Zooming in on Patterson and Coach Hill.


This week on our profile of Calgary's Westside, we are focusing on Coach Hill and Patterson simultaneously because both neighborhoods share similar origins and characteristics.

The two maps below reflect their geographical locations on the Westside. Patterson is bordered by Sarcee Trail on the east, Old Banff Coach Road in the south, and steps to the northwest along 69th Street. Coach Hill is just south of Patterson, is somewhat triangular shaped and is borderd by Old Banff Coach Road, Bow Trail, and on the west side, Coach Hill Road. Both neighborhoods are essentially a generation older than last week's feature of Cougar Ridge-Coach Hill was established in 1979 and Patterson followed suite in 1983. 

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Demographically speaking, both neighborhoods are definitely more mature. According to the last census of 2014, just over 4300 people live in Patterson, and here 68% of the population are between 20-64 years of age. Conversely, only 13% of people are below the age of 15 and this contrasts sharply with last week's Cougar Ridge profile where 30% of their community population are under 15 years of age. Futhermore in Patterson, 14% of the population is over 65 years of age -in Cougar Ridge, only 3% of the inhabitants are over 65 years of age. In Coach Hill, 65% of the 3303 population are between 20-64 years, 15% are over 65 years of age, and 16% are under 15 years.

Both communities are over-whemingly english-speaking, where only a fraction of the population (Patterson, 2%; Coach Hill, 1%) do not speak english. In terms of owner-occupied dwellings, Coach Hill reflects 85% of owner-occupation where as Patterson comes in lower at 77%. The types of structure-types in Patterson are almost roughly equally split three ways among single-family (28%), apartment (33%), or townhomes (31%). In Coach Hill, we see a difference because 44% of the structure types are single-family, 16% apartment, and 34% as townhome. 

When looking at socio-economic demographics, a survey from 2010 declared that the median household income of private households in Patterson was found to be $92,251, which is above the City's rate of $81,256. Coach Hill ranks at $78,351. According to CREB, the average home price YTD for 2016 in Patterson is listed as $950,000 for single homes (new developments in the area do affect this home price), and $382,000 for attached homes. In Coach Hill, the YTD average home price is $598,000 for single homes and $320,000 for attached ones. (Just like last week, if you'd like more information than we've provided here, please click over to The City of Calgary's website which provides even more precise and analytical data for Patterson and Coach Hill).

Crime is also low in Patterson and Coach Hill, as depicted in the following images provided courtesy of the Calgary Police. 

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In terms of placement in the city, both these neighborhoods offer attractive and sought after proximity to the mountains, as well as easy access to downtown in excellent time. The C-Train terminal for 69th Street station is also a quick drive away and is also serviced by buses if you don't want to drive at all. Likewise, within the local area, there are some shops at the entrance into Patterson off Old Banff Coach Road, but with so many ammenities nearby in Wentworth, Aspen or Westhills, both areas are very well serviced. A Fire Station is found within Coach Hill, which is great to have so close. Green spaces are a plenty and fill both neighborhoods, where these parks are used often by locals or sports teams in the area. Like all communities on the hill, Foothills Hospital or RockyView Hospital are closest in the event of medical urgency. 

Both communities have to send students to schools nearby as there are no schools in the immediate neighborhood.There are several schools that are listed as designated schools for the community, as mentioned in the list below (and found on this link):

SCHOOLS IN THE PUBLIC SYSTEM

Olympic Heights School *

 

Westgate Elementary (Fr. Immersion) *

 

Vincent Massey Jr. High *

 

Bishop Pinkham Jr. High (Fr. Immersion) *

 

Ernest Manning High School *

 

Western Canada High School *

SCHOOLS IN THE CATHOLIC SCHOOL DISTRICT

John Costello *

Holy Name (French Immersion)*

St. Gregory (Middle School) *

St. Monica *

St. Michael Elementary/Jr. High  *

Bishop Carroll High School *

St. Mary's High School (Ext. French) *

There are also several private schools in the vicinity:

 

Menno Simons Christian School
Rundle College Jr/Senior High School

 

The Calgary French and International School

 

The Waldorf School

 

The Calgary Christian School

 

Webber Academy

 

Ambrose University College

 

Calgary Academy Collegiate

 

 

For places of worship, both communties have many to choose from in the area. St. Michael's Catholic Church just down 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 there is also the Korean Presbytarian Church. 

