Varsity Community Overview

Varsity is an established neighbourhood in the Northwest quadrant of Calgary, Alberta. It was developed in the 1960s and early 1970s on a plateau to the north of the Bow River valley, and is primarily composed of Single-detached dwellings on wide lots. The neighbourhood comprises three major area: Varsity Acres, Varsity Village, and Varsity Estates. Varsity is bounded on the north and east by Crowchild Trail, on the west by the Bow River, and on the south by 32nd Avenue NW. It borders the neighbourhoods of Silver Springs and Bowness on the west side, and both Montgomery and the University of Calgary campus on the south side. The easternmost portion of Varsity contains the University of Calgary Research Park.

Varsity Acres is the oldest part of Varsity. It was developed in the 1960s with a street pattern of folded grids, rear lanes, and the occasional cul-de-sac. The original access from the east was via Varsity Drive where it intersected at Crowchild Trail at Brisebois Drive. This access was closed in the early 1970s in favour of a connection to 40th Avenue NW at the same intersection.

Varsity Village was developed by Carma Developers LP in the late 1960s and early 1970s. Unique in Calgary, The planning of Varsity Village was based on the Radburn Plan by Clarence Stein and Henry Wright. The Radburn Plan adapted the ideas of the English Garden City to the increasingly motorised American context, developing a street hierarchy that segregated through traffic from local traffic and automotive traffic from pedestrican traffic. Like at Radburn, the developers of Varsity Village used as many culs-de-sac as possible, and forwent rear lanes in favour of pedestrian pathways that connected to parks behind the houses (and not adjacent to streets). The developers' intent was to create a park-like setting for users of the rear walkways, and in many places in the neighbourhood where tall private fences have not been built, this intent has been maintained.

This pattern of development was also used in Calgary in the the neighbourhood of Braeside.

Market Mall, one of Calgary's major regional interior malls is located in Varsity Village, along with most of the neighbourhood's multi-family dwellings.

Varsity Estates is Varsity's most upscale area. It is almost entirely made up of single-detached dwellings without rear lanes, and much of it lies adjacent to the Bowmont Natural Park or the Silver Springs Golf and Country Club.

Given that the C-Train has been extended to Varsity adjacent to Varsity Estates, the City has proposed a transit-oriented development in the area. However, residents and City Council have been opposed, citing increased traffic.

The community is served by F. E. Osborne Junior High School, Jerry Potts Elementary School, Marian Carson Elementary and Varsity Acres Bilingual Elementary public schools, as well a by St. Vincent de Paul Elementary & Junior High (Catholic).

Community overview from Wikipedia.

varsity Closest Bus Routes

Route #Name
8 North Pointe / Brentwood
20 Heritage/Northmount
31 Dalhousie-University
53 Brentwood-Greenwood
65 Market Mall-Downtown West
82 Nolan Hill
181 MRU North Express
408 Valley Ridge
422 Dalhousie-Montgomery

Varsity Closest LRTs

StationDistance
Brentwood CTrain Station 0.7 km
University CTrain Station 1.19 km
Dalhousie CTrain Station 1.22 km
Banff Trail CTrain Station 1.81 km
Lions Park CTrain Station 2.5 km

Varsity Apartment Rental Stats

Property Type# of ListingsMin PriceMax PriceAve Price
Apartments     11$940$1692$1358
Basements     1$1000$1000$1000
Condos     14$1000$1995$1365
Duplexes     1$2000$2000$2000
Houses     11$1500$3500$1962
Main Floors     2$1200$1290$1245
Office Spaces     1$1250$1250$1250
Parking Spots     1$400$400$400
Shared     22$400$1000$600
Townhouses     8$1350$2200$1677
Total Rentals     72$400$3500$1241

