Renfrew, Calgary AB

A Hidden Gem Near Downtown and the Bow

Renfrew is a vibrant and diverse community in northeast Calgary, located close to the downtown core and the Bow River. It was established in 1950 and has a population of over 6,000 residents, who enjoy its eclectic mix of old and new, residential and commercial, and local and global.


Renfrew’s real estate market is dynamic and attractive, with a variety of housing options ranging from single-family homes to condos and townhouses. According to, the average sold price of all properties in Renfrew was $519,000 in May 2023, a 4.2% increase from the previous year. The average days on market was 32, and the average sold price to list price ratio was 97%. The most popular property types were detached houses (46%), condos (28%) and townhouses (20%).²


Renfrew’s culinary scene is eclectic and delicious, with a range of restaurants offering cuisines from around the world. Whether you’re looking for a cozy cafe, a casual pub, a fine-dining spot or a sweet treat, you’ll find it in Renfrew. Some of the top spots for takeout include Boogie’s Burgers for gourmet burgers and milkshakes, Ten Foot Henry for vegetable-forward dishes, Shiki Menya for ramen and Japanese street food, and Village Ice Cream for artisan ice cream.


Renfrew’s schools are among the best in Calgary, with high academic standards and a variety of programs and extracurricular activities. According to the Fraser Institute’s school rankings, which use objective data such as average scores on province-wide tests, Renfrew’s elementary schools scored an average of 7.5 out of 10 in 2020, while its secondary schools scored an average of 7.2 out of 10. Some of the top-ranked schools in Renfrew include Stanley Jones School (8.7), Crescent Heights High School (8.2) and Colonel Macleod School (8.1). 


Renfrew is a great place to live, work and play, with something for everyone. If you’re looking for a vibrant and diverse community with a rich history and culture, Renfrew might be the perfect choice for you.

(1) Market Data | Understand the real estate market | Bode Canada.

(2) Calgary Real Estate Board – CREB® | CREA Statistics.

(3) Bode Canada | Buy or Sell Your Home Without a Realtor | Learn more.