Auburn Bay focuses on being a residential neighbourhood. Residents have limited amenities in their own backyards, but the payoff is a quiet, friendly oasis that offers family-friendly living. Restaurants and shopping centres can be found in nearby communities, and public transportation and major highways provide convenient travel to other areas of the city. Auburn Bay Lake is the centre of it all, offering recreational opportunities and a scenic place to relax.
The neighbourhood of Auburn Bay can be found in Calgary’s southeastern section. It extends from Deerfoot Trail in the west to 52nd Street SE in the east, and from Stoney Trail SE in the north to Seton Boulevard SE in the south. A newer neighbourhood, Auburn Bay offers residents a close-knit community on the outskirts of the city. The community association provides a way for neighbours to connect and Auburn House gives residents access to programs and events that would otherwise be less accessible because of the neighbourhood’s location.
McKenzie Meadows Golf Club is located west of the neighbourhood and features an 18-hole course, as well as a driving range and onsite pro shop. Instructors provide lessons individually or in groups, and the club offers tournament packages and corporate programs. The clubhouse has a bar and grill restaurant that hosts events such as a Mother’s Day brunch, and is available to book for holiday parties, business meetings, weddings, and other events. Breathe Hot Yoga is located north of the neighbourhood and offers both hot and non-heated yoga class options. Classes are held in a heated studio lit with candles, and class types include Hatha, Yin Yang, Yang Yin, Vinyasa Flow, Core, Baptiste, Power Vinyasa Flow, and Restorative Yin. Non-heated classes are also available for people of all ages. The studio also offers wellness services such as massage therapy and acupuncture, which fit with the overall spa theme of the venue. Besides the usual rates, the studio also offers an introductory special rate, and an unlimited membership option.
There are few dining options in Auburn Bay, apart from chain restaurants. An exception is Blackbird Public Urban Bar on Auburn Meadows Drive SE, which offers a large, sleek space perfect for getting together with friends and enjoying a drink, as well as a comfortable outdoor patio area. Sharing plates and gourmet takes on pub food are on offer, and there is a brunch option on the weekends. Located just south of Auburn Bay is Good Earth Coffeehouse on Seton Crescent SE, a bright, airy space offering a variety of café drinks, light fare, and beautiful desserts. The café also offers a catering option for meetings and events. Ajisai Japanese Cuisine, west of the neighbourhood on Cranston Road, serves up colourful, delicate Japanese dishes in a modern setting. Customers can choose to dine in and enjoy the friendly atmosphere, or get their meals to go.
Single-family homes are most common in Auburn Bay, although other dwelling types such as townhouses and duplexes are also available. The average price for single-detached homes in the area is $623,418, which is much higher than the average price for single-detached homes in Alberta overall ($389,943). The population of Auburn Bay is 11,127, and this has been growing significantly over the past 15 years. Families make up 27% of the population here, 50% are couples, and 23% are single. The average annual income is $116,046, which is more than the average for the province as a whole, and 73% of residents are university or college educated.
As with most areas of larger cities, Auburn Bay can experience air pollution from heavy traffic on major roadways and from nearby industry. Noise can be an issue near major roadways in the area.
With a lower than average crime rate, Auburn Bay is considered a relatively safe neighbourhood. The most common types of crime in the area are theft from a vehicle, and breaking and entering.
There are only a couple of schools in the Auburn Bay neighbourhood: Auburn Bay School (K-4) and Prince of Peace School (K-9 Catholic). In nearby neighbourhoods, residents can find other school options such as Christ the King Catholic School, Cranston School, Seton High School, and McKenzie Lake School. Private school options can also be found nearby.
Residents have to travel a little farther from their neighbourhood to seek out post-secondary options. These include Bow Valley College, St. Mary’s University, and CDI College, all of which are located west of the neighbourhood.
Calgary Transit bus routes in the neighbourhood include routes 14, 302, 406, and 468. These routes allow passengers to access other areas of the city, including downtown. Most of the routes converge at the nearby South Health Campus hospital.
Auburn Bay Park is next to the Auburn Bay Residents’ Association building and features a beach area used for swimming and beach volleyball, a large spray pad, walking paths, greenspace, hockey rinks in winter, and well-maintained landscaping. The Auburn Bay Dog Park has many features, including agility poles, climbing hills, sandpits, plenty of greenspace, fenced-in training areas, benches, an agility run, drinking fountains for dogs, walking paths, and small ponds. Other parks and greenspaces in the neighbourhood do not have official names. One example can be found in the northwest corner of the neighbourhood, along Auburn Bay Boulevard SE, where there is a park with walking paths, soccer fields, a baseball diamond, greenspace, a playground, and benches. Walking paths from this park lead to a small pond.
Auburn House is the home of the Auburn Bay Residents Association, which is located on the shore of Auburn Bay Lake. Outside the facility, there are boat launches, a park, picnic shelters, a beach, and tennis courts. Auburn House itself has a grand hall, a multipurpose room, and a gymnasium, all of which can be rented for events, programs, and meetings. Recreational programs are offered at the facility, and include registered classes, drop-in classes, and kids’ camps. Yoga, tennis, fitness, paddle boarding, dance, martial arts, soccer, ball hockey, basketball, and drama are all program options available at Auburn House. The facility is also used as a venue for community events such as library book truck visits, teen events, holiday celebrations, campfires, barbeques, and movie nights.