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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]



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  • F 4511 75 Street NW in Calgary: Bowness House for sale : MLS(r) # C4124365

    Main Photo: F 4511 75 Street NW in Calgary: Bowness House for sale : MLS(r) # C4124365
    $245,000
    Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    C4124365
    Bedrooms:
    2
    Bathrooms:
    1
    Floor Area:
    449 sq. ft.
    This open concept end-unit in Bowness is a must see! The large kitchen hosts tons of work space and new countertops and subway tile backsplash add the to modern feel of this unit. Fresh paint throughout, new laminate flooring and updated light fixtures are just a few of the upgrades that have recently been completed. A large master bedroom, convenient upstairs laundry and a new deck with views of the park and COP are perfect for anyone looking for a functional, relaxing space to call home. Complete w/ high-efficiency furnace, CAT-5 wiring, 1 assigned parking stall and tons of street parking. Close proximity to Bowness Park, transit and shopping centers and LOW CONDO FEES are just some of the perks. *Please visit listing agent’s websit for full details* More details
    RE/MAX HOUSE OF REAL ESTATE
    PATRICK HOSPES
  • 8107 43 Avenue NW in Calgary: Bowness House for sale : MLS(r) # C4124345

    Main Photo: 8107 43 Avenue NW in Calgary: Bowness House for sale : MLS(r) # C4124345
    $869,900
    Detached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    C4124345
    Bedrooms:
    5
    Bathrooms:
    4
    Floor Area:
    1,868 sq. ft.
    OPEN House Sat June 24 2-4PM. This stunning 5 bedroom home offers over 3000sqft of developed living space and was custom built for the builder themselves with the finest attention to detail. The impressive and unique floor plan 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 two charming kids bedrooms plus a 4-piece bath. Downstairs offers a second kitchen - great for either a mother-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 with tiered decks, pergola and kids play structure is magical for all ages! More details
    CIR REALTY
    PATRICK HOSPES
  • 6431 33 Avenue NW in Calgary: Bowness House for sale : MLS(r) # C4123915

    Main Photo: 6431 33 Avenue NW in Calgary: Bowness House for sale : MLS(r) # C4123915
    $349,900
    Detached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    C4123915
    Bedrooms:
    2
    Bathrooms:
    1
    Floor Area:
    1,182 sq. ft.
    SO MUCH POTENTIAL HERE!!!! This Bungalow in Bowness sits on a huge 566 square meter lot that provides an abundance of parking for all your vehicles and a large beautiful backyard. Inside you will find features such as laminate flooring and a skylight in the vaulted ceiling of the huge living room providing endless rays of natural lighting. There is a workshop in the massive backyard that can be converted into a single garage. Whether you are a gardener, mechanic or just someone who likes to host the opportunities are endless here. A great price point of under $350,000 for this well appointed home. Easy access to major roads such as 16 Ave and Sarcee. Close to parks, schools, shopping, restaurants and dining! Call today for your private viewing! More details
    CIR REALTY
    PATRICK HOSPES
  • 8136 34 Avenue NW in Calgary: Bowness House for sale : MLS(r) # C4124083

    Main Photo: 8136 34 Avenue NW in Calgary: Bowness House for sale : MLS(r) # C4124083
    $399,900
    Detached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    C4124083
    Bedrooms:
    5
    Bathrooms:
    1
    Floor Area:
    945 sq. ft.
    Welcome to 8136 34 AVE NW – 5 bedroom bungalow on 50x120 ft lot, in the heart of West Bowness. This upgraded home with fully finished basement is located on a quiet street and offers large 24x20 double detached garage with 9’ tall overhead door and adjacent 37x27 RV parking pad. Main level consists of large living room, spacious kitchen with eating area, large master bedroom, 2 additional good size bedrooms, and fully renovated large 4pc bath with Jacuzzi tub. Fully finished basement with separate entrance offers large family room, 2 more bedrooms, large workshop and laundry /utility room. Just recently upgraded with new roof shingles and laminate floors, interior and exterior paint, new baseboards etc. This property comes with huge fenced back yard and large storage shed. Trendy, small Town feel, with beautiful Bowness Park and the River, this neighborhood is just minutes from Downtown, Stoney Trail, Canada Olympic Park and offers quick access to the mountains and the West. More details
    IQ REAL ESTATE INC.
    PATRICK HOSPES
  • 188 BOWDALE Crescent NW in Calgary: Bowness Land for sale : MLS(r) # C4123771

    Main Photo: 188 BOWDALE Crescent NW in Calgary: Bowness Land for sale : MLS(r) # C4123771
    $800,000
    Land
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    C4123771
    0.92 acres of prime development land located in the area of Wilson Gardens. High visibility and convenient access to 16th Ave (Hwy 1), Sarcee Tr, and Stoney Tr. Located adjacent to the upcoming Trinity Hills commercial development and Greenwich Village development. The area’s development has caused interchange improvements at Sarcee Tr and Trans Canada, allowing traffic flow to increase, leading to an increase in exposure. Acreage development sites in NW are rare and with current developments pushing further outside of the city, Wilson Gardens brings the unique opportunity of large-scale infill development close to Calgary’s core (only 10km). More details
    RE/MAX REAL ESTATE (CENTRAL)
    PATRICK HOSPES
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Listing information last updated on June 25, 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