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Shaughnessy, Vancouver’s Upper Crust Neighbourhood

ShaughnessyThe Grandeur of Shaughnessy

The Shaughnessy neighbourhood in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, is one of grand heritage homes. Its borders are 16th and 41st avenues on the north and south and Oak and Arbutus streets on the east and west. Shaughnessy is not a good fit for the Vancouver grid pattern of streets and avenues; instead, many roads loop and meander with the hilly terrain of the highest area in the city aside from nearby Queen Elizabeth Park. The neighbourhood’s estimated population is 9,000. Its name commemorates Thomas Shaughnessy, the American chief executive of the Canadian Pacific Railway from 1899 to 1918 when the king raised him to the British peerage as a first baron in 1916.

Shaughnessy has sprawling homes with enormous gardens. In September 2010 the average house sale price was $2,955,059. Average neighbourhood annual household income is $136K+, considerably higher than the Metro Vancouver average. In Shaughnessy, 51.5 percent of neighbourhood housing dates from before or during the Second World War II compared to 20.8 percent city-wide. The objective of the December 1998 First Shaughnessy Official Development Plan of the City of Vancouver is “to protect and preserve Shaughnessy’s unique pre–1940 character.” Two neighbourhood streets, Beverly Crescent and Cedar Crescent, have the highest average home values nationwide.

The Three Shaughnessys

Shaughnessy 1The Canadian Pacific Railway developed the land for the First Shaughnessy neighbourhood in the early 1900s. The federal government in Ottawa granted the railroad, then the largest Canadian real estate developer, Old Shaughnessy north of King Edward Avenue as an inducement to extend its service to the West Coast. “First Shaughnessy” between 16th and 25th avenues and Oak Street and East Boulevard was the first such Canadian Pacific-developed subdivision. The area subsequently extended south of King Edward as far as 41st Avenue. The success and appeal of First Shaughnessy were so great that in the late ’20s and early ’30s development of adjacent land created the Second and then the Third Shaughnessy, where lots and houses are mostly smaller and more modest but still impressive by any measure.

Neighbourhood Attractions

A main Shaughnessy attraction is the VanDusen Botanical Garden, from 1911 to 1960 home of the Shaughnessy Golf and Country Club as lessor and tenant of the Canadian Pacific Railway until the club moved to a new location. The railroad proposed a subdivision, which many influential citizens opposed, so in 1966 the VanDusen Botanical Garden Association formed to assist the Vancouver Park Board in acquiring and redeveloping the property. Acquisition and redevelopment funds came from the City of Vancouver, the British Columbia Government, the Vancouver Foundation, largest of Canada’s community foundations, and industrialist/philanthropist W J VanDusen, the garden’s namesake. VanDusen Botanical Garden opened in August 1975.

Shaughnessy 2The Heritage Vancouver Society sponsors weekend morning two-hour walking tours of Shaughnessy architectural wonders and landscaping delights. The Glen Brae Mansion on Matthews Avenue, once after its career as a private home the headquarters building of the Canadian Ku Klux Klan and now the Canuck Place Children’s Hospice, features twin, domed towers framing its front entrance. Hycroft Manor on McRae Avenue between Marpole Avenue and The Crescent around Shaughnessy Park, perhaps Vancouver’s most fashionable address, has 30 rooms on five acres housing the University Women’s Club of Vancouver since 1962. Hycroft Manor is open to the public for the club’s annual fundraiser, Christmas at Hycroft, and for many other events throughout the year.

Information Links:

http://vancouver.ca/green-vancouver/shaughnessy.aspx http://former.vancouver.ca/parks/cc/douglas/website/index.html
http://vancouver.ca/docs/planning/arbutus-ridge-kerrisdale-shaughnessy-arks-community-vision-full-report.pdf

New Shaughnessy Live MLS Listings

Shaughnessy, Vancouver's Upper Crust Neighbourhood

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  • 1238 - 1248 TECUMSEH Avenue in Vancouver: Shaughnessy House for sale (Vancouver West) : MLS(r) # R2164662

