West Hillhurst is premium inner city living destination in northwest Calgary sought after by infill buyers and new home builders alike. West Hillhurst is located in close proximity to Calgary’s downtown core, borders the Bow River and is close to tons of necessary amenities and services.
West Hillhurst lacked any considerable development until 1945 when substantial construction projects to house returning soldiers from the World War commenced. Today, the new inner city infill home is becoming the new face of the community replacing many of the older post war homes found in the area.
If you dread the drive through rush-hour traffic you could use any one of several bridges across the Bow River to access downtown Calgary with ease, or choose to do so by walking a short distance or biking.
West Hillhurst Amenities and Service
West Hillhurst Community Association operates and maintains tennis courts, a hockey and skating rink. Large playing fields for minor league sports such as soccer and football are also found in the area. Public events such as bingo are also held at the community hall.
Not far to the east of the community is the hustle and bustle of Kensington where anything can be found from upscale dining, grocery shopping, boutique shops and much, much and more.
Southern Alberta Institute of Technology a.k.a. SAIT Polytechnic and the Alberta College of Art and Design a.k.a. ACAD are located just north and east from the community, while North Hill Mall and Home Depot are found a few minutes north along 16th Avenue NW.
West Hillhurst Schools
- West Hillhurst is home to two schools. First is the Louise Dean Public School which attends grades nine to twelve for pregnant or parenting teenagers.
- Second is Ecole Madeleine d’Houet, a privatized, bilingual French Immersion school for Junior High students.
- West Hillhurst has Queen Elizabeth Elementary, Junior High and Senior High school as the designated school for West Hillhurst residents from kindergarten to and throughout grade twelve.
West Hillhurst Demographics
When you are looking around for a new home or Calgary infill it is great to know some of the actual information relating to the communities you are looking into. Here are some interesting and important demographics are (City of Calgary, Civic Census 2009)
- Ages 24 and below – 26.4%
- Ages 25 to 54 – 55.6%
- Ages 55 and up – 18%
- Average household income – $61,401 (Statistics Canada, 2006 Census)
- Percentage of population with a High School Diploma or higher – 89.1%
- Ratio of residents who own their property – 59.2%
- Ratio of residents who rent their property – 41.0%
West Hillhurst is serviced by a few different bus routes that can get you anywhere you need to go within Calgary. Route 10 services Hillhurst along 14th Street NW.
Route 10 is a connector between Bowness, Dalhousie, Brentwood, Hillhurst, downtown, McLeod Trail, Fairmount Drive and then finally ends at South centre, where it turns around for a return trip. Route 305 serves as a replacement for a nonexistent LRT train and stops within the community. This route serves as a cross-town route, starting in Bowness NW and ending its trip in Applewood SE before making the return trip.
Route 405 services the community along Kensington Rd and 5th / 6th Avenues NW before moving up 14th Street NW, stopping at Lions Park LRT station situated at North Hill Mall. The route then continues up 19th Street NW, eventually making its way directly towards the University of Calgary.
West Hillhurst Community Boundaries Are:
- Northern Border – Toronto Cr. NW, 9th Ave NW, 8th Ave NW from 28th St NW to 18a St NW.
- Eastern Border – 18th Street NW from roughly 8th Avenue NW to the Bow River
- Southern Border – Bow River from 18th Street NW to roughly 28th Street NW
- Western Border – 28th Street NW from Bow River to Toronto Cr. NW, 8th / 9th Avenues NW