One of Calgary's most popular destinations, Kensington features a large collection of trendy businesses including boutique shops, incredible restaurants, pubs with outdoor patios, some great coffee spots, very similar to Inglewood with it's own style and flavour. 

Kensington neighbourhood

~ Image Description: Much like every other trendy and emerging neighbourhood in North America, Kensington features some incredible street art. ~

Our neighbourhood guide is built to give you an idea of this revitalization zone, which primarily runs along 10th Street Northwest and throughout Kensington Road. 

Kensington Neighbourhood Guide
  1. Kensington Introduction
  2. Real Estate in Kensington
  3. Lifestyle and Living in Kensington
  4. Schools in Kensington
  5. Events in Kensington
  6. Kensington Restaurants and Dining
  7. Why We Recommend Living Near This Community
  8. Kensington REALTOR®

Introduction to Kensington

Vibrant and cultural are some of the many ways to describe this area, if you're into supporting local and small businesses, this is your paradise! 

Located beside the communities of Hillhurst and Sunnyside, you'll be hard pressed to not find plenty of things to do in and around Kensington. With over 250 shops, restaurants, bars, coffee shops, boutique stores, city staples including Crave Cupcakes, and close proximity to the downtown core and gorgeous river pathways. Access to Kensington is readily available via public transit, the closest stop is the Sunnyside Station. 

Similar to Marda Loop, Kensington is known as a BRZ or business revitalization zone, a program that was established back in 1983 and is seen throughout many major cities in Canada including Toronto, Montreal, Winnipeg and Edmonton that provides commercial areas to administer and run their respective zones by enhancing what the typical municipality may bring. For example, this could include individual marketing efforts for a community, via websites or social media, enhanced cleaning of the streets, extra security, and other capital improvements. In Calgary there are a total of nine BRZ's. 

Restaurants in this area will keep you coming back on the regular, from live music to timeless pubs, Italian lunches, and delicious Crave Cupcake treats, there's plenty of action in Kensington for foodies. 

Real Estate in Kensington

At the bottom of this article, we've curated a list of homes for sale that are nearby Kensington, you'll find a collection of homes for sale near Kensington. Typically you'll find homes in this area with prices ranging below $500,000 for original homes (Bungalows typically) built in the early 1900's on smaller lots. You can also find homes/lots well above the $600,000 mark for sale that offer the ability for infills to be built (teardowns). Infills are rapidly transforming inner city Calgary communities as supply dwindles in these areas and demand continues to press, many potential home buyers seek to live near the downtown core without sacrificing the offerings a new home has to offer, these established communities provide much more than great locations, typically you'll find mature tree lined streets, plenty of character and charm, access to great schools and much more. This in turn means we're seeing a large palette of  infill homes for sale around Kensington, these properties can be priced from anywhere around the $750,000+ mark to the millions, with Luxury homes that can offer well over 3,000 square feet of developed luxury living space. 

For example, an example of recently listed homes for sale near Kensington. 

Kensington Luxury Home Listing
Facts & Features

Price $2,349,000+
Bedrooms 5
Bathrooms 6.00
Square Footage 4,143
Year Built 2012
Zoning R-C1
Double Detached Garage

On the other end of the real estate spectrum, we see another recent listing here. 

Kensington Detached Home For Sale
Facts & Features

Price $589,000+
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms 1.00
Square Footage 982
Year Built 1911
Zoning M-CG 
Single Detached Garage

As you can see, the single family home offerings around Kensington are diverse. The listing above, priced at $589,000 demonstrates the charming history of this area with a beautiful original home, on the smaller side for most, but is definitely turn key and ready to move in, perfect for young professionals who work downtown that aren't planning on growing a family anytime soon. As the demand for this area increases, we'll also continue to see high density housing developments surrounding the area. 

Kensington calgary

~ Image Description: Looking east just off of Kensington Road with one of Calgary's BEST  restaurants - Hayden Block Smoke & Whiskey which presently has an incredible rating of 4.6 on Google with over 2,610 Google reviews located at 1136 Kensington Rd NW, Calgary, AB T2N 3P3 ~

Lifestyle and Living in Kensington 

As mentioned in our introduction, the communities of Hillhurst and Sunnyside neighbour this area, these communities are established mature neighbourhoods that have plenty to offer residents including active community associations. You'll find a grocery store (Safeway) adjacent to the Sunnyside Train station which also serves as the closest stop for people looking for public transit access to Kensington. 

