Downtown Calgary Real Estate

Downtown Calgary real estate offers condo buyers the perfect place to truly live the urban lifestyle. Calgary’s downtown is made up of the Commercial core and two residential communities on either side: Downtown West End and Downtown East Village. Both residential areas are in the midst of redevelopment and will be future home to thousands of new residents. Condominiums and townhomes in Calgary’s Downtown West End and East Village offer the best of city life. Read more about Downtown Calgary below!

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Calgary West End Condos

Calgary’s Downtown West End is a high density residential section west of the Commercial core bounded to the north by the Bow River, to the east by 9th Street, to the south by 9th Avenue and to the west by 14th Street. The long-established residential neighbourhood is dominated by condominiums and apartment buildings. Condo buyers can boast about living next to the Bow River and the beautiful pathway system while having prime access to work, restaurants, shopping and nightlife.

Calgary East Village Condos

Calgary’s Downtown East Village has seen a dramatic change over the years from a sketchy rundown section of town to a hub of condominium real estate construction. East Village will one day be a vibrant community of over 10,000 people who will have access to some of the best features the downtown core has to offer. East Village is a flurry of condominium development including the new towers Evolution by Embassy Bosa and Verve by FRAM Building Group and Slokker Real Estate Group.

Redefining downtown living is what Calgary's East Village is all about. Residents will be able to walk or cycle to work, enjoy the Bow River pathway system, take in a show at the nearby National Music Centre or grab a book from the New Central Library. The use of historic landmarks in the East Village, like the Simmons Building, only adds to the unique hip atmosphere of the neighbourhood.

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History of Downtown Calgary

The early days of Calgary, Alberta were shaped by First Nations people, North-West Mounted Police, railway builder, settlers and businessmen. In the 1870s, Mounties were sent west by John A. Macdonald, for fear that the Americans would move north and take over the land and natural resources. In the summer of 1875, Mounties led by Inspector Brisebois, established a fort at the junction of the Bow and Elbow Rivers where the prairies ended and the foothills began. Originally named Fort Brisebois, it was renamed Fort Calgary a year later by Colonel James Macleod who had sent a letter to Ottawa recommending the fort be called Calgary. It's believed that Macleod named the fort Calgary after is a hamlet on the north west coast of Mull, Scotland called Calgary. Macleod understood it to mean "clear running water" in Gaelic.

In the late 1870s Calgary consisted of a fort, Hudson's Bay Company trading store, a few shacks and a small church. As late as 1881, the population was a mere 75 people. Until 1883 the little community of Calgary wasn't much more than a way station along the route linking Edmonton with Fort Macleod. Trade was north-south and the trail through Calgary eventually became Macleod Trail. In 1884 the Canadian Pacific Railway build a station near Fort Calgary and downtown Calgary built around it. By mid-1884, the Calgary was an up-and-coming village with a butcher shop, hotels and post office. With a bustling population of roughly 400, Calgary was incorporated as a town November 17, 1884 and as a city on January 1, 1894.

At first all the downtown Calgary streets and avenues had names like Stephen (8th), Atlantic (9th) and Drinkwater (2nd) not numbers. In 1904 the city changed all the names to numbers and a grid system was created. Beautiful sandstone building were constructed downtown providing stability and character. Many of the original sandstone buildings still exist including City Hall, Central United Church, Palliser Hotel and the Dominion Bank building. By the early 1920s downtown Calgary was a crowed city with street cars, automobiles, fire hall, food shops, clothing stores and a variety of businesses.

Calgary experienced its first boom in 1914 and then a second boom in 1947 when oil was discovered in Leduc. Numerous oil and gas companies set up their headquarters in the city and the skyline began to grow. In 1968 the city’s downtown core was changed forever when the iconic Calgary Tower was built to celebrate Canada's centennial. Calgary's downtown experienced another significant change in the 1970s when a worldwide oil shortage meant an explosion of major skyscraper construction. Downtown was covered in cranes and office towers under construction. Today Calgary’s downtown core is densely packed with some of the tallest skyscrapers in Canada.

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