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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

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  • 7028 BOW Crescent NW in Calgary: Bowness House for sale : MLS® # C4142904

    Main Photo: 7028 BOW Crescent NW in Calgary: Bowness House for sale : MLS® # C4142904
    • Bedroom 2 mainfloor
    • Downstairs Bathroom
    $1,490,000
    Detached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    C4142904
    Bedrooms:
    6
    Bathrooms:
    4
    Floor Area:
    2,477 sq. ft.
    Fantastic opportunity to own one of the most esteemed properties backing onto the Bow River. Enjoy the feel of country living with wide open spaces surrounded by mature trees looking onto the river, and the convenience of being right inside the city. This custom built home features 9ft and vaulted ceilings, hardwood floors, skylights, loads of windows and a large bonus room over the garage, on a mature 0.8 Acre lot edging the bow river. The open main floor offers 3 bedrooms, huge living room, custom kitchen and laundry. Enjoy mealtimes in your formal dining room or step outside into a natural setting on your covered veranda. The newly renovated downstairs hosts 3 more bedrooms, and another great open space with a wet bar and in-floor heat. You’ll love the oversized double attached garage, with a tandem 3rd indoor parking space and rear door access. With several living spaces indoor and out, there’s plenty of choice for everyone! This is truly a remarkable inner city property with so many possibilities! More details
    SOTHEBY'S INTERNATIONAL REALTY CANADA
    PATRICK HOSPES
  • 307 6223 31 Avenue NW in Calgary: Bowness House for sale : MLS® # C4142920

    Main Photo: 307 6223 31 Avenue NW in Calgary: Bowness House for sale : MLS® # C4142920
    $274,900
    Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    C4142920
    Bedrooms:
    3
    Bathrooms:
    2
    Floor Area:
    1,120 sq. ft.
    This Townhouse has a spacious and bright floor plan featuring many recent upgrades and renovations. The main level boasts beautiful durable flooring throughout, a large foyer, half bath and an open functional kitchen with ample room for dining. The spacious WEST FACING LIVING ROOM features a lovely GAS FIREPLACE and oversized double sliding doors that lead to a LARGE DECK with sunken a hot tub. Good sized fenced grassed backyard, no neighbors to look at only GREEN SPACE, mature trees and a view of Canada Olympic Park. The upper level has a full bath, new carpet, nice sized bedrooms and a HUGE MASTER SUITE! The lower level is partially developed with a LARGE REC ROOM, laundry room, utility area and lots of storage. This PERFECTLY LOCATED home is steps from the river, walking paths, parks and a short drive to hospital, university and downtown. More details
    COMFREE COMMONSENSE NETWORK
    PATRICK HOSPES
  • 4033 79 Street NW in Calgary: Bowness House for sale : MLS® # C4142688

    Main Photo: 4033 79 Street NW in Calgary: Bowness House for sale : MLS® # C4142688
    $525,000
    Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    C4142688
    Bedrooms:
    4
    Bathrooms:
    4
    Floor Area:
    1,485 sq. ft.
    Lowest priced infill in Calgary!!! This new 2 story home is located in the heart of Bowness. The kitchen has custom built cabinets with soft touch closing,quartz counter-tops and a breakfast nook. The family room has a built in wall unit and a gas fireplace. The main floor also has large windows with a west back yard, allowing for plenty of natural lighting. The upper floor has 3 bedrooms, main bath and the laundry room. The master bedroom has a wonderful 6 piece en-suite which includes a fantastic custom built walk in shower and a jet tub. The basement is fully finished and includes a rec room, with a wet bar, media location and there is a 4th bedroom and a full 4 piece bath. More details
    FIVE STAR REALTY
    PATRICK HOSPES
  • 901 6223 31 Avenue NW in Calgary: Bowness House for sale : MLS® # C4142761

    Main Photo: 901 6223 31 Avenue NW in Calgary: Bowness House for sale : MLS® # C4142761
    $299,900
    Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    C4142761
    Bedrooms:
    3
    Bathrooms:
    2
    Floor Area:
    1,278 sq. ft.
    Well kept 3 bedroom & 2 full bathroom END UNIT in sought after Riverbend Village. Close proximity to the BOW RIVER, bike trails & walking pathways. Total of 1586 sq ft. One of the larger floor plans compared to the other units in the complex (1286 sq ft). Bright & open plan w/ laminate flooring. Large kitchen & dining room area w/ a stone fireplace in the living room. 2 large windows in nook & living room were added for additional light w/ permits. Huge master bedroom w/ lots of closet space. Both other bedrooms are good sized too. Renovated upstairs bathroom. Finished basement w/ a family room & a large storage/laundry area. Low condo fees of $234. Other updates include HIGH EFFICIENCY FURNACE/HOT WATER TANK (2016) & BRAND NEW Fridge (2017). All this w/ a private backyard & lots of visitor parking under $300K! Excellent location close to Sarcee Trail, HWY 1, buses, shopping/community center, Market Mall & easy access to the mountains. Well managed bldg. Pride of ownership. A must see at $235/sq ft! More details
    URBAN-REALTY.ca
    PATRICK HOSPES
  • 8107 43 Avenue NW in Calgary: Bowness House for sale : MLS® # C4142839

    Main Photo: 8107 43 Avenue NW in Calgary: Bowness House for sale : MLS® # C4142839
    $839,900
    Detached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    C4142839
    Bedrooms:
    5
    Bathrooms:
    4
    Floor Area:
    1,868 sq. ft.
    CHECK out the 3D Virtual Tour! On your phone scroll down and hit play on the multimedia button; desktop click on the top left photo with the play button. This stunning 5 bedroom home has over 3000sqft of developed living space and offers a main living area with 14' vaulted ceilings, large kitchen with built-in stainless steel appliances, oversized island, quartz countertops, built in bar area and high-end natural gas fireplace. The master retreat (also on main level) features a spa inspired bathroom with dual sinks, glass shower & large soaking tub, along with a walk-in closet plus a second shoe & accessory closet! Upstairs you will find 2 charming kids bedrooms plus a 4-piece bath. Downstairs offers a second kitchen - great for in-law suite or live-in nanny, additional living room, 2 more bedrooms, laundry room, and a large office that could double as a home theatre room (roughed in for sound). Large back yard ( 60 FEET WIDE ) w/ tiered decks, pergola and kids play structure is magical for all ages! More details
    CIR REALTY
    PATRICK HOSPES
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Listing information last updated on October 21, 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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