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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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  • 4488 QUESNEL Drive in Vancouver: Arbutus House for sale (Vancouver West) : MLS®# R2267096

    Main Photo: 4488 QUESNEL Drive in Vancouver: Arbutus House for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2267096
    $8,950,000
    Residential Detached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2267096
    Bedrooms:
    5
    Bathrooms:
    7
    Floor Area:
    4,985 sq. ft.
    VILLA BELLA! Location, location! Unobstructed wide open downtown mountain view on top of mountain Quesnel/20 largest lot in the prime view area. Total living area over 5000 SF (Interior plus 5 exterior & 5 prime view patios). Modern castle by famous architect Kingsley Lo, who is well known to design for European princes' summer home. Walk to PW & Trafalgar. 2 years Italian stylish renovation floor radiant heat. Air conditioning 5 extra large bedrooms all with patio & ensuite. 300 bottle wine cellar. Special fashion fitting room Stadium seat home theatre 3 car heated garage. Central but quiet location, rarely available Villa Bella 4488 Quesnel Drive. More details
    Listed by Royal Pacific Realty Corp.
  • 2335 W 18TH Avenue in Vancouver: Arbutus House for sale (Vancouver West) : MLS®# R2280058

    Main Photo: 2335 W 18TH Avenue in Vancouver: Arbutus House for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2280058
    • Exterior Front
    • Living Room
    • Living Room
    • Dining Room
    • Office
    • Powder Room
    • Family Room
    • Kitchen
    • Kitchen
    • Eating Area
    • Master Bedroom
    • Master Bedroom
    • Master Bathroom
    • Bedroom
    • Wine Cellar
    • Basement
    • Basement
    • Steam Bath
    • Media Room
    • Exterior Back
    $6,988,000
    Residential Detached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2280058
    Bedrooms:
    5
    Bathrooms:
    7
    Floor Area:
    4,700 sq. ft.
    IEW OF MOUNTAINS & CITY! DIFFERENTLY "ONE OF KIND". TRULY AMAZING CLASSIC NEW HOME IN MOST PRESTIGIOUS ARBUTUS LOT 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 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 kit w/high-end cabinetry & top off line appliances as MIELE, large center island & granite counter top. 5 bedrooms & 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
    Listed by RE/MAX Select Properties
  • 2190 W 18TH Avenue in Vancouver: Arbutus House for sale (Vancouver West) : MLS®# R2254135

    Main Photo: 2190 W 18TH Avenue in Vancouver: Arbutus House for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2254135
    $6,680,000
    Residential Detached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2254135
    Bedrooms:
    7
    Bathrooms:
    8
    Floor Area:
    4,268 sq. ft.
    One of the most unique homes on the West side, an integration of ideas & perfect achievement by an exquisite furniture/millwork manufacturer, award winning architect Alexandre Ravkov & renowned Bela Construction. This stylish retreat reflects a magical inter-mix of Victorian style inspiration & architecture, a masterpiece of classic design & superb craftsmanship featuring mahogany millwork throughout, hand-carved moldings & fireplace mantle, marble flooring & intricately finished barrel-vaulted ceiling. Featuring 7 generous sized bedrooms (including a self contained housekeeper suite) & 6 ensuite bathrooms, home theatre, spectacular garden with waterfall & pond. More details
    Listed by Macdonald Realty
  • 2638 W 21ST Avenue in Vancouver: Arbutus House for sale (Vancouver West) : MLS®# R2279563

    Main Photo: 2638 W 21ST Avenue in Vancouver: Arbutus House for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2279563
    • Exterior Front
    • Foyer
    • Living Room
    • Dining Room
    • Family Room
    • Open Plan
    • Kitchen
    • Kitchen
    • Wok Kitchen
    • High-end Product
    • Office
    • Master Bedroom
    • Master Bathroom
    • Bedroom
    • Mountain View
    • Basement
    • TEMPERATURE CONTROLLED
    • Recreation Room
    • 4 Cars
    • Exterior Back
    $6,588,000
    Residential Detached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2279563
    Bedrooms:
    6
    Bathrooms:
    6
    Floor Area:
    4,275 sq. ft.
    DEFINITELY ONE OF THE GORGEOUS & BEAUTIFUL CUSTOM BUILT HOME IN MOST POPULAR ARBUTUS LOCATION. Almost 4,300 sq.ft. of luxurious living area sits on beautiful landscaped level lot 51 x 122 (6,222 sq.ft.). Steps away from TRAFALGAR ELEM., PW HIGH SCHOOL. Close to YORK HOUSE, ST. GEORGE'S & CROFTON Private school, UBC. This exceptional home offers quality finishing and give you a feeling of luxury & modern living, open flr plan w/high ceiling & hard wood flr, marbles thru out. Total 6 bdrms & den, 5.5 baths, entertaining sized family rm over looking the park like garden. Large gourmet kitchen w/high-end cabinetry & top of line appliances, wok kit, HOME THEATRE, WET BAR, WINE CELLAR, STEAM BATH, SAUNA, HOME SMART SECURITY SYS,RADIANT FLOOR HEAT, A/C, HRV, SOUTHERN EXPOSURE BACK YARD. MUST SEE! More details
    Listed by RE/MAX Select Properties
  • 3508 QUESNEL Drive in Vancouver: Arbutus House for sale (Vancouver West) : MLS®# R2257642

