Well-balanced, quiet community a short drive from Kensington Village and amenities
West Hillhurst is a quiet residential community located west of Kensington Village and bordered by the Bow River to the south. Compared to neighbouring Hillhurst, West Hillhurst is a step removed from the action of Kensington and feels a bit more suburban, with more single-family homes, higher property values, and fewer transit options. Still, West Hillhurst is only a five-minute drive (or twenty-minute walk) from the heart of Kensington Village, and many buyers will find that it offers just the right amount of inner-city convenience.
The population of West Hillhurst is well-balanced, with a mix of all ages. About 60% of residents own their homes, most of which are single-family homes or duplexes. Only 15% of homes are apartment-style, and property values are among the top 10-15% in Calgary with an average detached home price of $708,900 during the first half of 2018.
Although West Hillhurst was established as a community in 1907, it was mostly undeveloped until the post-WWII era. Today, you will find a fairly even mix of newer developments and older homes, with some impressive luxury in-fills and modern rowhouse-style condominiums.
Within the community, there are few cozy cafes (Amato Gelato, Dairy Lane Cafe), florists, and quirky specialty stores (Soul Food Crystals & Books, The Loop Yarn Store) that channel the energy of Kensington Village. Although there are fewer green spaces than in Hillhurst, West Hillhurst Park offers two baseball diamonds and an outdoor pool, with asplash pool for toddlers.
The West Hillhurst Community Association‘s community hall is located at West Hillhurst Park, where you can find an ice rink, gymnasium and health club with fitness, squash, and tennis facilities. Seniors programs and gardening plots round out the activities offered.
For buyers with the right budget, this well-balanced community has something to offer for all ages.
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LIVING IN WEST HILLHURST
- Local bus routes 1, 72, 73, 104, 305, 404, 414, 791, 832
- No C-Train Stations within comfortable walking distance (nearest station is Sunalta)
- Easy access to Crowchild Trail, Trans-Canada Highway/16 Avenue NW, and Memorial Drive
- Bow River bicycle pathways connect to neighbouring communities
Groceries & Shopping
- Ten minute drive to Safeway and Sunnyside Natural Foods Market on 10th Street NW
- Small convenience stores and deli shops along west Kensington Road
- Specialty shops along 19th Street NW (Oasis Flower Shop, The Loop Yarn Store, Soul Food Crystals & Books), boutique shopping on 10th Street NW (Ridley’s Cycle, Hot Wax Records, Kensington Konsignment, Great Outdoors, Purr Petite Clothing) and in the Kensington shopping district
- Five to ten minute drive to downtown CORE Shopping Centre; ten minute drive to Brentwood Village Shopping Centre; fifteen minute drive to Market Mall
Dining & Nightlife
- Cafes in West Hillhurst (Vintage Caffeine Co., Amato Gelato Kensington, Dairy Lane Cafe, Pizza Bob’s Classic Pie)
- Top-rated restaurants, cafes, and bars along Kensington Road (Higher Ground Cafe, Hayden Block Smoke & Whiskey, Shijo Sushi, Pulcinella, Wine Bar, Kensington Pub, Original Joe’s)
- Plus many more along 10th Street NW (Midtown Kitchen & Bar, Wow Chicken, Freshii, Red’s Diner, Vero Bistro Moderne, Ikemen Ramen Bar, Fusion Sushi and Thai, Julio’s Barrio, Oak Tavern)
Health & Wellness
- Several medical, dental, optometry, chiropractic, and naturopath clinics along 10th Street NW, Kensington Road, and in the nearby downtown core
- Boutique fitness studios on Parkdale Blvd (Barre Belle) and Kensington (Urban Athlete, Ki Fitness Personal Training, Kensington Personal Training)
- Salons on 19th Street N (Fuze Salon, Kensington Barbers) and Kensington Road (Swizzlesticks SalonSpa)
- Grades K-6: Briar Hill School (Regular), University School (Regular)
- Grades K-12: Queen Elizabeth High School (Regular)
THINGS TO DO IN WEST HILLHURST
- Kensington Village: Over 250 business are located along this historic avenue, including top-rated restaurants, specialty stores, high-end salons and spas, and clothing and jewellery boutiques. But there’s more to do than shopping — check out The Plaza alternative film theatre, Trapped Escape Room, or Hexagon board game cafe for out-of-the-box fun on a rainy day.
- West Hillhurst Park: The West Hillhurst community hall is located in this park, equipped with a gymnasium, ice rink, fitness facilities, and squash and tennis courts. You can also find the Bowview Outdoor Pool here, which has a splash pool for toddlers.
- 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.
- 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: 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.