One of Airdrie’s newest communities is Hillcrest, built on and around the natural, hillside topography of the city’s south west corner. It is the highest point in Airdrie, a city just six kms north of Calgary’s city limits, and is also the highest city on the province. Its boundaries are 8 St SW, Hillcrest Way on the south, the railway tracks on the east and 40 Ave SW to the north.
The 146-acre community is still in development, built around a hill as opposed to over it. By leaving the natural grassland exposed, with the neighbourhood nestled around the hilltop, residents will feel more connected to the natural prairie environment. Hillcrest is currently comprised of 70% single family detached homes with mix of multifamily homes. Each structure features masonry and exterior millwork in a palette of muted colours specific to the western prairies. The average home price is $527,000; however homes with double front drive garages start in the $400s with semi-estate lots available to new home buyers. Attached town homes are priced from the $330s. The entrance to the community is flanked by a stone tower and gatehouse which adds to the quality and permanent feel of the neighbourhood.
With the Queen Elizabeth II Highway close by, commuters are 25 minutes to downtown Calgary or an easy 10 minutes to the Calgary International Airport. Shopping for essentials is close by on Yankee Valley Blvd and the renowned Cross Iron Mills shopping mall is five minutes away in Balzac.
This new neighbourhood will soon offer families elementary schools, and in the meantime, A.E. Bower Elementary School and St. Martin de Porres Catholic High School are close by in neighbouring communities with middle schools and two more high schools a short drive or transit ride away, ready to take Airdrie students.