8 Top Reasons to Live in Aspen, Calgary

8 Top Reasons to Live in Aspen, Calgary

The relaxed village atmosphere in the west is not fleeting. It is situated almost 200 metres above downtown Calgary. And with an abundance of natural open space, Aspen seems a world away from the hustle of Calgary life.

Clean, wide open streets; pocket parks and playgrounds; casual cafes and meandering trails all add to Aspen’s relaxing ambience and charm. Take a deep breath. You’ll want to soak it in.

The Aspen / Springbank Hill area has gained a reputation as one of the most affluent communities in Calgary. But you can buy a home here for as little as $209k. With the launch of our Aspen Spring Village project in 2019, new condos start from $209k and new townhomes from $250k. The community backs onto a large green space and is walking distance to Aspen Landing, across 17th Ave SW.

A GREAT PLACE TO CHILL: The pond at Aspen Landing

Aspen Landing is the area’s local shopping hub. There’s a number of grocery stores, a pharmacy, great restaurants and specialty shops. It backs onto a large lake and sitting area, just 400 metres from Aspen Spring Village. You can also shop (and go to the cinema) at West Hills, or further up 85th Street by West Springs.

Aspen Landing’s Allora Everyday Italian is one of the few restaurants in Calgary with a water view. Or try Belmont Diner (coming soon!), an all-day breakfast diner that’s been a fixture in Marda Loop for years. Ronmor’s Springbank Hill Market, just a few hundred metres from Aspen Spring Village, will bring more cafes and stores to the area, as well as a food court.

Green wedges, walkable trails and pocket parks are a well-known, local feature throughout Calgary’s west – from Strathcona Park to Aspen Woods. And Aspen Spring Village will follow that trend.

Backing onto its own environmental area and municipal reserve, this new community will feature a central recreation area and pond, and kilometres of paved walking trails.

It takes just 15 minutes to get downtown by car from the Springbank Hill and Aspen, Calgary area. While almost everything you might need can be found up the hill, downtown is close when you need it.

Most residents will proudly tell you they rarely leave the west on weekends – or, at least, try not to. “When we were considering a move to Aspen, we wanted life here to feel different, but we didn’t really expect it to,” said Leah, who moved into the area with her husband Tom and son Tyson in mid 2020. “And then, the reality was so much better than we’d hoped for. I feel the stress of the city just fall away as I drive up the hill towards home.”

Transit is also easy. There are is the CTrain Park and Ride at 69th Street Station, and bus connections further along 17th Ave and 85th Street.

Located in Calgary’s sought-after west, the Aspen area is less than half an hour’s drive to Bragg Creek, and the Bragg Creek Provincial Park. You can cross-country ski on groomed trails during winter, and hike and bike there in summer.

If you love getting away to K-Country and Banff National Park, the Aspen area offers one of the easiest commutes in Calgary.

In addition to all the biking and walking options throughout Aspen and surrounding communities, Canada Olympic Park – also in the west end — is just 10 minutes away by car. COP offers skiing, snowboarding, skating and hockey in winter, and mountain biking throughout summer.

WestSide Rec, also close by, has a lap pool and aquatic centre, fitness centre, climbing wall, hockey arena, cycle studio and skate park.

Last, the Aspen area is home to three of Calgary’s top private schools – Rundle College, Webber Academy and Calgary Academy. All are within walking distance of Aspen Spring Village. High-performing public schools – Ernest Manning High School and Griffith Woods School – are just minutes away.

Many amenities and features make Aspen Spring a special place to live. It is harder to quantify the effect that improved calm and connection have — just some of the unseen benefits of Aspen’s village-style atmosphere.

So what are you waiting for? If it’s a total lifestyle change you’re looking for, this could be the best time.

And if you’ve always thought Aspen, Calgary out of reach, well think again.