Best Places to Live 2020: Calgary
The state of the Calgary housing market has yet to be determined due to the recent economic and political challenges experienced due to COVID-19 and oil disputes.
The main areas of concern for homebuyers in Calgary include job insecurity and economic uncertainty. These homebuyers can be described as retirees, younger first-time homebuyers and those looking to move up in the market.
So, what are the best neighbourhoods in Calgary to buy a house? RE/MAX explores more than 300 of Canada’s most liveable hot spots in the new 2020 Liveability Report. Here are our top picks in Calgary.
10 Most Liveable Neighbourhoods in Calgary
- Downtown East Village
- Downtown West End
- Downtown Commercial Core
- Lower Mount Royal
Most Liveable Neighbourhoods in Calgary
The most liveable neighbourhoods in Calgary, as noted above, offer good walkability and have easy access to bike lanes and walking paths. They all also have great proximity to green space and dog parks.
Calgary Liveability Trends
Liveability in Vancouver is expected to continue to improve due to effective and forward-thinking city planning. “Calgary is a bit of a newer city and when initial planning was taking place, it was intended to house 1 million plus people. We’re now at 1.2 million and the city still feels very spacious as growth continues both horizontally and vertically, which is optimal for residents”.
Calgary at a Glance
Calgary is Alberta’s largest city and is situated just 80km from the Canadian Rockies. It is known as the sunniest major city in Canada and is home to the Calgary Stampede, a 10-day outdoor event with incredible shows, amazing food and non-stop entertainment. It’s close proximity to the mountains make Calgary a great home base for those wanting to spend time skiing and snowboarding on the slopes of the many ski resorts in the winter.
Canada’s Most Liveable Neighbourhoods
Liveability is about quality of life at a local level. A neighbourhood’s dynamism, or lack thereof, involves a delicate convergence between independent small businesses, public institutions, arts and culture, green spaces and housing, to name a few. The COVID-19 tragedy will impact neighbourhood ecosystems differently across the country, just as the virus itself has. Yet, civic/local pride has been proliferating throughout this crisis in inspiring ways, giving Canadians hope that micro-economies, including real estate, have the resilience to be restored in the near and mid-term.
To learn more about liveability in Canada’s biggest housing markets, read the RE/MAX 2020 Liveability Report.
Alberta’s largest city, Calgary, is situated 80km east of the front ranges of the Canadian Rockies. It is known as the sunniest major city in Canada with an average of 2,300 hours each year and is home to the Calgary Stampede, a 10-day outdoor event with incredible shows, amazing food and non-stop entertainment.
We know that Canadian’s truly celebrate the liveabililty factors of their neighbourhood – the qualities that give homeowners the true satisfaction of their home within the context of a neighbourhood. In fact a Leger survey conducted by RE/MAX revealed that 89% of Canadians recommend their neighbourhoods to others. Unlike your home, neighbourhoods cannot be changed, so it is important to assess what qualities are important to you before you purchase. Luckily, when it comes to Calgary, there is a lot of celebrate in terms of liveability.
A survey of RE/MAX Brokers revealed that the best places to live in Calgary are Inglewood, Hillhurst and Charleswood areas rank as the top three all-around liveable neighbourhoods for access to green spaces and parks, walkability, access to retail stores and restaurants and ease of getting around/public transit.
In the same Leger survey, six-in-10 Canadians put easy access to shopping, dining and green spaces at the top of their liveability criteria. Proximity to public transit (36 per cent), work (30 per cent) and to preferred schools (18 per cent), as well as cultural and community centres (18 per cent) fall out of the top five neighbourhood wants and expectations. So how does Calgary stack up?
If you are searching for the best place to live in Calgary, you should know that North Haven Upper, Renfrew, Chinook and Meadowgate Park rank as the top hidden gem neighbourhoods to housing supply, affordability and liveability factors.
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