    Main Photo: 3508 QUESNEL Drive in Vancouver: Arbutus House for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2257642
    $6,580,000
    Residential Detached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2257642
    Bedrooms:
    5
    Bathrooms:
    5
    Floor Area:
    4,055 sq. ft.
    Fabulous custom 5 bdrm 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, 11 ft 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 Sec & Carnarvon Elem. More details
    Listed by Royal Pacific Realty Corp.
  • 2338 W 21ST Avenue in Vancouver: Arbutus House for sale (Vancouver West) : MLS®# R2267679

    Main Photo: 2338 W 21ST Avenue in Vancouver: Arbutus House for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2267679
    $6,398,000
    Residential Detached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2267679
    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 smart phone. Includes 2/5/10 National Home Warranty. UBC close drive away. More details
    Listed by Homeland Realty
  • 2395 W 22ND Avenue in Vancouver: Arbutus House for sale (Vancouver West) : MLS®# R2286245

    Main Photo: 2395 W 22ND Avenue in Vancouver: Arbutus House for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2286245
    • Front House
    • Living Room
    • Living Room
    • Dining Room
    • kitchen
    • kitchen
    • Master Bedroom
    • master bathroom
    • Master Bathroom
    • Den
    • Home Theatre
    • Sauna
    • Recreation Room
    • Backyard
    $6,180,000
    Residential Detached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2286245
    Bedrooms:
    6
    Bathrooms:
    6
    Floor Area:
    4,131 sq. ft.
    Well-Maintained custom home on a bright corner lot. Over 4100sqft spacious living space. luxurious finishings, gorgeous contemporary open floor plan and high ceiling. Main floor features large living, dining den and a enormous kitchen and family that overlooks a garden-like backyard. Custom kitchen cabinet, top of the line S/S appliances, wok kitchen. Upper floor with 4 bdrms and Master bdrm with spa-like ensuite. Lower level features 2 bdrm, media room, laundry room, wine room and bar. Fully fenced and landscaped. Other features include hardwood floor, HRV, air conditioning, extensive use of granite and marble throughout. Don't miss, call listing agent for private viewing. More details
    Listed by Sutton Group-West Coast Realty
  • 2569 W 22ND Avenue in Vancouver: Arbutus House for sale (Vancouver West) : MLS®# R2295982

    Main Photo: 2569 W 22ND Avenue in Vancouver: Arbutus House for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2295982
    $5,990,000
    Residential Detached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2295982
    Bedrooms:
    7
    Bathrooms:
    7
    Floor Area:
    4,144 sq. ft.
    Brand new luxury house on a beautiful tree-lined street in Arbutus. Craftsmanship & superior finishes throughout. It's designed to provide a contemporary living, such as elegant tiles & hardwood flooring throughout, Chef's kitchen is equipped with professional S/S appliances Miele / WOLF, center island and pantry, 4 generous ensuite bedrooms upstairs, huge recreation room with wet bar, media room, 1 guest room, 2 bedrooms, wine cellar & sauna room, perfect for indoor entertaining. Just steps away from Trafalgar Elem & park. Enjoy from Arbutus shopping centre where u can find services, banks & grocery shops. A short drive to Arbutus Club, Prince of Wales Secondary, York House, LFA & Shaughnessy Elementary. This gives u the lifestyle you want! It is where you will love to live. More details
    Listed by Maxcel Westcoast Realty Ltd.
  • 2688 OLIVER Crescent in Vancouver: Arbutus House for sale (Vancouver West) : MLS®# R2235398

    Main Photo: 2688 OLIVER Crescent in Vancouver: Arbutus House for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2235398
    $5,890,000
    Residential Detached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2235398
    Bedrooms:
    6
    Bathrooms:
    7
    Floor Area:
    4,518 sq. ft.
    This gorgeous custom built home in the desirable Arbutus area sitting on 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 line appliances, wet bar, A/C, HRV, radiant floor heating system, media room, steam baths, sauna. MINUTES WALK TO TRAFALGAR ELEM, PRINCE OF WALES HIGH, ST GEORGE'S & YORK HOUSE PRIVATE SCHOOLS, UBC, SHOPPING, TRANSIT. MUST SEE! More details
    Listed by Royal Pacific Realty Corp.
  • 2923 W 23RD Avenue in Vancouver: Arbutus House for sale (Vancouver West) : MLS®# R2229670

    Main Photo: 2923 W 23RD Avenue in Vancouver: Arbutus House for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2229670
    $5,380,000
    Residential Detached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2229670
    Bedrooms:
    5
    Bathrooms:
    6
    Floor Area:
    3,330 sq. ft.
    Super top quality custom-built home in prime Arbutus area. Lots of beautiful millworks, wainscoting, coffered ceiling, modern main & wok kitchens. Oak hardwood floors on basement and second floors, nice tiles on main floor. Top appliances, top bathroom fixtures, 42 sub-zero fridge, wolf stoves, HRV, air-con, TV alarm system, auto lawn sprinklers, professional landscaping and granite sidewalks. 3 bedrooms up with ensuites & vaulted ceilings. Theatre room with projector with 100 inch-screen. High ceilings on 3 levels. City, mountain views from master bedroom. Triple garage with alarm. Steps to parks, good schools and restaurants. 2-5-10 National Home Warranty. More details
    Listed by RE/MAX Select Properties
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