An historic community with a contemporary twist
The NW neighbourhood of Hillhurst may have been one of Calgary’s earliest neighbourhoods, but there’s nothing old feeling about it. That’s probably tied to the fact that most of the area’s historic homes have been given a facelift, while – at the same time – several post-modern places have appeared on the landscape. If you want to buy a historic home without having to sacrifice the latest amenities, Hillhurst is the place for you – that is, if you’re a wealthy city dweller. For renters there are much more affordable rental options that still get you into the area – and let you drool over the many chic homes on a daily basis.
The market, at a glance
Avg. rent by housing type & size
Avg. rent compared to other Calgary neighbourhoods
Hillhurst is 58% higher than Calgary average
Typical housing type:
Restored historical homes and more modest apartments.
As one of the city’s oldest neighbourhoods, Hillhurst is a go-to spot for historic homes, most of which have been restored. Renters – if they can find a space – should be able to locate a sweet deal, even in the midst of this affluent area. Searching for rentals in Hillhurst, Calgary? There is an abundance of house rentals and a lesser amount of apartments for rent, but the difference in rental prices is staggering, exemplifying the difference in the locals with lots of money and lower income residents. Hunting for a rental in Hillhurst and want to find our the best priced rental for you? Check out our site and use our price filter that will easily allow you to tailor your rental search.
Life & Style
Hillhurst blends high and low culture. Locals tend to be well-educated and enjoy cultural pursuits. On the weekends, look for them at trendy art openings, the latest museum exhibits, or meetings of historical societies. More casual fun is also popular too, including cheering on the local Aussie rules football club, the Calgary Kookaburras. Wealthy residents can be found at the games themselves, but those with lower incomes are more likely to catch them at a neighbourhood pub. Overall, this speaks to the divide between the richest locals, who have the finest things in life at their disposal, and lower income residents, who are left skimping just to get by.
Among the pool of homeowners, Hillhurst has some of the best-educated Calgarians, with many boasting graduate degrees. Even PhDs aren’t uncommon in this neighbourhood. Turn to renters and single parents of Hillhurst, though, and it’s a totally different story. In fact, both these groups earn below $40,000 on average. Bus routes and the CTrain run through Hillhurst, while drivers have easy access to both the Trans-Canada Highway and Crowchild Trail. Schools abound in this area.
Park space is limited, but there are beautiful trails along the Bow River, at the south end of the neighbourhood. There’s a flood of dining options and the Plaza Theatre in the southeast part of the area. There are more restaurants and a pharmacy along 14th Street. On the west side is a lawn bowling club in the neighbourhood, as well as a Royal Canadian Legion just outside it. Right along the northwestern edge is a community association, while the northeastern portion of the area has a number of medical buildings, the Alberta College of Art + Design, and the South Alberta Jubilee Auditorium. Outside Hillhurst – but still close-by – are North Hill Shopping Centre and downtown.
Perfect for: Established singles, couples and families.
Not-so-perfect for: Seniors.