Living near this zone means you'll be in close proximity to the river pathways and parks within the downtown, including Prince's Island Park and Eau Claire Park. Just north of Kensington you'll also find the popular Riley Park which offers everything from large outdoor green and garden spaces, a cricket pitch, playgrounds, and a family friendly outdoor water park. 

Schools near Kensington

You'll find plenty of great schools nearby, residents and their children/teens surrounding this area can be served by numerous schools including the Queen Elizabeth Junior / High school which offers many great programs including advancement placement and honors programs. You'll find the Hillhurst school serving elementary students on the public side served at this school built in 1912 serving students from Kindergarten to grade six as well as the Sunnyside Community School. 

SAIT and the U of C are just short commutes from this area as well, making it a hot spot for college students during the summer, taking in everything from outdoor rooftop patios to the board game cafe, or the internet gaming cafes. 

Events in Kensington

You'll find a unique collection of various events always happening in Kensington, from food festivals, to outdoor movies, pop ups, fundraisers and charitable events/walks, it's always a popular hotspot and destination for many Calgarian's especially from Spring through Fall. 

Kensington in Calgary

~ Image Description: Looking west in Kensington from Kensington Road with a view of the similarly flat 'iron' building in NYC. ~

Kensington Eats, Restaurants and Dining

Some of Calgary's best dining and quick bites can be found in this trendy area, from the aforementioned Hayden Block to quick eats at Calgary's famous Chicken on the Way. Here's a breakdown on some of the hottest spots in Kensington: 

CRAVE COOKIES AND CUPCAKES

This very well known bakery with multiple locations throughout Calgary started their first bakery in Kensington back in 2004 with their grandmothers cake (chocolate) recipe along with her buttercream icing. If you've never experienced a crave cupcake, it's a must for any Calgarian foodie, and if you have, well, we're sorry! We know you're going to get one sometime this week now! They're simply irresistible! 

CONTAINER BAR

Located in... An alley. Right off Kensington Road (1131 Kensington Road)  dog friendly patio, it's a must visit in Calgary. 

PEPPINO

Take a stroll through Kensington next time you're looking for a delicious lunch and stop by at Peppino! Imported Italian foods, sauces, pasta, and serves authentic Italian subs with homemade dressings. 

KENSINGTON PUB

 A favourite amongst locals this is a quaint pub in the heart of Kensington. 

Why We Recommend Living near Kensington

Culture, diversity, amenities, a great sense of community, are just a few of the many things we've outlined above that check the box for many home buyers in Calgary, with an incredible and diverse mix of housing options from condominiums to historic homes, Kensington truly embodies some of the greatest elements that makes our city great. 

Kensington REALTOR® Dusko Sremac

If you're thinking about buying or selling a home around Kensington or inner city Calgary, work with an experienced real estate agent who knows the complexities of buying and selling homes in communities where home values can differ widely from house to house, that knows the developers and builders who were and are active in the area, and can help navigate and negotiate this dynamic market.  

Homes For Sale Near Kensington

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1826 Westmount Boulevard Nw, Calgary

$899,000

1826 Westmount Boulevard Nw, Calgary

2 Beds 2 Baths 808 SqFt Residential MLS® # A2147642

RE/MAX iRealty Innovations

New
426 16 Street Nw, Calgary

$1,197,000

426 16 Street Nw, Calgary

2 Beds 2 Baths 1,199 SqFt Residential MLS® # A2142982

RE/MAX Real Estate (Central)

913 4 Avenue Nw, Calgary

$799,900

913 4 Avenue Nw, Calgary

2 Beds 2 Baths 860 SqFt Residential MLS® # A2146711

MaxWell Capital Realty

1605 11 Avenue Nw, Calgary

$1,300,000

1605 11 Avenue Nw, Calgary

4 Beds 4 Baths 1,654 SqFt Residential MLS® # A2132735

CIR Realty

1123 14 Street Nw, Calgary

$970,000

1123 14 Street Nw, Calgary

2 Beds 2 Baths 1,308 SqFt Residential MLS® # A2145317

The Agency Calgary

1907 Broadview Road Nw, Calgary

$1,599,500

1907 Broadview Road Nw, Calgary

4 Beds 5 Baths 2,630 SqFt Residential MLS® # A2144877

RE/MAX Real Estate (Central)

325 10a Street Nw, Calgary

$849,900

325 10a Street Nw, Calgary

4 Beds 2 Baths 928 SqFt Residential MLS® # A2139565

Century 21 Bamber Realty LTD.

