West Vancouver

Vancouvers Luxury Community

There are few neighbourhoods in Canada that parallel the exquisiteness and luxury of West Vancouver. An area rich with expansive private estates, waterfront homes, upscale condos and elegant apartments, this neighbourhood has become an icon for fine living.

CITY OF WEST VANCOUVER

However, West Vancouver came from much humbler roots. Originally property of the municipality, 4700 acres was sold to a syndicate controlled by the Guinness Brewing Company. The syndicate A.R. Guinness Br. Pacific Properties developed an area called Capilano Estates but Vancouverites nick named it British Properties.

The new estate was initially accessible only by ferry. Its development was slow until the completion of the Lion’s Gate Bridge in 1938. The new bridge offered easy access to the community and it quickly rose tto become the palatial neighbourhood it is today. There are still a few homes that date back to the 1920s and 30s, but most of the current dwellings are from the 1970s to the present.

The community stretches across 28 km of shoreline and up the lower slopes of Hollyburn Mountain between the Capilano River Valley and Horseshoe Bay. It is a short 20 minute drive from Downtown Vancouver but light years away from the hustle and bustle of a busy metropolis. Instead it is a quiet, mostly residential neighbourhood with enviable marina facilities, golf courses, fine dining, parks and shopping.

A 25 block strip of Marine Drive serves as a commercial district featuring shops, small offices, restaurants and spas. A key attraction is the Park Royal Shopping Centre, Canada’s first shopping mall. Originally built in 1950, the Park Royal has been a commercial hub of the community and continues to maintain that status with recent renovations and the addition of high end retail stores. It also happens to be the location of the Blue Bus Terminal which services all of West Vancouver.

DISTRICT OF WEST VANCOUVER

A short walk south of the mall takes you to Ambleside Park, a popular spot for families and outdoor enthusiasts. Motivated joggers or walkers can make their way up the West Vancouver Seawall to Dundarave while enjoying breathtaking views of Stanley Park, the Lion’s Gate Bridge and freighters moored in English Bay. Whytecliff Park offers some of the best scuba diving spots in Western Canada and other smaller parks are lush with old growth forest and beautiful views of downtown Vancouver, Howe Sound, Vancouver Island and the Lower Mainland. However, it is Cypress Provincial Park that takes top honors by providing residents with mountain biking trails and large ski and snowboard facilities used in the 2010 Winter Olympics.

Several public recreation facilities are scattered around West Vancouver including an 18 hole par 3 golf course, pool, ice rink, basketball and tennis courts and the rebuilt West Vancouver Community Centre offering everything for your business and fitness needs.

EDUCATION

The school systems, both public and private, meet and exceed all standards. There are 14 primary and elementary schools and three secondary schools for students. All these schools consistently rank in the top percentiles in British Columbia for arts, academics and athleticism. The two private schools, Collingwood and Mulgrave, achieve the same milestones and are consistently ranked among the top private schools in Canada.West Vancouver is one of the wealthiest neighbourhoods in Canada only rivaled by Forest Hill in Ontario and Westmount in Quebec. Homes in the area range from 1.5 – 50 million dollars. However, it is still in reach for families in the mid 2-3 million dollar range who are looking for the best amenities, schools and location in this boutique neighbourhood.

West Vancouver is literally a posh seaside community offering everything you need and the finer things you want. A home in this neighbourhood is the last one you will ever buy.



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