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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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  • 3402 OSLER Street in Vancouver: Shaughnessy House for sale (Vancouver West) : MLS®# R2247463

    Main Photo: 3402 OSLER Street in Vancouver: Shaughnessy House for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2247463
    $24,888,000
    Residential Detached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2247463
    Bedrooms:
    6
    Bathrooms:
    8
    Floor Area:
    9,714 sq. ft.
    Prime Sahughnessy Mansion. This fabulous 16-year young old manor close to the "Crescent" prestigious 1st Shaughnessy area. Not only a home, a piece of art. Custom designed by renowned architect Loy Leyland, built attention to details by builder John Blackmore & interior designed by Joey Chan. 23,630 sq ft. Beautifully landscaped lot, close to 10,000SF of luxurious living with superior quality, elegant interior, bright & open floor plan.6 spacious bedrooms (all ensuite). City & mountain view from master bedroom with 19' x 11' open deck & huge walk-in closet. Dream kitchen with top notch appliances & wok kitchen. Nook and family room overlooking indoor swimming pool & hot tub area (size: 22'10 x 59'4). Fully fenced mature garden with concrete driveway to 4-car garage at rear. Front yard fully fenced, with some secured gates & circular driveway. Advanced hi-tech security smart home, aircon, theatre, bar & wine cellar. This mansion provides complete indoor and outdoor healty & safe enjoyment for your whole family More details
    Listed by Macdonald Realty Westmar
  • 3490 CYPRESS Street in Vancouver: Shaughnessy House for sale in "COMPREHENSIVE DEVELOPMENT" (Vancouver West) : MLS®# R2237734

    Main Photo: 3490 CYPRESS Street in Vancouver: Shaughnessy House for sale in "COMPREHENSIVE DEVELOPMENT" (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2237734
    $20,000,000
    Residential Detached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2237734
    Bedrooms:
    6
    Bathrooms:
    5
    Floor Area:
    6,825 sq. ft.
    Fall in love with this majestic 1912 Classic Tudor Mansion in prestigious 1st Shaughnessy. With extensive upgrades & restoration btwn 2011-2013, this serene, luxurious home displays historic character while incorporating modern living features on 4 grand floors. Exhibiting exquisite leaded/stained glass windows/doors, antique chandeliers, marbled bathrooms, modern gourmet kitchen & Oak hardwood throughout. Replaced systems incl: elec, mech, all copper plumbing & AC. Full separate nanny suite. Having just shy of half an acre 'park-like' yard, garden parties can be as royal as the Queen's. Shaughnessy/PW school catchment. Close to VC/LFA/York House private schools. Don't miss this exclusive opportunity! More details
    Listed by Royal Pacific Realty Corp.
  • 1469 MATTHEWS Avenue in Vancouver: Shaughnessy House for sale (Vancouver West) : MLS®# R2187283

    Main Photo: 1469 MATTHEWS Avenue in Vancouver: Shaughnessy House for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2187283
    $19,990,000
    Residential Detached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2187283
    Bedrooms:
    6
    Bathrooms:
    8
    Floor Area:
    7,864 sq. ft.
    This magnificent mansion is located in the prestigious First Shaughnessy area. Huge 22,056 sf south facing lot with a grand total of 7,864sf lavishly furnished living space. Seller spent millions of dollars to completely rebuild from studs w/new foundation, deepened bsmt & rain-screened exterior. Fantastic details all over, such as walnut wood flr, gorgeous millwork, high end fully equipped kit w/ brand name appls+ Wok kitchen, digital door lock, grand chandelier, & beautiful drapery. Total of 6 bdrm, 4 upstairs with walk in closets, 7 & half bathroom, including a Jacuzzi bath ensuite. Master bdrm occupies entire floor w/ a lovely lounge, office, his/hers closet & bath, sep laundry. Professional home theatre w/tune THX sound sys. Bsmt contains a separate boiler, rec rm. Spac 6 car garage at backyard! A must See! More details
    Listed by Royal Pacific Realty Corp.
  • 3426 OSLER Street in Vancouver: Shaughnessy House for sale (Vancouver West) : MLS®# R2218664

    Main Photo: 3426 OSLER Street in Vancouver: Shaughnessy House for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2218664
    $17,890,000
    Residential Detached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2218664
    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
    Listed by Sutton Group-West Coast Realty
  • 3690 SELKIRK Street in Vancouver: Shaughnessy House for sale in "FIRST SHAUGHNESSY DISTRICT" (Vancouver West) : MLS®# R2216196

    Main Photo: 3690 SELKIRK Street in Vancouver: Shaughnessy House for sale in "FIRST SHAUGHNESSY DISTRICT" (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2216196
    $17,800,000
    Residential Detached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2216196
    Bedrooms:
    7
    Bathrooms:
    6
    Floor Area:
    8,697 sq. ft.
    GRAND FIRST SHAUGHNESSY HOME. Great opportunity to own and renovate this precious Victorian styled architectural mansion in Vancouver's most exclusive and private area. On a huge lot of more than three quarters an acre, this well maintained, Heritage "B" residence offers 8697 square feet of traditional and charming living space. Elegant millwork throughout. 6 bedrooms (easily converted to 8) 6 bathrooms and spacious principal rooms. A modern kitchen and deluxe laundry room updated a few years ago. There is an enormous fenced backyard for your exclusive entertainment - potential for swimming pool, tennis court, or your own private mini-golf. Renowned private schools: York House, Little Flower Academy & St George's nearby. Easy access to YVR, Downtown, South Granville shops YOU'LL LOVE IT! More details
    Listed by RE/MAX Real Estate Services
  • 3689 ANGUS Drive in Vancouver: Shaughnessy House for sale (Vancouver West) : MLS®# R2259068

