Close-knit, walkable suburb enjoying great access to parks, shops, and restaurants
Altadore is one of those rare neighbourhoods that strikes the perfect balance of location, amenities, park space, and community spirit. Located east of Crowchild Trail and south of bustling 33 Avenue SW, Altadore has it all — from riverside parks to top-rated restaurants to unique sports facilities. Perhaps because it is so well-balanced, this highly-rated community appeals to all demographics and is sure to offer something for any buyer!
Established in 1945, Altadore is an older community in southwest Calgary. A defining feature of the community is the Marda Loop Business Revitalization Zone, located along Altadore’s north border at 33rd and 34th Avenues SW. The area is named after a popular movie theatre that once existed there (now demolished), and has undergone a huge upswing in activity over the past decade.
Today, Marda Loop offers over 130 boutiques and restaurants, many of which are independent and locally-owned. It’s a top destination for shopping and dining in Calgary. Medical and dental clinics, drugstores, and holistic health centres round out the amenities offered so that residents will rarely need to travel far from the community for basic needs.
Altadore offers a number of different housing options (residences are comprised of 40% single family homes, 23% apartment-style homes, and 26% rowhouses/duplexes). However, with average home prices falling among the highest 10% in the city, the Altadore lifestyle is an investment. Many of the homes in this neighbourhood are newer luxury infills.
A mix of all ages live in Altadore, and the population distribution is very close to the citywide average. This is likely because the community offers a variety activities that appeal to different age groups.
For families with children, a number of sports programs operate out of the Glenmore Athletic Park. The Military Museums offer educational programs and the Giuffre Family Library is located minutes away in neighbouring South Calgary. Each year in August, the family-friendly “Marda Gras” Street Festival takes places along 33 Avenue SW, with a special “Kids Corner” for face painting, games, and crafts.
For students, Altadore is only a ten-minute commute from the Mount Royal University campus. Young adults will love the ease of meeting up with friends at nearby trendy restaurants and coffee bars.
There are also a number of activities in the community that appeal particularly to seniors, including swimming at the Glenmore Aquatic Centre, tennis, and golfing. All ages can appreciate the ample park space located along the east border of Altadore, including Sandy Beach, a popular destination for picnics and rafting.
Altadore scored among the top ten neighbourhoods in Calgary for community engagement in 2017, based on voter turnout, community events, and community projects, among other criteria. The Marda Loop Community Association connects residents of Altadore with neighbouring South Calgary. The association is very active and well-organized, with unique community initiatives like a babysitter registry. Social events go beyond the usual neighbourhood barbecue, and include wine and cheese nights and a family-friendly bicycle parade.
The only real downside to Altadore is that transit options are limited. Without access to the C-Train line, residents can expect a minimum thirty-minute bus ride to the downtown core. However, buyers with a vehicle will find it easy to reach most areas of Calgary via nearby arteries, Crowchild Trail and Glenmore Trail.
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LIVING IN ALTADORE
- No C-Train Stations within walking distance
- Bus routes 7, 13
- Quick access to Crowchild Trail and 33 Ave SW
Groceries & Shopping
- Safeway, Blush Lane Organic Market, and several gourmet food stores are located along 33 Ave SW (Springbank Cheese Co., Blue Door Oil and Vinegar, Tres Marias Mexican Food Market)
- Boutique clothing and specialty stores in Marda Loop (Crabapple Clothing Company, Valerienne, Clothing Bar Boutique Consignment Store)
Dining & Nightlife
- Independent restaurants with a variety of cuisines (Nho Saigon, El’s Japanese Fusion, Belmont Diner)
- Popular coffee shops (Monogram Coffee, Phil & Sebastian), specialty food stores (My Favourite Ice Cream Shoppe, Cookie Occasion) and pubs (Merchants, Original Joe’s)
Health & Wellness
- Glenmore Athletic Park and Aquatic Centre
- Boutique fitness studios (Bikram Hot Yoga Marda Loop, 9Round Kickboxing Fitness)
- Highly-rated salons and spas (Distilled Beauty Bar and Social House, Swish Salon, Marda Loop Barber Shop)
- A number of medical clinics, dental clinics, holistic health centres, and drugstores
- Grades K-6: Altadore School (Regular)
- Grades 7-9: Mount Royal School (Regular)
- Grades 10-12: Central Memorial High School
- Grades K-6: Holy Name School (French Immersion only)
- Grades K-9: St. Michael School (French Immersion and Regular), St. James School (Regular, Hockey Skills)
- Grades 10-12: St. Mary’s High School (Extended French, Regular, IB)
- River Park Off-Leash Area and Elbow River pathways
- Global Pet Foods
THINGS TO DO IN ALTADORE
- Marda Loop shopping: Over 130 stores and restaurants are located along 33 Avenue SW, one of Calgary’s top shopping and dining destinations.
- The Military Museums: The Calgary Military Museums are the second largest military museum in Canada, with exhibits on Canadian army, naval, and Air Force history from the 1885 rebellion to the war in Afghanistan. The museum offers schooling programs for children, and also hosts arts and heritage exhibits.
- River Park: River Park is located on a ridge overlooking the Elbow River, with excellent view of the downtown core. This park is most popular for its large off-leash dog area.
- Sandy Beach: Located along the Elbow River, Sandy Beach Park is a popular spot for picnics and launching rafts down the river (rafters can easily disembark an hour-long float down the river at Lindsay Park). The area is equipped with picnic areas, shelters, fire pits, and barbecue stands. Pathways run along both sides off the river, connected by a pedestrian bridge. A small hike up the east ridge offers great views of the river valley.
- Glenmore Athletic Park: This well-appointed athletic park features four soccer fields, three baseball diamonds, seven tennis courts, and an outdoor track. The Stu Peppard Arena, Glenmore Aquatic Centre, and Glenmore Velodrome are also located within the park.
- Calgary Golf & Country Club: Bordered by the Elbow River, the Calgary Golf & Country Club is the oldest private course in Alberta. Traditional etiquette is enforced and cell phones are not allowed on the course.
- Richmond Green Golf Course: This beginners’ course has 9 holes and caters particularly to families, with a special rate for families of four.