There is a cojoined community association that caters to residents in the area. Their website is very comprehensive and informative and offers details on community events and programs, city events, and details on ammenities or services in the area. Membership is very economic, at $5.00.

Both of these communities have a rich history and also boast of landmarks famous in our city. The University of Alberta was originally supposed to be built on this hill, but in the end got moved north to Edmonton, where it is still obviously located today. The Patterson family owned much of the land as acreages years ago and when it was sold to the city, their family name was given to the the community. Coach Hill was also called Broadcast Hill, and lastly, the historic brick home in the community was owned by the Crandel family. They were a very successful family who owned the first brick factory in Alberta, and where Edward Crandel was also an Alderman. Years later that home was sold to the Hart family, which everyone in the city is familiar with due to their legacy in the world of wrestling. 

Thanks for reading along this week as we move along Calgary's Westside. If you're in the market to look for a home in Calgary's Westside, most definitely give these two mature communities a drive through and as always, I'm happy to answer any further inquiries you may have! 

Mark.


Zooming in on Cougar Ridge.


As per our blog last week, we announced we would be doing a description of all the different neighborhoods that encompass Calgary's Westside, starting from Cougar Ridge this week and ending in a few weeks time with Discovery Ridge.

If you're not familiar where Cougar Ridge is in the city, it's located just south of Canada Olympic Park, on the north side of Old Banff Coach Road. Located in Ward 6, on its east you find 69th Street, and on its west it is bordered by 101st Street. Established in 2001, it is no longer one of the youngest neighborhoods to be annexed in this south west quadrant in the city, however it has lots to offer.

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Demographically speaking, it is a neighborhood filled with young families. According to the last census of 2014, just over 6700 people live in the area, where 30% of that population is under 15 years of age. Only 3% of the inhabitants is over 65 years of age, and it is a community that is still growing in terms of population age, but not in size. It is an english-speaking community where 1% of people living in the area stated they don't speak either French or English. Crime is low in Cougar Ridge, with the most common offence reported being as theft from vehicles on the Calgary Police community profile site and as seen below.

 

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The census of 2014 also states that 91% of the homes, be it single dwelling, apartments, or townhomes, are owner-occupied, which makes Cougar Ridge very attractive. In terms of economic demographics, a survey from 2010 declared that the median household income of private households was found to be $130,838. Accroding to CREB, the average home price YTD for 2016 is listed as $580,449.00, with most homes selling in just over a month, (37 days to be exact!), after being put on the market. (For more details than we've extracted and presented here, please click over to The City of Calgary's website which provides even more precise and analytical data for Cougar Ridge.)

In terms of placement in the city, this neighborhood's location is extremely attractive and sought after due to it's proximity to the mountains, and because a quick jaunt down Old Banff Coach Road and Bow Trail takes you to downtown in excellent time. The C-Train terminal for 69th Street station is also a quick drive away and is also serviced by buses if you don't want to drive at all. Within the area, there are plenty of shops and ammenities very close by. There are two gas stations on either side of Old Banff Coach Road and many shops a few minute's drive away, such as Co-op, Shopper's Drug MartNo FrillsMercato and a vast variety of restaurants, clothing shops, doctor's offices, dentists, vets, and eye-doctors. Everything you really need is truly on this hill! A Fire Station a short drive away in the neighboring neighborhood of Coach Hill also brings comfort and a quick response if needed. Green spaces fill the neighborhood with many playground zones to let the children play and be outside. Like all communities on the hill, Foothills Hospital or RockyView Hospital are closest in the event of medical urgency. 

