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Arbutus in Vancouver

Arbutus in VancouverArbutus, an affluent residential neighbourhood in Vancouver’s West Side, extends from 16th Avenue on the north to 41st on the south and from Mackenzie Street on the west to Arbutus Street on the east. A mature community with stately homes on large lots between tree-lined streets interspersed with quiet neighbourhood parks and with clear views of the nearby mountains to the north, Arbutus in the middle of Vancouver’s west side has easy access to Downtown, the University of British Columbia, Pacific Spirit Regional Park, and the seaside areas of Kitsilano and Jericho Beach. Most of the population of about 16,000 live in single-family homes. Neighborhood schools are Prince of Wales Secondary School, Carnarvon Elementary School, and Trafalgar Elementary School, which conducts a French immersion program.

Historical Notes

Arbutus in Vancouver2Ironically, this affluent neighbourhood was once the “Asthma Flats” in the late 1800s and early 1900s, little more than a swamp traversable by plank walkways. As in much of Vancouver, the Canadian Pacific Railway brought commercial and residential development to Arbutus Ridge after 1888, when the province turned the area over to the railroad. The Arbutus line remains adjacent to Arbutus Street throughout the east side of the neighbourhood though now abandoned and unused. Arbutus Ridge became a municipality of the City of Vancouver in 1929

Mackenzie Heights in the southwest corner of Arbutus Ridge was in 1912 the first area of the community to start large-scale residential development. Not until the 1940s did developers haul sand from False Creek to fill in the Asthmas Flats for construction of property improvements on the bottom lands.

 

High Property Values

Arbutus in Vancouver3The single-family home at 2805 West 19th Avenue may look like a bungalow but in fact has six bedrooms and two bathrooms on three levels. A good home and investment, the house has a full basement with a two-bedroom suite which could bring in substantial income. Built in 1942, the 2,310-square-foot home lists for $1.598 million. Annual property taxes are just over $6,000.

Many shops and amenities are within walking distance: a Starbucks coffee shop, Choices Market, La Buca Italian Trattoria, Trafalgar’s at Sweet Obsession, and the Jamaican-inspired Patty Shop. The home is close to Prince of Wales secondary and Carnarvon and Trafalgar elementary schools, and to transit stops just steps away.

Canadian Pacific Controversy

The Arbutus Corridor is marred by train tracks that have not seen a train for years. Cyclists and environmentalists lobby for conversion of this 11-kilometre strip to use as a greenway. The Canadian Pacific Railway owns the land but the city won the legal right to determine land use zoning in a 2006 court decision. The city’s long-term 2040 Transportation Plan describes the Arbutus Corridor as “an east-west barrier.”

Canadian Pacific has asked more than 15,000 people and businesses to remove any property along the train tracks in the Arbutus Corridor as it continues its review of the rail line. No trains have used the line since 2001. The City of Vancouver, which has the last word on use of the corridor, says it is against a return of heavy rail, but residents fear that Canadian Pacific may intend to resume it.

Community Vision Plan

In November 2005, the Vancouver City Council approved the Arbutus Ridge-Kerrisdale-Shaughnessy Community Vision Plan, which seeks to retain the historic and mature character of the area and to further improve the community by:

  • Making Streets Safer
  • Improving Walking and Biking Routes
  • Improving the Environment
  • Enhancing Community Safety
  • Expanding Recreation Facilities and Services
  • Enhancing Parks, Streets, Lanes, and Public Places
  • Maintaining and Enhancing Single Family Neighbourhoods
  • Adding New Housing Opportunities
  • Creating Neighbourhood Centres and Enhancing Local Shopping Areas and
  • Improving Community Involvement in Decision Making

Information Links:

http://vancouver.ca/green-vancouver/arbutus.aspx

http://vancouver.ca/docs/planning/arbutus-ridge-kerrisdale-shaughnessy-arks-community-vision-full-report.pdf

