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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  • 4652 84 Street NW in Calgary: Bowness House for sale : MLS®# C4269781

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    $654,900
    Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    C4269781
    Bedrooms:
    4
    Bathrooms:
    4
    Floor Area:
    1,761 sq. ft.
    Another quality project from Bremly Homes. This elegant, yet very functional duplex is what you have been looking for. Never lived in and loaded with best quality products and upgrades like 9 foot ceilings, oversized windows and doors, expensive appliance package, custom built-ins and closets are only some of them. Open layout on the main floor is perfect for entertaining and raising a family. Conveniently located den allows you to have some privacy, but stay close to the action. You are sure to enjoy beautifully designed and practical mud room off of back entrance and a hidden away from main living space 2 piece bathroom. This homes has 3 great size bedrooms upstairs and 2 full bathrooms. Basement is fully finished with family room and additional bedroom and a bathroom. Big windows let lots of light in making this level feel bright and inviting. Separate heating system for each level allow you to control and set temperature just how you like it. You don't want to miss opportunity for high end living. More details
    Listed by CENTURY 21 BAMBER REALTY LTD.
    PATRICK HOSPES
  • 8703 33 Avenue NW in Calgary: Bowness House for sale : MLS®# C4269805

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    $899,900
    Detached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    C4269805
    Bedrooms:
    4
    Bathrooms:
    3
    Floor Area:
    1,587 sq. ft.
    GORGEOUS FULLY RENOVATED HOME on one of the most coveted streets in Bowness! This is an incomparable HOME & LOT with an OASIS of PRIVATE OUTDOOR LIVING! Main floor showcases, a spacious open floor plan with an abundance of ALL NEW windows, HARDWOOD throughout, fireplace, an over-sized island with FARM house sink, TWO ovens, SMART fridge & BUILT IN dishwasher. This main floor features a four piece bath & TWO spacious bedrooms one being the STUNNING MASTER RETREAT that boasts TWO closets, FIVE piece ensuite with soaker tub & a VIEW to the yard! The lower level is FULLY finished with a recreational space, 4 piece bathroom, & TWO spacious bedrooms. The yard is EXPANSIVE featuring a GORGEOUS patio area, perennials, WATER FALL, all new decks & 10 x 10 CUSTOM Garden shed. DOUBLE OVER SIZED GARAGE with massive storage loft. Amazing location that offers SERENITY & PRIVACY plus nearby amenities; Bowness Park, Bow river pathways & C.O.P. Minutes to both hospitals as well quick access to downtown and the mountains! More details
    Listed by RE/MAX REAL ESTATE (MOUNTAIN VIEW)
    PATRICK HOSPES
  • 6108 33 Avenue NW in Calgary: Bowness Land for sale : MLS®# C4268419

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    $4,900,000
    Land
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    C4268419
    GREAT OPPORTUNITY FOR A DEVELOPER , BUILDER TO CREATE AN AMAZING APARTMENT BUILDING AND BE PART OF THE NEW REVITALIZED BOWNESS AREA , ALL ARCHITECTURAL AND PLANS INCLUDING THE DP ARE INCLUDED FOR THIS 6 STORY 64 UNIT COMPLEX, THE PRIME LOCATION IS ONLY STEPS FROM THE BOW RIVER AND PATHWAY SYSTEM THAT LEADS TO DOWNTOWN CALGARY. More details
    Listed by CIR REALTY
    PATRICK HOSPES
  • 4115 67 Street NW in Calgary: Bowness House for sale : MLS®# C4265704

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    $461,990
    Detached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    C4265704
    Bedrooms:
    3
    Bathrooms:
    2
    Floor Area:
    1,595 sq. ft.
    ONE OF THE MOST UNIQUE HOMES IN BOWNESS! This home has a wonderful surprise around every corner for you to enjoy as your own. Private and secluded, this large and expansive property has all the makings of a delightful family home. Absolutely perfect for entertaining with a large grand room that can host all of your loved ones. There is a sun room with vaulted ceilings that lets in the perfect amount of sunlight. This well cared for home comes with newer appliances, 2 garages...yes 2 garages with a workshop and hoist, BRAND NEW Metal Roof, lower levels comes equipped with a bar, wetsink and a bedroom with a fireplace. Situated among mature trees in the beautiful community of Bowness, your well appointed new home must be seen to be believed. More details
    Listed by MAXWELL CANYON CREEK
    PATRICK HOSPES
  • B 4511 75 Street NW in Calgary: Bowness House for sale : MLS®# C4267885

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    $179,800
    Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    C4267885
    Bedrooms:
    2
    Bathrooms:
    1
    Floor Area:
    444 sq. ft.
    WHY RENT... when even lower monthly payments could be building your equity in this cozy, bright Townhouse in Bowness? The complex is bordered on the southwest side by the 77th Street Green Park. This home boasts a large kitchen with an abundance of beautiful wood cabinets, great work space for the chef and tasteful decorative tile backsplash with gorgeous HARDWOOD flooring throughout the main floor that adds to the warm and inviting ambience. A large master bedroom with HIS/HERS closets, convenient upstairs laundry and a deck with views of the park and COP are perfect for anyone looking for a quiet, relaxing haven to call home. An assigned parking stall immediately in front of the unit, 2 visitor stalls and street parking make it easy to entertain family and friends. Close proximity to Bowness Park, schools, transit, shopping centres and LOW CONDO FEES (that includes Water & Sewer & Garbage) in this well self-managed complex, are just some of the advantages of owning this home. Book your showing today! More details
    Listed by REAL ESTATE PROFESSIONALS INC.
    PATRICK HOSPES
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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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