: Assaults, Break-ins, Vehicle thefts, Vehicle Break-ins, and Homicides (with a heavier weighting), then dividing the total by the population of each area to get crime rates per population and ranking all 178 residential neighbourhood crime rates considered, on a scale from 1 to 100, with 100 having the lowest crime rate.

The commute time to City Centre was compared for each community as well, by taking both the driving and transit time (on a Sunday afternoon) to the Centre Street Bridge in northern downtown into consideration. Then these values were ranked from 1 to 100 with the smaller numbers indicating the shortest times.

Price index takes price per unit sold in late 2009 for each neighbourhood, ranked again from 1 to 100 (100 being the most expensive). The value index places a higher value on neighbourhoods with the cheaper Calgary real estate, low crime and short commutes, once again ranked from 1 to 100. In this case, 100 is the best combination of all the criteria considered here.

See how they compare, and keep in mind that units may have higher prices because of their size, grandeur and location-related features such as waterfront property or awesome views. These numbers are most appropriate for comparing Calgary real estate in neighbourhoods in relatively close proximity to each other.

Map of Calgary real estate

Here is a bit more about this real estate map. Red Lines show these main roads that separate Calgary real estate into communities.

A - Deerfoot Trail, CANAMEX QE2 Highway 2 North and South
B - Glenmore Trail, joining Highway 560 East and Highway 8 West
C - Crowchild Trail, Highway 1A West - it takes you to the far northwest Calgary real estate and then Cochrane
D - 16th Avenue, Trans-Canada Highway #1 East and West
E - Marquis of Lorne Trail, Highway 22x East and West
F - MacLeod Trail, Highway 2a South
G - International Avenue (17th Ave East), Highway 1A East
H - Country Hills Boulevard, Highway 564 East
I - Stoney Trail, Highway 201 East, North and West, with future south extension shown as a red-dashed line.
J - Sarcee Trail, North and South
K - 14 Street W, North and South
L - Centre Street, central
M - Barlow Trail, North and South
O - John Laurie Blvd West, McKnight Blvd East
P - Memorial Drive East, Parkdale Blvd Central, Bowness Road West
Q1 - Anderson Road West
Q2 - Canyon Meadows Drive East and West
R - Bow Trail West,
S - Central Corridor: 9th Avenue eastbound, 6th Avenue westbound
T - Blackfoot Trail South

Cyan Blue lines and Areas show these water features.

GR - Glenmore Reservoir
U - Bow River
V - Elbow River
W - Fish Creek
X - East Irrigation Canal
Y - West Nose Creek
Z - Nose Creek

Black and green lines show these rail lines:

C-Train - Calgary C-Train LRT system are solid green lines, with future track extensions show as dashed green lines.
CNR Canadian National Railway - Dashed Black Line
CPR Canadian Pacific Railway - Dashed Black Line

The Black Plane and ICAO symbol YYZ represent the Calgary International Airport.
The Grey area in the southwest is the Tsuu T'ina #145 Reserve. This is not Calgary real estate; this property is adjacent to the Calgary City Limit.

The two biggest parks in town are:

NHP - Nose Hill Park in the north
FC - Fish Creek Provincial Park in the south


map of Calgary real estate



Here is the legend for the black numbers with yellow backgrounds.

Map Area Population Crime Index Commute Index

Price Index Value Index
1 Garrison Woods 1400 100 59

No Calgary Real Estate Sales Data No Sales Data
2 Country Hills Village 2200 55 67

