Hail, Britannia. Britannia rules… well, everything.
Ruling Calgary’s SW quadrant, Britannia is one of Canada’s wealthiest neighbourhoods. Having emerged in 1956, the neighbourhood was about top-of-the-line sophistication from the start, modelling itself on English luxury styles. Throughout its growth, it’s always kept under a 1,000 residents, earning itself a reputation as a haven for Calgary’s wealthy, powerful elite. Today, Britannia – like the Queen – is either considered classically charming or pretentiously bourgeois, depending on who’s doing the looking. What is clear is that residents see their neighbourhood as a haven in which to escape the rest of the city – but whether that’s because they’re seeking some solitude or because they’re determined to avoid the other 99% “rabble,” who knows.
The market, at a glance
Avg. rent by housing type & size
Avg. rent compared to other Calgary neighbourhoods
Available units are almost impossible to find.
Typical housing type:
Luxury detached homes.
Monster isn’t the only size of home available in the neighbourhood; but, no matter their square footage, all the places have an air of British luxury. Quality building materials and furnishings add a touch of class, even to the most modest of places – which, let’s face it, isn’t that modest. If you’re looking for a house rental, be prepared to shell out a large sum of money per month, because houses in this neighbourhood are a pretty penny. For those looking for a modern touch, there are some high-end apartments for rent and condos to check out. Rent for rentals in Brittania are high, with rentals being almost impossible to come by. Got some extra bucks to spend on a beautiful rental? Britannia might be the perfect place for you!
Life & Style
Unlike some affluent neighbourhoods, wealth isn’t flaunted in Britannia. Residents like quality over flash, and this is reflected in their homes and furnishings. In terms of lifestyle, the area thrives on high-end charm with a quirky twist. There are indie boutiques, but with luxury fashion prices or diners with French cuisine rates. It’s exactly what the super rich but not basic bankers need.
The wealthy, the extremely wealthy, and the obscenely rich, for a start. We’re talking people who earn at least three times the average median income for the city. Some are even that private jet kinda rich. Beyond their bank accounts, the majority of residents share Christian faith and values. Shacking up even seems to be frowned upon, with almost all couples being married versus common law. There are really only three groups: professionals in their 40s and 50s, their teen or young adult children, and women over 80 – who make up a surprisingly large amount of the population. Maybe they’ve had life-long Queen Elizabeth II fantasies and Britannia seemed like the perfect spot to live out their dreams…
Britannia is so small, there’s almost nothing in the neighbourhood. The western edge is made up of the Elbow River and surrounding green space. The only public transit is the bus route along Elbow Drive SW. In the southeastern corner are a Starbucks, a Sunterra Market and Village Ice Cream. Also in the area is Temple B’Nai Tikvah. Steps outside Britannia are a physiotherapist, a retirement community, and – somewhat disturbingly – a funeral home. There is a sprinkling of schools in the larger surrounding region, as well as Chinook Centre and a Scotiabank Theatre.
Perfect for: Upper class WASPs.
Not-so-perfect for: The rest of the world.