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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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  • 7316 BOWNESS Road NW in Calgary: Bowness House for sale : MLS(r) # C4119199

    Main Photo: 7316 BOWNESS Road NW in Calgary: Bowness House for sale : MLS(r) # C4119199
    $375,000
    Detached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    C4119199
    Bedrooms:
    2
    Bathrooms:
    2
    Floor Area:
    754 sq. ft.
    HUGE INVESTMENT OPPORTUNITY. Client inquired with the city about rezoning it to M-C1 . The city felt it could be rezoned The property at 7312 Bowness Road would also consider selling if you are looking for a larger parcel of land. Amazing opportunity to purchase a great starter home surrounded by trees in a park like setting. Extra large corner lot with is ideal for someone who is looking to hold the property for redevelopment, rental or to call home. Located close to public transportation with a single car garage and shed for storage or rent it out for income. The home has a new hot water tank, upgraded electrical, some new flooring and lighting. The backyard is surrounded by trees for ultimate privacy. Don't miss out on buying a great investment. More details
    ROYAL LEPAGE BENCHMARK
    PATRICK HOSPES
  • 7315 BOW Crescent NW in Calgary: Bowness House for sale : MLS(r) # C4118173

    Main Photo: 7315 BOW Crescent NW in Calgary: Bowness House for sale : MLS(r) # C4118173
    • South facing back yard has a private park feel to it
    • Front entrance
    • Living room with beautiful gas fireplace, knock down ceilings and pot lights.
    • Gorgeous art studio/sun room even has a water spout built in.
    • This former pool house has been converted into a family/games room. The pool is still there and can be brought back to life if desired by the new owners. Pella window and doors throughout. 11 foot ceiling.
    • Upper deck area of the pool house has a gas fireplace and beautiful skylight.
    • Gorgeous stone floors on the perimeter of this large room.
    • Wood burning stove makes winter gatherings memorable.
    • Main floor 2 piece washroom.
    • Large kitchen with ceiling height cabinets and granite thoughout.
    • Loads of storage space is the large kitchen.
    • New stainless steel appliances included matching Kenmore Elite side by side freezer and fridge, and built in oven and microwave.
    • Breakfast nook as beautiful bay windows overlooking some of the massive garden.
    • Master bedroom
    • Master bedroom features walk-in closet and balcony access.
    • New floor to ceiling tile in this beautiful ensuite.
    • Ensuite vanities with large shower just beyond.
    • 2nd bedroom.
    • Third bedroom
    • Main bath with gorgeous floor to ceiling tile matching ensuite.
    • Basement recreation room
    • Basement 4 piece bath
    • This home is meticulously maintained with a boiler/fan coil system with two separate air handlers controlling the different areas of the home. The home's electrical was also completely redone in 2001.
    • View from garden facing home. Artist studio/sunroom is to the right of this image. Former pool house turned family room straight ahead and large deck and boardwalk to the left. To the rear, much more yard including shed, wood shelter and fire pit.
    • Fire pit and wood shelter
    • View facing north from south end of property
    • South facing yard, image shows wrap around boardwalk and shed.
    • Boardwalk system with sunroom to the rear of this image
    • Large deck off of the kitchen facing south.
    • Built in flower beds at front of the house are full of perennials just about to bloom.
    $899,000
    Detached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    C4118173
    Bedrooms:
    3
    Bathrooms:
    4
    Floor Area:
    3,209 sq. ft.
    Located on highly coveted, serene Bow Crescent & surrounded by multi-million dollar homes, this meticulously maintained home resides in a massive park-like setting. Featuring beautiful hardwood throughout the main & upper levels. Gleaming granite counters are found in the kitchen & bathrooms. New stainless steel, high-end appliances surrounded by ceiling height maple cabinets offer ample storage. An artist studio/sunroom overlooks the lush south facing yard & has water plumbed. The former pool house with vaulted ceiling is now a family room filled with skylights & windows. An upper deck with gas fireplace overlooks the lower level with a wood burning stove (pool residing below flooring can be revived). The master bedroom has access to a balcony, a 5 piece en-suite & walk-in closet. Two more bedrooms & a bathroom are also on this level. Both bathrooms have recently been finished with stunning floor to ceiling tile. Added features include: new electrical (2001), spray foam insulation & Pella windows/doors. Floor plans and virtual tour visible by clicking the film reel icon. This home is heated through an efficient boiler and fan coil system that has 3 separately controlled zones. One for main floor, upstairs and large family room. The sunroom has underfloor water heating controlled by thermostat. It is serviced usually once a year by "Mr. Boiler", who lives just up the street. The master ensuite has underfloor electric heating controlled by thermostat. This home has NEVER flooded (not a drop). There is a waterfall in the large family room that works well but isn't in use currently. Sheds both had new shingles put on in 2016. Heavy grade asphalt shingles on house in 2008/9. There is a large walk-in pantry on the main level. Included security system also has cameras. More details
    CIR REALTY
    PATRICK HOSPES
  • 8131B 47 Avenue NW in Calgary: Bowness House for sale : MLS(r) # C4117921

