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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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  • 3515 59 Street NW in Calgary: Bowness House for sale : MLS®# C4198083

    Main Photo: 3515 59 Street NW in Calgary: Bowness House for sale : MLS®# C4198083
    $599,000
    Detached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    C4198083
    Bedrooms:
    3
    Bathrooms:
    3
    Floor Area:
    1,457 sq. ft.
    Welcome to this rare opportunity to live on BOW CRESCENT, one of Calgary’s most sought after regions. Located on an extremely QUIET CORNER LOT, this beautifully RENOVATED home is just STEPS AWAY from the BOW RIVER. The feature list is extensive, including 4 DECKS + PATIO, allowing for sun or shade at any time throughout the day, and stunning SUNSETS from the upper deck. The spacious kitchen boasts GRANITE countertops & STAINLESS appliances. Heading upstairs, the DUAL MASTER style features a DESIGNER SPA BATHROOM. The basement is fully developed with an additional bedroom, full bathroom, and massive windows allowing for tons of natural light. The OVERSIZED DOUBLE GARAGE has loads of storage, lighted rafters, and build-in ladder. Outside, you’re greeted by the gorgeous PERENNIAL GARDENS, professionally landscaped for low maintenance and seasonal blooming. Don’t miss out on your chance to enjoy a new lifestyle filled with peace and tranquility, at this unbeatable price. More details
    Listed by REDLINE REAL ESTATE GROUP INC.
    PATRICK HOSPES
  • 7212 BOW Crescent NW in Calgary: Bowness House for sale : MLS®# C4199569

    Main Photo: 7212 BOW Crescent NW in Calgary: Bowness House for sale : MLS®# C4199569
    $1,449,888
    Detached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    C4199569
    Bedrooms:
    3
    Bathrooms:
    3
    Floor Area:
    3,901 sq. ft.
    OPEN HOUSE: SATURDAY, AUGUST 18, 12:00 - 4:00 PM. BOW RIVER FRONTAGE ( A RARE OPPORTUNITY TO BE ON THE RIVER ) with your own private park like backyard, mature trees and the serenity of the river. Lots of upgrades and features. 3900 sq ft of total living space, fully developed walkout to the well treed private lot (55x260 feet, just over a third of an acre of land). A total of 4 bedrooms, four living room areas, spacious kitchen with loads of cabinetry, large island, upgraded appliances (stainless steel), den, breakfast nook and separate formal dining room, three full bathrooms, triple attached garage (insulated, heated), well located at the far quiet west end of Bow Crescent. Fully developed lower level with completed overhaul of the mechanical, electrical, sump pump, generator (when electricity goes out) and flood proofing of the lower level More details
    Listed by ROYAL LEPAGE SOLUTIONS
    PATRICK HOSPES
  • 8635 34 Avenue NW in Calgary: Bowness House for sale : MLS®# C4199350

    Main Photo: 8635 34 Avenue NW in Calgary: Bowness House for sale : MLS®# C4199350
    • Located across from this quiet end of the school field / park.
    $424,900
    Detached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    C4199350
    Bedrooms:
    3
    Bathrooms:
    1
    Floor Area:
    864 sq. ft.
    Calling all builders and developers! South Rear 50x120ft RC-2 building lot across from Greenspace!! Don't miss on this rare southwest exposed RC-2 lot located on one of the best streets in the community, as it's located on a very quiet street in West Bowness, just a short walk to Bowness Park, 1/2 block west of the Bowness Daycare and facing a large Elementary school field park, perfect for young and growing families. Choice location to build two high-end infills on this lot, or build your own dream home and enjoy a large lot across from a huge park. Property is ready for development and has no basement, easy for tear down. Property is in as-is condition. 100 amp electrical. Furnace and Water tank believe to be working but house not suitable for viewing or living currently. More details
    Listed by RE/MAX REAL ESTATE (CENTRAL)
    PATRICK HOSPES
  • 6408 A & B 29 Avenue NW in Calgary: Bowness House for sale : MLS®# C4199380

    Main Photo: 6408 A & B 29 Avenue NW in Calgary: Bowness House for sale : MLS®# C4199380
    $359,900
    Detached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    C4199380
    Bedrooms:
    4
    Bathrooms:
    2
    Floor Area:
    1,300 sq. ft.
    Fantastic opportunity to built sweat equity for an Investor or first time buyer to live on one side & rent out the other in this multi-unit fixer upper on a RC-2 lot in Bowness across from a green space. Home could use some cosmetic repairs/update but recent renovation include newer furnaces & hot water tanks (2017) and roof shingles (2015). Each side features 2 bedrooms, 1 bath, kitchen & living room w/ independent access from the front & back respectively to each side. This is a rare opportunity at this price so, don't hesitate, call today to view & don't miss out. Home will be vacant as of August 27th so possession can be immediate. More details
    Listed by RE/MAX REAL ESTATE (MOUNTAIN VIEW)
    PATRICK HOSPES
  • 4527 72 Street NW in Calgary: Bowness House for sale : MLS®# C4199414

    Main Photo: 4527 72 Street NW in Calgary: Bowness House for sale : MLS®# C4199414
    $414,000
    Detached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    C4199414
    Bedrooms:
    3
    Bathrooms:
    3
    Floor Area:
    1,071 sq. ft.
    Welcome to this charming 3 bedroom family home. Full of both comfortable and highly-functional spaces, this 1037 sq.ft. home will be the perfect new home for your family. Relax in the living room by the fireplace, or enjoy a quiet glass of wine on the brick patio in the backyard. The main floor kitchen— with breakfast bar island and a new built-in pantry— leads into a dedicated dining room. Upstairs, you’ll find a spacious master bedroom with fireplace and outdoor deck. (Note: Upstairs fireplace is not currently working). A second bedroom and a very roomy full bathroom, with soaker tub, round out the upper floor. In the fully-developed basement, you’ll find a rec room, 3rd bedroom, 3 piece bathroom, and laundry room with high-efficiency washer/dryer. The single car garage is large, with additional space to store a vehicle, motorcycle, ATV, etc., plus all of your other toys. Dignified in its simplicity and stylish in its finishes, this house is waiting to meet you. Come see your next home today! In the backyard, you’ll enjoy three large, self-watering raised beds for growing your own fresh food, along with a welcoming patio space, perfect for warm summer evening visits. This home is within walking distance to all schools. With quick access to Canada Olympic Park, walking distance to Bowness Park and Bow River, express bus service to Downtown, and amazing neighbours on both sides— this home could be exactly what you and your lifestyle are seeking! More details
    Listed by SOTHEBY'S INTERNATIONAL REALTY CANADA
    PATRICK HOSPES
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Listing information last updated on August 16, 2018 at 04:13 AM (UTC)

 

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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