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Northwest communities dominate list of best Calgary neighbourhoods

Last Updated Aug 25, 2020 at 10:42 am MDT

A look at condos in the University District of Brentwood. The northwest neighbourhood was once again best in Calgary by Avenue magazine. (CREDIT: Tony Parmar, Facebook)

Brentwood took the top spot in the survey for the second year in a row.

The top 10 features neighbourhoods in northwest Calgary including Varsity, Sunnyside and Dalhousie

CALGARY (660 NEWS) – The rankings are out and once again a northwest community is Calgary’s best neighbourhood according to readers of Avenue magazine.

The annual survey put Brentwood on top for a second consecutive year, followed by nearby Varsity, Crescent Heights, Sunnyside, and Bridgeland.

“You look at the northwest which kind of developed earlier in the city,” said Editor-In-Chief at Avenue Kathe Lemon. “What we find in our survey is that people want amenity-rich neighbourhoods. They want everything, especially parks and pathways and those are the neighbourhoods where those amenities developed first.”

The Beltline used to be at the top of the list but has dropped off in recent years. This year, the neighbourhood ranked number 47.

Lemon said one of the major reasons is because Calgarians don’t want a lot of restaurants near their homes anymore.

The survey put grocery store access as a high priority as well as green space, something that communities like Brentwood and Varsity have more compared to the inner city.

“It really is those neighbourhoods that are walkable where you can get your errands done on foot,” added Lemon.

“I think especially now after the pandemic, people really want to be able to stay in their own neighbourhood and get their stuff done. They don’t want to be having to go a long way in the car or by transit.”

Other communities that placed in the top 10 include Acadia, Dalhousie, and Bowness.

The list was compiled with data from the City of Calgary and other groups along with responses from a survey that asked people to rank the most important characteristics of a great place to live.