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Find Bowness real estate & homes for sale at the community of Bowness is one of Calgary's most unique inner city areas. Ideally situated, Bowness homes for sale in a small-town atmosphere with the convenience of being only 10 minutes west of Calgary's downtown core, and a short drive to the majestic Rocky Mountains. Bowness is nestled along the Bow River Valley. In the heart of the community lays 100-year-old Bowness Park.

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The price range for this neighborhood is from $1,295 to $1,895,000

48 Total Listings
$527,327 Average Price
1,254 Average Square Feet
$361 Average Price / SqFt

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6236 Bow Cr Nw, Calgary

4 Beds, 3 Baths, 4,085 SqFt
Custom 4 bedroom home built in 2015 on the river front of beautiful Bow Crescent. Gorgeous open main level with kitchen, dining room and living room all with river & Bowmont park views. Amazing kitchen with Denca cabinetry, Sub Zero fridge & freezer, Wolf 48" gas range, quartz countertops & marble backsplash. Oversized pantry with quartz counter & butler's pantry with wine fridge & custom cabinetry. Living room with

MLS® #C4119633


7028 Bow Cr Nw, Calgary

6 Beds, 4 Baths, 2,477 SqFt
Fantastic opportunity to own one of the most esteemed properties backing onto the Bow River. Enjoy the feel of country living with wide open spaces surrounded by mature trees looking onto the river, and the convenience of being right inside the city. This custom built home features 9ft and vaulted ceilings, hardwood floors, skylights, loads of windows and a large bonus room over the garage, on a mature 0.8 Acre lot edging the bow river. The open

MLS® #C4142904


5852 Bowwater Cr Nw, Calgary

5 Beds, 5 Baths, 2,997 SqFt
Located in the historic community of Bowness, this exceptional custom built home has over 4481 ft² of developed living space highlighted by extraordinary finishes, triple pane windows, 10’ ceilings, underground sprinkler system & an oversized double car garage. The main level boasts beautiful hardwood floors, 2 pc powder room, sizeable mudroom, office & a bright and airy living area with gorgeous gas fireplace & sliding patio doors

MLS® #C4145896


6020 Bowwater Cr Nw, Calgary

4 Beds, 4 Baths, 2,769 SqFt
Welcome to the Webster House and your opportunity to own a piece of Calgary's history in the making. Custom built in 2010 this over 4,400 s/f of living space dwelling was crafted with quality and lifestyle in mind. Located in an exclusive enclave of the river valley in Bowness, this executive level home features 4 bedrooms, with room for more, a gourmet kitchen and traditional sitting rooms. This home also features excellent mechanical elements

MLS® #C4135216


6821 Bow Cr Nw, Calgary

3 Beds, 3 Baths, 2,184 SqFt
Features galore on this beautiful custom built bungalow by Beresina Homes including a 2nd floor loft, 50x275 foot lot, finished interior triple garage, underground sprinklers in the back yard, on demand tankless hot water, in-floor heated polished concrete flooring in the basement, huge rec room, gourmet kitchen ideal for entertaining, App controlled Sonos speaker system throughout the house, triple pane windows, Mountain Fresh water filter,

MLS® #C4144308


7315 Bow Cr Nw, Calgary

3 Beds, 4 Baths, 3,209 SqFt
Located on highly coveted, serene Bow Crescent & surrounded by multi-million dollar homes, this meticulously maintained home resides in a massive park-like setting. Featuring beautiful hardwood throughout the main & upper levels. Gleaming granite counters are found in the kitchen & bathrooms. New stainless steel, high-end appliances surrounded by ceiling height maple cabinets offer ample storage. An artist studio/sunroom overlooks

MLS® #C4118173


7216 Bow Cr Nw, Calgary

Exceptional building lot on beautiful Bow Crescent. This riverfront lot is 146 ft wide at the water side of the property, providing an expansive view of the Bow river and Bowmont Park. This huge 30,130 sq ft lot is 350 ft deep on one side, 288 ft deep on the other side, providing a private setting that you will not find anywhere else in the city for this price. Build your dream home in this premiere location. Many new homes have been built in

MLS® #C4124869


8323 33 Av Nw, Calgary

4 Beds, 3 Baths, 1,904 SqFt
Meticulously renovated bungalow with 2-storey addition on one of the best streets in Bowness. Sitting on a beautiful 52' x 300' forested lot, this gorgeous 4 bedroom, 3 bath home features over 1,900 square feet of living space (plus a fully finished basement), stylish kitchen, spacious master suite and cozy living area. The 2-storey addition boasts 2 generously sized bedrooms with vaulted ceilings, front entrance w/ 20' ceilings and exceptional

MLS® #C4139971

Bowness Real Estate Calgary: Bowness Homes For Sale


The homes in Bowness are known for their diversity and their beauty. Most notable are the riverfront properties set on large estate lots and heritage homes that date back to the very start of the Bowness community. Infills have become increasingly popular among Bowness builders and residents because they allow owners the luxury of a modern home in an already established community. This eclectic property portfolio has become one of the hallmarks of Bowness.

