What Makes Calgary's West End So Desirable? Let's Take a Look

Published January 17, 2021 by The Rise West Grove Estates

Are you looking for the best neighbourhood in Calgary to live in? Here are all the reasons why West Springs in the city's West End is right up there at the top of the list.

Calgary is a beautiful and diverse city located in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. Consistently ranked amongst the best places to live in the world, the city of 1.3 million has many wonderful neighbourhoods for people to choose from when considering where they want to live. 

One of the premier choices is the community of West Springs, an affluent neighbourhood located on the western edge of the city, which is still only 15 minutes from the downtown core and just 45 minutes away from the world-famous Rocky Mountains. This ideal location has also seen major development over the past two decades, providing those who live there with fantastic amenities, top schools, extensive green spaces, and fabulous recreational opportunities

Let's take a closer look at why Calgary's West End and West Springs, in particular, is where you should live in Calgary and why it's so desirable amongst homebuyers.

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Picking the best home for your family is not an easy decision, and finding the right neighbourhood will ensure your family's happiness, safety, and development. The Rise at West Grove Estates is a naturally beautiful area in West Springs that boasts top schools, an excellent location, and fantastic recreation opportunities for residents of all ages. 

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It used to be that there was a 7-11 in the area, and that was it. My how the times have changed. Now, people often refer to West Springs and all the amazing restaurants and establishments that call the area home as 'Beltline on the hill' because of all the trendy eateries and convenient shops that have sprung up on 85th Street SW. 

Some of the more notable restaurants include Una Pizza + Wine (a new addition), Vin Room West, Mercato West, 722 World Bier Haus, and any brunch aficionadoes' favourite, Brekkie Cafe. There are also some great casual dining and fast food options for those on the run, along with numerous grocery stores and other specialty shops that can have you spending the whole day within West 85th and its adjoining plazas.

Top Schools

If education is important to you and your family, then living in West Springs will put you right in the center of fantastic schooling options for kids of every age. Whether you want to go the private or public route, the schools in the area are consistently among the top-rated schools across all of Alberta. 

Private schools that are closeby include Calgary French & International School, Webber Academy, Calgary Academy, and Rundle College. Publicly, there's Olympic Heights School (CBE), West Ridge School (CBE), and Ernest Manning High School (CBE). Catholic schools nearby include John W. Costello and St. Joan of Arc.

Recreational Opportunities and Green Spaces

West Springs and Calgary's West End have some of the best recreational opportunities in all of the city. If skiing or snowboarding is something you and your family enjoy, you can either stay in the city and head over to WinSport's Canada Olympic Park which is right in the neighbourhood, or you can quickly head out to the Banff and Kananaskis hills via Highway 1. 

For indoor activities, the Westside Recreation Centre is tough to beat. Its aquatic facility has a wave pool, tot pool, lazy river, steam room, and water slide. The rec center also has a skating rink, hockey rink, climbing wall, gym courts, and fitness facility within it. 

If free outdoor fun is more up your alley, all homes in The Rise at West Grove Estates in West Springs are within walking distance of one of the eight parks which are spread across seven acres in the community. There is also an extensive trail and pathway system that links up to more than 800 km of regional pathways for walking and biking enthusiasts, and the Paskapoo Slopes with its extensive trail system is only a short drive away.


While we may have only had a chance to touch briefly on the highlights Calgary's West End has to offer in West Springs, there are certainly more great amenities, schools, green spaces, and recreational opportunities to discover in the area. Put them all together, and it's easy to see why Calgary's West End is such a desirable and sought-after place to live.

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Are you looking for a beautiful, affordable home in a family-friendly neighbourhood? The Rise at West Grove Estates will allow you to enjoy planned green spaces, a well-established community, as well as close proximity to numerous high-end amenities

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Q: How safe is Calgary?

Overall, Calgary is a relatively safe city, given that more than 1.3 million people live here. In particular, Calgary's West End and West Springs are very safe areas, with the Calgary Police Service's Community Crime Map showing lower incidences of crime in the area compared to most other neighbourhoods.


Q: Where should I live in Calgary?

Calgary's West End is one of the most sought-after areas to live and raise a family in Calgary. With great amenities, short commute times, top schools, and plenty of outdoor and recreational opportunities available, the neighbourhoods up on the hill are highly desirable places to live.

Q: What is the average home price in Calgary?

The latest figures from the CREB show that the average price for a detached Calgary house (November 2020) is $537,737.


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