Affordable inner city living close to shops, restaurants and bars on vibrant 17th Avenue and 4th Street
Located south of the downtown core and Beltline, Cliff Bungalow is a historic, inner city neighbourhood that boasts the 3rd highest walk score in Calgary. Cliff Bungalow originally developed in the late 19th century and some of its earliest buildings (like the Cliff Bungalow Community Hall) have been preserved, giving the neighbourhood its unique character. Today, Cliff Bungalow residents enjoy easy access to access to trendy shops, restaurants and bars on nearby 4th Street and 17th Avenue. The Elbow River runs along the community’s south border, linking it to the city’s extensive pathway system.
It’s difficult not to compare Cliff Bungalow to its sister neighbourhood, Mission, which is located directly east across 4th Street. The two communities are similar in size but Cliff Bungalow has about half the population, making it seem a little less dense. There are more single family homes available in Cliff Bungalow, many of which are unique century homes that have been updated or preserved. However, home values are slightly less than Mission and access to transit, parks and bike pathways is not as convenient. There are also slightly more renters living in Cliff Bungalow and the average age of residents is younger. Cliff Bungalow is also closer to the “action” on 17th Avenue, where a number of popular bars keep nightlife going into the wee hours.
Despite some differences, Cliff Bungalow and Mission share many similarities and are apart of the same Cliff-Bungalow Mission Community Association. The community association is known for its jazz nights and documentary film screenings that tend to attract a more mature crowd. The association also organizes community betterment initiatives like the annual “Spring clean-up”.
Notably, Cliff Bungalow had the 4th highest crime rate in Calgary in 2017 (Mission was 22nd). Crimes in Cliff Bungalow were primarily of a “social disorder” nature — meaning drunkenness, disturbances, threats, suspicious persons, etc. This may be due Cliff Bungalow’s proximity to nightlife on 17th Avenue. Buyers should also be aware that Western Canada High School is located in the northwest corner of Cliff Bungalow, causing high pedestrian and vehicle traffic around lunchtime, and morning and evening pick-up hours.
In sum, Cliff Bungalow enjoys many of the same features of Mission with more affordable living options. However, buyers should be aware that with affordability, a younger average population and proximity to 17th Avenue nightlife comes significantly more social disorder type crimes.
LIVING IN CLIFF BUNGALOW
- 20 minute walk to Erlton/Stampede C-Train Station
- Bus routes 2, 3, 6, 7, 13, 17, 90, 449, 698
Groceries & Shopping
- Local supermarkets and nearby organic food stores (Safeway, Amaranth Whole Foods Market)
- Boutique clothing and gift stores on 4th Street (Field Study, Cinder & Sage, Kricket’s Gift Shop)
- Short drive or transit ride to downtown CORE Shopping Centre
Dining & Nightlife
- 4th Street boasts a number of highly-rated, independent restaurants with a variety of cuisines (Mercato, Suzette Brittany Bistro, Aida’s Bistro, Rajdoot, and Anejo, to name just a few!)
- Favourite local pubs and wine bars (Wurst, James Joyce, Vin Room)
Health & Wellness
- Repsol Sport Centre
- Boutique fitness studios (Yoga Santosha, Barre Belle Studio, One Cycle Spin Studio)
- Walk-in medical clinic and several drugstores
- Many specialized healthcare services are provided at the nearby Holy Cross Centre and neighbouring private facilities
CBE Designated Schools
- Early Grey Elementary
- Western Canada High School
***Marie Montessori Private School is also located in Cliff Bungalow
THINGS TO DO IN CLIFF BUNGALOW
- Lindsay Park and Repsol Sport Centre
- Elbow River and bike paths
- Scotiabank Saddledome: Home to the Calgary Flames, the Saddledome also hosts concerts and Stampede events. Dutton’s Canadian Lounge, located within the arena, is a favourite restaurant and bar for local sports fans.
- BMO Centre and Stampede Park: Calgary’s largest exhibition centre is host to wine and beer festivals, trades expos and conventions.
- Lilac Festival: One of the city’s first major summer festivals, Lilac Festival draws Calgarians to 4th Street each year in early June to experience outdoor music acts, artisan vendors, local talent and beer gardens.
- Restaurants, bars and shopping at 4th Street and 17th Avenue
- Mount Royal
- Rideau Park
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