When buying or selling, look no farther than Ken Richter, local resident and Calgary RE/MAX real estate agent for 30+ years. Within his career, Ken has sold over 1,200 homes in Bowness and the neighboring community of Montgomery alone, making him the stand-out expert in the area.

Here are the Top 10 Advantages of partnering with Ken Richter to buy or sell your Bowness home :

  1. Ken Richter, resident and #1 Bowness Area Specialist REALTOR® for 25+ consecutive years
  2. Member of BCA and Bowness Community Planning and Development Committee
  3. Passionate about Bowness’ history and Calgary’s inner-city re-development
  4. Advertising Calgary and Bowness community events through newsletters & social media
  5. Annual sponsor of the Bowness Lions Stampede Parade and Breakfast and past Parade Marshall
  6. Providing on-going support to local schools, shops and businesses. "I Love Bowness!"
  7. On-going supporter of local community activities and sporting events
  8. RE/MAX and Calgary Real Estate Board charitable golf tournament participant
  9. Attending and networking at RE/MAX National and International conferences
  10. Proud advocate of, Bowness, Bow Crescent, and Montgomery inner-city communities

Ken's Top 10 Reasons To Live In Beautiful Bowness

  • 1.Great Inner City Location Bowness is one of Calgary's most unique inner-city areas that combines the ambience and charm of a small-town with the convenience of being only 10 minutes away from downtown. There is fast access to the Trans-Canada Highway, makes getting away to the Rocky Mountains fast and easy, and the Stoney Trail ring-road is nearby. Since 1911, Bowness has been one of Calgary's most beloved communities.
  • 2.One of the Best! The community of Bowness was ranked number one in Alberta in the Canadian Real Estate Wealth top 100 of 2013, and ranked high in Avenue Magazine's 2014 Top Ten lists, ranking 1st for park access, 3rd for friendliness, and 2nd for strength of community. Bowness residents often refer to themselves as "Bownesians" and spread this sentiment with a bumper sticker, "I Love Bowness!""
  • 3.Nestled Along the Bow River Valley Nestled along the Bow River Valley, Bowness has become a preferred community in Calgary in part because of its picturesque views of the Bow River. Outdoor enthusiasts will love the area and the immediate access to Calgary's Bow River pathways, off-leash dog park and the protected, natural parkland teaming with local plants and wildlife.
  • 4.Diverse Real Estate Portfolio The community of Bowness offers a diverse real estate housing portfolio from entry level condos to multi-million riverfront properties on large estate lots. A perfect move-up community that will take you through every phase of life, Bowness also has several commercial areas and investment properties to keep your eye on. This well-established community of over 10,000 residents continues to be on the rise!
  • 5.Small-Town Charm You'll fall in love with the small-town charm of Main Street Bowness and its locally owned boutiques, shops, cafes, and restaurants. Visit the Place Family Restaurant, Salt & Pepper Mexican Restaurant, Hexters Rock-n-Roll Blues Lounge, Bow Cycle, Cadence Diner, Angel's Drive-In, and Extreme Catering. Don't miss The Bowness Lion's Club Annual Stampede Parade and Breakfast serving pancakes and sausages to over 6,000 Calgarians.
  • 6.Rich in History Eclectic in nature and rich in history, the community of Bowness comes from humble beginnings, still evident in its tight-knit, small-town atmosphere. Begun in 1911 by entrepreneur John Hextall, Bowness first became a village in 1948. It was later annexed by the City of Calgary in 1964. Through initiatives by the Bowness Historical Society, Bowness culture and community history continue to thrive.
  • 7.Local Amenities Bowness offers all the amenities of a big city, including public, separate, and private schools, a public library, medical clinics, community centre facilities, and ice arena. The surrounding area has even more great services. Nearby you'll find Canada Olympic Park, the Shouldice Athletic Park and Aquatic Centre, Market Mall, shopping centers, the University of Calgary, the Alberta Children's Hospital, and Foothills Medical Centre.
  • 8.Beautiful Bowness Park The 100 year-old Bowness Park is one of Calgary's premier parks, located in the heart of the community. Originally a weekend retreat in the early 1900s, this park is popular among residents for activities including picnics, boating, skating, and winter marshmallow roasts.
  • 9.Bowness Community Association The dedicated volunteers of the Bowness Community Association and Planning and Development Committee are responsible for much of the community spirit that permeates the streets. They run many organized groups, clubs, special events, and local activities for all ages, as well as, provide the monthly "Bowestner" community newsletter.
  • 10.Team Ken Richter When buying or selling, look no farther than Ken Richter, local Bowness resident and Calgary RE/MAX real estate agent for 30+ years. Ken has sold over 1,200 homes in the Bowness and Montgomery communities alone, making him the stand-out expert in the area. Ken's sales record and knowledge of this unique community is unsurpassed, and his team is dedicated to friendly, courteous, and professional service.

