Affordable, central neighbourhood with river valley views and strong community spirit
Crescent Heights is a historical inner-city neighbourhood that sits across the river from the downtown core. Considered one of the most walkable communities in Calgary, Crescent Heights enjoys great access to transit and loads of surrounding park space. With a number of restaurants and amenities along Centre Street N, this affordable and accessible neighbourhood presents a great investment opportunity for first-time homebuyers or investors looking to purchase a rental property.
Crescent Heights was rated Calgary’s tenth best neighbourhood by Avenue Magazine in 2017, scoring highly in terms of transit, walkability, and access to restaurants. Residents can easily reach the downtown core and neighbouring communities via bus, or by foot along Calgary’s extensive river pathway system. Within the community, there are tons of restaurants and cafes along Centre Street N serving up a variety of cuisines. Top-rated restaurants in Bridgeland and Eau Claire are also close by.
A stand-out feature of this community is the extensive park area running along the west and south borders, which boasts spectacular views of the Bow River Valley. There’s lots to do at Rotary Park and Crescents Heights Park, where you can find a spray park, curling club, tennis club, skating rink, and off-leash park. McHugh Bluff offers one of Calgary’s best viewpoints of the downtown skyline, and is a popular destination for runners who practice strength training on the multi-storey wooden stairs (167 steps, to be exact)! Residents can reach the elegant Prince’s Island Park, home to a number of summertime events including Shakespeare on the Bow, within a twenty-minute walk crossing the footbridge from Memorial Drive.
Another great feature of this neighbourhood is its strong community engagement. The Crescent Heights Community Association is particularly active, hosting a number of fitness programs (yoga, Zumba, Tai Chi, seniors’ fitness) at its spacious community hall. The community comes alive during Village Days, when a series of celebrations, and networking and volunteer events take place during the months of May and June.
Residences in Crescent Heights are mostly apartment-style (making up 56% of dwellings), although 31% are single-family units. You will generally see a mix of low-rise apartments, older homes, and a few newer infills. The community is currently the subject of an area redevelopment plan, with the primary objectives of increasing the number of homes available in “underdeveloped” areas. The Crescent Heights Community Association is actively involved in the planning process.
Crescent Heights is a diverse community, with a variety of cultural centres, ethnic food markets, and Eastern medical health clinics. There are relatively few children living here, and most residents are between the ages of 20 and 39. There is a significant renter population in Crescent Heights, as only 40% of residents own their home.
Given that this community is located close to downtown, SAIT, and the University of Calgary, it’s an ideal area for students and young professionals — and a great investment opportunity for buyers looking to get into the rental market! First-time buyers will also have the option of renting a room in their home to help with mortgage payments.
One drawback of this otherwise outstanding community is that crime rates are relatively high. This may be due to the community’s proximity to the Trans-Canada Highway and downtown areas. Buyers will want to carefully consider the area they purchase in, and get a sense of the immediate surroundings of prospective homes.
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LIVING IN CRESCENT HEIGHTS
- Local bus routes 2, 3, 4, 5, 17, 19, 104, 301, 743
- Nearest C-Train Station: Sunnyside (20-30 minute walk)
- Easy access to Trans-Canada Highway/16 Avenue NW and Memorial Drive
- Bow River pathways and the RiverWalk, designated bicycle lanes on some roadways
Groceries & Shopping
- Local markets and specialty food stores (Blush Lane Organic Market, Lambda Oriental Foods Supermarket, Sum Sum Hong Ginseng and Natural Foods Store, Tops Supermarket)
- Five minute drive to Safeway and Co-op
- Specialty stores (Video Game Trader, Don’s Hobby Shop and Theatrical Supplies, auto dealers, cell phone dealers)
- Five to ten minute drive to downtown CORE Shopping Centre; fifteen minute drive to Sunridge Mall and Brentwood Village Shopping Centre
- Boutique shopping in neighbouring Bridgeland
Dining & Nightlife
- Several popular Asian and Middle Eastern cuisine restaurants (Shikiji Japanese Noodles and Sushi, Shiraz Persian Cuisine, Pho Anh Huyen, Santorini Green Tavern)
- Highly-rated cocktail bars and restaurants in neighbouring Bridgeland (Blue Star Diner, Cannibale, Shiki Menya, Villa Firenze)
- Healthy take-out options (Mango Mania, Po-Ke)
Health & Wellness
- A number of Asian health and holistic medical clinics are located along Centre Street N (acupuncture, massage, naturopaths)
- Sports clubs and schools (Pulse Studios Dance School, Calgary Climbing Centre Stronghold, Mt. Pleasant Tennis Club, North Hill Curling Club)
- Modern boutique fitness studios located in the southeast corner (Fit Body Boot Camp, MovementU)
- Salons and spas (Jemini Hair Artistry, Natural Beauty Massage and Spa, Renovations Spa for Men)
- Grades K-6 (Regular): Stanley Jones School
- Grades 4-9 (All Girls): Stanley Jones School
- Grades 7-9 (Regular): Colonel Macleod School
- Grades K-9 (Regular): Rosedale School
- Grades 10-12: Crescent Heights High School
THINGS TO DO IN CRESCENT HEIGHTS
- Rotary Park: This picturesque park is situated on a hill overlooking Memorial Drive and the downtown core. The park is home the Mount Pleasant Tennis Club, which is open to non-member guests for a $10 entrance fee. Visitors can also enjoy lawn bowling, a public spray park, and picturesque views from atop Jim Fish Ridge.
- St. Patrick’s Island Park: Since its full-scale restoration and reopening in 2015, St. Patrick’s Island Park has become an urban “backyard” to the inner city Downtown East Village and Bridgeland neighbourhoods. Boasting 31 acres of land, the Park includes a playground, amphitheatre, picnic area, wading channel, bike trails and an elevated boardwalk through natural wetlands. The Park is host to a variety of events throughout the summer months, including children’s storytelling, movie screenings and live music.
- Prince’s Island Park: Calgary’s most popular inner-city park is filled with flower gardens, shady lagoons, ponds with fountains, and quaint footbridges. Upscale restaurant River Cafe is situated in the park and is known as a top destination for romantic dining. Extensive pathways run through the park, and a central promenade is the site of many outdoor events throughout summertime. The park is also home to Shakespeare on the Bow.
- Fort Calgary: Established in 1875 on the Bow River, Fort Calgary is the city’s birthplace. Portions of the fort have been reconstructed and preserved for an immersive experience, and exhibits tell the story of the first 100 years of Calgary’s history.
- Breakout Calgary Live Action Escape Room: One of Calgary’s larger escape room amusement centres, Breakout Calgary offers four scenarios to choose from.