Capitol Hill consists of single family homes, low rise condos and apartments. While much of the community was developed in the 1950’s, there are some buildings dating back to the early 1900’s. Properties in Capitol Hill range from moderately priced homes nearer 16th avenue, to luxury homes bordering Confederation Park. Close proximity to the University of Calgary and SAIT make Capitol Hill very popular for students seeking accommodations while attending school. Almost 60% of the housing in Capitol Hill is used for rentals. Many Capitol Hill single family homes have been converted to include basement suites.
Major transportation routes – 16th Avenue and 14th Street- provide Capitol Hill residents a quick commute to downtown. There are LRT stations nearby at Banff Trail and Lions Park. The North Hill Shopping centre is within walking distance and there are numerous restaurants, fitness clubs, a public library, plus a wide variety of stores and services that are easily accessible. McMahon Stadium is nearby as well as Foothills Athletic Park which has soccer, tennis courts, little league baseball and track and field facilities. There is also an aquatic centre, and two ice hockey arenas. The Foothills Hospital and Alberta Children’s Hospital are both just minutes away.
Confederation Park offers close to 400 acres of recreational opportunities for year round use. There is a 9-hole golf course and driving range, walking and cycling trails, tennis courts, picnic areas, and a number of sports fields for soccer and baseball. In the winter months, it’s a popular destination for cross-country skiing and tobogganing. Confederation Park is well known throughout the city for the annual Lions Club Christmas Light display in December and January.
Although the number of school age children has declined in recent years, Capitol Hill has two elementary, two junior high and two senior high schools to choose from. Capitol Hill Elementary School and St. Pius Elementary (Fr.) are located within the community. Other designated elementary schools include: Banff Trail (Fr). King George (Fr). Rosemont, and St. Joseph. Junior high schools are Branton (Fr.), George P. Vanier (Fr.), Senator Patrick Burns, St. Margaret and Madeleine d’Houet. Senior high school students can attend William Aberhart (Fr.), Crescent Heights or St. Francis (Fr.).
The Capitol Hill Community Association organizes a variety of events and programs for residents. The Capitol Hill Community Association hosts the “Show ‘n’ Shine” event every year which is very popular with car enthusiasts. Capitol Hill’s Community Hall also has a newly refurbished lounge for socializing with other community residents. There is also a preschool located in Capitol Hill Community Hall and is the longest-running preschool in Calgary.