ST. ANDREWS HEIGHTS
A mix of luxury homes and affordable options close to Foothills Medical Centre and the University of Calgary
St. Andrews Heights is a quiet residential community encompassing the Foothills Medical Centre and health sciences buildings in northwest Calgary. With a short, fifteen-minute commute to downtown and some of the best views of the Bow River Valley, St. Andrews Heights can be expensive (multimillion-dollar homes are part of the norm here!). But for students and employees of the nearby University of Calgary or Foothills Hospital, there are also some affordable options that offer convenience for work and study.
As with many communities surrounding the Foothills Hospital and nearby medical facilities, St. Andrews Heights has an older population. Residents over the age of 75 made up nearly 20% of the population in 2014, partly due to the Intercare assisted-living facility located in the north end of the community. There are also a high number of adults between the ages of 25-34 who are likely taking advantage of the work and study opportunities nearby.
Most homes in St. Andrews Heights are detached, although there are quite a few townhome-style condos available in Foothills Village. The average cost of single-family homes is high, reaching $800,217 during the first half of 2018 (the citywide average is about $500,000). Toronto Crescent in St. Andrews Heights is especially known for its multimillion-dollar homes. There is a certain level of status that comes with an address on this street, which runs along a ridge enjoying unobstructed southerly views of the Bow River Valley.
More affordable single-family options can be found in the north of the community, although price tags are still above city averages. However Foothills Village in north St. Andrews Heights offers entry-level condos ideal for new buyers or investors seeking a well-positioned rental property (the Foothills Hospital is right next door, and the University of Calgary is a twenty-minute walk away).
In addition to the extensive medical facilities that define St. Andrews Heights, there is a Montessori school and an active Anglican church in the community. St. Andrews Park is a good-sized neighbourhood park equipped with a baseball diamond, ice rink, soccer field, and tennis courts. The St. Andrews Community Association operates out of a modest hall in the park, hosting a few annual events each year.
Apart from these community buildings, St. Andrews Heights has no real amenities or commercial areas and is a bit removed from restaurants, cafes, and shopping. Sandwiched between the extensive medical facilities to the west and Crowchild to the east, the community is not considered very walkable and can be a bit isolated.
For these reasons, St. Andrews Heights is best suited for buyers with a purpose — those seeking a luxury home in a prestigious area, or a more affordable option that offers proximity to the University of Calgary and Foothills Medical Centre. Any buyer with elderly family members or those requiring long-term care will benefit from being near the hospital. But they may want to consider nearby Parkdale, Montgomery, or Hounsfield Heights-Briar Hill, which are a bit livelier with restaurants, shops, and things to do!
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LIVING IN ST. ANDREWS HEIGHTS
- Local bus routes 1, 9, 19, 20, 40, 72, 73, 91, 104, 404
- Lions Park is the nearest C-Train Station (approx. 20-minute walk)
- Easy access to Crowchild Trail and Trans-Canada Highway/16 Avenue NW
Groceries & Shopping
- Five-minute drive to Safeway, Shoppers Drug Mart, shops and amenities at North Hill Shopping Centre on 16 Ave NW
- 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 Village
Dining & Nightlife
- There are very few restaurants in St. Andrews Heights (Gus’s Pizza)
- Some restaurants and fast food across 16 Ave NW in University Heights (Saigon Star, Moose McGuire’s, The Keg, Tim Horton’s)
- 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 University of Calgary Health Sciences Centre are located in west St. Andrew’s Heights; five-minute drive to Alberta Children’s Hospital
- A medical professional building in west St. Andrews Heights contains a number of service providers including a spinal treatment centre, physiotherapy clinic, and radiology lab
- Fitness options in Hounsfield Heights-Briar Hill (Yoga Shala, Freehouse Dance School, World Health Gym)
- Spas and salons in neighbouring Point Mckay (Riverside Spa), Hounsfield Heights-Briar Hill (Hair Rockstar, Curious Hair Skin Body Studio, Angles Hair and Aesthetics), 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 ST. ANDREWS HEIGHTS
- 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.
- Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium: Government-owned and operated by a not-for-profit society, the Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium has brought arts and culture to Calgary for over sixty years. Situated adjacent to the SAIT campus, the auditorium underwent a full-scale renovation in 2004. Showcasing musicals, opera, live music acts, speakers, comedy, and more, the auditorium is also frequently used for conferences and graduations.