Ken's Top 10 Reasons To Live In Beautiful Bowness

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History of Bowness

Bowness is nestled right into the heart of the Bow Valley, which was carved out of the land by the Bow Glacier. Have you ever wondered why the Bow River is so cold and clear? It is because water from the glacier, which retreated west and now resides in Banff National Park, is what feeds the Bow River.

The Bowness area was originally inhabited by the pre-Clovis people, whose presence can be dated back 11,000 years. Following them were the Blackfoot, Stoney, Cree and Tsuu T’ina people. These tribes relied on the land for hunting and gathering, making the Bow River, fertile pastures and wild Buffalo herds major assets. They diligently nurtured and protected their land, recognizing its incredible value.

When European settlers arrived in the late 1700’s, they too saw value in the land. Cartographer David Thompson spent a cold Alberta winter with a band of Peigan, camped beside the Bow River. He was in awe of the potential of the area and was quick to recommend a Hudson’s Bay Trading Post be set up. He was followed by John Glenn in 1873, who became the first documented European settler in the Calgary area. By 1875 the Royal Canadian Mounted Police had set up a post to protect the area from US Whiskey Traders and to police the fur trade. Fort Calgary was established, and a city was born.

The government began to sell and lease land in Western Canada, having pushed the indigenous people to the fringes on reservations. As Canada seeks to make reparations with the indigenous community for their treatment of the tribes, Calgary has diligently worked to better highlight and protect the indigenous history of the area.

The Cochrane Ranche House leased the Bowness area land for a number of years before two very important sales took place. The first was to Thomas Stone and Jasper M. Richardson. They named Bowness and built a ranch house with barns and stables on the river island, which is now Bowness Park. The second sale was to John Hextall.

Hextall was an English solicitor who purchased the land in 1908. He saw potential for the area to be an exclusive residential retreat for Calgarians. In 1911 he subdivided the ranch and built a bridge connecting Calgary to his brand new Bowness Estates. He made a deal with the City of Calgary: in return for donating two islands on the bow to Calgary (which have now become Bowness Park), Calgary ran its streetcar line into his development.

Despite his efforts, Bowness did not become an instant hit. After World War I, Bowness had just enough surrounding farms and lots sold to require a school (which the famous rodeo Cowboy Marty Wood attended), some stores and a post office. Although Bowness was not being settled as quickly as Hextall had hoped, Bowness Park was wildly popular—Calgarian’s visited by the thousands via the streetcar.

It was not until after World War II that Bowness began to boom. The government purchased 48 one acre plots from the Hextall estate to give to returning veterans. Bowness began to turn into a thriving town, complete with schools, churches, theatres, stores, a volunteer fire brigade and more. With a population of over 9000 citizens, Bowness held a vote on whether or not it should join the City of Calgary. The consensus was overwhelming, and Bowness officially joined Calgary on August 15, 1964.

Bowness Today

Bowness may be part of the City of Calgary, but it has retained its small town charm.

Bowness is a safe, clean, welcoming place for residents and visitors alike. It strives to be a great place for families, maintaining parks, schools, recreation facilities and shopping centers. Residents take the time to get to know each other and passionately advocate on the community’s behalf. They enjoy traditions such as the Bowness Stampede Parade, the annual Ice Breaker and the Valentines Dance. Driving through Bowness, you may notice many of the cars have bumper stickers that say “I Love Bowness”—that’s how dedicated Bownessians are to their community.

Nowhere is the small-town charm of Bowness more evident than on Main Street Bowness, where locally owned businesses line the street, including boutiques, shops, cafes and restaurants such as the following classics:

  • Angels Drive In: This 50’s inspired diner is a local hot spot with something for everyone. They serve up good ol’ diner food (try their Bowness Burger) and host classic car nights. Recently renovated to serve customers better, Angels Drive In is a Bowness staple that is beloved city wide.
  • Bow Cycle: Established in 1957, Bow Cycle has been a permanent fixture on Bowness Road. They used to sell toys, sporting equipment and fishing tackle, but now they focus exclusively on biking equipment. Biking enthusiasts consider Bow Cycle THE standard for bike shops in Calgary, and the best.
  • Mary’s Corner Store: This small shop has been in Bowness since the 1940’s. Many older residents of Bowness can remember walking down to Mary’s to buy penny candy after school. The shop had to be rebuilt following the 2013 flood, but it is now open again and serving its loyal customers.

