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Bowness, Calgary

City area: NW

Bowness is a community district in west Calgary. It was an autonomous town until 1963, when it was amalgamated by Calgary.

 

The neighbourhood is bordered by the Bow River on the north and east, 16th Avenue on the south, and Stoney Trail on the west. Immediately over the river to the east lies the community of Montgomery, itself an autonomous town until Calgary amalgamated it in 1963.

 

On the northwest end of the community is one of Calgary's most popular parks, Bowness Park. The park sits between the Bow River and a lagoon, and is popular for picnics, summer sports, ice skating in the winter, and boating. It is also part of the city's large pedestrian pathway network. To the south-east, it is bordered by Edworthy Park.

 

Bowness is represented in the Calgary City Council by Ward 1

The community has an area redevelopment plan in place.[3]



Bowness

Bowness Real Estate

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  • 2 6135 BOWNESS Road NW in Calgary: Bowness House for sale : MLS®# C4176474

    Main Photo: 2 6135 BOWNESS Road NW in Calgary: Bowness House for sale : MLS®# C4176474
    $284,900
    Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    C4176474
    Bedrooms:
    2
    Bathrooms:
    3
    Floor Area:
    1,108 sq. ft.
    Fantastic Bowness location and nicely updated condition! Efficiently self-managed condo keeps condo fees low ($200/mth). South facing back deck looks out toward the C.O.P. hill. Close to schools and shopping and easy access to 16th Ave for quick commute to downtown. Lots of great schools in Bowness! This home could also be great for room-mates because each bedroom upstairs is spacious and there is a full ensuite bathroom for each of them! The main level is nice and open, and very bright, lots of natural light! You will love the laminate flooring, very warm and very durable! New roof in 2016. New furnace, water heater and electrical panel in 2013. This unit back on south side of building, away from traffic noise. Laundry is on main level. Large shed out back is shared by 4 units. Basement is unfinished, great for storage or added development. More details
    RE/MAX SIGNATURE PROPERTIES
    PATRICK HOSPES
  • 6417 BOWWOOD Drive NW in Calgary: Bowness House for sale : MLS®# C4179173

    Main Photo: 6417 BOWWOOD Drive NW in Calgary: Bowness House for sale : MLS®# C4179173
    • Gorgeous home designed by John Haddon and custom built by Birthstone Homes.
    • Stunning, grand entrance with custom built door.
    • Beautiful winding staircase with lighting, custom millwork.
    • Gourmet's kitchen with gas stove and thick granite countertops.
    • Granite island with double sink and eating bar
    • Custom cabinetry, high-end stainless steel appliances.
    • Main floor gleaming hardwood.
    • Antique bisque custom cabinetry
    • Living room with custom built cabinets, gas fireplace with stone.
    • Living room open to the kitchen and dining area.
    • Very functional open concept.
    • Dining area with privacy window, french door leads to mudroom and powder room.
    • Dining area is open conveniently to the kitchen.
    • Main floor office/den that could be converted to a formal dining room.
    • French doors, coffered ceiling in this spacious multi-use room.
    • Main floor powder room.
    • Mudroom leads to the south-facing, landscaped back yard with oversized double garage.
    • Upper landing.
    • Spacious master bedroom with french doors leading to a large upper balcony.
    • Master bedroom with large walk-in closet.
    • Master bedroom with spa-infused master ensuite.
    • Master bedroom upper balcony.
    • Beautiful master ensuite with a air jet tub, double sinks, custom cabinetry.
    • Master ensuite with double glass doors and privacy windows.
    • Master ensuite with tiled shower and glass door.
    • Large upper bedroom.
    • Another large upper bedroom.  Total of three upstairs.
    • Upper full bathroom.
    • Upper laundry room.
    • Basement recreation room with stone gas fireplace and custom built-in cabinetry.
    • Basement recreation room.
    • Recreation room opens to the full wet bar.
    • Large basement bedroom with egress window.
    • Full basement bathroom.
    • Relax out on the front porch and enjoy the evening!
    • Backyard with attached shed to the detached oversized garage.
    • Exterior of the back of  the home with a spacious deck, beautifully designed.
    • Front of this exquisitely designed home, with incredible curb appeal.
    $799,900
    Detached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    C4179173
    Bedrooms:
    4
    Bathrooms:
    5
    Floor Area:
    2,291 sq. ft.
    VISIT THE VIRTUAL TOUR*This BEAUTIFUL home shows like new, with over 3000 SQFT of ELEGANT living space on 3 finished levels w/4 bedrooms & 3 1/2 baths. Fully landscaped w/sprinklers, fenced, large deck, attached shed on an OVERSIZED DOUBLE GARAGE. Designed by John Haddon & custom-built by Birchstone Homes, this home is located in one of the most WALKABLE & BIKEABLE neighbourhoods. Detailing MASTERFUL MILLWORK w/custom cabinetry & built-ins, a gorgeous WINDING STAIRCASE, gleaming HARDWOOD floors; 9' ceilings. Main floor has a stunning entrance, den/dining room w/coffered ceiling & french doors, a gourmet kitchen w/high-end s/s appliances w/gas stove, granite countertop opens to the living room w/gas fireplace and dining area. Upstairs: Sprawling master bedroom w/spa-infused ensuite w/air jet tub, walk-in closet; laundry room; 2 more large bedrooms; full bath. BASEMENT: Huge rec room w/gas fireplace; wet bar w/fridge; large bedroom; and full bath. This home is a GEM! More details
    CENTURY 21 BAMBER REALTY LTD.
    PATRICK HOSPES
  • 8515 47 Avenue NW in Calgary: Bowness House for sale : MLS®# C4179161