Varsity Closest Schools

Name/Address Distance
Early Discoveries Nursery School
305-4625 Varsity Dr NW, Calgary
0.65 km
F.E. Osborne School
5315 Varsity Drive Northwest, Calgary
1.24 km
Sir Winston Churchill High School
5220 Northland Drive Northwest, Calgary
1.42 km
The Knitting Room
3630 Brentwood Road Northwest #308, Calgary
1.58 km
River Valley School
3127 Bowwood Drive Northwest, Calgary
2.13 km
Westmount Charter Mid-High School
2215 Uxbridge Drive Northwest, Calgary
2.13 km
Foothills Driver Education
5003 16 Avenue Northwest, Calgary
2.15 km
University School
3035 Utah Drive Northwest, Calgary
2.27 km
Self-Realization Fellowship, Calgary
6331 Bowness Road Northwest, Calgary
2.30 km
William Aberhart High School
3009 Morley Trail Northwest, Calgary
2.48 km
Foothills Academy Society
745 37 Street Northwest, Calgary
2.72 km
St. Francis High School
877 Northmount Drive Northwest, Calgary
3.20 km
Branton School
2103 20 Street Northwest, Calgary
3.28 km
Maria Montessori Education Centre
2634 12 Avenue Northwest, Calgary
3.29 km
Westmount Charter Elementary School
728 32 Street Northwest, Calgary
3.50 km
Bowness High School
4627 77 Street Northwest, Calgary
3.72 km
Airborne Dance Center
3400 14 St NW #202, Calgary
3.75 km
Free House Dance Plus
2020 12 Avenue Northwest, Calgary
3.83 km
Leroux Music Studios
2114 14 Street Northwest, Calgary
4.14 km
Calgary French & International School
700 77 Street Southwest, Calgary
4.22 km

Distances are estimated from a central point within the community.

Varsity Closest Libraries

Name/Address Distance
I N McKinnon Memorial Library
3512 33 Street Northwest, Calgary
1.07 km
Nose Hill Library
1530 Northmount Dr NW, Calgary
1.10 km
Nose Hill Branch
1540 Northmount Drive Northwest, Calgary
1.12 km
Gallagher Library
Room 180, Earth Sciences Building, 2500 University Dr NW, Calgary
1.55 km
Taylor Family Digital Library
410 University Court Northwest, Calgary
1.69 km
Canadian Music Centre Prairie Region
Room 320, 3rd Floor, University Court Northwest, Calgary
1.75 km
Bennett Jones Law Library
2500 University Drive Northwest, Calgary
1.82 km
Doucette Library
Education Block #370, 2500 University Drive, Calgary
1.94 km
Business Library
301 Scurfield Hall, 215 Campus Place NW, Calgary
1.99 km
Bowness Library
6532 Bowness Road Northwest, Calgary
2.49 km
Bowness Branch
6532 Bowness Road Northwest, Calgary
2.50 km
Medical library
Calgary
2.55 km
Health Sciences Library
3330 Hospital Drive Northwest Room 1450, Calgary
2.61 km
Little Free Library (The Wee Free Library)
33-35 Wimbledon Drive Southwest, Calgary
3.61 km
Take a Book Leave a Book
Calgary
3.68 km
Take a Book Leave a Book Little free library
5-55 Wimbledon Drive Southwest, Calgary
3.69 km
Louise Riley Library
1904 14 Avenue Northwest, Calgary
3.94 km
Little Free Library
4411 Spruce Drive Southwest, Calgary
4.04 km
Reg Erhardt Library at SAIT
MC111, Stan Grad Centre, Southern Alberta Institute of Technology, 1301 16 Ave NW, Calgary
4.85 km

Distances are estimated from a central point within the community.

Varsity Distance to Local Landmarks

LandmarkDistance
Alberta Children's Hospital 2.53 km
Alberta College of Arts and Design (ACAD) 4.49 km
Ambrose University College 5.67 km
Bow Valley College 7.86 km
Calgary Airport 10.76 km
Calgary Zoo 9.47 km
Chinook Centre Mall 11.35 km
City Hall 7.84 km
Cross Iron Mills 24.43 km
Deerfoot Mall 7.76 km
Devry Institute of Tech 11.45 km
Downtown Calgary 6.53 km
LandmarkDistance
Foothills Hospital 2.78 km
Market Mall 0.76 km
Mount Royal University 8.61 km
Peter Lougheed Hospital 11.45 km
Rocky Mountain College 0.97 km
Rockyview Hospital 11.39 km
SAIT 4.90 km
South Health Campus 26.73 km
Southcentre Mall 16.26 km
Sunridge Mall 11.37 km
University of Calgary 1.60 km

Distances are estimated from a central point within the community.

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