There's something for every buyer in this vibrant, central community
Windsor Park is a diverse community in central-southwest Calgary that stands out as one of the city’s top locations for convenient access to parks, restaurants, and shopping. Bordered by Macleod Trail to the east and Chinook Centre to the south, Windsor Park is right in the centre of the action. Perhaps because of this location’s versatility, Windsor Park is a mixed bag of different home styles and people from all walks of life. There is no doubt that this community has something to offer every buyer!
Housing options and property values in Windsor Park vary greatly and feature a blend of structures and styles. Close to two-thirds of homes are apartment style, and about one-quarter are single-family or duplex style. There are even a few townhouses and converted structures (ie. commercial or public buildings converted to homes) in the mix. This community was established in 1940 and, as with many older neighbourhoods, homes from all decades remain. The inner-city infill trend has also reached Windsor Park, and you can find several ultra-modern duplexes nestled between mid-century homes.
People of all ages live in Windsor Park, although there are a significant number of young adults between the ages of twenty-five and thirty-four (they make up one-quarter of the population). About 40 per cent of the population owns their homes. With more than 4,000 residents living in this geographically small community, Windsor Park can certainly seem dense. But with something to offer every age and lifestyle, it’s no wonder that the community has such a large and varied population!
For young families and first-time home buyers, Windsor Park offers lots of affordable homes. But some of the highest-valued property in Calgary can also be found in Windsor Park along Elbow drive, where grand homes overlook the Calgary Golf & Country Club greens and the Rocky Mountain vistas to the west. With so much variety, families can grow within the community, moving into a larger home as they age.
Parents can keep young children busy at nearby Stanley Park, where an outdoor swimming pool, playground, tobogganing hill, and picnic areas can be found. For families with teenagers, there are tons of sports programs available at Glenmore Athletic Park.It’s equipped with a velodrome, seven sports fields, and state-of-the-art track and field facilities. Two retirement homes (in Windsor Park and neighbouring Elboya) also give residents the option of living close to older relatives.
Active retirees will equally enjoy living in this vibrant neighbourhood. It’s a short drive to nearby golf courses (Calgary Golf & Country Club, Lakeview Golf Course, and Earl Grey Golf Club) and hiking trails at the Britannia Slopes. Residents can find tennis courts located centrally in the neighbourhood and even a lawn bowling club at nearby Stanley Park. There are also opportunities to get involved at one of the churches in the community, or by volunteering with the Windsor Park Community Association.
For young adults, restaurants and bars along Macleod Trail and nearby Fourth Street make it convenient to meet up with friends. No matter where you work, commuting is easy with a number of transit options along Macleod Trail and a short drive to major arteries (Glenmore Trail and Deerfoot Trail).
Another charming feature of Windsor Park is its proximity to Britannia Plaza, located at the northwest end of the community. This quaint commercial hub is within walking distance of most areas of Windsor Park and is a central spot for neighbours to mingle while grocery shopping at the local market. A quirky bookstore, boutique shopping, and salons can be found in the red brick buildings that surround the square.
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LIVING IN WINDSOR PARK
- Nearest C-Train Station: 39 Avenue or Chinook (20-minute walk from most areas of the community)
- Easy access to Macleod Trail, Glenmore Trail, and Deerfoot Trail
Groceries & Shopping
- Sunterra Market, Britannia Wine Merchants, and boutiques located at nearby Britannia Plaza Shopping Centre
- Ten-minute drive to Superstore and Costco in Deerfoot Meadows
- A number of big-box retailers located along Macleod Trail (Home Depot, Bed Bath & Beyond) and in Deerfoot Meadows (IKEA, Best Buy)
- Short walk or drive or to Chinook Centre, where high-end and popular clothing retailers can be found
Dining & Nightlife
- Upscale restaurants in Britannia (Suzette Britannia Bistro, Elbow Room) and along 4th Street (Vin Room, Mercato)
- A variety of cuisines (Seoul Korean BBQ, Green Basil) and nightlife options (Marquee Beer Market & Stage, Blind Beggar Pub) along Macleod Trail
Health & Wellness
- Fitness studios, salons and spas in Britannia (Urban Venus Beauty Bar, Britannia Hair Company, Lagree YYC) and along 4th Street (Butter Beauty Parlour, Frilly Lilly, One Cycle Spin Studio, Yoga Santosha)
- World Health location on Macleod trail
- Physiotherapy and massage clinics in Britannia
- Ten-minute drive to Glenmore Athletic Park, where a running track, an aquatic centre, tennis courts, and a number of sports fields are located
- Medical clinics, dental clinics, holistic health centres, and drugstores in Britannia and along 4th Street
- Grades K-9: Elboya School (Regular and French Immersion)
- Grades 10-12: Western Canada High School (Regular, French Immersion, IB)
- Grades K-6: St. Gerard School (French Immersion only)
- Grades K-9: St. Matthew School (French Immersion and Regular), St. Augustine School (Fine Arts)
- Grades 10-12: Bishop Grandin High School (Regular, Extended French, Spanish Bilingual, Advanced Placement)
- Montessori: Calgary Montessori School
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THINGS TO DO IN WINDSOR PARK
- Stanley Park: A popular destination for picnicking, this park sits along a picturesque bend of the Elbow River under tall, shady cedars and hemlocks. Visitors can wade in the river, take a dip in the outdoor swimming pool, or try out the tennis and lawn bowling facilities.
- Sandy Beach: Located along the Elbow River, Sandy Beach Park is a popular spot for picnics and launching rafts down the river (rafters can easily disembark an hour-long float down the river at Lindsay Park). The area is equipped with picnic areas, shelters, fire pits, and barbecue stands. Pathways run along both sides off the river, connected by a pedestrian bridge. A small hike up the east ridge offers great views of the river valley.
- Glenmore Athletic Park: This well-appointed athletic park features four soccer fields, three baseball diamonds, seven tennis courts, and an outdoor track. The Stu Peppard Arena, Glenmore Aquatic Centre, and Glenmore Velodrome are also located within the park.
- Chinook Centre: The largest shopping mall in Calgary offers a range of retailers, including high-end designers, Nordstrom and Saks Fifth Avenue. Visitors can grab a bite to eat at one of several full-service restaurants before catching a movie at Scotiabank Theatre (Cineplex Odeon)
- Calgary Golf & Country Club: Bordered by the Elbow River, the Calgary Golf & Country Club is the oldest private course in Alberta. Traditional etiquette is enforced and cell phones are not allowed on the course.