    Main Photo: 1238 - 1248 TECUMSEH Avenue in Vancouver: Shaughnessy House for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS(r) # R2164662
    $46,800,000
    Residential Detached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2164662
    Bedrooms:
    12
    Bathrooms:
    8
    Floor Area:
    16,928 sq. ft.
    Majestic Estate. These “3 luxurious Homes" in prestigious First Shaughnessy on a combined lot size of over 49,000 sf is a treasure of the city! A combined of 12 well-appointed bdrms, 10 full baths & 3 half baths, 8 fireplaces & ample parking spaces. 1238 Tecumseh & 1248 Tecumseh had been substantially renovated w/careful attention to quality, craftsmanship & materials. A combined 16,928 sf of elegant living area feature impressive porte-cochere, contemporary kitchen, meticulous landscape & garden, O/D pool & coach house, & views of the city & mountain from upper floors. Conveniently located nearby South Granville shops, art galleries, renowned private schools & a short drive to downtown. A must see to appreciate. More details
    Macdonald Realty - Manyee Lui
  • 4670 CONNAUGHT Drive in Vancouver: Shaughnessy House for sale (Vancouver West) : MLS(r) # R2136447

    Main Photo: 4670 CONNAUGHT Drive in Vancouver: Shaughnessy House for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS(r) # R2136447
    $23,988,800
    Residential Detached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2136447
    Bedrooms:
    5
    Bathrooms:
    8
    Floor Area:
    9,723 sq. ft.
    Bespoke Georgian Connaught Estate {4670 Connaught Drive}: Magnificently handcrafted by experienced team Skyline. Nestled on tree-lined/stately Connaught Drive in distinguished Shaughnessy and perched high on rare 16,080 SF lot. Built with modern sophistication: Crestron home automation, 1000+bottle wine cellar w/ top of line cooling system, award-winning indoor pool,3 a/c systems, millwork from finest woods, elevator, fir wood windows.. Artistry is everywhere: waterfall feature in backyard, koi pond in front, statuario white marble counters, Schonbek® Crystal & Beveled Arc silver leaf chandeliers, hand-painted wall/ceiling mural by renowned Canadian artist Evelyn Flynn, all harmoniously incorporated into fine architecture details of this majestic mansion. This masterpiece will enchant you! More details
    Macdonald Realty Westmar and Icon Marketing Inc.
  • 5087 CONNAUGHT Drive in Vancouver: Shaughnessy House for sale (Vancouver West) : MLS(r) # R2133423

    Main Photo: 5087 CONNAUGHT Drive in Vancouver: Shaughnessy House for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS(r) # R2133423
    $19,800,000
    Residential Detached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2133423
    Bedrooms:
    6
    Bathrooms:
    8
    Floor Area:
    8,368 sq. ft.
    Created by Vancouver's elite Builder Robert Walker, Architect, Interior Designer & Landscape Architects. Stunning foyer leading to expansive principal rooms for large scale entertaining. The ultimate kitchen with every conceivable feature complete with a generous eating area and impressive family room plus outdoor kitchen & deck. 4 ensuite bedrooms up with a master suite complete with private sun trap deck with water and mountain views. Stunning garden level features a huge games room with bar, wine cellar, 2 additional ensuite bedrooms, exercise room, sauna & steam facilities and separate theatre room. 2 car enclosed garage plus separate additional 2 car garage. You will appreciate the sophisticated design throughout and the finishes rarely available today. More details
    Engel & Volkers Vancouver
  • 3426 OSLER Street in Vancouver: Shaughnessy House for sale (Vancouver West) : MLS(r) # R2175988

