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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® # C4145722

    Main Photo: 8111 33 Avenue NW in Calgary: Bowness House for sale : MLS® # C4145722
    $487,500
    Detached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    C4145722
    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!) backing onto the City Tree Preserve 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
    ROYAL LEPAGE SOLUTIONS
    PATRICK HOSPES
  • 6135 BOW Crescent NW in Calgary: Bowness House for sale : MLS® # C4145116

    Main Photo: 6135 BOW Crescent NW in Calgary: Bowness House for sale : MLS® # C4145116
    $614,900
    Detached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    C4145116
    Bedrooms:
    3
    Bathrooms:
    3
    Floor Area:
    1,579 sq. ft.
    Stunning home located on prestigious Bow Crescent corner lot, fully renovated old world charm w/a twist! Updates incl a new addition, brand new stainless steel appliances, new fixtures, new paint, new hardwood & slate flooring, granite counters, new windows & doors, skylight & more! As you step in, you will be in awe of the large light filled room. Huge windows take advantage of full sun from all corners. Gorgeous kitchen has ample cabinets & corner pantry for all your gadgets! Dining area can fit 6+ seats! Living room is bright & open yet cozy enough to snuggle in front of the wood F/P on a cold night! Four bedrooms on main level w/2 baths, 2 more bedrooms + 1 bath in fully developed basement. Also in basement, you will find a family room w/gas F/P & laundry/storage. Professionally landscaped backyard w/pond, single detached garage & storage shed. Huge 65'x125' corner lot! Walk along Bow River pathways, walk to Bowness Park & off-leash dog park, schools, restaurants, Silver Springs golf course & more! More details
    RE/MAX REAL ESTATE (CENTRAL)
    PATRICK HOSPES
  • 8839 34 Avenue NW in Calgary: Bowness House for sale : MLS® # C4144576

    Main Photo: 8839 34 Avenue NW in Calgary: Bowness House for sale : MLS® # C4144576
    $529,000
    Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    C4144576
    Bedrooms:
    6
    Bathrooms:
    3
    Floor Area:
    1,963 sq. ft.
    INVESTOR + EXTENDED FAMILY ALERT! FULL SIDE BY SIDE DUPLEX in a great quiet location. 1/2 block from a wooded hillside, a few blocks to Bowness Park entrance + commercial village. Full 50' x 120' lot. Built in 1977 with an asymmetrical format. 8939 is a 2 STORY with 1047 ft2, 3 bedrooms up, 1.5 baths + undeveloped basement (rent = $1,000/month + utilities). 8941 is a BUNGALOW with 916 ft2, 3 bedrooms on the main level, 1 bath + undeveloped basement (rent = $1,000/month + utilities). Rents are assumed to be under market. (tenant in 8839 has been there for 10 years + tenant in 8941 has been there for 30 years). They are great tenants + would like to stay. There is 1 off street stall - lots of room to add more stalls or build a garage. Currently 1 title for both sides. DO NOT DISTURB THE TENANTS. This is an Estate sale so land, structure + appliances ALL IN "AS IS" CONDITION. This is a rare opportunity for this location, lot + size. More details
    CENTURY 21 BAMBER REALTY LTD.
    PATRICK HOSPES
  • 8567 34 Avenue NW in Calgary: Bowness House for sale : MLS® # C4144871

    Main Photo: 8567 34 Avenue NW in Calgary: Bowness House for sale : MLS® # C4144871
    • View across street
    $420,000
    Detached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    C4144871
    Bedrooms:
    3
    Bathrooms:
    2
    Floor Area:
    773 sq. ft.
    Adorable! One of the better built & original character homes of Bowness is available and it's located on a 30 km/hr street, directly across from a greenspace tot-lot park and is situated on a beautiful 50 x 120 ft RC-1 mature-treed south rear corner lot! The house itself is a Smaller 773 sqft bungalow, but don't let the size deter you, as it has a great 2+1 bedroom floorplan, two bathrooms, a well-lit living room with large windows facing the park, stainless steel appliances in the kitchen, mainfloor laundry, a large covered rear deck area and a small south facing garden out back. There's also plenty of room for parking on this property being a corner lot and it also features a huge front driveway with your own RV dumping station, plus an oversized 24 x 24 heated double garage! Recently vacant and ready for new owners, or buy as an investment and build your dream house on this lot! Ask Listing Realtor about possible re-zoning options for this property. Don't delay, call today! More details
    RE/MAX REAL ESTATE (CENTRAL)
    PATRICK HOSPES
  • 302 6223 31 Avenue NW in Calgary: Bowness House for sale : MLS® # C4144689

    Main Photo: 302 6223 31 Avenue NW in Calgary: Bowness House for sale : MLS® # C4144689
    $283,500
    Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    C4144689
    Bedrooms:
    3
    Bathrooms:
    2
    Floor Area:
    1,102 sq. ft.
    Presenting #302, 6223 31 Avenue... a beautiful Condo with a FANTASTIC FLOOR PLAN that's recently benefited from lots of awesome updates and enhancements! On the main level you'll find striking and highly durable flooring throughout, a spacious and functional kitchen with lots of counter space, cupboards and updated appliances. The LARGE LIVING ROOM offers LOADS of SPACE with a double sliding door that opens on to the private back yard that leads to a GREEN SPACE! The upper level has a full bath, nice sized bedrooms and a GREAT MASTER SUITE with a custom WALK IN CLOSET that's one of a kind! All this plus FRESH PAINT throughout, designer décor and a partially DEVELOPED LOWER LEVEL that provides lots of storage and a HUGE REC ROOM that works perfectly as a work out area or FAMILY ROOM. This Condo is available with a FLEXIBLE POSESSION and has been PRICED TO SELL quickly so don't delay, this one's a winner... WELCOME HOME! More details
    ROYAL LEPAGE INNOVATE
    PATRICK HOSPES
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Listing information last updated on November 18, 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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