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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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  • 8111 33 Avenue NW in Calgary: Bowness House for sale : MLS® # C4149379

    Main Photo: 8111 33 Avenue NW in Calgary: Bowness House for sale : MLS® # C4149379
    $479,500
    Detached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    C4149379
    Bedrooms:
    3
    Bathrooms:
    2
    Floor Area:
    1,036 sq. ft.
    Full of character and charm this inviting bungalow sits on one the largest lots in Bowness (50x300ft!) and feels like home from the moment you walk-in. Main floor features a terrific floor plan with mudroom, cozy living room with wood burning fireplace, functional kitchen with plenty of bright windows, cupboards and counter space, 3 great size bedrooms and laundry. Fully finished basement has great potential to bring in revenue with separate entrance to illegal suite -- full kitchen with eating area, large living room, bedroom and 4pc bath with laundry completes this great space. Spend your afternoons outside soaking up the sunshine in the spacious SW facing backyard w/ a raised deck in the trees. Numerous upgrades throughout - new windows, interior and sliding doors, hot water tank, furnace, roof, and flooring in basement bathroom, as well as refinished hardwood floors and fitted window coverings. Detached single garage and parking pad at the back has space for an RV. Fantastic location close to all the amenities you could need -- near all levels of schools, Bowness Park and walking paths, 16th ave and downtown! More details
    CHAMBERLAIN REAL ESTATE GROUP
    PATRICK HOSPES
  • 5 4527 73 Street NW in Calgary: Bowness House for sale : MLS® # C4149174

    Main Photo: 5 4527 73 Street NW in Calgary: Bowness House for sale : MLS® # C4149174
    $189,990
    Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    C4149174
    Bedrooms:
    3
    Bathrooms:
    2
    Floor Area:
    544 sq. ft.
    HOME SWEET HOME! Welcome to your charming corner unit, 3 bed, 1.5 bath townhouse with 1,040 liveable SQ. FT! A private walkway leads you up to the bright, SW facing patio with room for outdoor seating & BBQ. Once inside you are greeted by the open concept living room/dining area. Living room features a gorgeous stone wall complete with cozy wood burning fireplace. The kitchen highlights include stunning tile backsplash & contemporary cabinetry. Just off the kitchen is the massive powder/laundry room complete with upgraded sink, new toilet & modern washer/dryer. Upstairs you will find the built-in bar area, ideal for entertaining. The lower level features 3 bedrooms, 4pc bath, furnace room & additional storage area. Each bedroom boasts upgraded lighting fixtures & large windows, allowing for plenty of natural light. The updated bath features a new toilet, modern sink & upgraded shower head. This property is located ideally close to all major roadways, schools, parks, the river & shopping! More details
    CENTURY 21 BAMBER REALTY LTD.
    PATRICK HOSPES
  • 301 BOW Grove NW in Calgary: Bowness House for sale : MLS® # C4147652

    Main Photo: 301 BOW Grove NW in Calgary: Bowness House for sale : MLS® # C4147652
    $429,900
    Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    C4147652
    Bedrooms:
    3
    Bathrooms:
    3
    Floor Area:
    1,455 sq. ft.
    ARRIVE at Bowness to a BRAND NEW HOME that offers everything you're looking for. Certified BUILTGREEN, The SAGE End model is a Fully Finished 3 Beds, 2.5 Baths, DOUBLE ATTACHED HEATED GARAGE! The Spacious Main Floor layout will accommodate Large Family gatherings PERFECT for Entertaining! Quartz countertops with Undermount sinks in the Kitchen and Baths, High-End Stainless Steel appliance package, Washer and Dryer, splatter coated ceilings, 2" Faux Wood Blinds, beautiful wide plank laminate flooring and Contemporary finishings throughout. Enjoy your large balcony with gas-line for BBQ extending your living space with VIEWS of the COP.Close to parks, walkways, transit, shops, school, and the Bow River make this Townhome the Perfect place to call Home!**PHOTOS are of FORMER SHOWHOME, colours and specifications may vary** QUICK POSSESSION INCENTIVE AVAILABLE FOR A LIMITED TIME!! ALMOST SOLD OUT, CALL TODAY FOR YOUR PRIVATE VIEWING!! More details
    RE/MAX COMPLETE REALTY
    PATRICK HOSPES
  • 7512 39 Avenue NW in Calgary: Bowness House for sale : MLS® # C4149050

    Main Photo: 7512 39 Avenue NW in Calgary: Bowness House for sale : MLS® # C4149050
    $599,900
    Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    C4149050
    Bedrooms:
    4
    Bathrooms:
    5
    Floor Area:
    1,888 sq. ft.
    Amazing Price ... Amazing Custom Infill . Sure to impress. Details to follow More details
    RE/MAX IREALTY INNOVATIONS
    PATRICK HOSPES
  • 6327 BOWMONT Crescent NW in Calgary: Bowness House for sale : MLS® # C4148982

    Main Photo: 6327 BOWMONT Crescent NW in Calgary: Bowness House for sale : MLS® # C4148982
    $349,900
    Detached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    C4148982
    Bedrooms:
    2
    Bathrooms:
    1
    Floor Area:
    948 sq. ft.
    Here is your chance to build up some sweat equity in this partially renovated two bedroom home. Finish the work and profit tomorrow. The house is sold as is. Excellent location only one block to the river and bike paths (this property and house is not in flood zone and did not flood) located on a quiet cul-de-sac. Huge 54x120 R-C1 fenced south lot. Priced to sell! More details
    RE/MAX REAL ESTATE (CENTRAL)
    PATRICK HOSPES
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Listing information last updated on December 16, 2017

 

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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