With nearby parks and recreation facilities, this community appeals to more than students
For students and investors looking for an opportunity to get into the rental market, University Heights is an obvious choice. But this community, which sits on the south border of the University of Calgary, offers more than just convenient access to campus. With nearby recreation facilities and arts venues, an elementary school, proximity to two major parks, and a short commute to downtown, students will want to keep living in this well-rounded community long after graduation.
There are slightly less children living in University Heights than the citywide average, and a very high number of young adults aged 20 to 35 (not surprising, given that the University is in walking distance!). About two-thirds of residences are apartment-style, with three Boardwalk rental apartments in the east end of the community and several low-rise condominium buildings. Only 30% of homes are owner-occupied.
As with most neighbourhoods in Northwest Calgary (south of the Trans-Canada Highway), University Heights is an established community characterized by shady, tree-lined streets and large lots. This community has higher than average property values, with the price of single-family homes averaging $774,971 in the first half of 2018 (the citywide average was $502,771). Condo prices were slightly above the city average, at $285,400 for the first half of 2018.
Residents of University Heights do not need to travel far for recreation and entertainment. The University of Calgary has sports programs and equipment rentals available to the public, and the nearby Foothills Athletic Park and Aquatic Centre offer a public swimming pool, sports fields, tennis courts, and track and field facilities. If these facilities are busy, the nearby Shouldice Athletic Park offers another set of sports fields and an arena.
Shouldice Park, Nose Hill Park, and Edworthy Park, all within a five- to ten-minute drive of University Heights, are three of Calgary’s largest and most popular parks, offering extensive hiking trails and year-round outdoor activities. For the arts and culture lovers, the nearby MacEwan Concert Hall (U of C campus) and Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium (SAIT campus) are host to a variety of musical acts and dramatic performances.
Whether or not you are studying at one of Calgary’s nearby post-secondary institutions, University Heights is a desirable community with lots to offer. With affordable low-rise condominium options and higher priced single-family homes, University Heights will appeal to a range of buyers.
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LIVING IN UNIVERSITY HEIGHTS
- Nearest C-Train Station: University Station (20- to 30-minute walk)
- Easy access to Trans-Canada Highway/16 Avenue NW, Crowchild Trail, and Sarcee Trail
Groceries & Shopping
- Ten-minute drive to Safeway and major retailers at North Hill Shopping Centre and Brentwood Village Shopping Centre
- Five-minute drive to clothing retailers and more at Market Mall
- Specialty stores along Trans-Canada Highway/16 Ave NW (Oak and Vine, Phoenix Comics, Turn it up! Records and Hi-Fi)
- Ten-minute drive to downtown CORE Shopping Centre and boutique shops in Kensington Village; fifteen-minute drive to Brentwood Village Shopping Centre
Dining & Nightlife
- A few restaurants and fast food options located within the community (The Keg Steakhouse, Saigon Star, Moose McGuire’s Pub)
- Restaurants, pubs, and fast food options along Trans-Canada Highway/16 Ave NW (The Cat ‘n Fiddle Pub, La Viena)
- Highly-rated cafes, restaurants, and bars in nearby Kensington Village (Higher Ground Cafe, Hayden Block Smoke & Whiskey, Pulcinella, Wine Bar, Kensington Pub)
Health & Wellness
- World Health in North Hill Shopping Centre and boutique fitness studios in Kensington Village within a ten-minute drive
- Foothills Aquatic Centre, Foothills Athletic Park and Volleydome within a ten-minute drive
- Alberta Children’s Hospital and Foothills medical Centre are a two-minute drive away
- Medical professionals, salons and spas in nearby Kensington Village
- Grades K-6 (French Immersion Only): St. Pius X School
- Grades K-9 (Regular): St. Vincent de Paul School
- Grades 7-9 (French Immersion Only): Madeleine D’Houet School
- Grade 10-12 (Regular, Spanish Bilingual, and Extended French): St. Francis High School
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THINGS TO DO IN UNIVERSITY HEIGHTS
- MacEwan Concert Hall: This popular music venue is host to a variety of contemporary music acts throughout the year, including some high-profile artists and bands.
- 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.