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 Apartment Rental Stats

Property Type # of Listings Min Price Max Price Avg Price
Condo Units4$1900$3000$2425
Main Floors4$1890$3000$2297
Parking Spots1$300$300$300
Room For Rent10$650$2000$1068
Total Rentals35$300$12000$2294

Varsity Closest Schools

Name/Address Distance
Varsity Acres School | Calgary Board of Education
4255 40 Street Northwest, Calgary
0.32 km
Pre-Maternelle Capucine
3720 42 Street Northwest, Calgary
0.34 km
Kid's Play
3625 Shaganappi Trail Northwest, Calgary
0.62 km
Great Journeys Learning Center
4039 Brentwood Road Northwest, Calgary
0.98 km
Kinetic Coaching
4815 Vanguard Road Northwest, Calgary
1.00 km
Christine Meikle School
3525 50 Street Northwest, Calgary
1.01 km
Pre-Kindergarten Educ Svc
1484 Northmount Drive Northwest, Calgary
1.17 km
F.E. Osborne School | Calgary Board of Education
5315 Varsity Drive Northwest, Calgary
1.24 km
CBT@FE Reviewcentre
3830 Brentwood Road Northwest #1911, Calgary
1.29 km
Sir Winston Churchill High School | Calgary Board of Education
5220 Northland Drive Northwest, Calgary
1.42 km
Foothills Lutheran Christian Preschool
3104 34 Avenue Northwest, Calgary
1.48 km
Dr. Gordon Townsend School | Calgary Board of Education
28 Oki Drive, Calgary
1.51 km
Cantabile Preschool&music School
3616 52 Avenue Northwest #12, Calgary
1.55 km
Simon Fraser School | Calgary Board of Education
5215 33 Street Northwest, Calgary
1.56 km
Rhyme and Reason Early Learning
5505 Shaganappi Trail Northwest #1, Calgary
1.60 km
Brentwood School | Calgary Board of Education
1231 Northmount Drive Northwest, Calgary
1.66 km
Terrace Road School | Calgary Board of Education
2103 46 Street Northwest, Calgary
1.71 km
River Valley School
3127 Bowwood Drive Northwest, Calgary
2.12 km
Westmount Charter Mid-High School
2215 Uxbridge Drive Northwest, Calgary
2.14 km
William Aberhart High School | Calgary Board of Education
3009 Morley Trail Northwest, Calgary
2.48 km

Distances are estimated from a central point within the community.

Varsity Closest Libraries

Name/Address Distance
Nose Hill Library
1530 Northmount Drive Northwest, Calgary
1.09 km
Little Book Library 39
500 Bulyea Road Northwest, Calgary
1.41 km
Gallagher Library
Room 180, Earth Sciences Building, 2500 University Dr NW, Calgary
1.55 km
Terrace Little Free Library
4720 21 Avenue Northwest, Calgary
1.64 km
Taylor Family Digital Library
410 University Court Northwest, Calgary
1.69 km
UC library
410 University Court Northwest, Calgary
1.73 km
Canadian Music Centre Prairie Region
Craigie Hall, Room G203, University Court Northwest, Calgary
1.80 km
Bennett Jones Law Library
2800 University Way Northwest, Calgary
1.82 km
Doucette Library
Education Block #370, 2500 University Drive Northwest, Calgary
1.94 km
Business Library
Scurfield Hall, 301, 215 Campus Place Northwest, Calgary
1.99 km
Free Little Library Conrad
3204 Conrad Drive Northwest, Calgary
2.06 km
Bowness Library
6532 Bowness Road Northwest, Calgary
2.50 km
Medical library
2.55 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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