    Main Photo: 8131B 47 Avenue NW in Calgary: Bowness House for sale : MLS(r) # C4117921
    $325,000
    Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    C4117921
    Bedrooms:
    3
    Bathrooms:
    1
    Floor Area:
    1,095 sq. ft.
    Excellent Half Duplex located in the highly desired NW community of Bowness. If you are willing to work hard renovating and updating, ideal for investors looking for potential cash flow rental properties, or first time home buyers for live up and rent down. Very open & spacious living room & dining room with lots of natural light. You will love that convenience main floor laundry room 3 bedrooms on main and potentially two bedrooms in lower level, 2 bathrooms. New furnace was replaced in 2016 and roof has completely replaced in November 2012. This property is located in a very quite street while just steps to the Bow River, Schools, Shopping and excellent transit. More details
    GRAND REALTY
    PATRICK HOSPES
  • 8160 48 Avenue NW in Calgary: Bowness House for sale : MLS(r) # C4117129

    Main Photo: 8160 48 Avenue NW in Calgary: Bowness House for sale : MLS(r) # C4117129
    • Deck View
    $850,000
    Detached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    C4117129
    Bedrooms:
    2
    Bathrooms:
    4
    Floor Area:
    2,397 sq. ft.
    Large Park like lot on Bow River. Lots of room to build your dream home. Th e main portion of the lot is 72.5 feet wide by 229 ft long. Did not flood in the 2013 floods. More details
    DCCi DORLAND REAL ESTATE SERVICES
    PATRICK HOSPES
  • 6140 BOWNESS Road NW in Calgary: Bowness House for sale : MLS(r) # C4115523

    Main Photo: 6140 BOWNESS Road NW in Calgary: Bowness House for sale : MLS(r) # C4115523
    $389,900
    Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    C4115523
    Bedrooms:
    3
    Bathrooms:
    3
    Floor Area:
    1,560 sq. ft.
    Only a few short minutes to the Bow River, Shouldice Park & Market Mall shopping is this beautifully appointed townhome...a stylish two storey end unit with 3 bedrooms in this upscale tri-plex. Prime location in the historic neighbourhood of Bowness, this gorgeous low-maintenance home offers rich hardwood floors, wonderful maple kitchen & low monthly condo fees. Complemented by 9ft ceilings, you'll love the open concept main floor with its living room with corner gas fireplace, spacious dining room area & maple kitchen with full-height cabinets & black appliances, island with raised bar & big walk-in pantry. Three lovely bedrooms await on the upper level which features a sunny master bedroom with walk-in closet & private ensuite with oversized shower. There are walk-in closets in both of the kids bedrooms, large family bathroom & great-sized closet for your linens & towels. The unspoiled lower level has roughed-in plumbing for another bathroom, laundry & tremendous potential for future living space. There's a great front patio area where you sit back & relax under the sun & enjoy the fresh open air, Hunter Douglas blinds, underground sprinklers, parking stall in the back plus bus stops only steps from your front door & leisurely stroll to local shopping & restaurants. Your not-to-miss chance to settle down in this popular family community, easy commute to the University of Calgary & hospitals, Edworthy Park & downtown. More details
    ROYAL LEPAGE BENCHMARK
    PATRICK HOSPES
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Listing information last updated on May 27, 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