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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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  • 8316 BOWNESS Road NW in Calgary: Bowness House for sale : MLS®# C4223112

    Main Photo: 8316 BOWNESS Road NW in Calgary: Bowness House for sale : MLS®# C4223112
    $460,000
    Detached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    C4223112
    Bedrooms:
    4
    Bathrooms:
    2
    Floor Area:
    899 sq. ft.
    * This home has had a pre-home inspection done on it * Move in ready! What a great opportunity to live in a beautiful, affordable, fully-renovated home in this wonderful community.Living in Bowness means you get to live in what was once one of Calgary's oldest communities with a small town feel. "Bownesians" love it here and love the community. You will too! You're a 15 minute drive to downtown and minutes to the Trans Canada highway to get to Banff. You get to enjoy Bowness Park, local shops and restaurants, and nearby schools. Fully renovated, all windows updated. This home has a beautiful kitchen with soft-close cabinets, granite countertops, 5 range gas stove, all stainless steel appliances, massive yard with RV parking, double detached garage, 2 tier composite deck, rubberized polyurethane walkways, 3 beds above grade, finished basement with tall ceilings and a 4th bedroom and full bathroom.Nothing needs to be updated. Separate entrance to the basement.See virtual link to view the video of this home. More details
    Listed by REDLINE REAL ESTATE GROUP INC.
    PATRICK HOSPES
  • 7112 BOW Crescent NW in Calgary: Bowness House for sale : MLS®# C4222976

    Main Photo: 7112 BOW Crescent NW in Calgary: Bowness House for sale : MLS®# C4222976
    $2,195,000
    Detached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    C4222976
    Bedrooms:
    3
    Bathrooms:
    4
    Floor Area:
    4,722 sq. ft.
    Prestigious custom built walk-out bungalow by Maillot Homes sitting on the best river front lot on the street. Every detail of this home was carefully chosen for an exquisite presentation. Incredible natural light flows t/o the large living rm w/built-in shelving & elegant FP into the cream cabinet kitchen w/quartz counters, high end ss appliances & subzero fridge. Master retreat w/stunning river views, elaborate 7pc ensuite. 2nd bed on main w/walk-in & 4pc ensuite. In-floor heat in all ensuite & laundry rm. Dramatic curved staircase w/wrought iron spindles & oak wall detailing take you down to cork flooring & a massive games rm filled w/style & grace. Wet bar w/rich wood detailing, granite counters, wine fridge, & wine rm. Family rm, 3rd bed w/walk-in, & flex rm; perfect for a home gym. Plenty of storage & cold room complete the lower. This home sits on a 100x300 ft lot & encompasses an expansive backyard w/breathtaking river views & wildlife at your doorstep. A serene inner city sanctuary to call home. More details
    Listed by RE/MAX REAL ESTATE (CENTRAL)
    PATRICK HOSPES
  • 4631 83 Street NW in Calgary: Bowness House for sale : MLS®# C4222570

    Main Photo: 4631 83 Street NW in Calgary: Bowness House for sale : MLS®# C4222570
    $650,000
    Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    C4222570
    Bedrooms:
    4
    Bathrooms:
    4
    Floor Area:
    1,687 sq. ft.
    Presenting the finest contemporary 2 storey attached home you will find. Attention to detail is evident throughout this home combining timeless finishing & modern flair with complete functionality. Located on one of Bowness most desirable streets this west backing lot is sure to impress. This home boasts 4 bedrooms & a fully finished 2414 combined sq ft of unsurpassed expertly crafted living space. Asking the builder about the level of detail he proudly explains he built the home as if it was his own. No expense has been spared customizing this home from the black stainless appliances to the luxury plank flooring & the outstanding quartz counter tops. This home will wow your guests and make you the envy of all your neighbors. The home is intuitively designed & flows with ease. The back entry is properly separated as well as the half bath allowing the main floor proper flow and function. Bedrooms are all well sized & the master ensuite is a true retreat. Call today to book your own private viewing. More details
    Listed by RE/MAX LANDAN REAL ESTATE
    PATRICK HOSPES
  • 2 8112 36 Avenue NW in Calgary: Bowness Condo for sale : MLS®# C4222604

    Main Photo: 2 8112 36 Avenue NW in Calgary: Bowness Condo for sale : MLS®# C4222604
    $189,900
    Apartment
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    C4222604
    Bedrooms:
    3
    Bathrooms:
    1
    Floor Area:
    883 sq. ft.
    This bright 3 bedroom condo is ultra cozy and has a great layout. Check out this functional NEW kitchen, comes with soft close cupboard doors, stainless steel over head fan, modern wood counter tops and shelving. Large Dinning room is a great place to entertain friends & family and is south facing for *all day sun*. Living room is adjacent and is spacious. Laminate floors, NEW paint, Ensuite Washer & Dryer Front loader and lots of storage. Close to Schools, Transit, shopping, Canada Olympic Park, the Mountains, parks, playgrounds, the river path ways for biking and close to all Amenities. A Farmers Market is going to open and will be walking distance. More details
    Listed by HOPE STREET REAL ESTATE CORP.
    PATRICK HOSPES
  • 7409 37 Avenue NW in Calgary: Bowness House for sale : MLS®# C4222626

    Main Photo: 7409 37 Avenue NW in Calgary: Bowness House for sale : MLS®# C4222626
    • Front of Duplex
    • Main floor living room
    • Main floor living room
    • Main floor living room into dining room
    • Main floor dining area with built in shelving
    • Main floor kitchen
    • Main floor kitchen
    • Kitchen
    • Main floor bathroom
    • Main floor dining room
    • Master Bedroom
    • Master Bedroom
    • Main floor Bedroom 2
    • Main floor Bedroom #3
    • Lower Living room
    • Lower Living room area
    • Lower living room area
    • Lower kitchen
    • Lower Kitchen
    • Lower bathroom
    • Lower bathroom
    • Lower bedroom #1
    • Lower bedroom #2
    • Back view of duplex
    • Backyard
    • Front of duplex showing balcony
    • Front
    • Balcony deck area area
    • 2 car Parking pad at back of duplex
    $359,900
    Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    C4222626
    Bedrooms:
    5
    Bathrooms:
    2
    Floor Area:
    946 sq. ft.
    Great potential in this 5 bedroom attached home, originally built with an (illegal) 2 bedroom suite in the basement. Ideal for a larger or extended family or live in one unit and rent the other. Loads of upgrades including furnace (1996), windows, exterior doors and roof in (2007) water heater in 2011, and brand new floor coverings and interior paint. Fully fenced south backyard. All within walking distance to all level of schools, large playgrounds and a quick commute to Winsport, Bowness Park and the Bow river. Also very easy access to the downtown area and the Trans Canada west to Banff. Call now to view! More details
    Listed by RE/MAX REALTY PROFESSIONALS
    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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