By far, the most popular location in Calgary for apartments is The Beltline. There are more apartments available in this area of the city than any other and more are being built every year. The Beltline was established in 1905 and currently has a population of over 28,000.
The area defined as The Beltline is located immediately south of the downtown core. The northern boundary runs along the CN Rail racks between 9th and 10th Avenues. The southern boundary runs along the middle of 17th Avenue, one of Calgary’s most popular avenues. To the west 14th Street and to the east the Elbow River forms its border, incorporating Stampede Park.
The Beltline is further divided into Connaught and Victoria Park with 4th Street SW being the dividing line. The area west of 4th is Connaught and the area east is Victoria Park.
There are many dining and retail opportunities with the area and for anyone living here, most places are just a short walk away. For grocery shopping, there are two major grocery stores: Safeway and the Midtown Co-Op, both located along 11th Avenue in the Connaught area. Recently another grocery store, Urban Fare opened under the Canadian Tire store along 6th Avenue. However, traditional grocery stores are not the only option. You might also want to take a look at places such as Sunterra Market, located in Victoria Park along 12th Avenue or Amaranth 4th Street Market. There are of course many small grocery stores dotted throughout the Beltline catering the immediate area they serve.
Now, if you are a dining out sort of person, you will literally be spoilt for choice. There are eateries all over the Beltline, catering to all tastes and budgets. Pubs are everywhere and include places such as Fionn MacCool’s Irish Pub, Mugs, Pig & Duke, Brewsters, National on 17th, Rose & Crown and Hudson’s, to name but a few. There is also no shortage of cafes and coffee bars including the traditional Tim Horton’s, Starbucks and Second Cup along with more bespoke Milano Coffee, Good Earth, Sucre, Bumpy’s Cafe and Kawa Expresso Bar.
The Beltline is a great walking place and if simply wandering the avenues and streets isn’t enough for you, then you might like to take in some of the small parks in the area. These include Tomkins Park, Central Memorial Park and the beautiful Beaulieu Gardens and the Barb Scott Park which features the Chinook Arc sculpture.
The area is also home to Lougheed House, built in 1891 by Senator James Alexander Lougheed. This beautiful sandstone building sits in the heart of the Beltline and is now operated by the Lougheed House Conservation Society, a non-profit dedicated to the restoration and enjoyment of the building. Here you can take guided tours inside the building (paid admission) or stroll around the 2.8 acres of flower and vegetable gardens, which are free. The building also hosts many exhibits and concerts throughout the year.
The annual 4th Street Lilac Festival takes place along, you’ve guessed it, 4th Street and is a free one-day event celebrating spring and the start of Calgary’s festival season. Stretching from 13 Avenue to the Elbow River it features artisan vendors, entertainment and lots of activities for the whole family. This year the event takes place on Sunday, June 2nd and as long as the weather is good, will be packed with people having a great time. There will be over 500 vendors and over 30 performances from new and emerging local musicians.
So, as you can see, the Beltline offers pretty much everything anyone could ask for, including Stampede Park and the BMO Centre. But, if that isn’t enough for you, then downtown Calgary, Mission and Mount Royal are just a short walking distance away. Local transit can also take you to pretty much anywhere in Calgary, so if you want everything on your doorstep, then the Beltline is the pace to be.
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