Photography by Jared Sych and Craig McLachlin
With 17th Avenue S.W. as its southern border, the burgeoning 10th Avenue S.W. pub-and-club strip running along the north side and Stampede Park as its eastern lobe, the Beltline is unquestionably at the heart of the action in Calgary.
With a bustling population residing in an eclectic mix of high- and low-rise multi-family dwellings, the Beltline scores big when it comes to amenities. Grocery options abound with supermarkets like Co-op and Safeway, mid-size offerings like Sunterra Market and Amaranth Whole Foods Market and indie gems like Kalamata Grocery Store, which draws folks from all over the city for its selection of olives and feta cheeses. If you’d rather eat out than in, there is a wide variety of options covering everything from top-ranked restaurants like Model Milk, to popular breakfast spots like the Galaxie Diner, to fast-food staples like Tubby Dog.
The Beltline is also a top choice for Calgarians seeking a car-free lifestyle, with the skyscrapers of downtown mere blocks away and multiple bus routes, commuter-cycling paths and readily available Car2Go vehicles.
Despite being one of the most urban addresses, residents of the Beltline have easy access to picturesque green spaces, most notably Central Memorial Park, which has the distinction of being the city’s oldest park. Recently revamped, the park is also the site of Calgary’s first library, Memorial Park Library, a stately heritage building which opened to the public in 1912. Just a few blocks west is another heritage site, the Lougheed House, with tranquil grounds perfect for lounging with a new read from nearby Shelf Life Books.
As far as fitness goes, there are ample options to keep one’s belt in line — everything from yoga studios and gyms to tennis courts, not to mention the popular open-air pool at the Hotel Arts, which is less a swimming spot than the place to be seen in stylish swimwear on a hot summer day.
The pace of life may be fast, but for Calgarians who like it that way it’s hard to beat the Beltline. —Shelley Arnusch
Population in 2014
Community size per square kilometre
Average property value in 2015
Percentage change in property value from 2014 to 2015
Percentage of single family dwellings
Percentage increase in average property value
Access to restaurants
Access to recreation facilities
Our Best Neighbourhoods survey took place from late 2014 to early 2015. In partnership with Leger Marketing, we asked Calgarians which characteristics they most value in a neighbourhood. We supplied data on each of 178 residential communities for each of those characteristics to Leger Marketing, which were used to create rankings in individual categories. To calculate best overall neighbourhood, rankings in categories most valued by survey respondents were given more weight.
Neighbourhoods Neighbourhood names and boundaries follow those defined by the City of Calgary.
Demograhics Population and percentage of single family dwellings was taken from the City of Calgary Community Profiles, which contain information from the 2014 Calgary Civic Census.
Property value Data gathered from the City of Calgary Property Assessment Market Report.
Walk Score Rankings determined by Walk Score, a private company that measures walkability by calculating the distance to amenities.
Parks and pathways City of Calgary Parks and Recreation maps were used to identify and count major parks and pathways.
Crime Calgary Police Service statistical reports from January 2014 to November 2014. Crimes were divided into personal and property with personal crimes given more weight.
Businesses Data for restaurants, retail bars and entertainment in neighbourhoods was determined using the City of Calgary’s business license catalogue.
Community engagement Neighbourhoods were assessed based on if they had a community associations and the membership numbers per capita, communications, activities and initiatives it does. Municipal election voter turnout was also considered.