Calgary’s hipster mecca
One of the oldest areas in the city, the central neighbourhood of Inglewood is now famous as Calgary’s quirky, indie capital. Unlike much of the city, which has been invaded by box stores and international chains, Inglewood is still the domain of unique, privately run boutiques, restaurants and art galleries. And that’s just during the daylight hours. At night, the neighbourhood comes alive as venues like the Ironwood Stage and Grill and The Blues Can open to host intimate concerts with some of the Calgary and Canada’s finest musicians. With its boho-meets-hotspot status, Inglewood has become not just an in-demand neighbourhood and an entertainment centre, but an iconic Calgary tourist attraction.
The market, at a glance
Avg. rent by housing type & size
1-bedroom: $1,640 37
2-bedroom: $1,891 26
Avg. rent compared to other Calgary neighbourhoods
Inglewood is 37% higher than Calgary average
Typical housing type:
A mix of historic detached homes and newer apartment buildings.
Renters and owners are almost equally represented in Inglewood. While the neighbourhood used to be quite affordable, its popularity has made it a hotspot, shooting prices up and availabilities down. Rental availabilities are limited as there’s little turnover in the area. Upside, those who make it in tend to make the neighbourhood their forever home. If you’re searching for apartments to rent, Inglewood has plenty of newly built units available to rent, as well as a few house rentals. Check out this bustling neighbourhood on Rentals.ca to find the most updated rental listings!
Life & Style
Indie and artsy are the best descriptors for life in Inglewood. Residents tend to make their own schedules, not working at 9-to-5 type jobs. These locals also spend little time at home. Instead, they work in local cafes – with fair-trade coffee, of course – then do a spot of shopping or grab a meal at a local vegan spot before checking out a band at one of the community’s famous music venues. Residents’ flexible schedules and laid-back attitudes make it hard to tell weekdays and weekends apart. The only real way of telling is the flood of other Calgarians who rush into the neighbourhood on the weekends, hoping to absorb some of its boho cool or to enjoy one of the many events, ranging from the Calgary International Fringe Festival to Sunfest, an annual one-day event that includes sidewalk shopping, live performances, and a celebrity pie-eating contest.
Young working professionals without kids, and couples with young families make Inglewood their playground. Residents tend to be non-conformists, building a like-minded community of artists, small business owners, and intellectuals. Healthy eating, fitness, the arts, and culture are all highly valued. While education is considered important, income levels are not given the same weight.
Inglewood is close to several Calgary fixtures, including the zoo, Deane House, the Calgary Farmer’s Market and Fort Calgary Historic Park. In the neighbourhood are the ever-popular Hunt House, the Inglewood Bird Sanctuary, and the Inglewood Wildlands. There are more scenic, natural spaces along the Bow River. Inglewood plays host to several well-recognized music venues, including the Ironwood Stage and Grill and The Blues Can. The aquatic centre has a pool, as well as a number of other facilities. The area, however, is most famous for its many boutiques, restaurants, cafes, and other independent businesses, as well as for its arts spaces. Close to the neighbourhood are downtown and the Stampede grounds.
Perfect for: Non-conformists with a love of all things indie and artsy.
Not-so-perfect for: Anyone hustling for that promotion and a pumpkin spice latte.