Vancouver’s west side—not to be confused with the labyrinth of streets downtown that make up Vancouver’s West End, or the sprawling properties of West Vancouver a short drive over Lions Gate Bridge—is a melange of stunning refurbished heritage homes and spectacular new builds. The top Vancouver West neighbourhoods offer residents everything from family-friendly parks and schools to yachting communities and beach access. Peppered amongst Kitsilano’s upscale shops and the ultimate convenience of the Cambie/Olympic Village area are a few other charming spots each with their own unique draw.
West Point Grey
The bluffs of West Point Grey offer some of the best views of all the Vancouver West neighbourhoods, thanks to natural terracing that cascades from West 16th Avenue down to Jericho Beach and Spanish Banks. To the south, the sprawling Pacific Spirit Regional Park offers a quick escape from the rush of the city. Parks with soccer fields, baseball diamonds, and volleyball courts abound, and West Point Grey Academy is a choice school for students from Junior Kindergarten to Grade 12.
Boutique shops, restaurants, and galleries add to the quiet family charm of this low-density neighbourhood. The tree-lined streets and abundant flowers draw out residents for walks down streets and through Pacific Spirit Park. The Southlands side of this plot includes equestrian stables for horseback riding, and beautiful views of the Fraser River. Of all the Vancouver West neighbourhoods, Dunbar-Southlands seems to have resisted change the most, and its yesteryear charm and large residential lots attract lovers of character and history.
Bordered by West 16th Avenue, Arbutus Street, West 41st Avenue and Mackenzie Street, the Arbutus Ridge neighbourhood has been undergoing a slow and constant refurbishment since it became home to the lines of the Canadian Pacific Railway in 1888. The rail line has since been purchased by the city and converted into a flower-lined walking path that connects Kerrisdale and Kitsilano.
New grocery stores and boutiques continue to pop up along Arbutus Street while Arts and Crafts–style homes stand proudly along West 37th Avenue. The area attracts a mix of professionals who have an appreciation for architecture.
Home to a bustling shopping district known as “the Village”, Kerrisdale attracts many a resident with disposable income, especially professionals in finance, business, and science who have larger families. A number of community initiatives such as outdoor movie nights and carnival days keep Vancouverites across the city coming to this charming neighbourhood. Independent boutiques line the shopping district on 41st Avenue, with high-end cheese shops, baby wear, and afternoon tea all within a block or two.
Known as the “Nob Hill of Vancouver”, in reference to San Francisco’s upscale neighbourhood, Shaughnessy offers some of the most spectacular single-family homes in the whole city (and some of the largest, with some mansions spanning 10,000-plus square feet—a rare find in a city intent on building up to accommodate a growing population). The theme of the area is best described as “stately” as you will find a number of Classical and Tudor revival homes. The proximity to the downtown core keeps this area coveted, and real estate here is popular amongst the city’s business leaders. The quiet, curving streets are an easy walk away from groceries and high-end shopping on bustling South Granville.
Vancouver West neighbourhoods continue to be a draw for those looking to lock in some of the city’s best real estate, and capture a true neighbourly feel without leaving the city.
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