Calgary has one of Canada’s fastest growing job markets, so it’s no surprise the city attracts plenty of young professionals looking to boost their careers and land the jobs they are qualified for and deserve. It you’re relocating to Calgary, you might not be familiar with the personalities of the city’s various neighborhoods.
It’s always important to do your research before a big move, but to speed up the process, here’s a starter list of some of the best Calgary neighborhoods for young professionals. These locations offer convenience, outdoor amenities, lively shopping, dining and nightlife, and unique personalities young professionals love.
Millennials are known for placing a high value on work-life balance, health and wellbeing. There may not be a better neighborhood for sticking that perfect balance than Altadore, a southwest inner-city residential area nestled just southwest of Elbow River and bordered by River Park. River Park, on of Calgary’s best parks, provides plenty of opportunities for hiking, biking, sports, and taking dogs off leash for a good run. Altadore young professionals also have easy access to Marda Loop is the largest and busiest outdoor shopping area in Calgary, and the neighborhood is known for it’s vibrancy and party atmosphere. In the past few years, Altadore has been growing in popularity, which has instigated an influx of high-end, luxury townhouses and semi-detached properties favored by the more trendy members of the young professional demographic, as well as those with new families. It’s definitely one of our favorite Calgary Neighborhoods for Young Professionals.
Historic Hillhurst has everything young professionals look for in a neighborhood: charm, a downtown location, easy access to buses and shopping, and, best of all, a network of other ambitious young professionals. Established in 1914, one of Calgary’s oldest neighborhoods is characterized by its small, well cared-for houses and tree-lined streets. During the past few years, the Hillhurst has seen an influx of development of condo-style homes and apartments perfect for young professionals. Residents love the popular Kensington Business Revitalization Zone – one of Calgary’s warmest and “quirkiest” areas that offers boutiques, restaurants, bookstores and a bourgeoning art scene. The population of the neighborhood has been growing in the past few years. About 16 per cent of its residents are immigrants and more than half are renters.
It doesn’t get any more convenient for young professionals who work downtown than Downtown West. The prime, convenient location means you can leave in your trendy condo or apartment, grab a bite and a coffee of one of the many downtown restaurants, and be in the office in just a few minutes. This neighborhood is perfect for work-hard, play-hard lifestyles – downtown is the epicenter for the culinary scene, nightlife, shopping and entertainment. Some of the great attractions here include the Shaw Millennium Park and Mewata Armouries to the west, where many of the city’s great festivals take place, and multi-user paves paths along the Bow River. More than 20 per cent of the residents are immigrants.
Located in the north-west quadrant of Calgary, historic Mount Pleasant is surrounded in the north and west by Confederation Park, which means it’s another prime location for recreation and leisure. Confederation Park, which offers cycle paths, tennis courts, baseball diamond, a pool and other amenities, is a popular destination for couples taking wedding photographs. Many of these couples probably hail from Mount Pleasant! After work, residents can visit the North Mount Pleasant Arts Centre, to unwind and express themselves in a fine arts class. This convenient and easily accessible neighborhood offers a blend of condo, apartment and detached housing options.
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