The following districts are the most popular areas in which to rent office space:
Downtown Calgary is the city’s business centre. It is a large community containing three neighbourhoods, namely Downtown West End and East Village, the residential areas, and the Downtown Commercial Core. Despite the popularity of Downtown as Calgary’s business hub, the population levels in the area are still quite low compared to other leading cities. The area has recently undergone major rejuvenation, seeing a host of new apartments built in an effort to attract professionals looking to move into the inner city.
Downtown Calgary has a core of skyscrapers servicing a number of industries. Some prestigious buildings in the area include Sunlife Plaza, Banker’s Hall, Bow Valley Square and TD Canada Trust Tower. Many of these buildings are linked by an 11 mile long network of elevated walkways and bridges, connecting the business world on a physical level. The network is the largest of its kind in the world.
The Commercial Core is divided into a number of districts. They include the Entertainment District and Stephen Avenue, where the majority of shopping is done, the Olympic Plaza and Cultural District, and the Government District.
Northwest Calgary is largely a suburban area. The district is popular with businesses and residents who want to avoid the hassle of travelling Downtown. It is, in general, the region west of Centre Street and north of the Bow River with the exception of several neighbourhoods south of the Bow River on the western edge of the city, which are also considered to be part of the northwest.
Southeast Calgary is mainly an industrial area, having attracted a number of leading construction companies including Cardel Homes. The district is also home to Quarry Park, an area designed to balance homes, offices, retail amenities and natural green spaces. Quarry Park has more than 1.7 million sq ft. of office space and offers residents a walking commute. This development has attracted international firms such as JACOBS Engineering as well as a number of other industry leaders.
Finally, Southwest Calgary is situated on the outskirts of Downtown and services a variety of occupants from different sectors. The area offers businesses a fairly central location without having to occupy Calgary’s busy Downtown district. Southwest Calgary is the region south of the Bow River and west of Centre Street and Macleod Trail.
*Last edited on 1 June 2015