Calgary Community Map & Community Guides

Calgary Community Map and Guide

Info for Buyers and Sellers and how to choose where you should be living in Calgary

Knowing what buyers are looking for when you are selling your home as well as what features there are in the community when buying a home are all essential things to know.

We've compiled some of our favourite communities in the map below and put together BOTH a Buyer and Seller Guide to help you navigate through the world of buying or selling in these specific communities. Zoom in, find a community you are interested in and click on the icon to view the links for the images, videos and buyer and seller guides.  

Living in Calgary: Should You Go or Stay? 

living-in-calgaryAccording to the latest Calgary census data, Calgary is increasing at a rate of thousands of people each year. We get hundreds upon hundreds of people every month choosing to move to a city that is burgeoning with opportunity and progress. And even with the sheer number of migrants to the city, living in Calgary is still high on the list of potential places to live. And why not? 

The city was recently voted the number one place to live in all of North America, and rated #4 on the world rankings. It’s oil and gas industry continues to provide jobs for thousands of people, and the thriving entertainment industry doesn’t hurt either. All this located next to one of the world’s most beautiful locations in the mountains and set on the edge of the wild Canadian prairies. Why would you want to live anywhere else? It pays to know where the best neighbourhoods are on the map, so you can find the best community for you in Calgary.

As it turns out, some would rather not live in Calgary.

Choosing the Best Calgary Homes For Sale

What is it that causes people to leave the city in favour of living outside of the city limits? We find people looking at Okotoks, searching Airdrie real estate, finding houses for sale in Chestermere, and many other surrounding communities. And now more than ever. These “bedroom” communities (or communities where the majority of residents work outside of the town) are thriving and seeing massive increases in population. Places like Cochrane or De Winton have seen enormous rises in population, receiving recognition for their population increases from Canada-wide comparisons.

Is Calgary that bad? No, it's not. It’s just that there are opportunities to living in Calgary and opportunities living outside of it. Let’s see what can be offered to the residents of these cities and towns that can’t be found in the city proper.

Houses for Sale Outside of Calgary

As we look at the housing opportunities, we notice that people prefer to live outside of Calgary because of what they can get for the money. These communities often offer the people more options, more land, square footage per dollar than you could find in the city. Suffice to say that for some, living in Calgary can be expensive. And even though the market has suffered some downturns in the past few years, that hasn’t stopped many homes from massively appreciating in value over the last decade.

And so you can find just as appealing homes in places like Airdrie, Okotoks and Chestermere for often far less than a similar house would cost in the city. Is money the only factor at play. Hardly. But that does seem to be a nice benefit to living in these surrounding communities.

Living Close to Calgary

Of course, you might assume that the distance would put people off from living elsewhere than in the big city. Oh, it’s so far away, some of you might be thinking. But the reality is that it’s not a distance that really deters those who want to live outside of the city. Places like Airdrie and Okotoks are just minutes away from the city limits, and even working downtown is accessible to those who don’t mind the commute. These towns have all the major necessities, so travelling to and from Calgary no longer is a chore. It is often a pleasant drive that does not outweigh the physical distance some are worried about.

 Also, many of Calgary’s best amenities aren’t located far away from the borders. Great shopping and entertainment, like at 130th Ave, Shawnessy Shopping Plaza or CrossIron Mills are on the outer edges of the city, great news for those who live in surrounding communities. And traffic doesn’t seem to play a factor either as the highways are very carefully maintained for those who use them every day. 

Calgary’s Surrounding Communities

And so we find that the popularity of living outside of Calgary increases the popularity of certain surrounding communities. Places like Priddis, Cochrane or even Strathmore are no longer remote, self-sufficient towns. Calgarians have found that these endearing communities offer a slower pace of life and a quieter neighbourhood. They lack nothing in terms of amenities, and even schooling is well regarded in many of these places. Compared to small towns, the big city’s noise and frantic pace can melt away to become a thing of the past.

If you’re interested in living in any of these communities, we extend our services to help you find the perfect home. Let our experience guide you as you start your search. Call us today on 587-316-5400 or email us at

Buyer Guides

9 Steps to Buying a House

You have decided that you want to buy a house in Calgary but don't know where to start. Don't fret, we've got your back! Click through, pour yourself your favourite drink and get your notebooks out!

Guide to Buying a House

Seller Guides

9 Steps to Selling a House

You are thinking of selling your house in Calgary but don't know where to start. Here is your complete guide that is ever growing with everything you'll need to know.

Guide to Selling a House