Walkable community in central-southeast Calgary with tons of restaurants, activities and amenities nearby
Fairview is a mature residential community tucked inside a pocket of central-southeast Calgary and surrounded by several of the city’s major arteries. With Glenmore Trail to the north, Macleod Trail to the west and Deerfoot Trail to the east, residents can quickly reach almost every corner of Calgary in under thirty minutes by vehicle. Plus, with a number of businesses and highly-rated restaurants located right in the neighbourhood, Fairview is highly walkable. This community is perfect for buyers seeking affordable, single-family homes without having to look to the outer suburbs of Calgary, where transit and amenities can be less accessible.
Fairview’s population is a mix of ages, distributed approximately the same as citywide averages. Less than half of residents are renting. Most homes in Fairview are single-family units, typically bungalow and split-level style. As this community was established in 1956, many homes are original builds from that era and are surrounded by mature trees.
Compared to its neighbour to the south, Acadia, you won’t find quite as many parks or recreational centres in the community. There is still a lot to do in Fairview, with a rock climbing centre, bowling alley, paint studio and dance studio located right in the community (see “Living in Fairview” below). Plus, most of Acadia’s amenities can be reached within a 30-minute walk (or 10-minute drive). Although there are fewer schools in Fairview, this community shares the same CBE designated schools as Acadia. Crime is somewhat lower in Fairview than in neighbouring Acadia.
A good portion of Fairview (the west border and northwest corner) is commercially-zoned and has a number of shops and businesses, including medical centres, law firms and corporate offices. Fairview’s proximity to Chinook Centre, Calgary Farmers’ Market and several highly-rated restaurants makes it highly walkable. Fairview also enjoys good access to transit in Calgary, being located near two LRT stations and many major bus routes.
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LIVING IN FAIRVIEW
- Local Bus Routes (3, 10, 20, 39, 79, 80, 81, 410, 880)
- Heritage C-Train Station and Chinook C-Train Station are located nearby; most Fairview residents can reach either within a twenty minute walk
Groceries & Shopping
- Prime location for access to shopping
- West Coast Kids, Fabricland, Campers Village, Winners, HomeSense and Dollar Tree are located in Fairview
- Calgary Farmer’s Market and Chinook Centre are located within a five minute drive or short walk
- CO-OP, Costco Save-On-Foods, Sobeys, Safeway, RONA, Bulk Barn and Wal-Mart all located within a five minute drive
- Ten minute drive to Southcentre Mall and Deerfoot Meadows shopping centre (IKEA, Superstore and more)
Dining & Nightlife
- Restaurants: The Keg Steakhouse, Cactus Club, Cheesecake Cafe, Thai Nongkhai, Han Corea (Korean), Kinjo Sushi Grill, Bolero (Brazilian) and Pasquales (Italian), plus many more within a five to ten minute drive
- Pubs and bars: Limericks Pub, Schanks Sports Grill, Ranchman’s Cookhouse & Dance Hall
Health & Wellness
- Vitality Fitness Calgary, Arthur Murray Dance Studio, Vision Sports Centre
- LifeMark Physiotherapy Heritage Hill
- Located in nearby Acadia: Acadia Recreation Centre, Acadia Aquatic & Fitness Centre, Alberta Tennis Centre, Ishi Yama Judo Club, Arashi Do Martial Arts, Fit4Less and My Yoga Calgary
- Grades K-4: Acadia School
- Grades 6-9 (Regular), 5-9 (French Immersion): David Thompson School
- Grades 10-12: Lord Beaverbrook High School
- Grades K-6 (French Immersion only): St. Cecilia School
- Grades K-9 (Regular, French Immersion): St. Matthew School
- Grades 10-12 (Extended French): Bishop Grandin High School
THINGS TO DO IN FAIRVIEW
- Calgary Farmers’ Market: This indoor, year-round farmers’ market is probably Calgary’s most popular — and for good reason. With a kids’ play area, a large food court and favourite local food vendors (The Silk Road Spice Merchant, 2 Greek Gals and Hearts Choices, to name a few), Calgary Farmer’s Market is always bustling.
- Market on Macleod: Compared to the popular Calgary Farmers’ Market, Market on Macleod has a few less bells and whistles (no kids’ area, for example) but just as much heart. This indoor market is open year-round and is down for its ethnically diverse artisan foods.
- Toppler Bowl: This nostalgic bowling alley located at the centre of Fairview has tons of charm. League bowling, public neon bowling and birthday party packages are available.
- Vin Gogh Paint & Sip: Learn painting basics over tapas and wine at this local studio.
- Calgary Climbing Centre – Chinook: The Calgary Climbing Centre is the city’s go-to for indoor rock climbing, with four locations including one in Fairview.
- Chinook Centre: The largest shopping mall in Calgary offers a range of retailers, including high-end designers, Nordstrom and Saks Fifth Avenue. Visitors can grab a bite to eat at one of several full-service restaurants before catching a movie at Scotiabank Theatre (Cineplex Odeon).
- Carburn Park: Located in the Bow River Valley, this lush park is popular for hiking, birdwatching, fishing and canoeing.
- Sue Higgins Park: This large off-leash dog park offers designated fenced-in paddocks and swimming areas.