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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  • 1 4312 75 Street NW in Calgary: Bowness House for sale : MLS®# C4297892

    1 4312 75 Street NW Bowness Calgary T3B 2M8
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    $174,800
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    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    C4297892
    Bedrooms:
    2
    Bathrooms:
    2
    Floor Area:
    454 sq. ft.
    Total of 864 sq. ft. 2 bedroom 2 bath corner suite, self managed condo board with very low condo fee's. $150 per month. Newer vinyl clad windows,newer roof soffits and fascia. Hugh wrap around deck , stairs to private rear yard .South exposure lets in lots of light,Bright and spacious living area with access to the deck.Separate dining area and a white kitchen, Fully developed lower level with 2 bedrooms and bath. Other upgrades include tile and slate flooring, granite and marble counter tops. Newer hot water tank and sliding glass window. This is a pet friendly complex with private fenced rear yards. Close to schools, shopping, transit,. Quick access to U of C Foothills Hospital, Children's hospital bike lanes and river. Bowness Park has skating in the winter, canoeing in summer, new wading pool, C.O.P ski hill close by. Central location close to Downtown. Washer Dryer included. Low condo fee's of 150 per month. Also included for 2020 is grass cutting/ snow removal bi weekly a $40 per month value. More details
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    PATRICK HOSPES
  • 4320 81 Street NW in Calgary: Bowness House for sale : MLS®# C4296841

    4320 81 Street NW Bowness Calgary T3B 2P5
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    $374,900
    Detached
    Status:
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    MLS® Num:
    C4296841
    Bedrooms:
    1
    Bathrooms:
    1
    Floor Area:
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    ATTENTION BUILDERS. Large Corner lot with many mature trees allows for many options for building your next project including possibility for carriage house, as several nearby neighbors have been approved for. The City is looking for density! GREAT LOCATION ON QUIET STREET ACROSS FROM A PARK NEAR SEVERAL SCHOOLS , BOWNESS PARK , RIVER PATHS , CANADA OLYMPIC PARK,PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION FOR QUICK DOWNTOWN ACCESS. This is Basically Land Value. Attention Builder/Developers! More details
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    PATRICK HOSPES
  • 8018 48 Avenue NW in Calgary: Bowness House for sale : MLS®# C4297147

    8018 48 Avenue NW Bowness Calgary T3B 2A6
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    $1,200,000
    Detached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    C4297147
    Bedrooms:
    3
    Bathrooms:
    3
    Floor Area:
    1,887 sq. ft.
    Be prepared to be wowed!! Please view the 3D tour & legal survey(RPR) in supplements.This estate legacy river property is the first time offered for sale!! Secluded very private and exclusive lot offers over a full acre 72x562ft deep lot backing onto the high water mark(no bike paths behind you) of the Bow river & Bowmont Park beyond. The solidly built sprawling well preserved ranch style bungalow features 3 bedrooms, 2 1/2 baths, formal dining room, large great rm c/w gas fireplace and a separate family rm upstairs. The lower level is basically undeveloped featuring a massive 49ft long recreation room & sauna. Patio doors lead you to a very private patio & then down to your own secluded ravine fire pit area, its an amazing outdoor playground hideout for the kids! Beyond the treed ravine is the back (forty) portion of the property, this is a massive grassed area backing onto the river. There are so many endless possibilities available for you to build or remodel your own park-like inner city acreage! This a very very rare opportunity!! Highlighted on the property is a huge 21x20ft separate heated shop, separate well for watering the grounds and a large greenhouse. The offers are subject to final Probate approval More details
    Listed by RE/MAX REAL ESTATE (CENTRAL)
    PATRICK HOSPES
  • 7617 35 Avenue NW in Calgary: Bowness House for sale : MLS®# C4297018

    7617 35 Avenue NW Bowness Calgary T3B 1T4
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    $315,000
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    Active
    MLS® Num:
    C4297018
    Bedrooms:
    4
    Bathrooms:
    2
    Floor Area:
    890 sq. ft.
    LOOKING FOR MY TRUE LOVE! Where OLD SCHOOL CHARM meets NEW SCHOOL STYLE! Located on a QUIET STREET IN BOWNESS this CHARMING 4 Bedroom BI-LEVEL awaits her true love! With GORGEOUS WOODEN VAULTED CEILINGS and EXPOSED WOODEN BEAMS you will love the warmth and welcome feeling inside. The SITE FINISHED HARDWOOD FLOORS are a snap to keep clean and allow for the opportunity to refinish with the look that you like. The 2 BATHROOMS and KITCHEN have been RENOVATED to reflect today's MODERN STYLE and TASTES. The OPEN CONCEPT DESIGN is perfect for entertaining your guests and then enjoy your coffee in the morning on the EAST FACING MASSIVE DECK! With NEWER WINDOWS THROUGH OUT and MODERN COLOUR SCHEME you just need to move in. Located near Canada Olympic Park Ski Hill, Shopping and Schools you will want to stay a long time! BRIGHT, SPACIOUS, CHARMING, WELCOMING...These are all words that will float through your mind when you come for your viewing! Seeing is truly believing! More details
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    PATRICK HOSPES
  • 3915 74 Street NW in Calgary: Bowness House for sale : MLS®# C4296694

    3915 74 Street NW Bowness Calgary T3B 2M5
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    $414,900
    Detached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    C4296694
    Bedrooms:
    3
    Bathrooms:
    2
    Floor Area:
    861 sq. ft.
    WEST BACKYARD | 50 FOOT LOT | UNENCUMBERED TITLE | OVERSIZED GARAGE with GUEST AREA | BACKS ONTO BEAUPRE PARK| Perfect for a family or for the investor, this bowness bungalow is perfectly located in the community. The quiet street and large lot offers privacy and space in a trendy and in-demand neighbourhood, the house backs on to Beaupre Park with a large play field and playground it is the perfect place to play. Master bedroom has been recently renovated to incorporate a fireplace, large walk in closet, storage area and access to the full bathroom. Newer appliances including a gas range and stainless steel appliances are sure to please. Entertiain on your covered private back porch that open up to a gardeners dream yard. If your guests want to stay over you can host them in the illegal guest suite attached to the double oversize finished garage. Walk to Bowness Park and enjoy the history and excitement of Main Street Bowness. More details
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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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