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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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  • 6510 34 Avenue NW in Calgary: Bowness House for sale : MLS®# C4178492

    Main Photo: 6510 34 Avenue NW in Calgary: Bowness House for sale : MLS®# C4178492
    $310,000
    Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    C4178492
    Bedrooms:
    4
    Bathrooms:
    2
    Floor Area:
    840 sq. ft.
    Welcome to one half of this fabulous duplex in Bowness. A great location, easy access in and out to 16th Ave. This is a great place for a family, investor to rent up and down, a first time buyer. The main floor consists of a cute galley kitchen, a very large living room, a nice size area for the kitchen table. 2 full bedrooms, a full 4 Pc bath and laundry in an enclosed closet. Fridge, stove, dishwasher, washer/dryer included up. A separate door to the upstairs and down from the side entrance. Down is a little different layout with an illegal suite, an open kitchen design with eating area and living room off to the side. A 3 pc bath with stand up shower, a separate laundry area. There are 2 bedrooms as well. Fridge, stove, washer/dryer included down. On the main level there is a nice porch out front, lots of parking both front street and back stall, enough room for 2 vehicles in the back. Great location close to amenities, U of C, COP, and an easy escape to the country for hiking or skiing. RMS=840 s.f More details
    RE/MAX FIRST
    PATRICK HOSPES
  • 3626 67 Street NW in Calgary: Bowness House for sale : MLS®# C4178164

    Main Photo: 3626 67 Street NW in Calgary: Bowness House for sale : MLS®# C4178164
    $245,000
    Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    C4178164
    Bedrooms:
    3
    Bathrooms:
    1
    Floor Area:
    864 sq. ft.
    Handyman/Investors Special! Fantastic opportunity to own a house in NW Calgary with No condo fees! This 3 bedroom bungalow house features a comfortable sized living room, 4 pc bathroom, cozy kitchen, partially finished basement with roughed in bedroom, family room and large storage/laundry room. Spacious backyard with fire pit and lots of room to build a garage, currently there is a playhouse/storage structure that may be left or removed before possession. The home is in good condition with everything working just need some TLC. Close to transit, schools and amenities. There has never been flooding at this house. "Sold As Is Where Is' with immediate possession. More details
    RE/MAX IREALTY INNOVATIONS
    PATRICK HOSPES
  • 3711 BOW ANNE Road NW in Calgary: Bowness House for sale : MLS®# C4177219

    Main Photo: 3711 BOW ANNE Road NW in Calgary: Bowness House for sale : MLS®# C4177219
    $397,500
    Detached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    C4177219
    Bedrooms:
    3
    Bathrooms:
    2
    Floor Area:
    1,727 sq. ft.
    A VERY special find on a quiet street. Grandma's house is for sale! And she chose well. A raised Bungalow with over 1725 feet above ground, including a fabulous 40 x 10 foot covered 4 season porch in back of house with a fireplace. There's no shortage of space here! A large Master and one more bedroom up, with another downstairs in the finished basement. Central AIR Conditioning! A huge lot with gardens and grass front and back. An incredible over-sized (28' X 26') double heated garage with loft and man-door only 6 feet from the house! So many possibilities here! More details
    CIR REALTY
    PATRICK HOSPES
  • 6423 BOWWOOD Drive NW in Calgary: Bowness House for sale : MLS®# C4177826

    Main Photo: 6423 BOWWOOD Drive NW in Calgary: Bowness House for sale : MLS®# C4177826
    • Welcome home!  6423 Bowwood Drive NW
    • Front Foyer leads into an Open Concept Suite with 2 bedrooms and a Large Bright Kitchen.
    • Freshly Painted, Open Concept, Lots of Large Windows that lets in all the natural light.
    • Main Level - Dining Room.
    • Main Level Kitchen 1 - Open and Bright.
    • Breakfast Bar opens up to the living area.
    • Main level - Bedroom 2
    • Main Level 4 Piece Bathroom.
    • Lower Level Living Area.
    • Lower level kitchen_separate suite.
    • Lower level Kitchen.
    • Lower level Living Room leads to 2 bedrooms.
    • Lower Level Living Room
    • Lower Level Bedroom 4.
    • Lower Level - Bedroom 3.  Large windows for lots of light!
    • Lower Level Bathroom - 4 pieces.
    $379,000
    Detached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    C4177826
    Bedrooms:
    4
    Bathrooms:
    2
    Floor Area:
    790 sq. ft.
    ALERT!!!! Whether an Investor, rent out BOTH SUITES or First Time Home Buyer w/a Suite to offset Mortgage. This RAISED BUNGALOW on Massive 5500 Sqft LARGE CORNER Lot, 19’x8” South Facing Deck is Situated steps away from HEART OF BOWNESS, Shopping, Restaurants, Schools, Shouldice Athletic Park, Bowness Park, Bow River Bike Paths, Public Transit & Playgrnds!! MINUTES AWAY FROM FOOTHILLS HOSPITAL & U OF C. Lots of Windows on both levels that provide an abundance of Natural light from South Facing Sun. Main Level has Open Floor plan which offers a LARGE Great Room, Dining Room, TWO Bedrooms, 4 piece Bathroom, Bright White Cabinets, FUNCITIONAL Kitchen w/ raised Breakfast Bar. The illegal SUITE DOWNSTAIRS has SEPARATE side entrance that leads to a SHARED LAUNDRY & STORAGE, LG Windows for Natural Light in all rooms, Full Kitchen, New Hot Water Tank, 4 Piece Bathroom and TWO bedrooms both w/ LRG. Windows! BOOK your Private showing TODAY & MAKE THIS HOME YOURS TOMORROW. Don't miss out on this RARE OPPORTUNITY! More details
    RE/MAX REALTY PROFESSIONALS
    PATRICK HOSPES
  • 6424 Bow Crescent NW in Calgary: Bowness House for sale : MLS®# C4177654

    Main Photo: 6424 Bow Crescent NW in Calgary: Bowness House for sale : MLS®# C4177654
    $2,125,000
    Detached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    C4177654
    Bedrooms:
    5
    Bathrooms:
    5
    Floor Area:
    4,120 sq. ft.
    A one of a kind architectural masterpiece backing onto the Bow River, with close to 6,500 sf of development & positioned on a 15,000 sf private lot. A contemporary but sophisticated & luxurious feel throughout. Ideal for a growing family, with 5 large bedrooms. The master bedroom provides amazing views over the river. Ideal for entertaining, the main floor has an incredible open plan, but still has the formal rooms desired in a house of this caliber, and a vast array of windows & skylights allows for a bright & airy feel. Gourmet kitchen boasts top of the line appliances & 2 large center granite islands. The fully finished basement has a large games room, separate media room, 2 additional bedrooms and a separate laundry room (ideal for a nanny or teenage kids). The 1300 sq ft attached 4 car garage is ideal for any car enthusiast and has the potential for lifts with 12’ ceilings for additional vehicles/toys. From the back deck enjoy the private setting & fantastic views of the Bow River and Bowness Park. More details
    ROYAL LEPAGE BENCHMARK
    PATRICK HOSPES
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Listing information last updated on April 19, 2018 at 06:22 PM (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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