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).

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Varsity Closest LRTs

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     17$719$2009$1310
Basements     4$750$1250$1020
Condos     17$875$1800$1229
Duplexes     12$850$2250$1357
Houses     15$1450$2695$1991
Main Floors     5$1180$1600$1404
Shared     33$350$1980$576
Townhouses     10$950$1595$1269
Total Rentals     113$350$2695$1169
City Section# of ListingsMin PriceMax PriceAve Price
Inner-City     3173$185$15000$1450
NW     1910$100$6300$1316

Varsity Closest Schools

Varsity Acres School Public Elementary 4255 40 St NW 0.34 km
St. Jean Brebeuf School Separate All Grades 5030 Northland Dr NW 0.98 km
St. Vincent de Paul School Separate All Grades 4525 - 49 Street NW 1.02 km
Captain John Palliser School Public Elementary 1484 Northmount Dr NW 1.17 km
Marion Carson School Public Elementary 5225 Varsity Dr NW 1.24 km
Simon Fraser School PublicJunior High 5215 33 St NW 0.99 km
F.E. Osborne School PublicJunior High 5315 Varsity Dr NW 1.23 km
Senator Patrick Burns School PublicJunior High 2155 Chilcotin Rd NW 2.25 km
H.D. Cartwright School PublicJunior High 5500 Dalhart Rd NW 2.87 km
Thomas B. Riley School PublicJunior High 3915 69 St NW 2.90 km
Sir Winston Churchill High School PublicHigh School 5220 Northland Dr NW 1.30 km
William Aberhart High School PublicHigh School 3009 Morley Trail NW 2.48 km
Bowness High School PublicHigh School 4627 77 St NW 3.72 km
START Outreach PublicHigh School 4110 79 Street NW 3.82 km
Westbrook Outreach PublicHigh School #3 1002 - 37 Street SW 4.23 km

Distances are estimated from a central point within the community.

Varsity Closest Libraries

Nose Hill Branch 1530 Northmount Drive NW1.06 km
Bowness Branch 7930 Bowness Road NW3.75 km
Louise Riley Branch 1904 14 Avenue NW3.93 km
Shaganappi Branch 3415 8th Avenue SW4.88 km
Crowfoot Branch 8665 Nose Hill Drive5.64 km

Distances are estimated from a central point within the community.

Varsity Distance to Local Landmarks

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
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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