Harmonize your life in Calgary’s Feng Shui capital, but good luck finding a rental
When you hear the name “Chinatown”, your mind probably leaps to thoughts of San Fran or New York; but, when it comes to Chinatowns, Calgary holds its own on the world stage. In fact, Calgary’s Chinatown boasts over 100 years of history. While the neighbourhood had a dark start, emerging after the Canadian government reneged on a promise to fund Chinese railway workers return trip home, stranding them in Calgary, today it’s a vibrant part of the city’s NE quadrant and downtown core. Here, Chinese architecture, food, shopping, and culture are not only on display but in the spotlight. More importantly, the neighbourhood has developed into a haven for and celebration of the local Chinese community, boasting the third largest Chinese population in the country.
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:
Mid to high-rise apartment and condo buildings – and nothing else.
There are no – zilch, zero, nada – houses in Chinatown. Instead, it’s cram jammed with apartment and condo buildings, most of which are over five storeys. In spite of the many buildings, it’s almost impossible to find an availability and, when one does miraculously appear, it’s snapped right up. Part of the reason for the lack of turnover is that, once residents make it into the neighbourhood, they’re in for life. So, while Chinatown may take a beast of an apartment hunt to get into, just think, it might be the last hunt you ever have to make. You might be able to find new apartments for rent on our website, as we upload new rental listings daily. We’re glad to help you on your rental search!
Life & Style
Chinese culture pumps through the veins of this neighbourhood. The shopping district is its heart, with constant bustle around the various fruits, veggies, and spices. As the sun sets, the rush moves to the most popular dim sum restaurants. In front of each, a line spills out onto the street. While locals often head to bed early, young Calgarians from other parts of the city continue the party late into the night, chatting with friends over ice cream or bubble tea.
Immigrants – mostly from China - make up over 90% of this neighbourhood’s residents. They tend to have a strong love of their country of origin and its customs, seeking them out in Chinatown. You don’t have to be 25 to ride this ride, but most locals are over it… Well over it, in fact. Seriously, the average age is a whopping 60, with women making up the vast majority of residents. There are large communities of couples, singles, and the widowed. The median neighbourhood income is currently the lowest in the city, and the area has a large proportion of low-income residents.
Chinatown and the surrounding area has everything you could ever need. The neighbourhood is packed full of Chinese restaurants to meet your every food craving – and there’s no shortage of hotels either. Bus routes are everywhere and the C-Trains converge along 7th Avenue SW. For a relaxing break away from the hustle and bustle of the city, head over to the Bow River Riverwalk or check out the Armengol Statues. There are several local organizations in the area, including the Calgary Chinatown Development Foundation. Venture any direction from Chinatown and you’re sure to find a glut of other dining options – and, likely, a bank. Also in the region are numerous municipal buildings, the Central Library, and a Service Canada Centre. Slightly further afield are the Globe Cinema and the CORE Shopping Centre, which boasts a Tim Hortons, a Holt Renfrew and everything in between.
Perfect for: Chinese immigrants looking for a taste of home.
Not-so-perfect for: Families or Trump supporters – and definitely Trump supporters with families.