West Hillhurst is about a 45 to 90 minute walk to Stephen Avenue depending on where you live and how fast you walk. It is on the edge of the City Centre by my definition i.e. anywhere that is about a 30 to 40 minute walk from the middle of the Central Business District.
That makes West Hillhurst an inner-city neighbourhood.
For most Calgarians, the image of inner-city neighbourhoods is one of tree-lined streets with a mix of small, mid-20th century bungalows and large new two story infill homes. There might be an old school or two and a small shopping plaza and but not much else.
Living in West Hillhurst for 25+ years I have come to appreciate the hidden diversity of my community, which I expect is true for many other inner-city neighbourhoods in Calgary.
Let's go for a West Hillhurst adventure, as my four and two-year old neighbour boys would say when they want me to take them for a walkabout of our neighbourhood. We always find something new even after over 100 adventures.
Parks & Recreation Amenities
Art & Culture
Diversity of Housing
Best Calgary Neighbourhoods?
Recently, Avenue Magazine published their Calgary Best Neighbourhoods for 2018 and the results were surprising. The methodology involved surveying Calgarians re: what is important to them (restaurants, cafes and bars, walk and transit scores, community engagement, crime rates and access to parks, pathways and recreational opportunities) and then all 185 neighbourhoods were ranked based on relevant data from various sources.
This was not a popularity contest as is often the case with neighbourhood rankings.
The top ten were:
- Arbour Lake
- Signal Hill
- Crescent Heights
- Eau Claire
Interestingly, Hillhurst ranked #27 and Inglewood #50, both of which have been ranked as some of the best neighbourhoods in Canada by professional planners. Hmmmm....what does that say?
West Hillhurst was ranked #105, just ahead of Collingwood (106), North Glenmore Park (107) and Midnapore (108) and behind the likes of Glendale (102), Southview (103) and Britanna (104).
For me is having great neighbours, which we have had for the entire 25+ years we have lived here. It is also about great accessibility to all of the things like to do, some in walking distance, some just a 5 or 10 minute drive. We have never been big transit users.
I am not about to question why West Hillhurst was ranked so low. But, perhaps it is because what makes a great neighbourhood isn't really measurable. It is personal!