    Main Photo: 8515 47 Avenue NW in Calgary: Bowness House for sale : MLS®# C4179161
    $399,000
    Detached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    C4179161
    Bedrooms:
    2
    Bathrooms:
    1
    Floor Area:
    822 sq. ft.
    Great Investment R-C2 50x120 Property, Many Infills in area. This beautiful property is located on a quiet treed street in the desirable community of Bowness. Main floor have 2 bedrooms, full bath, living room, spacious kitchen and eating area. Huge south facing treed backyard. Current Tenant is paying $1400+Utilities from last 3 years and willing to stay. Close to schools, Parks, River, downtown and all other amenities. Amazing potential! Don't miss out! More details
    URBAN-REALTY.ca
    PATRICK HOSPES
  • 8321 46 Avenue NW in Calgary: Bowness House for sale : MLS®# C4179026

    Main Photo: 8321 46 Avenue NW in Calgary: Bowness House for sale : MLS®# C4179026
    $575,000
    Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    C4179026
    Bedrooms:
    3
    Bathrooms:
    3
    Floor Area:
    1,512 sq. ft.
    Welcome to West Bowness! Uptown Trendy, Small Town Feel. Up and coming neighbourhood, minutes from Downtown. Close to the River, Bike Paths, Stoney Trail, Canada Olympic Park and quick access to the West. Absolutely stunning Two Storey home built in 2017. Great Architecture and Panoramic views. Fully Landscaped, with maintenance free back yard. Custom cabinets, stainless steel appliances, engineered hardwood throughout main floor, barn doors, custom shelving at front and back entrance and all closets. Walk in closets located in all 3 bedrooms. Metal clad vinyl windows, quartz countertops, 9 ft ceilings all three levels, L.E.D. spotlights throughout, double detached garage with 10 ft ceiling, large patio and private backyard area. New Home Warranty! The list goes on and on. Call listing agent today to book your own private viewing! Priced to Sell! More details
    REAL ESTATE PROFESSIONALS INC.
    PATRICK HOSPES
  • 4 6505 36 Avenue NW in Calgary: Bowness House for sale : MLS®# C4179155

    Main Photo: 4 6505 36 Avenue NW in Calgary: Bowness House for sale : MLS®# C4179155
    $289,000
    Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    C4179155
    Bedrooms:
    3
    Bathrooms:
    2
    Floor Area:
    605 sq. ft.
    Pride of ownership is evident in this 3 bedroom bi-level home with an impressive south facing backyard with a 2 tiered deck and mature trees for privacy. Walking distance to coffee shops, transit, schools and only 10 mins to downtown! The main floor features laminate and tile through-out, large living room with access to the front balcony, dining room with garden doors to the backyard and kitchen with classic white cabinetry. A 2 piece bathroom with laundry completes this space. The lower level offers 3 bright and spacious bedrooms and a 4 piece bathroom. There are 2 over-sized parking stalls and low condo fees at only $77 a month...a perfect starter home! More details
    RE/MAX FIRST
    PATRICK HOSPES
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The Bow Valley, where Bowness is situated, has been occupied by native peoples since the end of the last ice age, around 10.500 years ago. Archeological evidence shows that the Nitsitapii (Blackfoot) have been in the area for over a thousand years, with StoneyCree and Tsuu T'ina peoples arriving from the sixteenth century onwards. Non-natives reached the region in the late 1700s, after which native populations began to decline rapidly, due to epidemics and the decimation of the bison herds on which they depended. In 1877, the Blackfoot, Blood, Peigan, Tsuu T'ina and Stoney First Nations signed Treaty 7, accepting to live on reserves that covered some of their traditional hunting grounds.[4]

