LOWER MOUNT ROYAL
Lower Mount Royal is a historical community located in the heart of the 17th Avenue retail and dining district, just south of Calgary’s Beltline. Occupying only a small area of land, this dense community is home to more than 3,000 residents. With a young population and lots of nearby nightlife, Lower Mount Royal is best-suited to energetic buyers who don’t mind a bit of hustle and bustle!
Lower Mount Royal was established in the early 1900s as a part of the greater Mount Royal community, historically touted as an exclusive neighbourhood for the well-to-do. Although restrictive covenants were placed on the land in Upper Mount Royal to ensure that only single-family homes were built there, Lower Mount Royal was subdivided and developed into smaller homes and multi-family residences.
Today, more than 90% of homes in Lower Mount Royal are apartments and condominiums, with only a sprinkling of century homes and brownstone-style townhouses in the mix. But although homes may be smaller, many still exemplify the opulence of Mount Royal of the past. There are also a few modern infill developments available to buyers who aren’t sold on historical charm. With a great location and impeccable style, the average price of attached homes in Lower Mount Royal is high, sitting at about $675,000 during the first half of 2018 (or more than twice the citywide average).
Residents living in Lower Mount Royal are young — more than 60% of the population is between the ages of 25 and 44. Only a handful of children live in the community (probably due to the limited number of single-family homes), although there is a relatively strong senior population. With popular restaurants and nightlife nearby, and a short commute to the business district, Lower Mount Royal strikes the right balance for an ideal yuppie/empty-nester community.
In fact, geographically, Lower Mount Royal is in one of the best positions to take advantage of Calgary’s best shopping and dining districts. In addition to the amenities of 17th Avenue, this community is only a short cab ride (or twenty-minute walk) from the 4th Street and Marda Loop business revitalization zones, where even more great restaurants, cafes, and boutiques can be found.
But a few 17th Avenue favourites sit right on Lower Mount Royal’s north border and, therefore, must be mentioned: Buon Giorno Ristorante Italiano has been a fixture in the community since 1987, serving up timeless Italian comfort food; the quirky breakfast spot Nellie’s Cosmic Cafe is a must-see for its impressive collection of vintage kitchen paraphernalia; and Made by Marcus Microcreamery has reinvented ice cream with refined flavours like blueberry lemon curd.
The Mount Royal Community Association operates out of the charming Mount Royal Station building in the centre of the community, surrounded by two tennis courts, a playground, and a field that is flooded for a skating rink each winter. Although less active than other community associations in Calgary in terms of sports and fitness programs, the group vigorously supports community betterment initiatives including traffic safety protocols and a pedestrian trail linking 17th Avenue and Sifton Boulevard (the “Prospect Trail”).
Scroll down for photos and fast facts on Lower Mount Royal!
LIVING IN LOWER MOUNT ROYAL
- Nearest C-Train Station: Sunalta and Victoria Park/Stampede (20- to 25-minute walk from most areas of Lower Mount Royal)
- Access to Crowchild Trail, Macleod Trail, and 17th Avenue
Groceries & Shopping
- Local grocery market (Our Daily Brett) and liquor store along 14th Street
- Five-minute drive to Safeway, Blush Lane Organic Market, and several gourmet food stores (Springbank Cheese Co., Blue Door Oil and Vinegar, Tres Marias Mexican Food Market) in Marda Loop
- Boutique clothing and specialty stores along 14th Street (Luna Blue), 17th Avenue (Purr Clothing, Best Buy, Structube) and in Marda Loop (Crabapple Clothing Company, Valerienne, Clothing Bar Boutique Consignment Store)
Dining & Nightlife
- Independent restaurants with a variety of cuisines along 17th Avenue (Simply Irie Caribbean Cuisine, Green Chili Fine Indian)
- Popular coffee shops (Monogram Coffee, Phil & Sebastian), specialty food stores (My Favourite Ice Cream Shoppe, Cookie Occasion) and pubs (Merchants, Original Joe’s) in Marda Loop
Health & Wellness
- Boutique fitness studios, salons and spas along 17th Avenue (Goodlife Fitness, Diva Salon and Spa) and 14th Street (Revive Lifestyle Fitness, Hello Gorgeous Skin Lab, The Fringe Hair and Esthetics)
- Medical clinics, dental clinics, holistic health centres, and drugstores in Marda Loop and along 4th Street
- Variety of healthcare providers at the Sheldon M. Chumir Centre
- Grades K-6: Earl Grey School (Regular)
- Grades 7-9: Mount Royal School (Regular)
- Grades 10-12: Western Canada High School (Regular and French Immersion)
- Grades K-6: Holy Name School (French Immersion only), Sacred Heart School (Regular)
- Grades K-9: St. Michael School (French Immersion and Regular), St. Monica School (Regular)
- Grades 10-12: St. Mary’s High School (Regular and Extended French, Regular, IB)
- Grades K-9: Calgary Arts Academy
Community Ward and Councillor
THINGS TO DO IN LOWER MOUNT ROYAL
- 17th Avenue Retail & Entertainment District: “Meet Me on 17th” is a phrase you will hear often in Calgary. With some of the city’s best restaurants, bars, and boutique shops, 17th Avenue can be described as the city’s largest and most popular cultural hub.
- Shaganappi Point Golf Course: One of the largest city-run golf courses, Shaganappi offers an 18-hole course, 9-hole course, putting green, and driving range. During winter, it’s a popular spot for cross-country skiers, with trails groomed by the Calgary Ski Club.
- Marda Loop: Over 130 stores and restaurants are located along 33 Avenue SW, one of Calgary’s top shopping and dining destinations.
- 4th Street: Known for being a culinary hotspot, 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!).
- 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, trade expos, and conventions.