Quiet, hilltop community among the most affordable in West Calgary
Coach Hill is a small neighbourhood located in the southwest quadrant of Calgary, bounded by Old Banff Coach Road SW and Bow Trail SW. Established in 1979, Coach Hill is among the oldest communities in west Calgary. Compared to its neighbouring suburban communities, Coach Hill has an older population with less children and more seniors than citywide averages. There are also more multi-family residences, including apartment buildings, and more renter-occupied homes. However, single-family units still make up about half of the homes in this community.
Coach Hill shares a community association with Patterson, which organizes some unique events throughout the year including a “parade” of garage sales in summer and Christmas light displays in winter. There are a couple of small parks in the area, which include a playground, ball diamond and off-leash dog park.
Coach Hill is a small community in terms of land size and there are no commercial areas in the community proper. However Coach Hill residents can take advantage of the amenities at 85th Street in West Springs and neighbouring Strathcona Square, both located within a five minute drive. The amenities in West Springs offer a great deal of convenience to Coach Hill residents in particular, who would otherwise need to travel more than fifteen minutes to reach highly-rated restaurants, cafes, fitness studios and salon services.
Coach Hill does not score particularly high on any of Avenue Magazine’s 2017 neighbourhood rating scales, and receives a low overall score. However, it does enjoy a beautiful, hilltop view overlooking the downtown core, easy access to the Rocky Mountains via the Trans-Canada Highway and proximity to popular Edworthy Park. The community is among the top 25% in the city in terms of low crime rates and homes remain quite affordable. Thus, families with a budget and reserved seniors will appreciate the number of varied, affordable housing options in Coach Hill, while still being able to take advantage of amenities and kid-friendly activities located a short drive away in neighbouring communities.
LIVING IN COACH HILL
- Local bus routes (93, 94, 452, 453 and 699)
- There are no C-Train stations in Coach Hill; the nearest Park and Ride location is 69 Street Station which is a ten minute drive away
- Access to Sarcee Trail and the Trans-Canada Highway/16 Avenue NW
Groceries & Shopping
- CO-OP, Sobeys, Blair’s No Frills
- Five minute drive to restaurants and boutique at 85th Street in West Springs
- Ten minute drive to Westbrook Mall (Walmart, Dollarama, Jubilations Dinner Theatre)
- Fifteen minute drive to Market Mall (Hudson’s Bay, Old Navy, Toys ‘R’ Us and many clothing retailers)
Dining & Nightlife
- Restaurants and bars in neighbouring West Springs: Mercato West, Towa Sushi & Lounge, Ripe Tomato Pizza Kitchen, Cafe Momoko, 722 World Bier Haus, Vin Room West, Waves Coffee House
Health & Wellness
- Foothills Medical Centre and Alberta Children’s Hospital are a 15-20 minute drive away
- Located nearby in West Springs: Momentum Health West Springs (Physiotherapy), Mama Massage, RedBloom Salon, Urban Venus Nail Bar , Orange Theory Fitness
CBE Designated Schools
- Grades K-6: Olympic Heights School, Wildwood School
- Grades 7-9: Vincent Massey School
- Grades 10-12: Ernest Manning High School
THINGS TO DO IN COACH HILL
- Edworthy Park: One of Calgary’s largest parks, Edworthy Park is known for its designated bike and pedestrian pathways running along the Bow River as well as its large, well-appointed picnic areas with fire pits and shelters.
- Shaganappi Point Golf Course: Located a five to ten minute drive away, Shaganappi Point Golf Course offers an 18-hole course, driving range and putting green. The course is groomed for cross-country skiing in the wintertime.
- WinSport: Formerly Canada Olympic Park, this ski hill and multi-sports facility was the site of the 1988 Calgary Winter Olympics. Today, it serves as a high-performance athletic training and recreational facility offering skiing, sledding and hockey during the winter, and mountain biking, zip-lining and mini golf in the summer.
- Westside Recreation Centre: This recreational facility in neighbouring Signal Hill contains a fitness centre, rock climbing wall, ice rink and children’s play area. There is also a large aquatic centre with a wave pool, lane pool, lazy river and waterslides.