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NEIGHBORHOOD PROFILE: POINT GREY

Welcome to Point Grey

Bordered by English Bay to the north, this exclusive neighborhood offers some of the best ocean and mountain views in the City. According to First Nations legend, Point Grey was originally the “Battleground of the West Wind” as it divided the territory of the Musqueam from those of the Squamish. Today, Point Grey is a residential, family-friendly neighborhood surrounded by spectacular parks and beaches. Notably, the neighborhood is nearby the University of British Columbia (UBC), and attracts many faculty members and working professionals. In general, Point Grey is a great neighborhood for the family, education, and/or business-oriented individual.

Due to a zoning bylaw passed in Point Grey in 1922, the majority of housing in Point Grey are single-family detached homes with prices in the upper range. However, zoning bylaws have changed, and there has been a push to provide more affordable housing. In the coming years, residents can expect denser strata properties and an increased number of commercial units.

Point Grey is bordered by 16th Avenue to the south, Alma Street to the east, English Bay to the north, and Blanca Street to the west.

Attractions

Point Grey is a haven for nature-lovers, with its many parks and beaches. Only steps away from beautiful Jericho Beach and Spanish Banks, residents can stroll, bike, and even sail along the waterfront. The Pacific Spirit Regional Park also offers over 55 km of trails for the avid hiker.

There are also many options for shopping, with a collection of local shops, cafes, and restaurants at the intersection of 10th and Alma. Also, on route to UBC, farther up 10th Avenue, there is a more utilitarian mix of retail options, including grocery stores, banks, and pharmacies.

For additional fun, check out the West Point Grey Community Centre. Made up of six buildings, there is always something to do – whether it’s swimming, tennis, arts and crafts, foosball, or pool. There is also the Jericho Arts Centre (JAC), operated by the West Point Grey Community Associate in partnership with the Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation and United Players.

Other Facts

ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS: Queen Elizabeth Elementary, Jules Quesnel Elementary, Queen Mary Elementary

HIGH SCHOOLS: Lord Byng Secondary, University Hill Secondary

PRIVATE SCHOOLS: West Point Grey Academy, Our Lady of Perpetual Help

SHOPPING: 10th and Alma

PLACES TO GO: Jericho Park, Spanish Banks, Pacific Spirit Regional Park, West Point Grey Community Centre, Point Grey Village

Point Grey MLS® HPI Price1

Houses:$3,710,200
Townhouses: $1,050,000
Condos: $525,500

Point Grey Demographics2

Population: 12,990

Age

65+

14.4%

40 to 64

38%

20 to 39

26%

19 and under

21.5%


1
Point Grey MLS® HPI Benchmark Prices, incorporating data from REBGV, May 2017
2City of Vancouver, West Point Grey census data (2006)
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Point Grey Listings

Point Grey Detached
Point Grey Townhouse
Point Grey Condos



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NEIGHBORHOOD PROFILE: SHAUGHNESSY

Welcome to Shaughnessy

Shaughnessy is a residential neighborhood that was developed by the Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR) during the 1900’s. Named after CPR’s president, Sir Thomas Shaughnessy, this neighborhood was planned and developed specifically for Vancouver’s elite. This can be seen in the large, grand homes that populate the neighborhood, which were originally designed to be reminiscent of homes built in Renaissance England and colonial America.

Notably, in 1981 the City of Vancouver passed a bylaw creating the First Shaughnessy Official Development Plan. This ensures that Shaughnessy’s special character remains intact, and helps preserve the area’s pre-1940 estate image and single-family character.

The Shaughnessy neighborhood is bordered by 16th Avenue to the north, 41st Avenue to the south, Oak Street to the east, and Arbutus/West Boulevard to the west. 

Attractions

Shaughnessy is an almost entirely residential area, and is perfect for families looking for a safe and serene environment.  Known for its elegant tree-lined streets, Shaughnessy is great for strolling, jogging, or biking. During their morning stroll, residents can admire the numerous heritage properties, including the Hycroft and Glen Brae.

Shopping is convenient, with many local shops, restaurants, and service amenities along the borders of Shaughnessy. Popular locations include the Arbutus Village Shopping Centre and the Oakridge Shopping Centre.

