If Cowtown had a ghetto, this would be it
Real talk: Forest Lawn in the SE has its issues. It’s definitely not the city’s safest area. Drug use – and abuse – is common, and crime rates are higher than much of Calgary. Certainly, this isn’t the place to be out-and-about at night, unless you’re looking for trouble. All that said, for those in need of affordable housing, Forest Lawn is a great option, with some of the lowest prices in town. Beyond the area’s criminal element, there’s also a tight community that supports individuals who are trying to get back on their feet or are struggling to make ends meet. Yes, if you move here, it’s important to stay safe and be cautious, but Forest Lawn is greater than the sum of its issues.
The market, at a glance
Avg. rent by housing type & size
Avg. rent compared to other Calgary neighbourhoods
Forest Lawn is 33% lower than Calgary average
Typical housing type:
Modest detached houses.
Forest Lawn, Calgary is renter heaven. There’s a good variety of housing types, including detached house rentals, townhouses, and apartment buildings for rent in Forest Lawn. There’s a ton of different qualities in these apartment rentals, ranging from pet friendly, all inclusive, furnished/unfurnished, and utilities included. None of the housing is fancy. In fact, it ranges from modest to down right rundown. That said, the prices are some of the best in the city of Calgary. In spite of that, most locals are renters and there are very few homeowners. You’ll feel right at home here if you choose to live in Forest Lawn!
Life & Style
Life is rough and tumble in Forest Lawn. Employed residents often have two or even three jobs to make ends meet. This leaves little time for anything else. The unemployed and criminal element, in the meantime, have too little to do, so often can be seen hanging out of the neighbourhood’s streets. For those in need of assistance and local kids, there are a number of free and low cost programs and activities. Once the sun goes down though, residents who are looking to stay out of trouble generally retreat to their homes, known that the neighbourhood’s issues amplify at night.
Forest Lawn has a mix of families, couples, and singles, but all share a need for affordable housing. Much of the population, especially the singles and couples, are men down on their luck. Mental health issues, including substance abuse problems, are common in the area’s residents. In addition to active users, there’s also a community of locals who have gotten sober and are now working to get back on their feet. Single parents and the underemployed are also well represented in the neighbourhood. Of course, incomes are low. Education levels aren’t high either, with close to half of residents never having finished high school.
Forest Lawn has a number of schools, as well as an outdoor pool and the Bob Bahan Aquatic and Fitness Centre. Also in the neighbourhood’s core is a library, a couple of restaurants, the Children’s Health Clinic, and a Lucky Supermarket. Bus routes abound, while drivers aren’t too far from the Deerfoot or the Trans-Canada Highway. There are a few parks spread throughout the area, but the green space is limited. Along 52nd SE, there are shops sprinkled here and there. A number of restaurants and a Giant Tiger can be found along 17th Ave. Just north of Forest Lawn is Marlborough Mall, which includes a Walmart.
Perfect for: Families in need of affordable housing.
Not-so-perfect for: Anyone who can afford to live in another area.