Quiet, park-side community with an active neighbourhood association and a convenient location
Charleswood is a small community in northwest Calgary that runs along the south border of Nose Hill Park. Charleswood wraps around the larger neighbourhood of Brentwood and is, in many ways, an extension of that community. Homebuyers looking for a great location with proximity to the downtown core, schooling options, athletic facilities, convenient shopping, and park space should consider both of these established communities!
Even the population demographics of Charleswood are almost identical to Brentwood, with a mix of children all ages and a high number of seniors. The average cost of detached homes in Charleswood is pretty close to Brentwood, sitting just above the citywide average at $565,014 during the first half of 2018. However there are more single-family homes in Charleswood, and no townhouses at all. There are also fewer renters living in Charleswood, perhaps because it is a bit further from the University of Calgary campus.
Charleswood can be set apart by the number of small parks and green spaces that dot the community, making it seem a little less dense. Charleswood also borders a longer stretch of Nose Hill Park, offering easy access to the park from the north end of the community. The park is one of Calgary’s largest and most impressive, covering 11 square kilometres of grassland ecosystem. Wildlife can often be seen from the extensive hiking trails, and a large designated off-leash areas makes it a popular spot for active Calgarians.
Like all communities in this area, Charleswood enjoys great access to recreational facilities and convenient shopping. The University of Calgary offers sports programs and equipment rentals to the public, and the nearby Foothills Athletic Park and Aquatic Centre are equipped with a public swimming pool, sports fields, tennis courts, and track and field facilities. Big-box stores and popular clothing retailers can be found a short drive away at Brentwood Village, Northland Village Mall, and Market Mall.
The Triwood Community Association organizes community programs for residents of Charleswood, Collingwood, and Foothill Estates (in the north end of Collingwood). It’s a well-run community association with some of the most extensive programming offered in the city, including a range of modern fitness courses (barre, kickboxing), Boy Scouts and Girl Guides, and a variety of sports. It hosts a weekly farmers market during the months of July and August, and organizes holiday-themed events throughout the year, including a Valentine’s dinner and Halloween haunted house. The hall is a popular spot for weddings.
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LIVING IN CHARLESWOOD
- Nearest C-Train Station: Brentwood Station and University Station (located in the west end of the community on Crowchild Trial NW, both are within a 20-minute walk of most areas of Charleswood)
- Easy access to Trans-Canada Highway/16 Avenue NW, Crowchild Trail, and Stoney Trail
Groceries & Shopping
- Safeway, Co-op, London Drugs, and several major retailers located near the south end of the community at Brentwood Village Shopping Centre
- Wal-Mart, Best Buy, and other retailers located a two- to five-minute drive away at Northland Village
- Ten-minute drive to clothing stores and more at Market Mall
Dining & Nightlife
- Restaurants and fast food options located in neighbouring Brentwood (Wami Ootoya Japanese Fusion, Jameson’s Pub, and Cora)
- Pubs and fast food options along Trans-Canada Highway/16 Ave NW (The Cat ‘n Fiddle Pub, La Viena)
- Highly-rated cafes, restaurants, and bars a ten-minute drive away in Kensington Village (Higher Ground Cafe, Hayden Block Smoke & Whiskey, Pulcinella, Wine Bar, Kensington Pub)
Health & Wellness
- GoodLife Fitness, nail salons, and a sports therapy clinic in Northland Mall
- Anytime Fitness, Karma Salon, Fit Body Boot Camp, and medical professionals in Brentwood Village
- Foothills Aquatic Centre, Foothills Athletic Park and Volleydome within a ten-minute drive
- Alberta Children’s Hospital and Foothills Medical Centre within a ten-minute drive
- Grades K-6 (Regular): Capitol Hill School
- Grades K-6 (Regular): Captain John Palliser School
- Grades 7-9 (Regular and Spanish Bilingual): Senator Patrick Burns School
- Grades 5-9 (Regular): Simon Fraser School
- Grades 10-12 (Regular and Spanish Bilingual): William Aberhart School
- Grades 10-12 (Regular): Sir Winston Churchill High School
- Grades K-6 (French Immersion Only): St. Luke School
- Grades K-9 (Regular): St. Joseph School
- Grades 7-9 (French Immersion Only): Madeleine D’Houet School
- Grades 10-12 (Regular and Extended French): St. Francis High School
- Grades 10-12 (Regular and Extended French): St. Mary’s High School
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THINGS TO DO IN CHARLESWOOD
- Nose Hill Park: The Nose Hill Natural Environment Park is a large natural area covering 11 square kilometres of grassland in north Calgary. The park is said to be an example of the high plains ecosystem that once covered the area. The park is home to ample wildlife, including deer, coyotes, porcupines, and hawks. It is also significant for its archeological sites, including indigenous stone circles. Visitors can enjoy hiking trails and designated off-leash areas.
- MacEwan Concert Hall: This popular music venue is host to a variety of contemporary music acts throughout the year, including some high-profile artists and bands.
- McMahon Stadium: Home of the Calgary Stampeders and University of Calgary Dinos, this football stadium has hosted a number of significant events over the years, including the opening and closing ceremonies of the 1988 Winter Olympics. The stadium occasionally serves as an open-air venue for concerts and festivals.
- Silver Springs Golf & Country Club: This private golf course and country club occupies 300-acres of picturesque hills and valleys in northwest Calgary. The clubhouse offers a highly-rated restaurant with a sunny patio area.
- Confederation Park Golf Course: Situated in the west end of Confederation Park, this city-run, nine-hole golf course has medium-difficulty greens and a driving range.