By far, one of the most popular attractions in Shaughnessy is the VanDusen Botanical Garden. The garden covers 55 acres, and displays plants gathered from all over the world. It is open to the public every day (except Christmas), and hosts special events throughout the year – including galas, art shows, painting classes, and the annual Festival of Light. 

Other Facts

ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS: Shaughnessy Elementary, Quilchena Elemenary

HIGH SCHOOLS: Point Grey Secondary, Eric Hamber Secondary, Prince of Wales Secondary

PRIVATE SCHOOLS: Little Flower Academy, Vancouver College, York House School

SHOPPING: Arbutus Village Shopping Centre, Oakridge Centre

PLACES TO GO: VanDusen Botanical Garden , Shaughnessy Park, Angus Park, Devonshire Park, Kerrisdale Park

Shaughnessy Benchmark Home Prices1

1 storey detached home: $4,141,500
2 storey detached home: $5,542,100
Townhouse: $1,843,600
Apartment: $547,200

Shaughnessy Demographics2

Population: 8,810

Age

65+

18.8%

40 to 64

37.7%

20 to 39

21.9%

19 and under

21.5%


1
Shaughnessy MLS HPI Benchmark Prices, incorporating data from BCNREB, CADREB, FVREB and REBGV, May 2016.
2Statistics Canada, Shaughnessy census data (2011), provided by the City of Vancouver.
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Shaughnessy Listings

Shaughnessy Detached
Shaughnessy Townhouse



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NEIGHBORHOOD PROFILE: KITSILANO

Welcome to Kitsilano

Kitsilano, named after Squamish Chief August Jack Khatsahlano, became a hotspot for hippie culture during the 1960’s due to its inexpensive housing. Although, this area has been gentrified in recent decades, traces of this culture can be found in the community’s quirky establishments – such as The Naam, one of the city’s oldest vegetarian restaurants.  

Today, Kitsilano is a hip suburban neighborhood, with a good mix of residential and commercial areas. It’s hard to be bored in this upbeat community, with easy access to the beach, local boutiques, unique array of eateries, and proximity to the downtown core.

Like many neighborhoods in Vancouver, Kitsilano is bordered by water. To the north is the Burrard Inlet, with Burrard Street to the east, 16th Avenue to the south, and Alma to the west. 

Attractions

One of Kitsilano’s key attractions is Kitsilano Beach, which was named one of the "top 10 best city beaches in the world" by international travel magazines (e.g Reuters). During the summer, Kitsilano beach is the ideal place to hang out with friends, picnic with family, or simply enjoy the sun. The Kitsilano Pool – Vancouver’s only saltwater swimming pool - can also be found at this location.

Kitsilano’s main commercial areas include West 4th Avenue and West Broadway. Lining the streets are an interesting variety of commercial and retail establishments, ranging from mainstream brands to clothing boutiques; major grocery chain stores to organic, farm-to-table restaurants; and local pubs to bakeries and delicatessens. For the devoted shopper, West 4th and West Broadway should prove to be a must-go-to place.

There are also many options for weekend activities with the Museum of Vancouver, the H.R. MacMillan Space Centre, Kitsilano Community Centre, and nearby Granville Island.

Other Facts

ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS: Gordon Elementary, Bayview Elementary, Tennyson Elementary, Henry Hudson Elementary

HIGH SCHOOLS: Kitsilano Secondary School, Prince of Wales Secondary School, Lord Byng Secondary

PRIVATE SCHOOLS: St. John’s Schools, St. Augustine School, St. John’s International School

SHOPPING: West 4th Avenue, West Broadway

PLACES TO GO: Kitsilano Beach, Vanier Park, Kitsilano Community Centre, Granville Island

Kitsilano Property Statistics1

Average home price: $1,075,000
*The average home price is based on a representative mix of condos, townhouses, and single family homes.

Kitsilano Demographics2

Population: 41,375

Age

65+

10.8%

40 to 64

34.5%

20 to 39

42.1%

19 and under

12.6%


1
REW.ca Interactive Map, incorporating data from the Chilliwack & District Real Estate Board, Fraser Valley Real Estate Board, and Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver, December 2014.
2Statistics Canada, Census 2011, custom order for City of Vancouver Local Areas.
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Kitsilano Listings

Kitsilano Detached
Kitsilano Townhouse
Kitsilano Condos