No Sales Data No Sales Data
3 Red Carpet 1700 41 53

No Sales Data

No Sales Data
4 Skyview Ranch 100 16 65

No Sales Data

No Sales Data
5 Greenview 2000 61 49

8

100
6 Valley Ridge 5000 80 76

34

81
7 Rocky Ridge 6900 84 82

34

74
8 Discovery Ridge 4300 88 83

50

69
9 Queensland 5000 70 79

13

65
10 Sandstone Valley 6500 69 76

21 64
11 Crescent Heights 6100 36 1

29 61
12 Strathcona Park 7200 73 74

36

58
13 Country Hills 3700 63 73

16

57
14 Coventry Hills 15700 64 70

18

57
15 Patterson 4100 79 80

45

56
16 North Haven 2300 61 54

26

54
17 North Haven Upper 700 61 59

26 53
18 Beddington Heights 12000 57 74

13 53
19 Rosemont 1200 58 36

40

51
20 Huntington Hills 13600 53 55

14 51
21 Rutland Park 2300 61 59

30

50
22 Tuscany Calgary 18300 69 75 30

50
23 Westgate 3200 61 68

24

49
24 Cambrian heights 2100 54 44

29 49
25 Lakeview 5500 73 60

49

47
26 Glendale 2800 61 68

27

47
27 Sunnyside 3700 51 26

39

47
28 Citadel 10200 69 80 23

47
29 Silver Springs 9200 64 68

24

46
30 Evergreen 18100 75 98

26

45
31 MacEwan Glen 5200 61 70

21

45
32 Parkland 3800 73 80

36

43
33 Deer Run 5500 68 84

25

43
34 West hillhurst 5700 59 44

46

42
35 Cougar Ridge 5200 70 80

32

41
36 Rosedale 1600 59 23

71

39
37 Dalhousie 9100 58 65

26

39
38 Spruce Cliff 3500 54 54

27

38
39 Renfrew 5700 41 28 28

38
40 Charleswood 3500 54 50

34

36
41 Edgemont 16500 65 73

34

36
42 Hidden Valley 11800 61 82

19

36
43 Hamptons 8100 70 80

43

35
44 Collingwood 2300 55 48

43

35
45 Capitol Hill 4200 44 24

34

35
46 Coach Hill 3200 60 81

27

34
47 University Heights 3000 61 45

57 34
48 Mount Pleasant 4800 40 26

40

34
49 Scenic Acres 9100 61 69

29

34
50 Thorncliffe 8800 45 55

19

34
51 Somerset 8500 65 96

22

33
52 Royal Oak 10400 66 81

34

33
53 Springbank Hill 7900 69 81

46

32
54 West Springs 6700 68 81

39

32
55 Auburn Bay 3500 65 82

29

32
56 Crestmont 1400 62 72

37

32
57 Elboya 1700 58 52 52

31
58 Christie Park 2200 66 76

49

31
59 Richmond/Knobhill 4000 51 54

36 31
60 Signal Hill 13900 63 79

40

31
61 Shaganappi 1600 46 51

31

31
62 Riverbend

10100 54 66

21

31
63 Chinook Park 1700 61 68

43

30
64 Varsity 12200 55 54 40

30
65 Scarboro 900 53 54

38

29
66 Cedarbrae 6400 55 81

14

29
67 New Brighton 5100 59 84

22

29
68 Bonavista Downs 1000 55 78

21

29
69 Evanston 4600 66 100

24

29
70 Winston Heights/Mountview 3600 44 46

32 29
71 Harvest Hills 7400 51 72

21

29
72 Bayview 600 70 75 56

28
73 Aspen Woods 2800 69 74

58

28
74 Palliser 3200 58 76

32

28
75 Glamorgan 6400 53 66

26

28
76 Canyon meadows 8000 55 81

21

28
77 Millrise 6700 55 87

18

28
78 Douglasdale/glen 11700 55 69

25 28
79 Monterey Park 10500 52 56

17

28
80 Banff Trail 3800 40 30

32

27
81 Ranchlands 7700 52 76

21

27
82 Fairview 3600 43 66

15

26
83 Bridgeland/Riverside 5200 35 37

28 26
84 Calgary Rundle 11300 45 46 13

26
85 Sundance 11000 63 94

29

25
86 Rideau Park 600 61 55

64

24
87 Shawnee Slopes 1500 61 90

37

24
88 Lincoln Park 2600 49 59

36

24
89 Maple Ridge 2000 53 71

29

24
90 Deer Ridge 4000 49 76

15

24
91 Taradale 14500 53 65

16

24
92 Windsor park 3900 47 59