    Main Photo: 3689 ANGUS Drive in Vancouver: Shaughnessy House for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2259068
    $16,988,000
    Residential Detached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2259068
    Bedrooms:
    6
    Bathrooms:
    7
    Floor Area:
    10,080 sq. ft.
    In the heart of First Shaughnessy, designed by MacLure & Fox, this prestigious Mansion on Angus Dr, offers 22,539 SF beautiful lot and over 10,000 SF of living space w/ 6 bdrms, including 4 ensuited. Owner spent over $2,000,000 on renovation in 2012, including a new kitchen plus large wok kitchen. Lrg windows throughout offer plenty of natural light to entertainment sized rooms. A combination of marble & H/W flooring, high ceilings, generous use of panelling & molding make this heritage "A" home a classic Shaughnessy mansion. Gated circular driveway w/ double garage. Shaughnessy Elem, Prince Wales Secondary Catchment and renowned private school Little flower, York House nearby.Open house Sunday June 24, 2-4pm More details
    Listed by New Coast Realty
  • 1138 MATTHEWS Avenue in Vancouver: Shaughnessy House for sale in "FSD" (Vancouver West) : MLS®# R2214041

    Main Photo: 1138 MATTHEWS Avenue in Vancouver: Shaughnessy House for sale in "FSD" (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2214041
    $16,980,000
    Residential Detached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2214041
    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
    Listed by RE/MAX Crest Realty
  • 1450 ANGUS Drive in Vancouver: Shaughnessy House for sale (Vancouver West) : MLS®# R2240268

    Main Photo: 1450 ANGUS Drive in Vancouver: Shaughnessy House for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2240268
    $16,800,000
    Residential Detached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2240268
    Bedrooms:
    7
    Bathrooms:
    6
    Floor Area:
    6,917 sq. ft.
    The Grande Dame of Angus Drive. Famous movie stars Katherine Hepburn, Yul Brynner, Mel Gibson all stayed in this mansion enjoying the beautiful outlook onto the south-facing garden and pool. Just off “the Crescent”, the best location in prestigious first Shaughnessy, this residence is on a huge lot of more than 25,000 SF. This 7,000 SF residence built circa 1929 has 7 bedrooms, 5.5 bathrooms with two traditional charming living rooms and four dining areas for entertaining. Originally owned by famous newspaper magnates - with a bit of touch-up - this Heritage “C” mansion can be brought back to its Glory Days. Good school catchment Shaughnessy Elem & Eric Hamber Sec. Close by are top private schools–Little Flower,York House, St. George's & Crofton House.Open House Sat. June 16th 2:00-4:00. More details
    Listed by Sutton Group-West Coast Realty
  • 3688 EAST BOULEVARD in Vancouver: Shaughnessy House for sale (Vancouver West) : MLS®# R2230729

    Main Photo: 3688 EAST BOULEVARD in Vancouver: Shaughnessy House for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2230729
    $14,689,000
    Residential Detached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2230729
    Bedrooms:
    4
    Bathrooms:
    8
    Floor Area:
    6,935 sq. ft.
    This French inspired villa in 1st Shaughnessy makes an immediate statement of magnificence w/its manicured gardens, putting green & 35' water features. A stunning oval entry & soaring ceiling fresco. The grand hall has limestone patterned flr & staircase. Extravagant use of Brazilian H/W flrs in LR, formal DR & library; Swarovski crystal chandeliers & French Empire lighting thruout. Open kit has Italian handicrafted Olive millwork, huge island w/hidden appliances, spacious nook & chefs kit. All bdrms ensuited w/Italian marble & burl vanities. Bsmt has an onyx bar, media room, wine cellar, simulator golf & a bdrm. Over 1,600 sq ft O/D living incl a Basalt BBQ area, lush landscape & sport court. Sweeping views of the city. More details
    Listed by Macdonald Realty - Manyee Lui
  • 1437 CONNAUGHT Drive in Vancouver: Shaughnessy House for sale (Vancouver West) : MLS®# R2234714

    Main Photo: 1437 CONNAUGHT Drive in Vancouver: Shaughnessy House for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2234714
    $13,880,000
    Residential Detached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2234714
    Bedrooms:
    6
    Bathrooms:
    8
    Floor Area:
    6,702 sq. ft.
    Second Shaughnessy at its finest. Level 15,000 sf landscaped and gated lot. Custom built in 1993 to the highest standard with Hori Construction. Paella wooden custom frame windows, custom lighting, 5 exquisite gas/wood burning fireplaces, solid white oak tongue/groove flooring, granite tiles and quality finishes throughout. Luxuriously appointed, large entertainment sized rooms that overlook the north walk out patio and gardens. 4 bedrooms up each with ensuite. Lower level is completely finished with rec room, billiard room and in-law suite with kitchen. Plenty of storage. Sound wiring for entertainment center in basement. Original owner, extremely well-kept. A wonderful opportunity to buy in a first class location. Call today for your private showing. More details
    Listed by RE/MAX Real Estate Services
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