Calgary's Best Neighbourhoods 2016: The Numbers, Top 50 List, The Map

We found some interesting information about housing, people, walkability, parks and crime in the city while putting together our Best Neighbourhoods package. This is also where you'll find our list and map of all the top 50 neighbourhoods.




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The perfect home in the perfect neighbourhood depends on who you are. If you value a single detached home with a rising property value, chances are you’d be looking for a home in a different neighbourhood from someone looking to rent an apartment that’s close to restaurants and bars and boutiques. 

We can’t tell you which neighbourhoods are the best when it comes to housing. You need to decide that on your own. But to give you a better idea of what housing in Calgary looks like, we took a closer look at some factors that are probably significant to you. We looked at where the most single-family homes and apartments are, where the owners are and where the renters are, changing property values and population density. 

 

The 5 Calgary neighbourhoods with the most single-family homes

Source: City of Calgary Open Data Catalogue — Census Data by Community District for 2015.

If apartments aren’t your thing, know that the two Calgary neighbourhoods with the most single family homes in 2015 were both in the city’s northwest quadrant: Tuscany and Panorama. Tuscany, Panorama and Evergreen also all make the list of the biggest communities population-wise in Calgary. In 2014, Panorama had a population of 25,130 (the biggest in Calgary), Evergreen had 21,386 (second biggest in Calgary that year) and Tuscany had 19,465 (the fourth biggest neighbourhood that year). 

 

Percentage of single-family home owners in those neighbourhoods 

In the neighbourhoods with the most single family houses, owners like to stay put. In Tuscany, Panorama and Evergreen, significantly more than half of the owners live in the single-family homes they’ve purchased. In Tuscany, for example, a whopping 84 per cent of that neighbourhood’s owners live in their homes. 

Source: City of Calgary Open Data Catalogue — Census Data by Community District for 2015.

 

The 5 Calgary neighbourhoods with the most apartments

Source: City of Calgary Open Data Catalogue — Census Data by Community District for 2015.

When it comes to apartments, it’s a different story. It turns out, Calgary has a lot more apartments than single-family homes. And it makes sense that the majority of the apartments are in the Beltline, close to the hustle and bustle of downtown. If you look at who's living in these apartments, you'd see that the median age of Calgarians in this neighbourhood is 33 years old, 87 per cent of the whole Beltline population is ages 20 to 64, and 76 per cent of couple families don't have kids at home.

The Beltline has about three times as many apartments as the neighbourhood with the next most — the Downtown Commercial Core. 

 

Percentage of owner-occupied apartments in those 5 neighbourhoods 

Of the five neighbourhoods with the most apartments in Calgary, significantly less than 50 per cent of owners live in the apartments they own. In these neighbourhoods, you’ll find that between 70 per cent and 90 per cent of residents are renters. 

Source: City of Calgary Open Data Catalogue — Census Data by Community District for 2015.

 

Calgary neighbourhood property value shifts from 2015 to 2016

It’s been a good year for Christie Park and Altadore. But for Bayview, Kelvin Grove and Scarboro/Sunalta West? Things weren’t as rosy for people looking to sell. 

Source: City of Calgary Property Assessment and Market Report 2015 and City of Calgary Property Assessment and Market Report 2016.

 

The 5 neighbourhoods with the most expensive homes 

Source: City of Calgary Property Assessment and Market Report 2015 and City of Calgary Property Assessment and Market Report 2016.

For the priciest homes (based on median assessed property value in 2015), look in the city’s southwest quadrant. In fact, of the 50 most expensive ‘hoods in Calgary, 36 are located in Calgary’s southwest. (14 of the 50 most expensive are in the northwest, 2 are in the southeast and 0 are in the northeast.)

Bel-Aire, the neighbourhood with the highest homes (based on median assessed property value in 2015), is a very different looking community to the Beltline, the neighbourhood with the most apartments. In Bel-Aire, the median age is 51, 64 per cent of the Bel-Aire population is ages 20 to 64 and 16 per cent of the population is aged 65 or higher. 

 

The most expensive average home prices in Calgary's four quadrants

When it comes to price (based on median assessed property value in 2015), things aren’t even across Calgary’s quadrants. There’s a difference of $1,310,00 between the most expensive ‘hood on average in 2015 in the southwest and the most expensive ‘hood on average in 2015 in the northeast. 

Source: City of Calgary Property Assessment and Market Report 2015 and City of Calgary Property Assessment and Market Report 2016.

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