Take the high ground
With commanding views of both the Rockies and downtown – as well as its own lush ravine, Citadel – perched atop high ground in Calgary’s NW – is worthy of any five star general. Residents also display an almost military discipline to maintaining the neighbourhood, keeping it in pristine condition. Their greatest pride, joy, and project, though, is their children; so, if you hear a buzzing around Citadel, look up because a helicopter is about to swoop in – a helicopter parent, that is. Competition amongst these parents - on behalf of their children, of course – is common. But for those with a similar mentality, life in this neighbourhood can take on the adrenaline rush of a sports game.
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 and condos.
Luxury detached homes are the building blocks of Citadel, but there are also a sprinkling of row houses and low-rise apartment buildings within its (metaphorical) walls. The most prized – and costly – homes are those that offer the best views of the downtown, the mountains, and the ravine. This isn’t a community of serfs, but upper middle class homeowners, with rentals being almost impossible to find. After all, who wouldn’t want to own a piece of this picture perfect area – if they could afford it? If you’re struggling to find a rental in Citadel because of the large amount of resident homeowners, try looking at Rentals.ca to see the most updated list of rental listings! We upload new properties every day.
Life & Style
Rushing is a way of life in Citadel, especially during the week. Residents tend to be deep invested in their careers and families, leaving them little time for hobbies or downtime. When work is done and the kids’ many programs and activities are through though, residents find moments to indulge in life’s simple pleasures, such as heading to one of the area’s great vantage points to watch the sun set over the Rockies. Every once in a while, locals may even be inspired to take a day off to enjoy one of Calgary’s many natural offerings. But don’t worry – before long parents will be back to grindstone, bringing their children along with them.
Small, upper middle class families with school age kiddos are the beating heart of Citadel. Parents are invested in their kidlets’ success – both present and future – so push them hard, providing them with tutors and nudging them toward after-school activities. For Citadelers, there’s never enough hours in the day. In spite of this, church is must for many residents in this devoutly Christian neighbourhood. Immigrants – who make up a third of locals – tend to be Asian, with a significant Chinese community living in the area.
At the neighbourhood’s core is the peaceful Citadel Park. Several other green spaces are spread throughout Citadel. The area’s public transit comes in the form of bus routes, as well as the Crowfoot C-Train, while drivers can hop right onto Stoney Trail NW. On the neighbourhood’s west side are a school and a 7-Eleven, as well as the Westside Calgary Chinese Alliance Church. The east side offers another church and the Quattro String Quartet. The closest grocery store is a Real Canadian Superstore, just south of Citadel. To the northeast are a Costco, Best Buy and Canadian Tire. Head southwest to find Crowfoot Crossing shopping mall, which includes a movie theatre.
Perfect for: Christian families with school age children.
Not-so-perfect for: Seniors.