Established, senior-friendly community with lots of luxury in-fills and a short commute to downtown
Parkdale is an established inner-city community in northwest Calgary, bounded by the Bow River to the south and the Foothills Medical Centre buildings to the north. A well-rounded neighbourhood with an active community association, Parkdale has recently seen a number of modernized in-fill homes go up, raising the average property value. With a very high percentage of residents over the age of 75 living in the neighbourhood’s long-term care and seniors’ residences, this community maintains a quiet feel despite being close to major routes and the downtown core.
Parkdale’s character is influenced by the number of medical facilities surrounding it. Foothills Medical Centre (the largest hospital in Alberta), a medical professional services building, and the Carewest Colonel Belcher long-term care facility are all located just north of Parkdale. The Alberta Children’s Hospital is a five-minute drive away, and there are two retirement homes in Parkdale, including the Chartwell Colonel Belcher retirement residence and Kendale House retirement home.
With an abundance of seniors’ residences and a hospice, Parkdale has an unusually high number of residents over the age 75, making up 20% of its population (the citywide average is 4%). There are few young children living in the area, but a significant number of young adults aged 20-24 (likely because SAIT and the University of Calgary are so close).
About half of the homes in Parkdale are single-family structures, but there are quite a few duplexes and some low-rise condos and apartment buildings. Parkdale developed in the 1950s, so houses tend to be bungalows typical of that era or newer in-fills redeveloped in the past ten or so years.
About 60% of people own their homes, but this statistic may be skewed by the number of seniors’ homes and long-term care facilities. During the first half of 2018, the average selling price of a detached home in Parkdale was $777,733 (well above the citywide average of $503,017). Property values fall within the top 15% to 20% in Calgary.
Parkdale ranks highly in terms of community engagement, and enjoys an active community association that facilitates fitness classes, sports programs, and a weekly “parents and tots” playgroup. Parkdale’s community gardens are some of the most impressive in Calgary, with a stunning “perennial circle” and herb gardens.
With the right budget, Parkdale offers a wide selection of redeveloped lots in a convenient yet quiet inner-city neighbourhood. For buyers with elderly parents or family members with health considerations, Parkdale’s location near a number of medical and long-term care resources may be ideal.
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LIVING IN PARKDALE
- Local bus routes 1, 9, 19, 20, 40, 72, 73, 91, 104, 404
- There are no C-Train Stations within comfortable walking distance (nearest is Banff Trail Station)
- Easy access to Crowchild Trail, Trans-Canada Highway/16 Avenue NW, and Memorial Drive
- Bow River bicycle pathways connect to neighbouring communities
Groceries & Shopping
- Five-minute drive to grocery stores, shops, and amenities (banks, gas station, dog groomers, etc.) on 16 Ave NW in Montgomery
- Ten-minute drive to Brentwood Village Shopping Centre (Safeway, London Drugs, Bed Bath & Beyond) and Market Mall (Hudson’s Bay, Toys ‘R’ Us, and a number of clothing retailers)
- Ten-minute drive to boutiques and specialty stores in Kensington shopping district
Dining & Nightlife
- Cafes and restaurants in Parkdale (Leavitt’s Ice Cream Shop, Oriental Palace, Extreme Bean Eatery, Lazy Loaf and Kettle)
- Top-rated restaurants, cafes, and bars a ten-minute drive away in Kensington Village (Higher Ground Cafe, Hayden Block Smoke & Whiskey, Shijo Sushi, Pulcinella, Wine Bar, Kensington Pub, Original Joe’s)
Health & Wellness
- Foothills Medical Centre, the largest hospital in Alberta, and the Carewest Colonel Belcher long-term care facility are located in north Parkdale
- Five-minute drive to Alberta Children’s Hospital
- A large medical professional building in north Parkdale contains a number of service providers including a spinal treatment centre, physiotherapy clinic, and radiology lab
- Spas and salons in neighbouring Point Mckay (Riverside Spa) and in Kensington Village (Swizzlesticks SalonSpa)
- Grades K-6: Briar Hill School (Regular), University School (Regular)
- Grades K-12: Queen Elizabeth High School (Regular)
THINGS TO DO IN PARKDALE
- Edworthy Park: One of Calgary’s largest and most popular parks is located along the Bow River in southwest Calgary, and can be accessed from northwest Calgary by a footbridge off Bowness Road NW. This sprawling park includes the Douglas Fir Trail, which runs along a steep and densely forested escarpment on the river’s south bank. There is a charming cafe on the north end of the footbridge, a large off-leash area, and tons of picnic space with BBQ pits and shelters.
- Shouldice Park: This large neighbourhood park has all the usual amenities (picnic tables, playground, etc.), but is most known for its athletic park. A mecca for sports lovers, the Shouldice Athletic Park offers three artificial turf sport fields, four grass sport fields and eight ball diamonds. The Shouldice Arena and Shouldice Aquatic Centre are also located in the park, and a privately-operated batting cage and raft rental company round out the list of things to do.
- McMahon Stadium: Home of the Calgary Stampeders and University of Calgary Dinos, this football stadium has hosted a number of significant events over the years, including the opening and closing ceremonies of the 1988 Winter Olympics. The stadium occasionally serves as an open-air venue for concerts and festivals.
- Shaganappi Point Golf Course: Shaganappi is one of the largest city-run golf courses in Calgary, offering 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.