West Hillhurst

Development in West Hillhurst didn’t begin until 1945 when “victory homes” were built for soldiers returning from the Second World War.

Annexed by the City of Calgary in 1907, development in West Hillhurst didn’t begin until 1945 when “victory homes” were built for soldiers returning from the Second World War. Even though these were meant to be temporary residences, many still remain and have yet to be knocked down to make way for urban infills.

This neighbourhood, which ranked fifth in Avenue’s 2013 Best Neighbourhood survey, is hip yet luxurious, and it’s far enough away to avoid noise and other downtown issues. Situated next to the Bow River and some of the city’s most gorgeous pathways, this is one of the most walkable neighbourhoods in Calgary. It is no wonder West Hillhurst is a haven for working professionals who love the urban life.

West Hillhurst By the Numbers

  • Average home price: $598,000
  • Highest listing price as of May 2013: $11.5 million
  • Number of residents: 5,802
  • Distance to downtown: 2.25 km

Where To Shop In West Hillhurst

Abominable Sports
With more than 50 years of experience providing Calgarians with all the stuff they need to enjoy the fabulous outdoors, Abominable Sports is just south of the Trans-Canada Highway, so you can grab your gear on the way to Banff. (410 Crowchild Tr. N.W., 403-283-1212, abom.ca, @abom_yyc)

Amato Gelato Cafe
Offering every flavour you could ever dream of in gelato or sorbetto, this shop also carries dairy- and sugar-free frozen delights. Grab a mango coconut or spumone. (7, 2104 Kensington Rd. N.W., 403-270-9733, amatogelato.com)

Dairy Lane Cafe
This little diner opened its doors in April 1950 and, although it’s seen a few owners over the years, it’s still a kick-ass place to grab a burger and a beer. Oh, and you don’t have to feel too bad about indulging because the ingredients are mostly organic or local. (319 19 St. N.W., 403-283-2497, dairylanecafe.ca, @dairylane)

Elle Ambiance Vein and Skin Rejuvenation Centre
A medical esthetic spa, Elle Ambiance offers a variety of skin treatments, from chemical peels to permanent makeup. Run by dermatologist Dr. Corrina Iampen, who uses her professional expertise to treat a variety of skin conditions and help those just looking for a more youthful glow. (Now closed)

Ten Thousand Villages
Located in a historic, three-storey home on Crowchild Trail, Ten Thousand Villages carries everything from jewellery to housewares. With the motto “Commerce with a Conscience,” the store purchases all of its goods from international artisans at a fair price, so you can feel good about spending here. (220 Crowchild Tr. N.W., 403-270-0631, tenthousandvillages.ca, @villagesyyc)

Things to Do

West Hillhurst Community Association
One of Calgary’s busiest community centres, the WHCA offers a variety of classes and community events such as yoga, Tai Chi, Zumba and programs for children and seniors. It also supports environmental initiatives such as community cleanup days. (1940 6 Ave. N.W., 403-283-0464, westhillhurst.com, @westhillhurstca)

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