Tomorrow’s trendy hotspot
NE and NW neighbourhood Crescent Heights is on the rise. Having started its life as a village in the early1900s, it’s now the go-to neighbourhood for 20-somethings and artists in the know. The neighbourhood isn’t a full-fledged hotspot yet, but it’s well on its way with cool new restaurants and small businesses popping up. Crescent Heights’ growing popularity means one thing – gentrification is on its way. Until it arrives though, locals will keep thriving in the indie cool of Crescent Heights.
The market, at a glance
Avg. rent by housing type & size
Avg. rent compared to other Calgary neighbourhoods
Crescent Heights is 4% higher than Calgary average
Typical housing type:
A blend of apartment buildings and renovated, detached heritage homes.
There’s a ton of variety in Calgary’s Crescent Heights neighbourhood. Both apartment buildings and detached homes are well represented in Crescent Heights. The neighbourhood is one of Calgary’s oldest and boasts beautiful heritage homes that were built over 100 years ago. For those who aren’t history fans, the area’s townhouses and duplexes offer more modern rental home options. Renters will find their best bets – and prices – in the area’s many apartment buildings to rent. The older ones are best for deals, while the newer towers offer more in the way of amenities.
Life & Style
There’s a free-spirited quality to life in Crescent Heights. It’s common for residents to set their own work hours, so the neighbourhood bustles throughout the day and night. Cafes and community spaces are favourite daytime hangouts for locals looking to work, chill out, or take informal meetings. At night, residents love attending art openings, cultural events, or catching up with friends over craft beers at one of the neighbourhood’s pubs. While they don’t have a huge amount of disposable income, locals will splurge on cultural activities and trips whenever possible.
Young adults and artist. While the majority of residents are in their mid-20s to mid-30s, there are also a significant number of middle-aged adults and older women in the area. The 20- and 30-somethings are generally single and working to establish themselves in their careers. The rest of Crescent Heights’ locals tend to be non-conformists who don’t care about things like popping out kids or climbing corporate ladders. Instead, they are passionate about learning, experiencing the world, and making art. There are a number of bus routes running around and through Crescent Heights. The Trans-Canada Highway is easily accessible for drivers.
Centre Street N is the place to go for shopping and dining, as it’s filled with restaurants, shops, and necessities like banks, pharmacies, and Tim Hortons. Natural beauty can be found in the neighbourhood’s south end, which features the Bow River, the Bow River Pathway, and Rotary Park – known for its splash park and tennis courts. Also to the south are the Crescent Heights Community Association and a curling club. Crescent Heights’ west side plays host to the Women’s Centre of Calgary, the Islamic Information Society of Calgary, and the Calgary Italian Cultural Centre.
Perfect for: Single young adults and artists.
Not-so-perfect for: Families, especially those with young children.