    Main Photo: 3426 OSLER Street in Vancouver: Shaughnessy House for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS(r) # R2175988
    $19,800,000
    Residential Detached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2175988
    Bedrooms:
    6
    Bathrooms:
    7
    Floor Area:
    8,001 sq. ft.
    Better than new. This gorgeously renovated Georgian Manor located in prestigious 1st Shaughnessy just off the "CRESCENT" is on .38 acre of land. Millions of dollars spent in recent years to bring this 8000sf home to a modern world class property, move-in ready with the finest finishings. A stunning, luxurious mansion with elegant grand entrance, Slovakia 'Bohemian' crystal chandelier suspended from spectacular leaded glass ceiling. Sophisticated gourmet kitchen with top of the line appliances & separate commercial grade wok kitchen. Hardwood staircase leads upstairs to 4 bedrooms, all ensuites, & a sun-lit mountain view office. Basement contains the media room beside the rec room with additional 2 bedrooms & the maid's quarters. A rare opportunity to own this newer home in 1st Shaughnessy. More details
    Sutton Grp-West Coast (w.blvd)
  • 3690 SELKIRK Street in Vancouver: Shaughnessy House for sale (Vancouver West) : MLS(r) # R2178319

    Main Photo: 3690 SELKIRK Street in Vancouver: Shaughnessy House for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS(r) # R2178319
    $19,800,000
    Residential Detached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2178319
    Bedrooms:
    6
    Bathrooms:
    5
    Floor Area:
    8,717 sq. ft.
    A grand architecture mansion. A great opportunity to own & renovate this precious Victorian styled mansion in an exclusive & private First Shaughnessy. On a huge lot w/over 32,000 sq ft, this well maintained Heritage B mansion offers over 7,200 sq ft of charming living area. Elegant millwork thruout the house. A total of 6 bdrms (can easily be converted to 8 bdrms) & spacious principal rooms. Modern kitchen was updated a few years ago. An enormous fenced backyard for your private entertainment - potential for O/D pool or tennis court or mini golf. Renowned private schools: York House, Little Flowers Academy & St George's School are nearby. South Granville eateries & shops & downtown are within a short driving distance. More details
    Macdonald Realty - Manyee Lui
  • 1275 LAURIER Avenue in Vancouver: Shaughnessy House for sale (Vancouver West) : MLS(r) # R2157089

    Main Photo: 1275 LAURIER Avenue in Vancouver: Shaughnessy House for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS(r) # R2157089
    • Exterior Front
    • Entrance Hall
    • Living Room
    • Living Room
    • Dining Room
    • Family Room
    • Kitchen
    • Kitchen
    • Dining Room
    • Music
    • Study
    • Master Bathroom
    • Master Bedroom
    • Bedroom
    • Bedroom
    • Media Room
    • Recreation Room
    • Swimming Pool
    • Exterior Back
    $18,990,000
    Residential Detached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2157089
    Bedrooms:
    6
    Bathrooms:
    8
    Floor Area:
    8,559 sq. ft.
    Location, Beauty, Quality and Extraordinary Value. Absolutely one of Vancouver's finest property in prestigious Shaughnessy-definitely one of the most coveted street in the city. This 8,500 sf Luxurious Mansion nestled on a beautiful South facing 20,000 sf land. Highly functional floor plan incorporates 6 bedrooms, 7 & 1/2 bathes. Spectacular grand high ceiling enhances the whole entrance and living area. Charming and elegant style with absolutely high quality throughout. This magnificent home features spacious family entertaining area, wok kitchen, luxurious master bedroom, custom designed indoor swimming pool, sauna room, home theatre, brand new windows and much more. This dream house is truly a "piece of art" for the most enjoyable of life. More details
    Luxmore Realty
  • 1316 CONNAUGHT Drive in Vancouver: Shaughnessy House for sale (Vancouver West) : MLS(r) # R2126400

    Main Photo: 1316 CONNAUGHT Drive in Vancouver: Shaughnessy House for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS(r) # R2126400
    $18,800,000
    Residential Detached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2126400
    Bedrooms:
    6
    Bathrooms:
    8
    Floor Area:
    9,615 sq. ft.
    First Shaughnessy Mansion! Gorgeous contemporary custom built in 2004, designed by famous designer. Big lot of 19,301 sq ft with 9,615 sf. Luxurious living area: 6bdrms, 1 den& 8 bathrms. Modern & Elegant. Superb materials & craftsmanship. Gourmet kitchen with high-end appliances. Upper level with 5 bdrms, dream master suite w/oval ceiling, spa like ensuite & closet. Down has an ensuite, home theatre with state of art AV system, wet bar, huge recreation room and wonderful indoor pool with hot tub, steam, sauna and designer landscaped garden. Shaughnessy Elementary School and Eric Hamber Secondary School Catchment. Close to private school. Exceptional home in Vancouver’s finest neighbourhood! Must have choice! More details
    Royal Pacific Realty Corp.
  • 1138 MATTHEWS Avenue in Vancouver: Shaughnessy House for sale in "FSD" (Vancouver West) : MLS(r) # R2016952

