If you’re seeking a quiet, mostly residential community that’s close to the office, shopping, recreation, and great restaurants, Killarney is among the best areas to live in Calgary. Being one of the older communities in the city, there’s no shortage of beautiful homes on streets with mature trees. 17th Avenue, which borders the north edge of the neighbourhood, offers some of the city’s best shopping and dining.
With a mall nearby, a brand new transit station to the north and schools for all ages right within the community, Killarney has become a popular choice for people looking to raise a family and enjoy the best that Calgary has to offer.
Killarney is bounded by some busy roadways. Richmond Road runs along the south edge of the community while 17th Avenue forms the northern border. During rush hour, the roads can feel busy as commuters make their way into the downtown core, which is just a short distance to the north east. However, the traffic on these roads dies down substantially during non-peak travel hours and doesn’t make the community feel like it’s a victim of traffic congestion
Move further away from the outer edges and into the middle of the community and you’ll find a largely residential area with quiet streets. Many of the shops and restaurants that call Killarney home are located at the periphery of the community which helps keep traffic from visitors to a minimum on residential streets. If you were to walk down one of the residential streets you would probably feel like you’re in a suburb rather than a community close to the city’s downtown core.
No matter what kinds of activities your family takes part in, they’re likely to find something that captures their interest at the Killarney Aquatic and Recreation Centre. From swimming, to dance and martial arts classes, to fitness and weight rooms, the recreation centre is a huge draw for Killarney residents as well as people living in neighbouring communities. Golfers will be excited to know a tee time doesn’t require a long drive: Shaganappi Point Golf Course is just a couple of minutes north. This 100 year old golf course offers a full 18 holes and is run by the City of Calgary, which means no expensive initiation fees or membership dues. Just book online or, if you’re a really avid player, buy a punch pass to save money.
Killarney is an almost equal mix of single-family homes as well as medium- and high-density housing like apartments and condos. Over the last decade and a half the community has undergone a lot of redevelopment. This is most evident when you see the modern infill homes that line the quiet streets. Their modern styling contrast with the large, classic single-family homes in Killarney. If you’re looking for an apartment or condo in Killarney, the best selection will be along the outer edges of the neighbourhood. 17th Avenue has a good selection of high density housing and you get the added bonus of living on one of Calgary’s trendiest streets with shopping and dining literally at your doorstep. Renting is also very popular in this area of the city. Professionals who work downtown will often choose this area and surrounding neighbourhoods for the short commute to the office. Students at Mount Royal University, which is just a few minutes south, will also rent in this area to secure a place that’s off campus but still close to their classes.
Calgary is a very clean city no matter where you look. The mainly residential nature of Killarney means that there’s less people travelling and moving throughout the community, which can help reduce careless litter. Less people travelling into the community from outside also makes for less noise pollution. Unless you live on Richmond Road or 17th venue, noise from traffic should be minimal. Even if you do live on one of those two main roads, traffic noise should only be really noticeable during the morning and afternoon rush hours.
No matter where you live in Calgary, you can feel confident that you’re living in one of the safest cities in Canada. The Calgary Police keep an up-to-date crime map which can be viewed online.
Probably one of the best features of Killarney is the fact that students of all ages have a school that serves them located right within the community. That’s somewhat uncommon for communities that are close to the centre of a city, and parents can feel comfortable knowing their children never have to travel far to go to class. Killarney Elementary serves students from K to 6. A.E. Cross School and Vincent Massey School are the two junior high schools in Killarney, and they may also take in students from the surrounding area. High school aged students will attend Ernest Massey High School, which is one of the largest high schools in Calgary and known for its sports teams and arts programs.
The public transportation options available in Killarney are very good. With Richmond Road and 17th Avenue bordering the southern and northern edges, respectively, major bus routes run right along the edges of the community. Grabbing a bus on 17th Avenue can have you downtown in just a few minutes. There’s also a new C-Train station just to the north of Killarney. A quick walk or short bus ride can have you there in minutes, which then opens up all areas of the city with fast, light rail transportation. The C-Train is an especially good option for those who might not work downtown and need to travel further south or north to get to work.
With several schools within the neighbourhood and some of the best recreation opportunities in the city, Killarney is one of the best places to live and raise a family. Unlike other communities in this area of the city, children don’t have to travel far from where they live to get to school. Good shopping is not far away either with unique, one-of-a-kind stores just steps away on 17th Avenue. If you want to live in a classic, residential community that’s close to everything your family needs, look no further than Killarney.