As diverse as the population is in Calgary, so are the communities that make up the inner city. Over the past 10 years as each area has seen an increase in new development, each has also been defining and refining it’s own identity.
Beltline – the communities just south of downtown include Connaught, Mission, Cliff Bungalow and Lower Mount Royal collectively make up the Beltline. A perennial favourite with the younger crowd due to it’s proximity to downtown jobs, restaurants and bars, shops and coffee houses. Many residents live here without requiring the use of a vehicle, all amenities are so close! There is always something to do, someone to meet or somewhere to go in the Beltline. There have been numerous new condo developments here over the past 10 years, as well as many older rental buildings being converted to condo ownership.
Victoria Park/East Village – this is an area to watch over the next several years. As the Calgary Exhibition and Stampede continues it’s land expansion and re-development, the surrounding community will have new life and vitality to spare! A ton of new, high rise, high end condo and commercial buildings are slated for the new Stampede Station area, offering upscale urban living at the gateway to Downtown. The city’s plans for the East Village will offer new and exciting condo opportunities for future residents, while also providing the services and green space inner city dwellers crave. Victoria Park also offers a unique selection of warehouse/loft condo buildings, not found anywhere else in the city.
Kensington – across the river the area of Hillhurst and Sunnyside are always on the cutting edge of trendy. Smaller condo developments, rental conversions and renovated character homes give this area a flair all it’s own. With Prince’s Island park and the Bow River Pathway system on it’s doorstep, a multitude of Kensington shops, services and restaurants to choose from and Riley park at the back door, it’s easy to see why so many people are clambering to live in Kensington.
Bridgeland – another area that has seen it’s share of redevelopment in it’s recent past with even more on the horizon, is Bridgeland. What used to be a predominately single family home area has been jump-started and energized with new condo construction, including the re-development of the former General Hospital site into The Bridges. If an ethnic flair is more to your liking, you will love the Italian groceries and restaurants, Tai food and other great services Bridgeland has to offer. And don’t miss out on some of the best skyline views this city has to offer, all from Bridgeland.
As you can see, no matter what your lifestyle, tastes or budget, the inner city has the perfect match for you.