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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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  • 3490 PINE Crescent in Vancouver: Shaughnessy House for sale (Vancouver West) : MLS® # R2221970

    Main Photo: 3490 PINE Crescent in Vancouver: Shaughnessy House for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS® # R2221970
    $35,000,000
    Residential Detached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2221970
    Bedrooms:
    6
    Bathrooms:
    8
    Floor Area:
    12,619 sq. ft.
    Taking a notable three years to complete, architect Stefan Wiedemann has masterminded a magnificent 12,619-square-foot estate that represents the pinnacle of splendor and wealth. Luxuriating in the highest standard of craftsmanship using exceptional materials sculpted to perfection, set within a private garden oasis. Whether for intimate gatherings or large-scale entertaining, this 6-bed, 8-bath, masterpiece makes an exquisite statement. Boasting a stunning two-storey foyer & great room, sweeping staircase & a formidable dining room bedecked with chandelier lighting and bespoke millwork. Top grade Italian marble honed to perfection throughout. Stately library, 700 bottle climate-controlled wine cellar, 8 wet bars, self-cleaning, indoor heated pool with Jacuzzi, sauna & steam shower. More details
    Faith Wilson Group
  • 1126 WOLFE Avenue in Vancouver: Shaughnessy House for sale (Vancouver West) : MLS® # R2200080

    Main Photo: 1126 WOLFE Avenue in Vancouver: Shaughnessy House for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS® # R2200080
    $34,800,000
    Residential Detached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2200080
    Bedrooms:
    6
    Bathrooms:
    8
    Floor Area:
    11,019 sq. ft.
    This exceptional newly completed grand-scale luxury estate residence is situated on a prized .53 acre view property located in the confines of Vancouver’s ultra- exclusive & most prestigious First Shaughnessy enclave boasting spectacular views of the city’s downtown skyline and North Shore Mountains. The architectural elegance & grandeur with its bold white brick exterior and beautiful landscape create an impressive majestic presence and features over eleven thousand square feet of formal & informal living on 3 expansive levels. Many features include Elevator, 2nd Chinese Kitchen, 6 bedrooms 10 bathrooms 1200 bottle Wine Room, incredible resort style pool area with outdoor fireside lounge & cabana plus outdoor heated Summer Kitchen & 4 car garage. An irreplaceable opportunity More details
    Angell Hasman (Malcolm Hasman)
  • 3402 OSLER Street in Vancouver: Shaughnessy House for sale (Vancouver West) : MLS® # R2188127

    Main Photo: 3402 OSLER Street in Vancouver: Shaughnessy House for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS® # R2188127
    $24,888,000
    Residential Detached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2188127
    Bedrooms:
    6
    Bathrooms:
    8
    Floor Area:
    9,714 sq. ft.
    Prime Sahughnessy Mansion. This fabulous 15 years old manor located on 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 10,000 sq ft 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
    Macdonald Realty Westmar
  • 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
    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
    Sutton Grp-West Coast (w.blvd)
  • 3689 ANGUS Drive in Vancouver: Shaughnessy House for sale (Vancouver West) : MLS® # R2220884

    Main Photo: 3689 ANGUS Drive in Vancouver: Shaughnessy House for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS® # R2220884
    $17,888,000
    Residential Detached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2220884
    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/ 7 bdrms, including 5 ensuited. This gracious estate was undergone a stunning 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 More details
    New 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.
    A 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, more than three quarters of 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 and St George's nearby. Easy access to YVR, Downtown and South Granville shops. More details
    RE/MAX Real Estate Services
  • 1316 CONNAUGHT Drive in Vancouver: Shaughnessy House for sale (Vancouver West) : MLS® # R2222560

    Main Photo: 1316 CONNAUGHT Drive in Vancouver: Shaughnessy House for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS® # R2222560
    $17,500,000
    Residential Detached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2222560
    Bedrooms:
    6
    Bathrooms:
    8
    Floor Area:
    9,615 sq. ft.
    Spectacular Mansion in Shaughnessy!Gorgeous contemporary custom built in 2004, designed by famous designer. Big lot of 19,301 sqft with 9,615 sqft luxurious living area: 6 bdrms, 1 den & 8 bathrooms. Modern & elegant, superb materials & craftsmanship. Gourmet kitchen with high end appliance. Upper level with 5 bedrooms, 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 w/hot tub, steam, sauna & designer landscaped garden. Shaughnessy Elementary and Eric Hamber Secondary School catchment. Close to private schools. Exceptional home in Vancouver's finest neighbourhood! Must have choice! Open House: Sun, Dec.3 2-4pm More details
    Royal Pacific Realty Corp.
  • 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
    RE/MAX Crest Realty
  • 1520 W 32ND Avenue in Vancouver: Shaughnessy House for sale (Vancouver West) : MLS® # R2146618

    Main Photo: 1520 W 32ND Avenue in Vancouver: Shaughnessy House for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS® # R2146618
    $16,888,000
    Residential Detached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2146618
    Bedrooms:
    8
    Bathrooms:
    8
    Floor Area:
    7,097 sq. ft.
    Great investment and potential development site located in prestige Second Shaughnessy area. Zoned RS-5 this large 18,759 sq ft Lot offers a custom built 7,000 sq ft 3 level mansion. This world renowned West Side neighbourhood offers beautiful parks, some of the best schools in Vancouver, fine dining, and boutique shopping. This 8 bedroom grand home features great craftsmanship throughout, vaulted ceilings, custom kitchen with wolf and sub-zero appliances. Additional spice/wok kitchen, indoor hot tub and sauna, rec room, bar, large backyard with a covered concrete area where young kids can play basketball until dawn. All measurements approx buyer to verify home/lot size and potential development with the City of Vancouver. More details
    RE/MAX Commercial Advantage
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