New Arbutus Live MLS Listings

Arbutus in Vancouver, BC

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  • 2335 W 18TH Avenue in Vancouver: Arbutus House for sale (Vancouver West) : MLS(r) # R2163361

    Main Photo: 2335 W 18TH Avenue in Vancouver: Arbutus House for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS(r) # R2163361
    • Exterior Front
    • View
    • Living Room
    • Dining Room
    • Office
    • Family Room
    • Family Room
    • Kitchen
    • Kitchen
    • Eating Area
    • Powder Room
    • Master Bedroom
    • 4 Car
    • Tatami Room
    • Basement
    • Media Room
    • Laundry
    • Yard
    • Exterior Back
    $7,680,000
    Residential Detached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2163361
    Bedrooms:
    5
    Bathrooms:
    7
    Floor Area:
    4,700 sq. ft.
    VIEW OF MOUNTAINS & CITY ! DIFFERENTLY " ONE OF KIND ". TRULY AMAZING CLASSIC NEW HOME IN MOST PRESTIGIOUS ARBUTUS LOCATION. 4,700 SQ.FT OF LUXURIOUS LIVING AREA SITS on high side street with Beautiful landscaped lot almost 50' x 150'. STEPS AWAY FROM TRAFALGAR ELEMENTARY & PRINCE WALES HIGH SCHOOL. CLOSE TO YORK HOUSE, ST. GEORGE'S & CROFTON PRIVATE SCHOOL, UBC. This exceptional home offers supreme finishing give a feeling of luxury & modern living. High Ceiling, open plan layout, hardwood floor thru out, stunning spacious design, open gourmet kitchen with high-end cabinetry & top off line appliances as MIELE, large center island & granite counter top. 5 bedrooms & den, 7 baths, HOME THEATRE, TATAMI ROOM, WINE CELLAR, STEAM BATH, SAUNA, HOME SMART SECURITY SYSTEM, RADIANT FLOOR HEAT, A/C, HRV, SOUTH-FACING & PARK LIKE GARDEN. MUST SEE! More details
    RE/MAX Select Properties
  • 2428 W 22ND Avenue in Vancouver: Arbutus House for sale (Vancouver West) : MLS(r) # R2171307

    Main Photo: 2428 W 22ND Avenue in Vancouver: Arbutus House for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS(r) # R2171307
    $6,990,000
    Residential Detached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2171307
    Bedrooms:
    7
    Bathrooms:
    7
    Floor Area:
    4,825 sq. ft.
    Custom built beautiful home with first class of workmanship and top of the line materials throughout. 4825 sqft spacious living open with grand foyer, designer marble entry, vaulted ceiling in the living room, south facing family room open to sundeck, spacious wok kitchen, granite counter top and back splash in kitchen, maple hardwood floor, cherry cabinets. Mile fridge A/C, HRV, high quality aluminum alloy windows, built in vacuum in every room, surround sound system, basement entertainment center including media room with all the bells & whistles, sauna & wine cellar. 5” Lindab half round steel gutter system. The list goes on. Corner lot with plenty of sunlight, southern view of park and north shore mountain view. Beautiful street appeal More details
    Sutton Group - Seafair Realty
  • 2190 W 18TH Avenue in Vancouver: Arbutus House for sale (Vancouver West) : MLS(r) # R2182027

    $6,980,000
    Residential Detached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2182027
    Bedrooms:
    7
    Bathrooms:
    8
    Floor Area:
    4,268 sq. ft.
    One of the most gracious homes on the West Side, an integration of ideas and perfect achievement by an exquisite furniture / millwork manufacturer, award-winning Architect Alexandre Ravkov and renowned Bela Construction. This stylish retreat reflects a magical inter-mix of Victorian-style inspiration and architecture, a masterpiece of classic design and superb craftsmanship featuring mahogany millwork throughout, hand-carved moldings and fireplace mantle, marble flooring and intricately finished barrel-vault ceiling. Featuring 7 generous sized bedrooms (including a self-contained housekeeper suite) & 6 ensuite bathrooms, home theatre, spectacular garden with waterfall and pond. More details
    Macdonald Realty
  • 2688 OLIVER Crescent in Vancouver: Arbutus House for sale (Vancouver West) : MLS(r) # R2177494

