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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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  • 197 BOW GREEN Crescent NW in Calgary: Bowness House for sale : MLS®# C4192066

    Main Photo: 197 BOW GREEN Crescent NW in Calgary: Bowness House for sale : MLS®# C4192066
    $469,900
    Detached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    C4192066
    Bedrooms:
    3
    Bathrooms:
    1
    Floor Area:
    1,029 sq. ft.
    Long time owner offering for sale a pride ownership inside and out in this immaculate of three bedroom bungalow! Very well positioned at the the end of a very quiet cul-de-sac on a massive mature treed, meticulously maintained landscaped corner lot. The three bedroom bungalow has had several upgrades over time in is extremely good condition and is in "move in ready condition"!. The lower level is unspoiled that is very rare in itself(no removing of older development is required). Located on a massive tree lined corner lot is great for RV parking and also offers a 24x16 single detached garage. The river bike path system is at your door step and across from the off lease area in Bowmont park.**this area is not in flood zone and the house did not flood** This a wonderful opportunity for a first home buyer or downsizing onto a quiet well established area!! More details
    Listed by RE/MAX REAL ESTATE (CENTRAL)
    PATRICK HOSPES
  • 4031 79 Street NW in Calgary: Bowness House for sale : MLS®# C4191719

    Main Photo: 4031 79 Street NW in Calgary: Bowness House for sale : MLS®# C4191719
    $527,000
    Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    C4191719
    Bedrooms:
    4
    Bathrooms:
    4
    Floor Area:
    1,476 sq. ft.
    Welcome to this beautiful 2 story home in the heart of BOWNESS. The main floor has an open concept, great for entertaining with a nice dining area, gourmet kitchen complete with Quartz counters and stainless steel appliances. A living room with a fireplace, mud room and a 2 piece bathroom finish of the main floor. The upper floor has a large master bedroom with a spa like en suite, 2 additional good sized bedrooms perfect for the kids and a second 5 piece washroom. The convenience of the laundry room on the upper floor can not be over looked. The basement finishes this home off with a Rec room and 2nd kitchen with full size fridge, a 4th bedroom and a 3 piece bathroom. This house has it all and is waiting for your family! Priced well below city assessment of $564,000!!! More details
    Listed by ENGEL & VOLKERS CALGARY
    PATRICK HOSPES
  • 4363 72 Street NW in Calgary: Bowness House for sale : MLS®# C4190917

    Main Photo: 4363 72 Street NW in Calgary: Bowness House for sale : MLS®# C4190917
    $609,900
    Detached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    C4190917
    Bedrooms:
    4
    Bathrooms:
    4
    Floor Area:
    2,046 sq. ft.
    Welcome to this gorgeous brand new 4 bedroom, 4 bath home with nearly 2700 ft.² of fantastic living space. The magnificent finishes on the main floor & chefs kitchen include wide plank flooring, sleek white quartz countertops, 2-tone cabinetry, professional series SS appliances, 5 burner gas range, gas fireplace located in the living room, & plenty of space for entertaining with this open concept layout. The upper level of this home has a total of 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms & laundry room. The spacious Master bedroom includes a walk-in closet & a beautiful spa like 6 piece ensuite with a rain head shower, free standing tub, and two windows to let in a ton of natural light. More space for entertaining guests when it comes to the lower level with a large recreation room, wet bar, 4 piece bathroom, & the 4th bedroom. Convenient access to shopping, Bow River, schools, & parks. Don’t miss your chance! Book your showing today! Landscaping will be completed ASAP (weather permitting). More details
    Listed by RE/MAX IREALTY INNOVATIONS
    PATRICK HOSPES
  • 7931 47 Avenue NW in Calgary: Bowness House for sale : MLS®# C4191164

    Main Photo: 7931 47 Avenue NW in Calgary: Bowness House for sale : MLS®# C4191164
    $399,900
    Detached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    C4191164
    Bedrooms:
    3
    Bathrooms:
    3
    Floor Area:
    1,460 sq. ft.
    INCOME PROPERTY OR REDEVELOPMENT LOT RC-2 50X120 FULL SIZED LOT. THE FRONT SUITE HAS A 2 BEDROOMS PLUS A DEN. THE BACK SUITE HAS 1 BEDROOM, KITCHEN, DINING ROOM AND BEDROOM, PLUS IT HAS A FIREPLACE FEATURE. BOTH UNITS ARE SELF-CONTAINED, 2 WASHERS, 2 DRYERS. THE BACK HAS A SEPERATE SINGLE GARAGE PLUS AMPLE OFF STREET PARKING. THE HOME HAS A SOUTH BACK YARD AND IS VERY WELL LOCATED. More details
    Listed by SUTTON GROUP CANWEST and REAL ESTATE PROFESSIONALS INC.
    PATRICK HOSPES
  • 7940 46 Avenue NW in Calgary: Bowness House for sale : MLS®# C4191344

    Main Photo: 7940 46 Avenue NW in Calgary: Bowness House for sale : MLS®# C4191344
    $619,000
    Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    C4191344
    Bedrooms:
    4
    Bathrooms:
    4
    Floor Area:
    1,886 sq. ft.
    Welcome to Exceptional 3+1 bedroom Home with over 2660 sq ft of living space will grace you with its presence as you walk into the front door. Builder truly provides a quality product that speaks itself. This open main floor plan presents 9'"ceilings & beautiful flooring showcasing a dining area, living room with gas fireplace & well equipped chef's contemporary style kitchen with gorgeous Island/Eating bar & stainless steel appliance package. Beautiful stair case lead to the second level with laundry room,3 bedrooms & study (Bonus) room. The Master bedroom retreat with Endless Views of Canada's Olympic Park, Walk in closet & Luxurious 5 piece ensuite with dual sinks, freestanding soaker tub & glass enclosed shower. Finished Basement Entertain with wet bar, family room, 1 bedroom & full bathroom. Will be fully Landscaped (SOD) before possession. Start your morning with Park facing windows from Master bedroom & Enjoy your evening with Beautiful view of Canada's Olympic Park from living room windows. More details
    Listed by URBAN-REALTY.ca
    PATRICK HOSPES
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Listing information last updated on June 21, 2018 at 12:14 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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