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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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  • 4029 79 Street NW in Calgary: Bowness House for sale : MLS®# C4187017

    Main Photo: 4029 79 Street NW in Calgary: Bowness House for sale : MLS®# C4187017
    $529,900
    Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    C4187017
    Bedrooms:
    4
    Bathrooms:
    4
    Floor Area:
    1,502 sq. ft.
    **OPEN HOUSE SUN 11-1PM JUNE 3** Modern infill in the heart of Bowness! See this beautiful custom built home with a gourmet kitchen with a beautiful quartz island, modern soft close cabinets, stainless steel Kitchen Aide appliances includes a gas range, and stylish lighting. The living room has a tile surround gas fireplace and built in shelves. Formal dining room sits at the front with huge windows and the entire main floor flows with high end laminate flooring. Upstairs has a large master bedroom with upgraded tray ceilings, a big walk in closet and a luxurious 6 pc. ensuite with a large walk in custom tiled shower. 2 additional bedrooms and a laundry room with high end washer and dryer and a 4 piece full bathroom complete the upper floor. The basement has a bedroom, a full bathroom and media room with a wet bar. Vacuflo system and a water softener are additional upgrades. The yard is fully fenced with an insulated double detached garage. Close to schools, shopping, public transit and more! More details
    MAXWELL CAPITAL REALTY
    PATRICK HOSPES
  • 6335 BOWMONT Crescent NW in Calgary: Bowness House for sale : MLS®# C4186885

    Main Photo: 6335 BOWMONT Crescent NW in Calgary: Bowness House for sale : MLS®# C4186885
    $529,900
    Detached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    C4186885
    Bedrooms:
    3
    Bathrooms:
    3
    Floor Area:
    1,581 sq. ft.
    Exceptionally well-maintained side by side duplex located on a corner lot. In excellent condition steps from the river and park not affected by the floods. Large spacious living room with fireplace with large dining room with an updated kitchen. 4 pc bathroom. 2 good sized bedrooms with 3 pc updated bathroom and a large family room. Den/workout room. On the other side one bedroom suite self contained unit with 10 ft ceilings. Large kitchen and family room and 4 pc bathroom. Both units have separate entrances, laundry, furnace & hot water. Property has been updated with hardwood, slate floor tiling, updated kitchen and basement been renovated and windows and roof. Oversized 26 x24 attached garage. Large landscaped corner yard with lots of parking featuring dive thru drive. Property is rented $1770 a month the other side $800 a month on the other side plus utilities. Ideal for investor or owner + rent other side. Must see to appreciate opportunity. Exceptional value. More details
    RE/MAX LEN T.WONG&ASSOCIATES REAL ESTATE
    PATRICK HOSPES
  • 8323 33 Avenue NW in Calgary: Bowness House for sale : MLS®# C4186861

    Main Photo: 8323 33 Avenue NW in Calgary: Bowness House for sale : MLS®# C4186861
    $699,900
    Detached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    C4186861
    Bedrooms:
    3
    Bathrooms:
    3
    Floor Area:
    1,877 sq. ft.
    Looking to upgrade into a quiet and very amazing well established area that backs onto a natural forest, well hurry to view this beauty!! Located on a massive 52x300ft south rear mature treed lot backing onto a natural forest where nature is abundant all along the river corridor(not in the flood zone). The 1900sqft three bedroom plus den, fully developed two story split that was recently remodeled will make a prefect family home. All mechanical and including wiring & plumbing etc. redone, windows, Hardie Board siding, newer kitchen, gorgeous hardwood floors, newer bath rooms all the work is done just move in and enjoy! ***Here's the bonus*** Two over sized garages, the attached garage is 25x19 c/w heated floors(man cave if you so desire), 10ft ceilings, 8ft door, built in speakers & sitting room or storage area! The 21x20 detached garage is 220 wired, insulated and is a mechanics dream. Hard to find this type of property in this location and below replacement cost! Excellent value! More details
    RE/MAX REAL ESTATE (CENTRAL)
    PATRICK HOSPES
  • 8627 34 Avenue NW in Calgary: Bowness House for sale : MLS®# C4186574

    Main Photo: 8627 34 Avenue NW in Calgary: Bowness House for sale : MLS®# C4186574
    $399,999
    Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    C4186574
    Bedrooms:
    5
    Bathrooms:
    2
    Floor Area:
    878 sq. ft.
    HOME SWEET HOME! Lovely, professionally updated ½ duplex in the popular Calgary community of Bowness, steps from Bowness Park, Bow River, Trans Canada Highway and mere moments to Downtown Calgary & the Rocky Mountains! This charming home boasts 1,673 of updated living space. The spacious main floor living rooms offers huge windows & a wood/gas fireplace. The kitchen features tons of cabinet and counter space, full set of appliances & a convenient coffee bar next to your spacious dinning area. Completing the main floor are three spacious bedrooms, one which leads out to your sunny south backyard and an updated 4 piece bath! The fully finished basement offers a huge family room, renovated 3 piece bath, 2 additional bedrooms & tons of storage space. The single carport, low maintenance South fenced back yard, hot tub and close proximity to every amenity completes this affordable package. Don't miss out on this opportunity, call for your viewing today! More details
    CENTURY 21 BAMBER REALTY LTD.
    PATRICK HOSPES
  • 2 6124 BOWNESS Road NW in Calgary: Bowness House for sale : MLS®# C4186413

    Main Photo: 2 6124 BOWNESS Road NW in Calgary: Bowness House for sale : MLS®# C4186413
    $219,900
    Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    C4186413
    Bedrooms:
    3
    Bathrooms:
    1
    Floor Area:
    1,038 sq. ft.
    Comments to Follow More details
    RE/MAX REAL ESTATE (CENTRAL)
    PATRICK HOSPES
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Listing information last updated on May 28, 2018 at 12:10 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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