    Main Photo: 2688 OLIVER Crescent in Vancouver: Arbutus House for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS(r) # R2177494
    • Exterior Front
    • View
    • Living Room
    • Kitchen
    • Master Bathroom
    • Master Bedroom
    • Other
    • Dining Room
    • Den/ Family room
    • Yard
    $6,680,000
    Residential Detached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2177494
    Bedrooms:
    6
    Bathrooms:
    7
    Floor Area:
    4,518 sq. ft.
    This gorgeous custom built home in the desirable Arbutus area sitting on a beautiful corner lot facing Trafalgar Park and with southern backyard. Offers 4,500 SF luxurious living space. Grand foyer with high ceiling, elegant 6 bedrooms & den, 6.5 baths, large open gourmet kitchen with high-end cabinetry & top-of-the-line appliances, wet bar, A/C, HRV, radiant floor heating system, media room, steam baths, sauna. MINUTES WALK TO TRAFALGAR ELEMENTARY, PRINCE OF WALES HIGH, ST GEORGE'S & YORK HOUSE PRIVATE SCHOOLS, UBC, SHOPPING, TRANSIT. MUST SEE! More details
    Royal Pacific Realty Corp.
  • 2266 W 21ST Avenue in Vancouver: Arbutus House for sale (Vancouver West) : MLS(r) # R2153075

    Main Photo: 2266 W 21ST Avenue in Vancouver: Arbutus House for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS(r) # R2153075
    • Exterior Front
    • Exterior Front
    • Garden
    • Bathroom
    • Living Room
    • Office
    • Dining Room
    • Bedroom
    • Bathroom
    • Bathroom
    • Bedroom
    • Recreation Room
    • gym
    • Media Room
    • Kitchen
    • wine
    • Sauna
    $5,899,000
    Residential Detached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2153075
    Bedrooms:
    5
    Bathrooms:
    7
    Floor Area:
    4,109 sq. ft.
    Wonderful Arbutus 3 storey home on a 6100 sq ft (50' * 122') lot with a south backyard. Elegant design with functional floor plan features 5 bdrms and 6.5 bath with 4100 sq ft luxury living space. Detailed craft smanship throughout, Gourmet kitchen with wok kitchen equipped with top of the line appliances. High ceiling in living room, 4 spacious bedroom up including master ensuite with jacuzzi. Basement is nicely furnished with a cozy recreation room, Gym Rm, Steam, Wine Celler & home theatre with built in sound system A/C, HRV, 4 car garage etc. Trafalgar Elementary & Prince of Wales Secondary Catchment. More details
    Royal Pacific Realty Corp.
  • 2259 W 18 Avenue in Vancouver: Arbutus House for sale (Vancouver West) : MLS(r) # R2182578

    $5,680,000
    Residential Detached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2182578
    Bedrooms:
    7
    Bathrooms:
    5
    Floor Area:
    4,464 sq. ft.
    South facing Arbutus area, over 4400 sq ft spacious comfortable living, with 7 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms. Close to all level of best schools - UBC, Prince of Wales...close to all amenities, huge entrance with curved staircase to upstairs, huge master bedroom, skylights, deck off kitchen. Require 24 hours for showing. More details
    Saba Realty Ltd.
  • 4035 PUGET Drive in Vancouver: Arbutus House for sale (Vancouver West) : MLS(r) # R2157816

