Another week down, another deep freeze has settled in (but looks to be on the way out!), and so we've got another neighborhood for us to profile in Calgary's South West. We hope you've enjoyed the profies of the different neighborhoods so far that we have published in Calgary's WestSide. Last week we described and detailed Aspen Woods and this week we move to the east and profile Strathcona and Christie Park. Both neighborhoods are older and hence more established, as Strathcona Park was established in 1980, and Christie Park came a few years later, in 1990. Though both communities are more mature, Strathcona Park has experienced recent development in the areas west of 69th Street over the last few years and hence has a newer, younger portion to it.
As seen in the maps below, Strathcona Park is bounded by Bow Trail to the north, Sarcee Trail to the east, 69th Street in the west, and the community of Christie Park to the south. Christie Park are just an extrapolation of this to the south and is further bounded by Sarcee Trail in the east, 69th Street to the west, 17th Ave to the south, and Strathcona Park to the north.
As we have included with the other zones and communities, we will dissect a little of the demographic information on these two areas. Looking at Strathcona Park first, the last census of 2014 reflected a population of 7140 in the community, where 20% of the population is under 15 years old, 62% are between 20-64 years, and lastly 10% of the population is over 65 years. Ninety-one percent of dwellings in Strathcona Park are occupied by owners, which is again, incredibly high. The majority of dwelling types in Strathcona Park are single-family homes, making up 84% of the neighborhood, with both duplexes and townhomes being represented fairly equally at 7% and 8%, respectively. The median age is 40 and is listed as a community that is overwhelmingly english-speaking, since only 1% of the population doesn't speak English. The median household income is $135,372.00, and according to CREB, 73 detached homes sold in 2016 in Strathcona Park with an average price of $711,251, ranging from $435,500 - $1,425,000. Eighteen attached homes sold in the community in 2016, with an average price of $815,739, ranging from $599,800 - $1,325,500.
Christie Park by comparison is a much smaller community with only 2217 people living there. Their demographics reflect an older population with 24% being above 65 years, 56% being between 20-64, and only 13% being below 15 years of age. Owner occupancy is high with 93% of the homes being lived in by owners and where 70% of homes are single-family type of dwellings, 14% are townhomes, and 7% are duplexes. The median age of residents in Christie Park is 49 years of age with a median household income of $129,500 and where again 1% of the population doesn't speak English. In terms of house sale statistics in 2016, detached homes numbered 18 with an average of $815,739, with a range of $599,800 - $1,325,500. For attached homes in 2016, 8 homes sold in 2016 with an average price of $475,875, ranging from $320,000 - $629,000. As in previous profiles, you can access these links to view more detailed information about Strathcona Park and Christie Park.
Moving onto crime details, below are two maps depicting the crime stats over the last 6 months for Strathcona Park and Christie Park. Both neighborhoods are deemed quite safe and just like the other communities we have profiled, crime majorly consists of theft or theft from vehicle.
In terms of placement in the city, both communities are extremely attractive and sought after due to their proximity to the mountains, but more especially due to its proximity to downtown. In Strathcona Park, a quick drive south in the neighborhood along Strathcona Drive allows you to connect with Bow Trail which then quickly takes you into downtown. Christie Park allows you to take either Bow Trail or 17th Ave to get anywhere in the city and is quickly accessible. The 69th Street C-train station is within view depending on where you live in Christie Park, and is most easily within walking distance. Aspen Landing Shopping Centre is very close by and offers grocery stores, coffee shops, dry cleaners, banks, doctors, dentists, dance studios, clothing stores, a spa and heaps more. Take a look at the Landing's website to become more familiar with what is literally offered minutes from your own doorstep. Strathcona Square is literally in the middle of the now-expanded Strathcona Park community and has been around for many years, offering coffee shops, grocery stores, banks, a drug store, medical offices and more. Likewise, West Market Square has plenty to offer, including the highly reputable Sunterra Market and of course, further south down the hill is the readily established West Hills Shopping Centre. A Fire Station is just down 69 Street, and if you feel like going for a run, a swim, a climb, or skating with your kids, West Side Recreation Centre is literally within view of your home, depending which corner of Christie Park you choose to live in. Like all the other neighborhoods on this hill, both communities are medically serviced by Foothills or Rockyview General Hospital, but also a quick drive into downtown to 4th Street will take you to the Sheldon M. Chumir Urgent Care Centre.
Schools representing the private sector are found immediately within the area and kids are bussed or driven to the public sector schools. With so many kids in the area, residents are truly blessed to have the opportunity to decide where to send their kids. Very close by are Webber Academy and Calgary Academy, though closest along 17th Avenue is Rundle College. Close by there is of course Waldorf School and the Calgary French & International School, for those families that choose to send their kids to private schools. Lastly, should your child be athletically gifted, the Edge School for Athletes is a short drive down highway 1 heading West.
In the Calgary Public School district, the Dr. Roberta Bondar School has just opened attendance to this school is open to children on the western side of Strathcona Park, west of 69th Street. Currently, Roberta Bondar is a K-4 school but within two years will be a K-6 school. Olympic Heights, Vincent Massey and Wildwood Schools are also accepting students from Strathcona Park and Christie Park, and of course, the public high school designated for these two communities is Ernest Manning.
In the Catholic District, St. Gregory and Sir John Costello are schools designated for these areas. In addition, Holy Name and St. Michael's Catholic Schools are also taking in students, and in some cases, St. Joan of Arc. St. Mary's High School and Bishop Carroll are currently the designated high schools in the Catholic district for Strathcona Park and Christie Park.
For places of worship, like all the communities on the West Side, there are many to choose from in the area. St. Michael's Catholic Church just up 85th Street is very close, as is the Bethel United Reformed Church, and the New Apostolic Church. A short drive south towards 17th Avenue, there is the Calgary Islamic Centre and on 69th Street there is the Korean Presbyterian Church and First Lutheran Church.
Residents of both communities are encouraged to join the SCA Community Association, which encompasses Strathcona Park, Christie Parks, and Aspen. A family membership costs just $10 annually, but the benefits are enormous. So, take a drive or walk through these mature neighborhoods and see the value that they have to offer on Calgary's WestSide. As always, thanks for tuning in and I'm happy to answer any questions you may have about these communities or any others!