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check out inner city, take the toggles of and check just the neighbourhoods you want to view.
downtown, mission, kensington, inglewood, hillhurst, sunnyside, bankview, lower mount royal.
craigslist doesnt have anything.
You definitely would want to take transit from any close neighbourhood. If you are in mission, a quick walk to 4th st and jump on a bus and you would be directly down town in 5 or 10 minutes depending on traffic. From the other side of downtown in the NW, from kensington or sunnyside, the c-train would get you there just as fast. Parking your own vehicle downtown is between 20-25 bucks a day. The cheapest monthly parking passes run about 300 or 400 dollars, upwards of 1700 to park under bankers hall in heated parking. If your coming in may, just buy a bike. It is easily the quickest way to navigate downtown in the summer and the bike path system is awesome. Mission is a rad neighbourhood close to 17th ave, and right on 4th which is already packed with diners, resturants, pubs and lounges, plus a few good clothing and skate shops. On the other side of the city, Kensington is more of a spread out 4th street. a half dozen pubs and lounges, good resturants and good shops. Either area is exactly where you wanna be if your living in Calgary if you plan to spend your time in and around the downtown area.
Best things on 4th street and around Mission: Hana Sushi, Henry, Group 7, Earls Tin Palace, The Ship and Anchor, BLVD (kinda shitty, but wicked hot staff and a few fun nights a month),close to the Drum and Monkey.
Best things in Kensington: Pulcinella, Source, Mission, Fresh, Mollys, Higher Ground & Oolong Tea house, The Reagle Beagle for wings and ribs, Yardhouse for hot servers and girls, Globefish Sushi, Chicken on the Way, The Plaza Theater (shows old movies like Jaws or Star Wars for cheap)
Walking to Bankers Hall from either location is probably the same distance and time. give or take 15-20 minutes.
JD, congrats on the job.
Are you a Vancouverite or easterner?
The best site hands down for rentals in Calgary is RentFaster.ca.
I can't believe these other blokes didn't mention it. Kinda amateur, actually. Check it. Forget about Craigslist and other generic crap like that.
Right now is actually a killer good time to lock into a 1 or 2 person condo in the downtown core for a year. Condos have been massively overbuilt here and I've visited friends in a couple of the newer buildings and OVER 1/2 of the units are bare bones empty. It's incredible. If you're assertive, you'll be able to negotiate something in the $900-1000/mo range for a 1 bdrm place. 2 brdms likely go for 1200 to 1300 for a nice place. Having a roomy pays off if you're flexible. Downtown's really the most expensive place and, for all intents and purposes, it's not worth it. Calgary's core is dead at 6pm every night. And I mean FRI/SAT too. If you're a mid-20's professional, you'll much prefer Kensington, the Belt-line (incl. 17th ave - aka Red Mile - bar district) or maybe even Marda Loop or Parkdale...crap like that. In general, you'll be able to find a basement suite pretty easily for $600-800, but don't expect rents that are stupid low....Calgary just isn't back there yet. Don't both renting out of the inner city if you work downtown. Commutes in Calgary are AMAZING compared to TOR or VAN. Seriously, 10-15mins. The damn LRT (Subway) usually takes longer. The problem, though, is parking. If you're driving, expect to shell out $20/day. For that reason alone, it's worth taking the LRT. Calgary's got some pretty sicke bikepaths and trails, so don't be affraid to keep that option open if the new work place has got a shower.
If you need any real advice drop me a PM.
The prices in Calgary will continue to fall in the next 2-3 years anyways.
Inflation will pick up, banks will raise interest rates, and all those that bought using 5 yr fixed terms 2-3 yrs from now will be shittin' their pants when it comes time to renew and their bank's offering them 8% rates. It'll happen. The market will again be flooded with houses & condos....that's if this round of condos even sell, that is.