Elegance and style find their place in the homes of Arbutus Ridge. Chic, fashionable, and charming in equal portions, Arbutus Ridge is a centrally located neighbourhood that's close to everything yet quiet at the same time.
If you are ready to give up a “party” lifestyle but would still love to attend events occasionally, then Arbutus Ridge is a good neighborhood choice. The community offers a quiet suburban living with the bustle of downtown stress just 20 minutes away. Arbutus Ridge is considered as one of Vancouver’s most affluent neighborhoods in the western side, encompassing Mackenzie Street to the West Boulevard and then from 16th Avenue heading southwards to 41st Avenue. The neighborhood may be off the tourist grid but it is situated in a desirable enclave of west side communities that covers Kitsilano, Dunbar and West Point Grey.
By Vancouver guidelines, Arbutus Ridge is a new neighborhood with developments occurring after the Second World War housing boom. The property owned by Quilchena Golf Course transformed to a residential real estate property, getting its name to the quaint, prosperous shelter of Quilchena. The construction of Arbutus Village Shopping Center and residential complex during the 1970s also helped boost the community’s population.
Arbutus Ridge is made up of uplands covering a low lying marsh called as the “Asthma Flats”. Its early inhabitants went fishing on local water streams, although no records of settlement has been recorded. Through the years, the neighborhood was part of three existing municipalities namely South Vancouver in the year 1908, Point Grey and then Vancouver in 1929.
If you’re an individual who appreciates the beauty of nature, then Vancouver is a spoiled city with both ocean and mountain views that you can enjoy. From its heights, the neighborhood features majestic views of the ocean, the snowcapped peaks of the North Shore and the downtown core. The community is also endowed with picturesque views composed of tree lined streets, unique architectural styles, colorful gardens and public parks throughout the vicinity.
Arbutus Ridge Housing
Homesin Arbutus Ridge feature an eclectic architectural mix. Witness period homes on the West 37th Avenue designed by G. Thorton. He is also responsible for most of the city’s architectural look and design in the early 20th century. The 1930s gave birth to Vancouver Specials, space efficient residential properties that were built to meet the city’s housing demands. Arbutus Ridge also witnessed an influx of redevelopment projects, new homes, schools and shops in the post war era. The neighborhood’s housing landscape still remains to be predominantly single detached homes. The recent zoning laws have limited property development to non rental units only.
School and Transportation
Located at the southern part of Kitsilano, Arbutus Ridge’s central location between West King Edwards Avenue and West 16th offers convenient access to amenities, schools, shopping and etc. Among the schools in the neighborhood include Carvanon Elementary School, Trafalgar Elementary School and Prince of Wales Secondary School.
Shopping and Recreation
The community is famous for the Arbutus Shopping Center which includes a supermarket, couture shops, banking and other service oriented stores. The Ridge Theatre is a famous landmark repertory in the metro and also a bowling alley. St. Mary’s Anglican Church, another heritage site and landmark, features the English Arts Crafts Style.