Community Profile: Happiness is living in Haysboro

Posted by on Friday, October 9th, 2015 at 4:01pm.

The Three Bears would love to live in the South West Calgary community Haysboro.

It’s not too close, it’s not too far – it’s juuusssst right.

Haysboro is in a fantastic location for just about anyone.  If you work downtown, you’re just 18 minutes south.  If you travel a lot, the airport is just under half an hour away.  Have kids in school?  There are plenty within walking distance.

Haysboro a mid-century neighbourhood just outside of Calgary’s inner-city circle.  It lies south of Heritage Dr SW to 98 Ave SW, between Macleod Trail and 14 St SW.   The community of nearly 7,000 residents is intersected by Elbow Drive SW.   Easy to get in and out of with plenty of housing options for people of all stages of life.

Homes in Haysboro

Most of the single-family detached homes in Haysboro were built in the late 1950s and are rock solid.  Three bedroom bungalows and three or four-level splits were the popular styles of that era and many original residents are still living in their homes.  Occasionally, a home in near original condition can be found, but most homes have been updated over the years. The community is divided into west and east, due in part to the natural division created by Elbow Drive. Some redevelopment is taking place on the west side, where homes on lots up to 70 feet wide are being purchased for lot value and new homes built. There’s at least one on every street. 

Homes on the east side of Elbow Drive are smaller and because of the proximity to the LRT Stations at Heritage and Southland, a number of homes have basement suites.  Zoning in Haysboro, with the exception of condominiums, is still R-1 so at present there is no subdivision of lots or duplex construction.  Hays Farm is a large condo complex in the heart of the community, built on the former site of Hays Farm which was a large dairy operation prior to 1956.  There are a number of condo towers along Horton Road SW, parallel with Macleod Trail, that are moderately priced and in compliance with the City of Calgary’s transit density plan.

Neighbourhood Attractions

People drive from all over the city to visit Heritage Park Historical Village and the Glenmore Reservoir, both of which are next door to Haysboro.  Heritage Park is more than a living museum; there are a number of excellent restaurants and coffee shops in and around the park, such as Selkirk Grill and the 1930 Main Street just outside the main gate.  The park is open year round, but the exhibits, antique midway and some of the variety stores are only open May to Sept.  The park is open weekends through the winter, with Sunday brunch at the Wainwright Hotel a family favourite.  The reservoir itself was created in 1930 when the dam was built and the Elbow River filled the valley.  There are nature trails and bike paths all the way around, through South Glenmore Park and the sailing club, Weaselhead Natural Area and North Glenmore Park where the Calgary Rowing Club is located.  With natural aspen groves and Douglas Fir and breath taking vistas of the mountains to the west, the Glenmore Reservoir is a sight to behold, right out your back door in Haysboro.

Schools, churches and shopping

Haysboro boasts a number of public, separate and private schools catering to preschoolers and high schoolers alike.  The community association runs a preschool in the basement of the community centre, with university trained certified teachers and very reasonable tuition.  Elementary schools include Haysboro and Eugene Coste Elementary, and St. Gerard’s Catholic School which is French Immersion. Woodman Middle School and Junior High and Bishop Grandin Senior High School share the same school field, with Akiva Academy, a private Jewish School, close by on Haddon Rd SW.  There are small, non-denominational churches which use space in the community centre and schools in Haysboro. St. Gerard’s Catholic Church and St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church have large facilities in the community.  Haysboro is equi-distant between two of the city’s finest shopping centres.  Southcentre Mall on Anderson and Macleod Trail, and Chinook Centre at Glenmore and Macleod Trail.  Both are under 10 minutes by car and accessible by train. Glenmore Landing is a full-service shopping centre across 14 St SW, with groceries, restaurants, drycleaners, coffee shops, banks and clothing shops. One of Canada’s best cowboy bars, The Ranchman’s, is located on the east side of Macleod which is part of the Haysboro community. There are strip malls along Elbow Drive, offering several Chinese food establishments such as John Wong’s and Harvest Moon which have served multiple generations of Haysboro residents. 

Whether you’re a senior or parents of a young family, happiness is living in Haysboro.

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