    Main Photo: 1138 MATTHEWS Avenue in Vancouver: Shaughnessy House for sale in "FSD" (Vancouver West)  : MLS(r) # R2016952
    $17,980,000
    Residential Detached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2016952
    Bedrooms:
    5
    Bathrooms:
    5
    Floor Area:
    6,089 sq. ft.
    1138 Matthews Ave, Vancouver, V6H 1W4 - First Shaughnessy home designed by Matsuzaki Wright sits on almost 22,000 sf of beautifully landscaped park like gardens w/ lush South facing yard. One of the most coveted addresses in the city, steps to Osler Blvd and The Crescent. This 6,000 sf home has 5 bed & 5 bath, recently updated gourmet chef's kitchen w/ island & E/A, large rooms w/ beautiful Oak hardwood floors & a fully finished basement w/ games room & lots of storage. 4 Bed up & an in-law suite/den on the main floor. Fully gated property w/ circular drive, grand entrance & porte-cochere. Bonus, self contained studio suite above the 2 car garage, perfect for nanny or housekeeper accommodation. This home is post 1940 and the lot is buildable if desired! By apt only. More details
    RE/MAX Crest Realty Westside
  • 3688 EAST BOULEVARD in Vancouver: Shaughnessy House for sale (Vancouver West) : MLS(r) # R2134233

    Main Photo: 3688 EAST BOULEVARD in Vancouver: Shaughnessy House for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS(r) # R2134233
    $17,388,000
    Residential Detached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2134233
    Bedrooms:
    5
    Bathrooms:
    8
    Floor Area:
    6,935 sq. ft.
    This French inspired villa in Shaughnessy makes an immediate statement of magnificence w/its manicured gardens, putting green & 35ft water feature. A stunning oval entry & soaring ceiling fresco. The grand hall has limestone patterned flr & staircase. Extravagant use of Brazilian H/W flrs in the L/R, formal D/R & library; Swarovski crystal chandeliers & French Empire lightning thru’out. Open concept kit. has Italian handicrafted Olive millwork, huge island w/hidden appls, spac nook & chef’s kitchen. All bdrms ensuited w/Italian marble & burl vanities. Bsmt has an onyx bar, media rm, handcrafted wine cellar & nanny suite. La Scala sec sys. Over 1600 sqft of O/D living space incl. a Basalt BBQ area, a lush landscape & sports court. With sweeping views of the city this is one of a kind home that cannot be understated. More details
    Macdonald Realty - Manyee Lui
  • 1337 MINTO Crescent in Vancouver: Shaughnessy House for sale (Vancouver West) : MLS(r) # R2109978

    Main Photo: 1337 MINTO Crescent in Vancouver: Shaughnessy House for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS(r) # R2109978
    $16,980,000
    Residential Detached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2109978
    Bedrooms:
    6
    Bathrooms:
    7
    Floor Area:
    7,031 sq. ft.
    Elegance, privacy & sophistication. You'll love this Spectacular Georgian Residence on Minto Crescent in Prestigious Shaughnessy. This 6 bdrm home + immaculate rare find 5-car garage offers over 7000 sf of generous space for luxurious living & large scale entertaining. Enjoy the gourmet kitchen & wok room that flows to a stunning O/D kitchen. Complete w/Versace Tiles, Chandeliers, Hand Painted Walls & Art Ceiling, Executive Den, Hot Tub, Theatre, Wine Cellar, Games Room, Bar, Flex space & A/C. This mountain view property sits on over 15,000 sf of impeccable landscaping & is on a quiet & captivating cherry blossom lined street. Minutes to luxury shopping & top private schools. Shows like new & ready for move in. Show with confidence. More details
    Macdonald Realty - Manyee Lui
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