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 Schoolfor 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 SchoolGlenbrook 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! 

 

 

Mark

 

 

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Springbank Hill is up for our analysis and review this week, so without further delay, here are some stats and details we have uncovered for you.

 

One of the larger communities on the hill, Springbank Hill is conglomerate of several communities located in the vicinity-Springborough, Summit of Montreux, Springbank Hill, The Slopes, Anatapi, and Spring Valley. Being such a vast area, it is bordered to the north by 17th Avenue, 69th Street to the east, Highway 8 (Glenmore Trail) to the south, and on the west side, it is bordered by 101st Street. 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 Springbank Hill, the last census of 2014 reflected a population of 9,640 in the community, where 23% of the population is under 15 years old, 63% are between 20-64 years, and lastly 6% of the population is over 65 years. Eighty-six percent of dwellings in all of the sub-communities of Springbank Hill are occupied by owners, which is quite desirable. Being so large, there is more variety of dwelling types in the community, but like all the communities on this hill, the majority of homes in Springbank Hill are single-family homes, making up 76% of the neighborhood. Duplexes and townhomes show a 6% and 2% representation, respectively, but another majority are apartments, coming in at 16%.

 

The median age is 35 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 and almost equal to surrounding communities, and is coming in at $135,385.00. According to CREB, 138 detached homes sold in 2016 in Springbank Hill with a range price of $479,000-$2,949,000. For attached homes, 24 properties changed title in 2016 with a range price of $355,000-$1,100,000. 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 Springbank Hill. As seen on the map, in the last 6 months, there have only been 33 reported incidents, the majority being theft from which is the most common offense on the West Side.

 

 

 

 

In terms of placement in the city, Springbank Hill is perfectly placed for downtown access and for a quick zip out of town. From the community, a quick drive east along Highway 8 or 17th Ave connects you to downtown, but the same roads heading west allow you to escape the city and hit the mountains in no time. Best of all, upon returning from the hills, you’re home in minutes upon entering city limits-this is a huge attraction for any and all of the communities on this side of town!

 

The 69th Street C-train station is just up the hill and connected by buses, 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 there and if you can’t find what you’re looking for, then West Hills and Signal Hill Shopping Centres will surely get you covered. Likewise and very close by, West Market Square 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 minute’s drive away. Like all the other neighborhoods on this hill, Springbank 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. 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, Battallion Park School, Glenbrook School, and A.E. Cross are designated elementary and junior high schools. Griffith Woods School is scheduled to be opened in September 2017 and will be K-9 school servicing the community of Springbank Hill. Of course, the public high school designated throughout 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. St. Mary's High School and Bishop Carroll are currently the designated high schools in the Catholic district for Springbank 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 Springbank Hill are encouraged to join the Spring Bank Hill Community Association. A household membership costs just $25 annually, but the perks are great and designed to be engaging and fun.

 

Thanks again for tuning in this week-Springbank Hill has a variety of beautiful houses and locations for you to pick from to find your dream home, so if there is anything you'd like to see or if you have any questions, I'm always available to talk or meet up. Next week, we profile Signal Hill. Stay tuned, stay warm! 

 

 

Mark

 

 

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For the fourth consecutive month, housing inventory levels have recorded year-over-year declines. At 4,112 total units, January's inventory was 18 per cent below last year's levels. 


"While housing conditions continue to favour buyers, a slow transition toward more balanced conditions is helping to ease downward pressure on home prices," said CREB® chief economist Ann-Marie Lurie. "Conditions have improved over last year, but people need to remember that last year's market was one of the weakest on record. Despite the appearance of a major shift in activity, the transition in the housing market is going to be a slow process."

 

January sales totaled 947 units, 24 per cent above last year, but 21 per cent below 10-year averages for the month. Sales activity improved across all product types, but only when compared to the near record lows that occurred in January 2016.

 

The detached segment of the market is demonstrating the most improvement.  Sales activity totalled 584 units in January, a considerable improvement over the 466 sales recorded last year. Inventories have also declined pushing the months of supply to 3.2 months well below the 5.4 months recorded in January 2016.  

"This past month showed how the market never stands still," said CREB® president David P. Brown. "The market isn't expected to be as unpredictable in 2017, but it's early in the year and there are still lots of unknowns that will shape decision-making for consumers."

 

"Every transaction is a personal decision and anyone going through the process of buying and selling real estate will be trying to make the best decision for their family. They need to consider their long-term objectives and think about the price they are willing to accept or pay for a home."

 

City-wide benchmark prices totaled $437,400, 0.16 per cent lower than last month and 2.82 per cent lower than last year's levels. Since recent highs in 2014, residential prices have declined from a low of 4.9 per cent in the detached sector to highs of 11.5 per cent in the apartment condominium market.

 

Click here to view the full City of Calgary monthly stats package.

 

Click here to view the full Calgary region monthly stats package.

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