208 16 Street Nw, Calgary

$629,000

↓ $31,000

208 16 Street Nw, Calgary

2 Beds 1 Bath 773 SqFt Residential MLS® # A2141885

Stonemere Real Estate Solutions

1910 Broadview Road Nw, Calgary

$2,699,988

1910 Broadview Road Nw, Calgary

4 Beds 5 Baths 2,913 SqFt Residential MLS® # A2136956

RE/MAX House of Real Estate

120 15 Street Nw, Calgary

$1,050,000

120 15 Street Nw, Calgary

3 Beds 2 Baths 1,567 SqFt Residential MLS® # A2134611

Royal LePage Solutions

306 11 Street Nw, Calgary

$864,900

↓ $10,100

306 11 Street Nw, Calgary

3 Beds 2 Baths 984 SqFt Residential MLS® # A2133804

Real Broker

1411 1 Avenue Nw, Calgary

$775,000

↓ $74,900

1411 1 Avenue Nw, Calgary

4 Beds 3 Baths 1,556 SqFt Residential MLS® # A2133314

RE/MAX Landan Real Estate

437 12 Street Nw, Calgary

$999,000

↓ $100,000

437 12 Street Nw, Calgary

4 Beds 2 Baths 1,730 SqFt Residential MLS® # A2131055

Sotheby's International Realty Canada

1115 16a Street Nw, Calgary

$2,349,900

1115 16a Street Nw, Calgary

3 Beds 4 Baths 2,433 SqFt Residential MLS® # A2127079

RE/MAX First

521 18a Street Nw, Calgary

$1,780,000

↓ $100,000

521 18a Street Nw, Calgary

6 Beds 4 Baths 2,572 SqFt Residential MLS® # A2125057

RE/MAX First

914 Crescent Road Nw, Calgary

$9,999,999

914 Crescent Road Nw, Calgary

4 Beds 7 Baths 6,148 SqFt Residential MLS® # A2128004

Real Estate Professionals Inc.

1624 Broadview Road Nw, Calgary

$1,899,900

↓ $95,100

1624 Broadview Road Nw, Calgary

5 Beds 4 Baths 3,091 SqFt Residential MLS® # A2127524

RE/MAX House of Real Estate

1639 11 Avenue Sw, Calgary

$1,900,000

1639 11 Avenue Sw, Calgary

9 Beds 3 Baths 2,421 SqFt Residential MLS® # A2126499

RE/MAX Realty Professionals

1612 Bowness Road Nw, Calgary

$949,000

↓ $46,000

1612 Bowness Road Nw, Calgary

3 Beds 3 Baths 1,413 SqFt Residential MLS® # A2122883

RE/MAX House of Real Estate

612 Memorial Drive Nw, Calgary

$875,000

612 Memorial Drive Nw, Calgary

2 Beds 2 Baths 970 SqFt Residential MLS® # A2123855

RE/MAX Real Estate (Central)

1220 14 Avenue Sw, Calgary

$2,900,000

1220 14 Avenue Sw, Calgary

1 Bed 1 Bath 1,539 SqFt Residential MLS® # A2123540

First Place Realty

1631 Bowness Road Nw, Calgary

$1,999,000

1631 Bowness Road Nw, Calgary

5 Beds 5 Baths 2,595 SqFt Residential MLS® # A2122617

RE/MAX House of Real Estate

1602 13 Avenue Sw, Calgary

$864,900

↓ $9,000

1602 13 Avenue Sw, Calgary

5 Beds 2 Baths 1,071 SqFt Residential MLS® # A2098621

First Place Realty

 

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