At about the same time Treaty 7 was signed, the Dominion Land Survey was done, making it easier to lease or sell land in the west of Canada. The area which is now Bowness was leased for a while by the Cochrane Ranche Company, from 1883. It was then bought and sold several times over the next few decades. Two of these sales were important for the subsequent history of Bowness. In 1890–91 Thomas Stone and Jasper M. Richardson purchased the land. They started the Bowness Ranche and built a ranch house whose stables and barns were on an island in the river which is now Bowness Park. The name Bowness was apparently chosen by Stone, who had enjoyed visiting Bowness-on-Windermere in the English Lake District before coming to Canada.[5]

The second sale of note was in 1908, to John Hextall, an English solicitor. Calgary, just six miles to the east, was booming at the time and Hextall envisioned turning Bowness into an exclusive residential suburb “in a natural scenic setting of great beauty”.[6] In 1911, he subdivided part of the ranch, built a bridge, and got the City of Calgary to run its streetcar line across the bridge into his development, which he called Bowness Estates. In return, he donated two islands on the Bow to the City, for use as a park, now known as Bowness Park. (This arrangement is strikingly similar to one made in 1909 to develop the Glenora suburb of Edmonton.)

Despite an aggressive advertising campaign, and improvements such as the building of a golf course and club house, only a handful of lots were sold. There was a downturn in the economy and then World War I broke out in 1914, and Hextall himself died the same year. After the war, Bowness languished, although Bowness Park was extremely popular with Calgarians, who came in the thousands on the street-car. Some small farms were established and enough lots sold to justify building a school in 1932, some stores, and in 1934 a post office. Marty Wood, the famous rodeo cowboy, arrived with his family in 1940 or 1941, and attended Bowness School. His parents opened riding stables on Chinook (now 34th.) Avenue. Of note also was the use of a large field near the park, the Bowness Flying Field, as Calgary's first commercial airport. It was managed by Fred McCall, a Canadian wartime flying ace, who flew mostly sightseeing flights to Banff and around the area throughout the twenties.

Bowness began to take off again after World War II, when the government provided 48 one acre plots to returning veterans, in an area known as the Soldiers' Settlement. Schools and churches were built and in 1947 two theatres were opened to serve the growing population. In 1948, Bowness became a village. A volunteer fire brigade was formed, a fire hall built, and other public services provided. The status of town was achieved in 1952, with John Mackintosh being elected as the first mayor of the Town of Bowness.

Finally, the town of Bowness was amalgamated into the City of Calgary in 1963.[7][8]

Since Bowness was amalgamated, it has had to cope with a number of social issues. In part due to its origins as an autonomous community, Bowness is home to both wealthy and disadvantaged residents and is more socioeconomically diverse[2] than many of Calgary's newest suburban neighborhoods. This diversity has contributed to some socioeconomic problems in the community (including crime[9]). An example of this socioeconomic diversity can be seen in the difference in housing stock between the high-priced homes and properties along the Bow River, and the less expensive, former military housing just a few blocks away.

 

Like many older Calgary neighbourhoods, Bowness is experiencing gentrification with the renovation and reconstruction of some of the housing and commercial properties. For example, between 2006 and 2010 the commercial properties along "Main Street" Bowness have undergone renovation and revitalization including the Former Bowness Hotel Site (now called Hextall Place)[10] and the Bow Cycle Building.

 

Bowness is home to a number of unique annual events including the Lions Club Stampede Parade and Breakfast[11] held the first weekend of Stampede; the Tour de Bowness[12] held at the end of July; and the Harvest Fair[13] held the second weekend in September.

 

Content derived from: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bowness,_Calgary

 

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