Winner: University District
Average Home Price: $464,665
This northwest community is slated for completion by 2034, though it’s already exhibiting a lively urban energy. Last May, University District (U/D) was voted 2022 Best Growing Community by the Canadian Home Builders’ Association National Awards for Housing Excellence. Designed to support and fund the academic mission of the University of Calgary, the community currently features 40 acres of park space (including a Central Commons that serves as a gathering space at the heart of the neighbourhood), a commercial core with a movie theatre and hotel, and regular pop-up events and festivals, including summer night markets and the wintertime Northwestival. U/D is also uniquely positioned as a community for those who work at Foothills Medical Centre and Alberta Children’s Hospital, Market Mall, and the university.
Unique Feature: North Pond, on the northwest corner of U/D, is a purpose-built stormwater pond that is designed as a scenic park space and green feature.
What the judges said: “How do you break down the town and gown divide? Build a town on campus, of course!” -James Stauch
Greenwich, Alpine Park