Calgary’s Best Neighbourhoods: Beltline


This week, Avenue Magazine released their annual list of Calgary’s Best Neighbourhoods, a ranking of the top 50 communities as voted on by Calgarians. We decided to take a closer look at the communities in the top 10, and give you some insight on what to see and do there.

In the number one spot, is the central community of Beltline. The neighbourhood is bounded by 17 Avenue SW, 14 Street SW and the Elbow River, and is one of the most densely populated areas in the city.

  • Population: 21,939
  • Density/People per sq. km: 7,565
  • Homeowners: 32%
  • Median tax assessment of residential property, 2016: $321,000 (down 0.9% from 2015)

According to the Avenue Magazine study, here’s the top ranking qualities of the Beltline:

  • Library: an iconic location in Central Memorial Park, be sure to check out the Memorial Library.
  • Restaurants/Cafes/Bars: the food and coffee scene in the Beltline is divine, check out places like Native Tongues, The Beltliner, Vintage Chophouse, Analog Coffee and more. See restaurant highlights in this Avenue Magazine article.
  • Entertainment/Arts: this part of the city is full of live music venues, art galleries and underground spots.
  • Close to downtown
  • Access to buses/LRT
  • Drug stores
  • Boutiques
  • Walk Score
  • Close to river

For one thing, the Beltline has not just one, but eight pedestrian streets. First, Fourth, Eighth, Eleventh and Fourteenth Streets all have funky local shops, cafes, pubs, galleries and restaurants as do 11th 12th and 17th Avenues. And numerous ones are signature spots – O’Connors (First Street), Rose and Crown, REDS, Boxwood and Sony Store (4th Street), Bonterra, Trepanier Baer Gallery, Mountain Equipment Co-op, Modern Jelly Donut and Kawa Café (8th Street), Gallaxy Diner, Good Earth Café and Katmandu Grocery (11th Avenue) and Heritage Posters and Music and Boyd’s Lobster Shop (14th Street). [Everyday Tourist]

Are you interested in buying or selling in the Beltline area? Feel free to contact us!


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