March 04, 2021 | Andrea Cox
Community Profile: BeltlinePerhaps one of Calgary's most vibrant and eclectic communities, the Beltline has something for everyone – fabulous restaurants, hip cocktail bars, a variety of pubs and craft breweries, upscale grocery stores, green space galore, and an enticing selection of condo-style housing for buyers of all stripes.
An amalgamation of two diverse and historic neighbourhoods – Connaught to the west and Victoria Park to the east – the Beltline offers a collection of older, four-storey, apartment-style condos interspersed with some state-of-the-art residential towers, with more development on the horizon, especially on the eastern edges of the community.
"The Beltline really appeals to a diverse demographic – anyone wanting close access to good food, trendy places and that hip lifestyle," said Kevin Leung, a REALTOR® with CIR Realty. "We are seeing a lot of retirees who want that lock-and-leave lifestyle, along with young professionals."
He adds that being in the catchment area for Western Canada High School is also a big draw for buyers with children.
Leung says the area offers a good mix of new-build and resale product, with a smattering of townhome and live/work options.
"The Beltline really appeals to a diverse demographic – anyone wanting close access to good food, trendy places and that hip lifestyle." - Kevin Leung, CIR Realty
With a benchmark price sitting in the affordable mid-$200,000s, the demand for housing in the community is skyrocketing.
"We saw 43 sales in June, up from 16 in January," said Leung. "Sales are definitely climbing."
- Central Memorial Park sits at the heart of the community, with its Victorian-style gardens and iconic equestrian monument, sculpted by Quebec artist Louis Philippe Herbert and unveiled in 1914. It has been described as one of the four finest equestrian statues in the world.
- The Saddledome and surrounding Stampede Park are busy year-round between Calgary Flames games, the Calgary Stampede and other events.
- Beautiful and diverse architecture is everywhere, from brand-new residential towers to ancient cathedrals and 150-year-old sandstone historical buildings.
- The Beltline's Lougheed House was built in the Victorian style circa 1891. The 14,000-square-foot estate, which sits on a 2.8-acre site and includes gardens filled with roses and vegetables, was called Beaulieu by the original owners, Lady Isabella Hardisty Lougheed and Senator Sir James Alexander Lougheed.