3 Best Neighbourhoods in Calgary AB: Where to Live in Calgary
Whether you are looking for the friendliest neighbourhood or a place near your favourite amenities, Calgary has many places to pick from. It has been a host city for the Olympic games and is located in the foothills of the Canadian Rockies.
Checking Out Parts of Town
The North West part of Calgary is full of neighbourhoods near schools, beautiful scenery with nearby mountains, large homes, easy access to the downtown area, and public transportation. Neighbourhoods in NW Calgary include Arbour Lake, Hamptons, Rocky Ridge and Tuscany.
On the North East side of Calgary, a diverse residential community enjoys ethnic shopping and bilingual schools. With easy access to downtown Calgary, public transportation by the LRT and located near the airport, NE Calgary is ideal for business professionals and frequent travellers. Good neighbourhoods in the NE area would include Panorama Hills and Harvest Hills.
Areas in South East Calgary offer luxury housing and rural neighbourhoods. Further from the downtown area, SE Calgary is the ideal location for those looking for large homes without the need for a frequent commute. In this part of Calgary, nice areas are neighbourhoods like Chapparal, Parkland, and New Brighton.
South West Calgary has good access to both the scenic Canadian Rockies and downtown Calgary. Prime access to shopping areas and local schools makes SW Calgary particularly attractive to homeowners. Luxury neighbourhoods include Lincoln Park, Palliser and Pumphill. The more average-sized housing communities SW can be found in Cedarbae, Woodbine and Sundance.
Staying Active: Arbour Lake
Arbour Lake has easy access to beautiful walking paths, such as Crowchild Trail and Stoney Trail. As you might guess from the name, a nearby lake offers both scenery and a community point of interest. Those looking for a healthy lifestyle will be interested in Arbour Lake's nearby:
- Whole Foods Market
- Yoga Studio
- Food Co-op
- Coffee Shops
Community Friendly: Acadia
Acadia is highly considered for its closeness to elementary and high schools and the nearby recreational options. Acadia has a recreational center that offers visitors access to an indoor pool, a sundeck and recreational classes. Acadia is also located close to:
- The Farmer's Market
- ARC (indoor skating complex)
- Three Bilingual Schools
- Charter School
- High School
Scenic Route: Varsity
Varsity is located by a golf and country club and Bowmont Park, giving it a lusciously green neighbourhood vibe. Nestled on 164 grassy acres, Varsity is the premiere spot for beautiful luxury homes and nature pathways. Varsity residents also have easy access to:
- Coffee Shops
- Crowchild Trail
- Bow River
- Dalhouise CTrain Station
- Elementary, Junior High and High Schools
Neighbourhoods with the easiest access to public bus transportation and the LRT were Bridgeland/Riverside and Southwood. Calgary neighbourhoods with the highest level of curb appeal were Roxboro, Rideau Park and Coach Hill. A survey by Avenue found their readers believed the friendliest neighbourhoods were Kelvin Grove, Rosedale and Wildwood.
Ranking the Friendly Neighbours
One of the most important factors to the average family is the friendliness of their neighbours. When Avenue magazine surveyed their readers, they found the highest-ranking Calgary neighbourhoods for friendliness were:
- Kelvin Grove (SW)
- Rosedale (NW)
- Wildwood (NW)
- Roxboro (SW)
- Rideau Park (SW)
Whether you are looking for the friendliest neighbourhood or a place near your favourite amenities, Calgary has many places to pick from.