Incredible nightlife, world class entertainment, and endless opportunities to explore: this is what life is like in the Beltline area of Calgary. There is truly no other community in the city that puts you so near to the best that Calgary has to offer. From music festivals, to professional sports, to world-class restaurants – the Beltline area is an area anyone would be excited to call home.
“The Beltline” is the name most commonly used to refer to an area of several small communities on the southern edge of downtown Calgary. It is bounded by 9th Avenue to the north, 17th Avenue to the south, 14th Street to the west, and the Elbow River to the east. To say the Beltline area is in the middle of the action almost feels like a bit of an understatement. With its proximity to downtown, the Beltline consists mainly of high density housing.
Trendy apartment buildings can be found throughout the area, while single-family homes are much rarer here. In addition to the large number of apartments and condos in the Beltline, there is also a diverse variety of businesses.
If having entertainment close to home is important to you, then the Beltline should be top of your list when searching for real estate in Calgary. From trendy, award-winning restaurants to a huge variety of bars and clubs, from the Calgary Stampede to the stream of world-class entertainment available inside the Saddledome, you can find something new and exciting to do literally every single night.
17th Avenue, also known as “The Red Mile,” is lined with bars and pubs to suit every taste and mood. The Red Mile is also the best area of the entire city to enjoy the excitement of a Calgary Flames game, and the party atmosphere on a small strip of 17th Avenue during the 2004 playoff run is how the area earned its Red Mile moniker. When the world-famous Calgary Stampede takes place in early July, the Beltline is perfectly situated to experience the exciting atmosphere. Whether you want to kick back and relax or kick up some dust on the dance floor, you’ll find somewhere that caters for you in the Beltline.
High-density residential real estate is king in the Beltline. There is an abundance of unique apartments and condos to fit any lifestyle and any time of life. Single-family homes are rare in this area of Calgary; if a single-family home is what you want, and you would like to be close to the Beltline, look at some communities just outside this neighbourhood. Mount Royal, for example, is an upscale neighbourhood with many breath-taking single-family homes. To the southwest of the Beltline is Bankview, a trendy, quiet community close to several schools. The large selection of high density housing also makes the Beltline a great place for renters. Whether you plan on renting for yourself or investing in a rental property to earn some extra income, this area of the city is a fantastic place to begin your search.
Calgary is widely regarded as being a very clean city. Smog is rarely a major problem within the city and sidewalks are kept fairly clean compared with other cities of a similar size. Noise in the area may be a concern for some. Being downtown comes with a unique lifestyle where some amount of noise has to be tolerated. Vehicle noise will be present throughout the day. Depending on your proximity to a bar or nightclub, you may hear some music at night and patrons hailing cabs after final call. Celebrations during the Calgary Stampede and during Calgary Flames playoff games may spill into the streets but such extravagances are largely kept in check and are rare occurrences during a limited period of the year. Anyone living in the Beltline should be prepared for the amount of noise that will come from a lively, exciting area of the city. Of course, many people live in the area to be close to that excitement.
Calgary, in general, is seen as a very safe city to live in. The Beltline area is no different. Walking outside alone is very safe as the streets are well-lit and heavily populated. You can feel confident that the Beltline area is a safe place to live and raise a family.
Most public schools that serve families in the Beltline area are situated just a short distance outside the community. Students of high school age will be happy to know that the Western Canada High School is right near home – located on 17th Avenue. This school building has an impressive portal, and it lends a certain class to the neighbourhood. University students will be happy to know that both Mount Royal University and the University of Calgary are not far away. Both are a short drive or a quick transit ride from the Beltline: less time traveling to and from class, more time studying for finals!
When you need to venture outside the Beltline you’ll be grateful for the robust public transportation system that is available to you. The light-rail C-Train is just a short walk from anywhere in the area, giving you quick access to much of the city. With new legs planned and existing legs being extended, Calgary’s LRT system gets better every year. There is also no shortage of bus stops throughout the Beltline area to help you get somewhere in the city that may not be serviced by the C-Train.
The Beltline is more than great restaurants and nightlife. There is plenty to do for the entire family. Unique stores can be found throughout the area. You can shop at one-of-a-kind vintage stores like “A Vintage Affair” and “Pretty Little Things,” treat your sweet tooth at Jelly Modern Doughnuts, or indulge in a cold one at Beer Revolution. There are also some great walking routes that take you near the beautiful Elbow River. Bike lanes are also becoming more and more popular in the city, and getting where you need to go on two wheels has never been easier and more convenient. Boredom is rarely a problem for those living in the Beltline!