Cougar Ridge, like so many neighborhoods on the westside have a variety of schools and places of worship to choose from. Schools representing the private sector are found immediately within walking distance, 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. Right in the heart of Cougar Ridge is the Waldorf School and the Calgary French & International School,both of which are private. Other private schools in the close vicinity are Webber Academy and Rundle College. In the Calgary Public School district, Rosscarrock School is the designated school for K-6 students in Cougar Ridge and it offers both French and Spanish immersion, however please refer to the school's website for more information on these immersion programs. There are special considerations given to kids from Cougar Ridge to allow them to attend WildWood School if there are already older siblings there, however Rosscarrock is the designated school. West Ridge Middle School which is brand new and slated to open in January 2017 allows for intake of kids from Cougar Ridge and will cover grades 5-9. In the separate system, St. Joan of Arc is located very close by although difficult to get into at time of publication, but our sources do tell us that registration into St. Joan of Arc should be easier once the Catholic school in Aspen opens in the latter part of 2017. Currently, the overflow school for St. Joan of Arc is St. Michael's in the separate system.

In terms of high schools for the public and separate system, Ernest Manning is located a short drive away for the public route, whereas the feeder highschool for St. Joan of Arc is either Bishop Carrollor St. Mary's High SchoolShould your child be athletically gifted, the quick escape out of the city to head west comes in really handy, since the Edge School for Athletes is a short drive down highway 1 heading west. 

For places of worship, Cougar Ridge has many to choose from in the area. St. Michael's Catholic Church just down 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

Like most neighborhoods, residents of Cougar Ridge share an annual levy that is separate from the City to cover expenses that relate to green spaces seen in entrance medians, boulevards, etc. The fee is an annual fee which spans the calendar year and at last reference, it was set at $108.15/year. There is also a community association linked with West Springs, for which membership is optional, but valuable. At $25.00/year, individual members enjoy discounted pricing to events such as community ski/snow board night at Canada Olympic Park, Learn to Skate programs at WinSport, up to date information on events that relate to kids in the community, discounts to sponsored shops in the area, and more!

To end, Cougar Ridge is a dynamic community that summits the Paskapoo Slopes and the Paskapoo Slopes themselves offer some fun trivia to dazzle your friends with because the sediments underneath the hill are between 62.5 to 58.5 million years old, AND the area was historically used as a buffalo jump to hunt bison by First Nations, similar to what is seen at Head Smashed in Buffalo Jump! (Casually drop those facts over holiday gatherings, and you will be the Cool Cat of Cougar Ridge!)  It is a vibrant community that is so well placed in the city-on the ridge it is seeminly isolated, however in reality it is extremely well connected to the local community and downtown and has so much to offer. Residents are friendly and take pride and care of their community. Lastly, if you're lucky, you may also come across visitors of a furry kind, such as deer or moose, as seen in this video! Keep your phones handy! 

We hope you've enjoyed this compilation on facts about Cougar Ridge-I'm happy to answer any further inquiries you may have about this community, please do get in touch!

 

Mark.


Getting to know Calgary's Westside!


Calgary is a vast city spanning over 850 square kilometres in size, with so much to offer. Any Calgarian is familiar with the five sections that Calgary is broken into, but if you're new to town, take note of the breakup of our vast city into a North West, a North East, South West, South East, and technically an Inner City portion. Looking deeper into each section, one starts to become familiar with the mosaic of neighborhoods that make up our city. At current count, there are over 190 neighborhoods to choose from, in which to find your next home. This fact alone can be overwhelming and your decision will be impacted by a multitude of factors such as proximity to work, access to the mountains, closeness to family and friends, and distance to a variety of different attractions.

Here's where we can help!

Our specialty and area of focus are the homes on Calgary's westside. Looking at the map below, you see our four quadrants, where SW Calgary is split into two parts. The neighborhoods found within the blue circle are bordered by the TransCanada Highway to the north, Highway 8 to the south, Sarcee Trail to the east, and lastly 101st Street/Lower Springbank Road to the west. Over the next several weeks, we will be profiling and providing information on each specific neighborhood found within this described boundary. Within this area I personally live with my wife and kids, and it is an area we have grown to love for all that it offers, its versatility and now our team is keen on sharing our knowledge and experience from selling and showing homes in these areas with you! Get in touch and let us know if there is anything you'd like to know about a neighborhood-we will profile schools, parks, amenities, some residential stats, community associations, and more! We begin with Cougar Ridge next Monday and work our way down south through West Springs, Aspen Woods, Christie Estates, Signal Hill and more, with each consecutive week, ending with Discovery Ridge in a few weeks time. Stay tuned and join us in getting to know Calgary's Westside!

 

Mark

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