Why Does Calgary Need Multi-Family Homes?

April 7, 2017

With compact diversity in housing paired with proximity to work, play and amenities — urban villages are the answer to Calgary’s housing question.

In a city with continued urban growth that is reaching out into agricultural landscape surrounding Calgary, many residents are looking for alternatives to farther flung home ownership.

The concept of multi-family homes seems to be a tailor-made solution for a city that so rarely builds up instead of out.

As a new urban village in the Northwest of the city, University District prides itself on the mixed-use residential variety that it has to offer. Whether you prefer single-level living or spacious separation, multi-family homes come in all sizes.

“We are a neighborhood that offers single-family living in a multi-family variety,” says Travis Oberg with West Campus Development Trust. “Rather than detached single family homes, we are offering housing options with size, space and flexibility in a more compact form. It’s really creating that urban village, so it’s a key component to not only have the multi-family living but also the retail and office integration.”

Beyond the convenience and proximity from U/D to a wealth of amenities—amongst them U of Calgary, The Alberta Children’s Hospital, Market Mall, and beyond—the multi-family homes at U/D make sense from a utility perspective.

Oberg continues, “We’re actually seeing a lot of activity at our new Discovery Centre of people interested in looking in a different type of living as far as the multi-family options–that urban life. It’s great for Calgary, and nice to hear that there’s so much interest.”


Beyond being good for the city of Calgary, multi-family homes make sense for first time homebuyers looking to get into the market and even those looking to downsize, experts say.

Whether your interests lie in the sustainability of multi-family housing, the draw of downsizing, the affordability of communal living, or the opportunity to live and play in close proximity— U/D is excited to welcome you home.

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