We are down to our last neighborhood profile in southwest Calgary’s Westside-Discovery Ridge! This community sits at the most southern edge of this region and in a sense is isolated because it is bounded by Highway 8/Glenmore Trail to its north, 69th Street to its east, Rocky View county and Calgary's city limits to the west and the
and a natural boundary of the Elbow River to its south. The map below portrays where it is located.
As we have included with all the other zones and communities, we will dissect a little of the demographic information on this community. Looking at Discovery Ridge, the last census of 2014 reflected a population of 4,462 in the community, Data shows 24% of the population is under 15 years old, 61% are between 20-64 years, and lastly 8% of the population is over 65 years. Generally speaking, Discovery Ridge is a young neighborhood. Eight-five percent of dwellings in all of Discovery Ridge are occupied by owners, which is very high even if it is one of the lowest percentages of owner-occupation on the hill. Like the other communities on the west side, there are a variety of dwelling types in the neighborhood but the majority of homes in Discovery Ridge are still single-family homes, making up 56% of the neighborhood. Duplexes and townhomes show a 6% and 4% representation, respectively, but another majority are apartments, coming in at whopping 34%.
The median age is 38 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 very comparable to the other communities on the hill coming in at $134,226. According to CREB, here.
ranging from $549,9000-$1,750,000 with an average price of $905,558. Attached homes numbered 4 in sales for 2016, ranging from $448,000-$685,000 with an average price of $541,000. 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
Moving onto crime details, below is a map depicting the crime stats over the last 6 months for Discovery Ridge. Being somewhat isolated, the crime stats are very low, deeming Discovry Ridge to be a very safe neighborhood.
In terms of placement in the city, Discovery Ridge is truly perfectly placed for essentially everything. From the community, your first touch-point is Highway 8 so you can easily take a left and escape out of the city limits, or take a right and get closer to all amenities in town.
The 69th Street C-train station is just on the northern reach of 69 Street, straight out of the neighborhood. The most obvious shopping opportunities lie at the foot of the junction of Glenmore Trail with Highway 8 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.
A newer Fire Station is just up 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 short drive away. Like all the other neighborhoods on this hill, Discovery Ridge is medically serviced by Foothills or Rocky View 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. Nearby 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 up 101 Street which connects eventually to Highway 1 heading West.
In the Calgary Public School district, Bishop Pinkham, Jennie Elliot, Central Memorial High School and Ernest Manning are all the schools covering all grades that feed into this area.
In the Catholic District, St. Gregory, Holy Name, Sir John Costello, 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 Discovery Ridge.
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 Discovery Ridge are encouraged to join the Discovery Ridge Community Association. A household membership costs just $25 annually, but the perks are great and designed to be engaging and fun. Within the community itself is a gorgeous network of paths and area to access nature, known as Griffith Woods. Donated by the Griffith family from their estate, it has been preserved as the perfect escape to nature within City limits.
Thanks again for tuning in this week on Discovery Ridge and all the other profiles we have presented. If you have any questions about any of the communities, feel free to contact us at any time. Next week, we will write about the role and benefit of working with a realtor in the first place. We take lots of pride in doing the backstage work in making your experience of buying your dream home as smooth as possible. Shortly, we will also start moving east and profile all the communities from here to Marda Loop-lots of great information to share!!