Calgary is home to 198 distinct neighbourhoods that range from affluent (Arbor Lake, Acadia) to historic (Inglewood, Mount Royal) to eclectic (Forest Lawn, Mission) to high-energy (Eau Claire, Downtown West End). Like most large cities, the younger, hipper areas are situated closer to the urban core, while the outlying suburbs are geared more towards married couples and families.
The city is divided into four distinct quadrants. The Southwest, where many of the most luxurious homes for sale in Calgary can be found, is, many believe, the nicest part of town. Neighborhoods like Acadia, Sundance, and Chinook Park are prime real estate spots, boasting low crime rates, walker-friendly streets, and easy access (via the C-Train) to the downtown area and the 17th Street eateries, bars, and shops.
The Southeast quadrant, on the other hand, is largely industrial and includes some of Calgary’s most affordable real estate. Journey to the southernmost tip of the SE quadrant, though, and you’ll find some newer, family-oriented suburbs like Midnapore and McKenzie Lake whose homes for sale have considerably higher price tags.
The Northeast quadrant, similar to the SE, is home to a mixture of commercial and residential buildings as well as the Calgary Airport. Although not generally considered a hotspot for prime real estate, it remains a popular locale for first-time homeowners, young couples, and immigrants. Real estate options in the NE quadrant are generally among the city’s most affordable as well.
Moving along, the Northwest quadrant is home to several highly regarded, tree-lined neighborhoods like Tuscany, Country Hills, Sunnyside, and West Hillhurst. The Kensington neighbourhood, whose streets are dotted with arts and crafts shops, boutiques, cafes, and watering holes, is a popular choice for bohemian, artsy types. Similar to real estate in the SW, homes for sale in the NW quadrant tend to be on the steeper side. But steep is, understandably, the price you pay for having the Rocky Mountains a stone’s throw from your back window.