Live life on the wild side
Looming over Cowtown’s SW edge, Cougar Ridge is a young neighbourhood, only having pounced onto the scene in 2001. It’s already put its (paw) print on the city though, luring young families in with its scenic views and strong schools. But would-be residents should enjoy a walk on the wild side, as – with the neighbourhood located steps from the Canada Olympic Park ski jump tower and easy access to the highway to Banff – adventure sports are practically a religion. Basically, this is the spot for parents who want to raise their children in a family-oriented area without sacrificing on adrenaline-pumping fun. If that sounds like you, come to the Ridge and let your inner beast roar. Just beware of the rental scene – to say it’s limited is an understatement.
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:
Brand spanking new detached homes.
So new that it still has that fresh neighbourhood smell, Cougar Ridge is filled with the latest models of detached homes, as well as a smattering of townhouses and duplexes for rent. House prices are on the high end for the city, but in line with incomes in the area. Rental availabilities are almost non-existent, which should come as no surprise given the fact that 91% of residents own their homes. That ownership is likely a good idea though, as home values here are still on the rise. If you’re a renter and looking for somewhere in Calgary to rent, check another neighbourhood using our website, because you won’t find many open rental listings here!
Life & Style
Cougar Ridge residents are on the hunt for thrills and chills – and they don’t have to look far to find them, as they can it’s just a quick lope to the Olympic park or over to Banff. Hiking, boating, skiing, and snowboarding are all common pursuits, with fitness being considered a high priority. Kids are taught early to embrace the outdoors, and it’s common for families to roam to one of the close-by national parks for a weekend of camping in nature. Closer to home – and at the end of a long week of fun – families can kick back at home and enjoy the picturesque Calgary or mountain vistas Cougar Ridge boasts.
Adventurous, young families in the know are staking their claims in Cougar Ridge. These families tend to have a more traditional arrangement (ie. married couples with one or two mini-me’s), but their lifestyles are anything but, being filled with outdoor thrills and heart-stopping adventure sports. When it’s time to get down to business, locals apply the focus, bravery, and competitive edge they bring to their hobbies to the classroom and boardroom, landing them high post-secondary education levels and yearly salaries over $100,000.
The largest green space in the area is Cougarstone Park. Just steps outside the neighbourhood, on the west side, is Calgary French & International School. There’s also a Waldorf school in the community. There are several bus routes, but drivers have a bit of a trek to get to the Trans-Canada Highway. Close-by but also challenging to get to are Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame and the Markin MacPhail Centre. A small trip to the south are a No Frills and a Co-op grocery store.
Perfect for: Young families full of thrill seekers.
Not-so-perfect for: Singles and renters.