34

23
93 Erlton 1200 38 49 25

23
94 Ramsay 2000 38 36 30

23
95 McKenzie Towne 14100 52 81

20

23
96 Sherwood/Symons Valley 1600 62 84

35 23
97 Panorama Hills 16400 55 78

31

23
98 Brentwood 6100 46 55

29

23
99 Mayland Heights 5900 37 32

17

23
100 Calgary SaddleRidge 12600 53 70

17

23
101 Abbeydale 6000 43 57

4

23
102 Upper Mount Royal 2600 65 51

79 22
103 Coral Springs 6000 54 66

23

22
104 Woodbine 9600 57 92

26

21
105 Glenbrook 6900 45 65

24

21
106 Braeside 6000 48 78

20

21
107 Britannia 700 64 64

78

21
108 Inglewood 3300 36 45

30

21
109 Chaparral 10500 61 97

32

21
110 Midnapore 7100 51 86

20

21
111 Martindale Calgary 12400 48 74

10

21
112 Killarney/Glengarry 6600 44 61

34 20
113 Haysboro 6400 45 75

22

20
114 Kingsland 4400 40 62

22

20
115 McKenzie Lake 14500 55 83

30

20
116 Cranston 9100 54 89

27

20
117 Parkdale 2200 46 48

50

20
118 Arbour Lake 10700 55 80

35

20
119 Erin Woods 7000 42 53

9

20
120 Southwood 6100 42 75

18

19
121 Bridlewood 3500 54 100

19

19
122 Sunalta 3400 37 46 29

19
123 Lake Bonavista 10800 58 77

45

19
124 Copperfield 5600 52 90

22

19
125 Kincora 3400 54 84 30

19
126 Highwood 2200 38 56

28

19
127 Hawkwood 10200 47 71

26

19
128 Penbrook Meadows 8200 36 57

1 19
129 Parkhill 1600 40 55

38

18
130 St. Andrews Heights 1600 44 45

49 18
131 Highland park 3600 39 62

28

18
132 Silverado 2600 54 97

25

17
133 Shawnessy 9400 48 90

18

17
134 Ogden 8700 34 67 10

17
135 Forest Heights 6200 32 46

4

17
136 Dover 10300 31 47 2

17
137 Roxboro 400 67 51 100

16
138 Scarboro/Sunalta West 400 39 60

39 16
139 Woodlands 6400 45 84

24

16
140 Diamond Cove 800 47 73

31

16
141 Hillhurst 6100 38 30

52

16
142 Applewood park 6400 41 57

16

16
143 Whitehorn 11800 35 54

8

16
144 Oakridge 5800 49 83

34

15
145 Mission 4200 31 44 34

15
146 Tuxedo Park 4600 28 55

28

15
147 Albert Park /Radisson Heights 6000 27 35

10 15
148 Elbow Park 3400 60 68

87

14
149 Altadore 8700 44 63

47

14
150 Lower Mount Royal 3200 38 53

53 14
151 RossCarrock 3200 34 61

31

14
152 Calgary Marlborough Park 8600 33 51

9

14
153 Pineridge Calgary 9800 32 50

6

14
154 South Calgary 3600 38 58

43

13
155 Wildwood 2600 38 58

35

13
156 North Glenmore Park 2400 41 58

39 13
157 Bowness 10900 37 72 28

13
158 Temple Calgary 11000 39 59 20

13
159 Castleridge 6100 34 64

6

13
160 Falconridge 10300 33 63

3

13
161 Pump Hill 1600 56 77

62

12
162 Bankview 5200 30 51

33

12
163 Willow Park 5300 41 72

38

12
164 Acadia Calgary 10600 33 71 19

12
165 Hounsfield Heights/Briar Hill 2900 36 32

64 12
166 Vista Heights 2200 26 40

14

12
167 Marlborough Calgary 8200 27 48

11

12
168 Forest Lawn 7700 24 41

4

12
169 Kelvin Grove 2300 46 71

54

11
170 Cliff Bungalow 1800 32 48

45

11
171 BelAire 400 52 65 80

11
172 Mayfair 400 44 64 54

11
173 Montgomery 3800 26 55

25

11
174 Beltline (including South Downtown, Connaught and Victoria Park) 18300

29 36 60 10
175 Southview 2100 22 44

13

8
176 Manchester 600 7 53

18

6
177 Eagle Ridge 300 33 65

75

4
178 Meadowlark Park 500 1 61

31

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