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In the northeast part of Calgary, between McKnight Blvd and 64 Avenue as well as 44 Street to FalconRidge Boulevard (west-east). Look for the number 159 on the map. Around 6000 people live here. It has Canada's largest mosque, belonging to the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community.
This area was annexed by the city in 1961 and homes sprang up in the 1979-81 housing boom. There is a proud community association and the North of McKnight community center adds many additional services to that. Things like a community-minded teen hang-out, drop in centre, provide opportunities for sports and recreation.
Real estate ads describe this great location as one with quiet streets near schools and shopping (including Safeway and Superstore) and within walking distance to neighborhood playgrounds and C-Train station. Drivers enjoy easy access to the Stoney trail freeway and the Calgary airport.
What are the strong points?
This place is really about value. Young families starting out often buy their first home either here or in surrounding communities, because of the ability to get affordable stand-alone houses. One part of this neighbourhood, Castleridge Estates, lies to the south of Castlebrook Drive. In these spacious lots we find homes 50 percent larger and more expensive than those in the surrounding area. A very good value indeed.
Residents here get decent views of the mountains and downtown, even in the same photo. They have some choices for sending kids to school. Kindergarten to grade 6 attend O.W. Geiger School, Junior highs go to Terry Fox School and the older ones go over to James Fowler High School. The Catholic School District offers John Paul II School and St. Wilfrid for the young ones, St. Martha and Blessed John XXIII Junior High schools, and Bishop McNally for grades 10 to 12.
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