    Main Photo: 4035 PUGET Drive in Vancouver: Arbutus House for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS(r) # R2157816
    $5,498,000
    Residential Detached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2157816
    Bedrooms:
    6
    Bathrooms:
    6
    Floor Area:
    4,246 sq. ft.
    House on high side of quiet Puget Drive, 4,246 sf quality custom built home with 180 degree unobstructed panorama views of city & mountains. Located in most desirable Arbutus area. Beautifully renovated and well maintained. Total 6 bdrms & den, 6 baths. Main level with entertainment sized living room & family room, gourmet kitchen & den. Upper floor has large master bedroom, + 3 generous bedrooms & 3 en suite bathrooms. Lower level has recreation room, media room and 2 bdrms. Close to the best schools, Prince Of Wales High School, Trafalgar Elementary, St George’s, UBC, Shopping, Transit. Must see! Open House Sat Jun. 24 between 2-4pm. More details
    Royal Pacific Realty Corp.
  • 2669 W 20TH Avenue in Vancouver: Arbutus House for sale (Vancouver West) : MLS(r) # R2180251

    Main Photo: 2669 W 20TH Avenue in Vancouver: Arbutus House for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS(r) # R2180251
    $4,999,000
    Residential Detached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2180251
    Bedrooms:
    6
    Bathrooms:
    5
    Floor Area:
    3,827 sq. ft.
    Luxury custom-built home sits on 51 x 122 lot in prestigious ARBUTUS area. This SOUTH facing gorgeous home offers best in craftsmanship. Renovated in 2015 including brand new Miele appliances, new high-quality hardwood flooring, new carpets, and many more! Features high ceiling, grand foyer, extensive use of granite & radiant heated floors. 6 spacious bedrooms including 4 ensuite upstairs, one w/steam shower, large gourmet kitchen w/maple cabinetry, wok kitchen, media room, wet bar, sauna, A/C, HRV, security system, 4-car garage, spacious fenced garden with a large covered deck, lawn sprinkler system. Walking distance to highly ranked schools – PRINCE OF WALES HIGH SCHOOL & TRAFALGAR ELEMENTARY SCHOOL. Open house: Sat/Sun, July 1st/2nd 2-4pm. More details
    Royal Pacific Realty Corp.
  • 2457 W 22ND Avenue in Vancouver: Arbutus House for sale (Vancouver West) : MLS(r) # R2182691

    $4,980,000
    Residential Detached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2182691
    Bedrooms:
    6
    Bathrooms:
    6
    Floor Area:
    4,867 sq. ft.
    High quality European design luxurious home sitting on the 67.5x122 lot. Over 4800 SF of living space including 4 bedrooms up & 2 bedroom down plus Japanese Tatami room, media room, wet bar, Chinese kitchen & office on main floor. Security system, A/C, central vacuum & more. Convenience location, Steps to Arbutus mall, transit & park and walking distance to Prince of Wales Secondary & Trafalgar Elementary School. First open house Saturday ( July 1) 2:30-4:00 pm More details
    RE/MAX Crest Realty Westside
  • 2266 W 18TH Avenue in Vancouver: Arbutus House for sale (Vancouver West) : MLS(r) # R2167577

    Main Photo: 2266 W 18TH Avenue in Vancouver: Arbutus House for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS(r) # R2167577
    $4,880,000
    Residential Detached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2167577
    Bedrooms:
    6
    Bathrooms:
    5
    Floor Area:
    3,660 sq. ft.
    Welcome to this very well-maintained, immaculate 21 year old house located in the heart of most sought-after Arbutus Neighbourhood. This 6 bedroom 4 1/2 baths 3 level home sits on a ideal 50 by 122 sq ft lot, offering 3660 sq ft of spacious and well laid out living space. Comes with air condition, CCTV monitor, sprinkler system; big windows allow maximum brightness in the house; panoramic view of the north shore; Top materials and craftsmanship. Conveniently located with easy access to Kerrisdale, Kitsilano, UBC & Downtown. Top school catchment. Don't miss out! More details
    RE/MAX Select Properties
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