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Calgary's Top 5 Hoods

Blog by The Bannard Rushton Group | December 10th, 2012

Presenting Calgary's top 5 neighbourhoods for 2012 as decided by Avenue Magazine:

#5: Fairview


Tucked into a bell-shaped southeast pocket between busy Macleod, Glenmore and Blackfoot trails, Fairview is perfect for busy people who like to scramble to every quadrant of the city in a hurry.

Quickly popping into CostcoIkea or Chinook Centre may sound absurd when the rest of the city makes a day of it, but with all of these shopping destinations within blocks of your community’s borders, splurging for a new TV is as easy as picking up milk at the corner store.

Add in the generously portioned backyards, plentiful parking space and low taxes, and Fairview is a growing family’s dream.

#4: Haysboro


Although Haysboro’s well-aged, leafy suburban streets are known to charm homebuyers, it’s the accessibility of nearby Heritage ParkGlenmore Reservoir and Southcentre Mall that lock them in for life.

Haysboro’s robust community spirit manifests itself in its bustling community centre, where locals indulge in everything from “Cardio Knockout with Rob” to the graceful, yoga-influenced ballet known as callanetics.

Its heart, though, may lie at the oblong tables of the old Royal Canadian Legion No. 285, where aging Haysboro vets trade stories over suds with a growing body of young recruits.

#3: Bowness


You might hear a proud Bownesian — and almost all of them are — cite beautiful Bowness Park, Bow Cycle or even Angel’s Drive-In when asked what they love about living in Bowness, but what they’re really proud of isn’t as obvious as the cute, mom-and-pop corner stores and restaurants that dot the former town.

It turns out they have low taxes, some of the largest yards in the city and plenty of schools within walking distance of their front door.

Looks like there are a few more reasons to buy an “I [heart] Bowness” bumper sticker.

#2: Arbour Lake

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With an alluring lake at its heart and a massive marketplace only a few blocks away, Arbour Lake locals don’t have to choose between the convenience of urban living and the laid-back lakeside lifestyle.

Residents can get in an early morning paddle in a canoe before hopping in their car and grabbing a muffin and morning coffee at one of Crowfoot Crossing’s half a dozen cafés.

They can then commute only 20 minutes to their downtown office (presuming the paddler rises early enough to beat morning traffic, too). And, when lake life grows dull, the great outdoors can be swapped for dinner and a movie any night of the week.

#1: Varsity


Plopped into the University of Calgary’s backyard, the aptly named Varsity was built with higher education in mind, but instead of becoming a haven for transient students, it has become a place where people plant their roots.

Sundry sprawling parks and grassy schoolyards make a saunter down to the local pizza parlour as pleasant as a garden promenade. It’s all part of the easygoing energy of a neighbourhood that doesn’t lack much.

Playgrounds abound — half a dozen are within Varsity’s boundaries — and they stay noisy with a steady supply of local kids. Shopping for an iPad, meanwhile, is as easy as a trip to neighbouring Market Mall, or you can get your cereal-grade quinoa from the Planet Organic Market, right next to Matador Pizza & Steakhouse in the heart of Varsity.

If you don’t drive, the buses run regularly to the CTrain and the malls, while bikers appreciate the painted bike lanes and ease of access to the Bow River Pathway via Bowmont Park.

The friendly locals and nearby mom-and-pop shops make it easy to move in and stay put.


Avenue Magaizine put out an awesome list of the top 25 Neighbourhoods in Calgary. View he whole list and a ton more info here 
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