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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® # R2209382

    Main Photo: 2335 W 18TH Avenue in Vancouver: Arbutus House for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS® # R2209382
    • View
    • View
    • Exterior Front
    • Living Room
    • Dining Area
    • Family Room
    • Kitchen
    • Kitchen
    • Kitchen
    • Eating Area
    • Office
    • Powder Room
    • Master Bedroom
    • Master Bedroom
    • Master Bathroom
    • Bedroom
    • Basement
    • Tatami Room
    • Media Room
    • 4 Car Garage
    $7,380,000
    Residential Detached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2209382
    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 LOC. 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 ELEM. & PRINCE WALES HIGH. CLOSE TO YORK HOUSE, ST. GEORGE'S & CROFTON PRIVATE SCHL, UBC.This exceptional home offers supreme finishing give a feeling of luxury & modern living. High Ceiling, open plan layout, hardwood flr thru out, stunning spacious design, open gourmet kit w/high-end cabinetry & top off line appliances as MIELE, large center island & granite counter top. 5 bdrms & den, 7 baths, HOME THEATRE, TATAMI RM., WINE CELLAR, STEAM BATH, SAUNA, HOME SMART SECURITY SYM, RADIANT FLR HEAT, A/C, HRV, SOUTH-FACING & PARK LIKE GARDEN. MUST SEE! More details
    RE/MAX Select Properties
  • 2338 WEST 21 Avenue in Vancouver: Arbutus House for sale (Vancouver West) : MLS® # R2194691

    Main Photo: 2338 WEST 21 Avenue in Vancouver: Arbutus House for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS® # R2194691
    $6,998,000
    Residential Detached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2194691
    Bedrooms:
    5
    Bathrooms:
    7
    Floor Area:
    4,270 sq. ft.
    Elegant and unique Arbutus dream home unlike anything else you've ever seen. The luxury home glistens with quality and extensive craftsmanship. The main floor features a stunning spacious design, built in office, open gourmet kitchen with top of the line Miele appliances. The top floor features 4 bedrooms all with an ensuite bathroom and a balcony attached to two of the bedrooms. The basement consists of a home theatre, wet bar; a temperature controlled wine cellar, a sauna and spa as well as a gym. Control 4 automation system is installed throughout the house providing complete control of music, sound, lighting and entertainment from your smartphone. Includes 2/5/10 National Home Warranty. UBC close drive away. More details
    Homeland Realty
  • 2128 W 22ND Avenue in Vancouver: Arbutus House for sale (Vancouver West) : MLS® # R2205026

    Main Photo: 2128 W 22ND Avenue in Vancouver: Arbutus House for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS® # R2205026
    • Exterior Front
    • Entrance
    • Living Room
    • Dining Room
    • Office
    • Family Room
    • Family Room
    • Eating Area
    • Kitchen
    • Kitchen
    • Wok Kitchen
    • View
    • Master Bedroom
    • Bedroom
    • Basement
    • Wet Bar
    • Basement
    • Basement
    • Media Room
    • Media Room
    $6,988,000
    Residential Detached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2205026
    Bedrooms:
    5
    Bathrooms:
    7
    Floor Area:
    4,141 sq. ft.
    ABSOLUTELY GORGEOUS MAGNIFICENT CUSTOM BUILT HOME IN MOST desirable ARBUTUS Location. Almost 4,200sq.ft. Sits on beautiful Landscaped level Lot 50 x 122. STEPS AWAY FROM TRAFALGAR ELEMENTARY & PRINCE WALES HIGH SCHOOL. CLOSE TO YORK HOUSE, ST.GEORGE'S & CROFTON PRIVATE SCHOOL, UBC. This beautiful home offers supreme Quality finishing give a feeling of Modern living, High Ceiling, open plan layout thru-out. Huge gourmet kitchen with high-end cabinetry & top off line appliances as MIELE, large center island & granite counter top. 5 bedrooms & den, 6.5 baths, HOME THEATRE, WINE CELLAR & COCKTAIL BAR, STEAM BATH, SAUNA, HOME SMART SECURITY SYSTEM, RADIANT FLOOR HEAT, A/C, HRV. SOUTHERN EXPOSURE WITH PARK LIKE GARDEN. MUST SEE! More details
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  • 2428 W 22ND Avenue in Vancouver: Arbutus House for sale (Vancouver West) : MLS® # R2208504

    Main Photo: 2428 W 22ND Avenue in Vancouver: Arbutus House for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS® # R2208504
    $6,880,000
    Residential Detached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2208504
    Bedrooms:
    7
    Bathrooms:
    7
    Floor Area:
    4,825 sq. ft.
    Fabulous custom built luxury home in Arbutus. First class workmanship and high end materials throughout. Offers 4825 sq ft living space on a 7680 sq ft lot. 7 bdrms + 6.5 baths. 4 ensuites upstairs. Quality finishing features: grand foyer, designer marble entry, vaulted ceiling in living room, south facing family room open to sundeck, spacious wok kitchen, kitchen with granite countertop, maple hardwood floor, cherry cabinets. Mile fridge, A/C, HRV, high quality aluminum alloy windows, built in vacuum in every room, surrounded sound system, basement boasts a media room, sauna & wine cellar. 5' Lindab half round steel gutter system. Must see! School Catchment: Trafalgar Elementary & Prince of Wales Secondary. Open House: Sat, Oct 21, 2-4pm. More details
    Royal Pacific Realty Corp.
  • 2688 OLIVER Crescent in Vancouver: Arbutus House for sale (Vancouver West) : MLS® # R2177494

