Grey hair, don’t care
NW neighbourhood, Charleswood offers sophisticated charm to mature Calgarians and students alike – though the latter may be less thankful for it. While it’s far from the hustle and bustle of downtown, this neighbourhood prides itself on its walkability, offering its residents a glut of restaurants, shops, and services in its core. Head to the edge of the area though, and you’ll find another world, filled with trails, parks, and natural wonder. Charleswood may sound perfect, but it has one giant downside: a name that sounds like a British prince’s erection. Don’t worry though, residents here are too classy to give in to such bawdy humour.
The market, at a glance
Avg. rent by housing type & size
Avg. rent compared to other Calgary neighbourhoods
Charleswood is 12% lower than Calgary average
Typical housing type:
Charming but full-sized detached homes.
Detached homes command the market in this neighbourhood, but there are a few apartment buildings, as well as some luxury condos pushing their way in. While the houses are charming, they’re not small – or cheap. They are worth it though, boasting full-sized yards and picture perfect views. Renters are generally stuck with less glamorous options, such as student lodgings or basement apartments to rent. With crappy accommodations though, come affordable prices – the number one priority for most students. If you’re a student looking for a new rental in Charleswood, you’ll probably be happy with the diversity of apartment amenities offered, with a ride range from pet friendly options to units with utilities included.
Life & Style
Charleswood is steeped in quiet sophistication. Neighbours greet each other with polite waves and small talk, vigilantly respecting one another’s privacy. For the area’s older residents, little feels rushed, from pleasantries to long strolls through the commercial district. Weekends are often reserved for DIY projects, ranging from jam making to gardening to home repairs. If these locals are the tortoises – slow but steady, then the area’s students are the hares, always moving at a clip, coming and going at all hours as they rush from school to work to nights out. While they’re often outside the neighbourhood, they drop by the main drag from time to time to grab party supplies or cure a hangover with a good old fry-up.
There are two major groups living in Charleswood: over 50s and students. The first group is more entrenched in the community, owning homes in and caring for the area. Those with families often have adult children still living at home, but solo single and widowed seniors are equally common. Older Charleswoodians are generally established and well educated, yet manage to remain unpretentious. Students from close-by post-secondary schools and professional academies make up the second major group of residents in this neighbourhood. Most of these locals are single renters in their 20s, who are more tied to school groups than their community. They tend to be on campus until all hours; but, when they are at home, Charleswood’s calm, mature atmosphere can help tame even the wildest man – or woman – child.
Parks abound in Charleswood, with the largest being Nose Hill Park and Canmore Park, which plays host to Confederation Park Golf Course. There are several bus routes running through the area for public transit user, while drivers have access to Crowchild Trail. Triwood Community Association provides residents with a small community centre. There are several schools in the neighbourhood and surrounding area, including the University of Calgary. Any and all shopping needs can be meet at Brentwood Village Shopping Centre and its plaza. Also there are several dining options, including Wendy’s and Kilkenny Irish Pub.
Perfect for: Well-educated 50-plus-year -olds and their adult children, as well as post-secondary students attending nearby schools.
Not-so-perfect for: Young families.