Local shops aren’t the only convenience of Bowness. Its location is bare none—a rare find in a sprawling metropolis like Calgary.

Drive fifteen minutes west and you’ll be met by the scenic foothills, home to stunning ranches and pastures which gradually melt into the Rocky Mountains. The picturesque mountain town of Banff is only one hour away; you’re practically neighbours. Ski hills, hiking trails, historic sites and more are all right at your fingertips. The best part? On clear days, the mountain skyline will wake up with you.

Drive fifteen minutes east and you’ll be in Calgary’s thriving downtown core, surrounded by job opportunities, boutique shopping, fine dining, entertainment, history, family fun and more. Explore the skyscrapers, Calgary Tower, Devonian botanical gardens, +15 skyways and more in the concrete playground. When you live in Bowness, you get the best of both words: a small town feel with a city centre just minutes away.

Some other attractions and services by Bowness are:

  • Canada Olympic Park
  • WinSport
  • Shouldice Athletic Park and Aquatic Centre
  • Market Mall
  • University of Calgary
  • SAIT
  • Alberta Children's Hospital
  • Foothills Medical Centre

Bowness Park

Bowness is known and beloved for many reasons. However, one that has stood the test of time is Bowness Park. Bowness Park has been serving Calgarians for over 100 years, ever since it was donated to the city by John Hextall in 1911.

In the 1920’s and 1930’s, streetcars left Calgary every 15 minutes to Bowness Park. On nice weekends upwards of 25,000 people would visit the park! Back in those early days visitors could enjoy a large swimming pool, a fountain at the center of the lagoon that gentle music could be heard from while canoeing, playgrounds, picnic sites, cabins that could be rented, a dancing pavilion and a merry-go-round that now resides in Heritage Park. Some of these attractions may be gone, but Bowness Park continues to be popular.

In 2013 Calgary was flooded. After heavy rainfall and a rush of glacial run-off, the Bow River overflowed and broke through the river bank. The City of Calgary and surrounding communities such as Canmore and High River were flooded, causing billions in damage. Albertans came together and, “through hell and high water,” rebuilt the damaged communities. The residents of Bowness were particularly involved volunteers, showing just how much they love their home.

Bowness Park is nestled right along the Bow River, so it was one of the first places to be damaged during the flood. The park had to be closed for a year to rebuild, but came back better and stronger than ever. Now open to the public, you can continue to enjoy the park during every season. Warm up by a fire after an evening of skating in the wintertime, or grab an ice cream after canoeing in the summertime. This family-friendly park has become a Calgary staple and a proud community feature for Bowness.

More Information

 If you are interested in learning more about Bowness, we recommend the following resources: 

  • Our Blog : We regularly feature blog posts on the beautiful community of Bowness. You can find a wide range of topics from homes on the market to things to do in the community. Check it out!
  • My Bowness: The Bowness Community Association runs a website called "My Bowness." Read more about the history of this community, current events happening around the area, volunteer opportunities, ways you can get connected to the neighborhood and more. 
  • City of Calgary : The City of Calgary's website is full of informative resources on all of Calgary, including Bowness. Learn about community bylaws, amenities, services and more. This website is the authority on all things Calgary; make sure to use it!
  • Bowness Community Association : The Bowness Community Association was established in 1963 and is located at 7904 – 43 Avenue N.W., Calgary, AB inside the Bowness Community Association and Arena. The Association is governed and operated by a volunteer Board of Directors, several resident committee volunteers, and last but not least, the Community Association staff.

We love receiving positive feedback from our valued clients. Read what Mr. & Mrs. Mike K. had to say about working with Team Ken Richter to sell their home in Bowness:

We want to thank you and the team for all you did to facilitate the sale of our property. We know you did far more than an agent without your background knowledge of the Bowness area and the people who live there could ever have done. We truly appreciate all your efforts which produced such a good and timely result.” - Mr & Mrs Mike K

 What do you love most about Bowness? We would love to hear from you!

Ken’s sales record and knowledge of the Bowness area, including Bow Crescent, is unsurpassed, and his team's dedication to friendly, professional service is a promise you can count on. Contact Ken Richter today for all your real estate needs!

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Listing information last updated on December 16th, 2017 at 7:45am MST.