    Main Photo: 2688 OLIVER Crescent in Vancouver: Arbutus House for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS® # 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.
  • 3508 QUESNEL Drive in Vancouver: Arbutus House for sale (Vancouver West) : MLS® # R2203870

    Main Photo: 3508 QUESNEL Drive in Vancouver: Arbutus House for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS® # R2203870
    $6,388,000
    Residential Detached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2203870
    Bedrooms:
    5
    Bathrooms:
    5
    Floor Area:
    4,055 sq. ft.
    Fabulous custom 5 bdrms home located in Arbutus with gorgeous mountain and city view. Designed by renowned architect Loy Leyland and built with top quality workmanship including: all top of the line appliances, classic oak & birch hardwood flooring, wood core Loewen windows with aluminum clad exteriors, solid French door, HRV, extensive use of crown mouldings, California shutters, stained glass reproduction of Frank Lloyd Wright's design by Brain Baxter, 11 foot high ceilings. Main floor features an open layout Gourmet chef kitchen with S/S Sub-Zero, Wok kitchen and entertaining sized family room. Upper floor has 3 spacious bedrooms and 1 den. Lower level has a 700-bottle wine cellar and a great recreation room plus a guest bdrm. 4-car garage. School Catchment: PW Secondary & Carnarvon Elementary. Must see! More details
    Royal Pacific Realty Corp.
  • 2467 W 18TH Avenue in Vancouver: Arbutus House for sale in "ARBUTUS" (Vancouver West) : MLS® # R2189337

    Main Photo: 2467 W 18TH Avenue in Vancouver: Arbutus House for sale in "ARBUTUS" (Vancouver West)  : MLS® # R2189337
    $5,990,000
    Residential Detached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2189337
    Bedrooms:
    7
    Bathrooms:
    6
    Floor Area:
    4,469 sq. ft.
    Spectacular custom built home in Arbutus, situated on large lot 50' x 148.92' (7446 sq ft). Super quality and workmanship throughout, high ceilings in foyer, attention to details, excellent four good size bdrms upstairs and 3 bdrms in basement Features include : A/C, radiant heating, HRV, home theatre in recreation room. Conveniently close to Arbutus shopping centre, Loblaws City Market, Safeway or Broadway shopping street etc. Schools nearby : Trafalgar Elementary, Prince of Wales Secondary & Kitsilano Secondary. More details
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  • 3149 W 19TH Avenue in Vancouver: Arbutus House for sale (Vancouver West) : MLS® # R2192791

    Main Photo: 3149 W 19TH Avenue in Vancouver: Arbutus House for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS® # R2192791
    $5,980,000
    Residential Detached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2192791
    Bedrooms:
    6
    Bathrooms:
    6
    Floor Area:
    4,500 sq. ft.
    Extraordinary marvelous custom built character home by award winning construction and renowned interior designer in popular Arbutus area! Big south facing lot with 49x153, this 4500 sf home offers supreme finishing & details of craftmanship, provides feeling of luxurious comfort modern living, high ceilings, quality H/W flr, gourmet kit & wok kit, A/C, HRV, top of the line appls, fully equipped home theatre system, sauna, steam, smart home system, huge deck and private park-like garden. Steps to Carnarvon Elem School, close to Prince of Wales Secondary, York House, St. George Private Schools, UBC & transit. Must See! Open House 8 Oct 2017 On Sunday 2:00-4:00 pm More details
    Royal Pacific Realty Corp.
  • 2817 W 22ND Avenue in Vancouver: Arbutus House for sale (Vancouver West) : MLS® # R2196967

    Main Photo: 2817 W 22ND Avenue in Vancouver: Arbutus House for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS® # R2196967
    $5,688,000
    Residential Detached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2196967
    Bedrooms:
    5
    Bathrooms:
    6
    Floor Area:
    3,714 sq. ft.
    Custom built luxury home in Arbutus area. Beautiful level lot over 5300sf. Open layout with lavish tiles throughout on main floor, Gourmet / Wok kitchen, Den and full bath. 4 generous size bedrooms up with 3 full baths. Basement features with entertaining size theatre room, wine cellar, wet bar and steam room. High ceiling on all levels, LED lightings, motorized window blinds, high end S/S appliances, HRV and air conditioning. Prince of Wales Secondary / Carnarvon Elementary catchment. 2-5-10 warranty. Call today for details and book your private showing. All measurements are approximate, buyers to verify if deemed important. Open House: Oct-21-2017(Sat) 2-4pm. More details
    RE/MAX Real Estate Services
  • 2188 W 20TH Avenue in Vancouver: Arbutus House for sale (Vancouver West) : MLS® # R2190093

    Main Photo: 2188 W 20TH Avenue in Vancouver: Arbutus House for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS® # R2190093
    • FRont Face
    • roof top
    • living rm
    • dining rm
    • family rm
    • kitchen & eating area
    • master bd rm ensuite
    • home theater
    $5,380,000
    Residential Detached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2190093
    Bedrooms:
    6
    Bathrooms:
    6
    Floor Area:
    4,276 sq. ft.
    Truly one of the best designed and elegant houses in desired Arbutus Area, PANORAMIC VIEW from the roof deck, excellent layout offering 6 bedrooms & den. 6 1/2 bathrooms, high ceiling with extensive use of granite and hardwood floor throughout the foyer and living room, tastefully designed fireplace, huge dream kitchen with granite counter top plus Chinese kitchen, home theater, built-in sound system, sauna, steam shower, central air-condition, radiant heat, fully gated with beautiful stone, nicely done landscaping with fish pond and fountain, four car garage. Close to UBC, Prince of Wales School, York House, Little Flower and Trafalgar Elementary School. More details
    RE/MAX Real Estate Services
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Listing information last updated on October 19, 2017
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