Riverside’s kind of boho neighbour, home of Italian flair and Telus Spark
Anchoring the NE quadrant, Bridgeland is connected to downtown by not one, two, or even three, but four bridges, earning the enigmatic nickname… Bridgeland! Considered one of Calgary’s “most livable” areas, Bridgeland is often linked with Riverside, previously known as Germantown because of – wait for it – its many Russian and German immigrants. Who would’ve guessed it, right? Like Riverside, European immigrants – this time Italian and Ukrainian – have served as the cables, weaving Bridgeland’s community together, keeping it strong. In fact, Bridgeland has long been synonymous with its Little Italy district, which boasts the finest Italian bakeries and eateries in Calgary. Then, recently, the new Telus Spark science centre opened, igniting new views on the area (that’s right, a fire pun – we went there). The only question now is why science hasn’t yet discovered a way to eat unlimited amounts of pizza without ever feeling stuffed – or, worse, double stuffed.
The market, at a glance
Avg. rent by housing type & size
Avg. rent compared to other Calgary neighbourhoods
Typical housing type:
Apartment buildings and detached homes.
Bridgeland is 11% higher than Calgary average
Apartments for rent, especially low-rises, are the most common housing in Bridgeland. But if you want to keep your feet on the ground, don’t worry; there’s no shortage of houses to rent, including detached, semi-detached, and row homes. As one Calgary’s oldest neighbourhoods – which, to be fair, just means the area didn’t pop up in the early 2000s – Bridgeland’s houses even offer a speck of history. Surprisingly, even with that and it central location, the neighbourhood has rentals available at prices not that far off the citywide average. If that’s not worth a celebratory cannoli, we don’t know what is. Bridgeland, Calgary is a neighbourhood with beautiful rentals near many community attractions. Check out what attractions are near Bridgeland rentals with our map view on Rentals.ca!
Life & Style
Life in Bridgeland is strongly influenced by the neighbourhood’s bougie bohemian vibe. The area’s highly walkable – and older residents take advantage of this, grabbing a coffee and pastry, then going to a soothing, afternoon stroll. Parents of young children may wish they could join in; but, when their not at work, their kids keep them on the go, running from the Calgary Zoo to the Telus Spark and back. Relaxation for these locals comes in the form of lower key errands like running to the farmers’ market for fresh vegetables or checking out a tool at the local tool library – an invention only a neighbourhood of hippies could come up with. Like most bohemian-inspired communities, sharing and neighbourly love are encouraged, as is supporting small businesses and indie artists.
There’s a bohemian quality to Bridgeland – and it’s reflected in its residents. Before the early 2000s, the quality was more true, down-to-earth hippie culture; but, as gentrification rolled through, resident’s with higher incomes moved in, bringing with them a more bougie, fashioned-up version of boho. Beyond the shared bohemian view on life, Bridgeland is a neighbourhood that spans extremes, starting with the newly born and nearly dead (AKA young children and over-80s, which together make up a large chunk of the area’s residents). Of course, large Italian and Ukrainian communities remain in the neighbourhood, but the majority of new immigrants are now arriving from Asia and Africa. Get ready, Calgary, because some great fusion food could soon be coming your way!
Bridgeland has a lot of amenities to offer its residents. The major family-friendly entertainment options are the Calgary Zoo – in the midst of Tom Campbell’s Hill Natural Park and the Telus Spark. Picturesque views can be found in the park or along the Bow River. At Harvie Passage, locals and visitors alike can find a kayak park, tennis courts, a toboggan run – and so much more. Public transit is strong and includes the C-Train. There’s no shortage of schools for children of all ages. Residents with a passion for the area’s boho vibe should check out the summer farmer’s market and take advantage of the tool library. Most shopping is centered on 1 Ave. NE, and there are many restaurants here too. At the southwest corner is a Starbucks and Blush Lane Organic Market.
Perfect for: Young families with boho flare and seniors.
Not-so-perfect for: Families with teens or adult children still living at home.