Best Neighborhoods To Rent In Calgary - 2019

January 18, 2019 Sauna

Looking for apartment to rent in Calgary but not sure which neighborhood to live in? Don’t worry here is your guide to the top neighborhoods you can look for your next apartment to rent! 
Just in case you missed it, Calgary recently finished in fourth place among 140 cities in the world in an annual ranking of the world’s most livable cities. The city is renowned worldwide for annual Stampede that is known as the "greatest show on earth" and houses headquarters of top global oil and gas companies. The city also boasts a well-diversified population with residents from over 100 countries calling it their home. 
Over the last several years the slowdown in oil and gas industry has impacted housing prices thus making Calgary one of the most affordable cities with apartment or house to rent across north America. Whether you are looking to move the city and renting long term or just visiting short term, you have lot to choose from for your rental options. Here are The Best Neighborhoods to Rent in Calgary!

  1. Varsity
  2. Beltline
  3. Edgemont
  4. Signal Hill
  5. Brentwood
  6. Aspen Woods
  7. Arbour Lake
  8. Crescent Heights
  9. Downtown Core
  10. Bridgeland 

1.    Varsity

Calgary’s Avenue Magazine recently completed compilation of Calgary’s Best Neighborhoods with the northwest community of Varsity taking the number one spot. 
Location: Varsity is located in the Northwest of Calgary It shares close proximity with Bowness in the west and University of Calgary on the south.
Amenities: Varsity is centrally located with many amenities close by that includes some of the good public schools, foothills and children hospitals nearby as well as many shopping options with Market Mall and strip plaza not to far. 
Why it’s popular: the community is close to many amenities including an LRT line, good connectivity to downtown and easy access to Crowchild trail to get out to mountains and provides great access to downtown core. Residents liked the fact that area has many playgrounds and recreation facilities as well as larger yards and lower density. They also love the fact that despite being close to downtown and easy access to mountains the community still offers great value for both people seeking apartment or house for rent and as well as buyers. 
Rental costs: Offers wide variety of rental options ranging from apartment condos to single family homes for families with growing children. The rents range from $1550-1850 for a 2 bedroom rental unit. The rents may be slightly higher compared to other nearby communities due to popularity of the area. 

2.    Arbour Lake
This northwest community is well situated for getting around the city and getting out to the mountains. But it’s what’s inside this neighbourhood that really counts, particularly the residents’ association members-only beach around the community’s eponymous lake. Not surprisingly, Arbour Lake also benefits from a high community-engagement score

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3.    Beltline
The Beltline community in Calgary is located south of the downtown core. 
This neighborhood is perfect for those wanting to be immersed in the energy of the Beltline (events, pubs, restaurants, etc.) and also for those working in the core.
Location: Beltline is a popular community located closed to downtown core. The area also includes popular 17th Avenue market with a number of different rental options including apartments, condos and townhouses.
Amenities: With many trendy shopping options, variety of restaurants with great many choices to satisfy your taste buds as well as many different shopping options with Walmart, Coop and Safeway all in proximity. There also TD Core shopping mall close by directly linked to downtown LRT system
Why it’s popular: The area can be considered walker’s paradise for people working downtown with walk score of close to 100!  Its popular for its nightlife with many restaurants, pubs and entertainment options for the young enthusiast 
Rental costs: With so many dining, shopping and entertainment options in close proximity as well as advantage of walk to work if you work downtown, Beltine is ideal if you are looking to rent a condo or an apartment. The rent for a unfurnished 2 bedroom ranges between $1600-1950 

4.    Edgemont
Nose Hill Park, the expansive prairie-grassland preserve in the city’s northwest, is a huge asset (literally) to the neighbourhoods nestled around its borders. Edgemont has more going for it than just its proximity to this favoured destination of cyclists, runners and owners of energetic dogs. Healthy community involvement could be due to the fact that the neighborhood is comprised primarily of single-family homes, with most dwellings (86 per cent) occupied by the homeowners. That pride of ownership, in both home and community, is likely one of the reasons Edgemont can also claim a reassuringly low crime rate, well below any of its fellow top-five.

5.    Crescent Heights
Just north of the Bow River, Crescent Heights benefits from being close to downtown, with the walkability and transit access that affords. A variety of amenities and good community engagement also helped this ’hood rise in the rankings. It’s also home to McHugh Bluff Park, which offers one of the most picturesque views of the city’s skyline.

5.    Signal Hill
Signal Hill is a popular southwest neighborhood for professionals as well as families with growing children. The community offers plenty of shopping centers in close proximity including Westhills Towne Centre, Signal Hill Centre, Westmarket Square to name a few. The area is also home to several renowned public and private schools, a public library, LRT train station and family recreation center. In addition it's closer to the downtown core with just 10-15 minutes drive or train ride which ever you choose for your commute. It also offers homes with breathtaking mountain views, lot of green space and neighborhood parks with a low crime rate. So if you are looking for a house for rent or apartment rental in Calgary, Signal Hill should definitely be on your list to check out! 

If you are in for renting your next apartment or house in Calgary, you definitely have great options just to suite your specific needs. Additionally the rents in Calgary are very reasonable and have not moved much over the last several years while the rents in bigger Canadian cities such as Vancouver and Toronto area have been on the upward march. 

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Shauna is passionate about real estate and frequently writes in online industry magazines columns. The views expressed are her own.