We have just a couple of neighborhoods left to go in our community profiles of Calgary's westside, so let's jump right in. This week's featured community is Signal Hill whose homes border the hills above Signal Hill Shopping Centre and can be seen from Sarcee Trail and Richmond Road.
One of the larger communities on the hill, Signal Hill is essentially made up of two neighborhoods, Sienna Hills and Signal Ridge. Being such a vast area, it is bordered to the north by 17th Avenue, 69th Street to the west, Sarcee Trail to the east and Richmond Road/Glenmore Trail to the south. Our map below shows its location on the West Side.
As we have included with the other zones and communities, we will dissect a little of the demographic information on this community. Looking at Signal Hill, the last census of 2014 reflected a population of 13,763 in the community, the largest on the hill. Data shows 17% of the population is under 15 years old, 58% are between 20-64 years, and lastly 17% of the population is over 65 years. Ninety-two percent of dwellings in all of Signal Hill are occupied by owners, which is very high and quite desirable. Like Springbank Hill, there are more variety of dwelling types in the community, but like all the communities on this hill, the majority of homes in Signal Hill are single-family homes, making up 78% of the neighborhood. Duplexes and townhomes show a 5% and 6% representation, respectively, but another majority are apartments, coming in at 11%.
The median age is 44 and is listed as a community that is overwhelmingly English-speaking since only 2% of the population doesn't speak English. The median household income is very comparable to the other communities on the hill coming in at $103,328. According to CREB, 127 detached homes sold in 2016 with an average price of $666,866, with prices ranging from $479,000-$2,949,000. Attached homes sold 34 in number with an average price of $422,382 with a range between $250,000-$660,000. For more information and as with all our information sources, you can view more concise details by visiting the City of Calgary’s neighborhood profiles, found here.
Moving onto crime details, below is a map depicting the crime stats over the last 6 months for Signal Hill.
In terms of placement in the city, Signall Hill is perfectly placed for essentially everything. From the community, a quick drive east along Highway 8, Richmond Road, or 17th Ave connects you to downtown, but heading east to get out of town is just as fast and convenient.
The 69th Street C-train station is just on the edge of the community. The most obvious shopping opportunities lie below at the foot of the hill in West Hills and Signal Hill Shopping Centres. 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. Likewise immediately and conveniently within the neighborhood is West Market Square which has plenty to offer, including the highly reputable Sunterra Market. Everything is truly within reach.
A newer 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 a few steps away. Like all the other neighborhoods on this hill, Signal Hill is 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. Very close by are Webber Academy and Calgary Academy, though closest along 17th Avenue is Rundle College. Near by there is 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, Battallion Park School, Glenbrook School, and A.E. Cross are designated elementary and junior high schools. The public high school designated throughout is Ernest Manning.
In the Catholic District, St. Gregory and St. Thomas Aquinas are schools designated for these areas. In addition, Holy Name and St. Michael's Catholic Schools are also taking in students. St. Mary's High School and Bishop Carroll are currently the designated high schools in the Catholic district for Signal Hill.
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 all the communities in Signal Hill are encouraged to join the Signal Hill Community Association. A household membership costs just $25 annually, but the perks are great and designed to be engaging and fun.
Lastly, Signal Hill has a significant piece of history to boast of. The land to the southern ends of the community was known as the Sarcee Indian Reserve. During World War I, part of the land was leased to the Canadian Forces as a prospective training site for military personnel. The numbers on the hill that you can see from Signal Hill and West Hills shopping centers represent the numbers corresponding to the battalions that trained there. Forty-five thousand men belonging to the 151st, 137th, 113th, and 51st battalions spent their time in training camps in this region before going abroad to fight as Canadian soldiers. There are a total of 16,000 whitewashed stones commemorating these soldiers. Only '113' remains in its original location while the other three sets of numbers have been moved from their original location to where they are today. Every Remembrance Day there are celebrations and memorials taking place in Batallion Park-be sure to join in this year!
Thanks again for tuning in this week on Signal Hill-we hope you have learned something new about this dynamic community. Next week we review Discovery Ridge-stay tuned!