We finished profiling all the neighborhoods on Calgary's West Side and we have started moving a bit more east to profile a few more. This week's blog update is all about South Calgary! Let's dive in and explore this trendy area and why it is so sought-after in Calgary's real estate market.
A trendy inner city neighborhood, South Calgary is bounded by 14th Street in the east, 26th Ave to the north, Crowchild Trail to the west, and 34th Ave to the south. It was annexed by the City in 1907 but remained largely undeveloped until the 1950's. The map below depicts where South Calgary is located.
As we have included with the other zones and communities, we will dissect a little of the demographic information on this community. Looking at South Calgary, the last census of 2014 reflected a population of 3,959 in the community, where 9% of the population is under 15 years old, 83% are between 20-64 years, and lastly 5% of the population is over 65 years. Only forty-eight percent of dwellings in South Calgary are occupied by owners and a variety of dwelling types are exhibited. The majority of homes in South Calgary are apartments, making up 48% of the neighborhood. Duplexes make up 18% of the community, townhomes are present at 6%, and single-detached houses at 26%.
The median age is 33 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 $69,620 and according to CREB so far in 2017, 10 detached homes have sold at an average price of $792,100 with a price range of $535,000 to $1,625,000. For attached homes, 15 properties changed title in 2017 to date with an average price of $619,900 where the range low was at $350,000 and the range high was $1,120,000. 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 South Calgary. As seen on the map provided by the Calgary Police website, in the last 6 months, there have only been 2 reported crime incidents, which is highly attractive and sought after when looking at a community to live and invest in.
In terms of placement in the city, South Calgary is well placed if you work downtown but also enjoy having quick access to parks and green spaces. Being inner-city you are able to access any parts of the city by car but there is so much to offer and access on foot in the community too. From the community, a quick drive west along 33rd Ave takes you to Crowchild Trail which connects you north and south and to other fast arteries dispersed in the city.
Located on the southern edge of this community is Marda Loop, a collection of different shops and services offering you literally everything you need. Grocery stores, flower shops, banks, dentists, gyms, coffee shops, pet stores, restaurants, pubs, and more are on offer. Marda Loop is great to wander around in and really take in the community.
Schools representing the private sector are found within a short drive's reach if this is something that is attractive to you. Because they're relatively close, all the private schools we have profiled on Calgary's West Side can still be of consideration: Webber Academy, Calgary Academy, Rundle College, Waldorf School, Calgary French & International School, and Edge School for Athletes. To this West Island College, North Point School for Boys, Banbury Crossroads School, and Lycee Louis Pasteur schools can also be added as they are close by.
In the Calgary Public School district, Altadore School, Mount Royal School, and Richmond School are designated elementary and junior high schools. Western Canada High School is the designated high school for this community.
Being centrally-located, there are many places of worship to access from this point in the city. Click on this link to find the right place of worship for your culture and background.
Residents of all the communities in South Calgary are encouraged to join the Marda Loop Communities Association which offers different ways to become a member. The association is very active in organizing monthly and annual events, offering residents plenty of opportunities to get to know one another and get involved in their community. The Marda Gras festival takes place every August and is a popular event where people and events literally spill into the street, bringing the community together. The name 'Marda' originates from the blending of two names, Marc and Mada Jenkins who opened the Marda movie theatre back in 1953. Historically, the area has always been very active because it used to be the turn around point for a street-car that used to run to the community from downtown.
That's a wrap for this week on South Calgary! Tune in next week as we move south from this area and profile Altadore. South Calgary 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. Enjoy the warmer weather which is promised to come our way!