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British Columbia University Endowment Lands

General Description

UBC Endowment Lands 1The unincorporated University Endowment Lands (Lands) surround the University of British Columbia between the City of Vancouver, Canada and the Strait of Georgia between the Lower Mainland and Vancouver Island. The mostly forested Pacific Spirit Regional Park composes about half of the 5.46 square miles of the Lands. On Point Grey at the end of the peninsula, high cliffs drop steeply to beaches 200 feet below.

Administration

The Province of British Columbia administers the Lands directly. In a 1995 referendum, residents voted against establishment of a municipal governing body. Administration of the University of British Columbia and its housing land is under a duality of the university and the University Neighbourhoods Association with the association performing most municipal services. The Lands have no mayor or municipal government. The University of British Columbia, the Greater Vancouver Regional District, and the Province of British Columbia administer areas of the Lands. Law enforcement is under the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. The City of Vancouver provides fire and rescue services under contract.

Climate

UBC Endowment Lands 2The Lands are close to seaside cliffs on the Strait of Georgia, and strong winds are frequent. Snowfalls are infrequent but more common than in the city farther inland because of the higher altitude of the Lands and their lack of urban development to generate heat. On a peninsula surrounded on three sides by water the Lands have more humidity than does Metro Vancouver as a whole. Fog is sometimes daily during winter months.

History

The University Site Act in 1911 set aside 175 acres in Point Grey for the university. The British Columbia University Loan Act in 1920 allowed an auction sale of 3,000 acres of Crown land on Point Grey for residential development. Auction proceeds went into a university endowment account. During the Great Depression of the 1930s, financially unable to develop the land, the university returned it to the government.

There have been many attempts to develop this area opposed by resident environmental activists. In 1988, the provincial government created Pacific Spirit Park, which functions as a greenbelt between the developed areas of the Lands and the City of Vancouver. Further development of the Lands will be difficult as it would require consultation with university students, staff, and faculty, environmental organizations, business organizations, residents, and the general public.

Information Links:

http://www.universityendowmentlands.gov.bc.ca

Population

UBC Endowment Lands 3Other than students living in university residences, the Lands’ residential population is small and mostly high-income professionals who can afford the very high realty prices. The 2001 census reported an official permanent population of 7,816 and around 40,000 undergraduate students, graduate students, faculty, and staff.

Transportation

Only five roads lead from Vancouver into the Lands; however, the area is readily accessible by public transit. The UBC Loop is the western terminus of many TransLink bus routes

Economy

Most economic activity occurs around University Village and University Marketplace, which are next to each other just off the campus near University Boulevard and Allison Road, where there are several restaurants, some shops, medical clinics, and some services. Most university businesses operate in the Student Union Building.

New UBC Endowment Lands Live MLS Listings

UBC Endowment Lands, Vancouver

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  • 4838 BELMONT Avenue in Vancouver: Point Grey House for sale (Vancouver West) : MLS® # R2171391

    Main Photo: 4838 BELMONT Avenue in Vancouver: Point Grey House for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS® # R2171391
    $28,000,000
    Residential Detached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2171391
    Bedrooms:
    7
    Bathrooms:
    8
    Floor Area:
    8,139 sq. ft.
    Spectacular Residence. In the prestigious Point Grey area, this residence w/ water & mountain views showcases a huge meticulous front yard & circular driveway. Over 35,500 sqft of precious lot size & over 8,000 sqft of luxurious living. Impressive grand foyer w/ skylights & dble height living room. Entertainment sized dining room & family/media room. Gourmet kitchen w/ wok room & breakfast nook. 2 guest rooms on main. Upper floor has 4 well-appointed bdrms including an enormous sized master suite w/ own office. Indoor pool w/ hot tub & conservatory area. Nanny quarter & recreation room down. Attached 2 car garage & air-conditioning. A short drive to UBC, golf course & beaches. Good public & private school catchment. More details
    Macdonald Realty - Manyee Lui
  • 5791 NEWTON Wynd in Vancouver: University VW House for sale (Vancouver West) : MLS® # R2205644

    Main Photo: 5791 NEWTON Wynd in Vancouver: University VW House for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS® # R2205644
    $26,980,000
    Residential Detached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2205644
    Bedrooms:
    6
    Bathrooms:
    8
    Floor Area:
    10,209 sq. ft.
    Grand double height foyer greets family and guests in style. Exquisite executive/family home boasting over 10,000 square foot with 6 bedrooms and 8 bathrooms, on a beautifully landscaped 30,0000 square foot estate property with sweeping views of ocean and mountains. Built with meticulous attention to detail and the finest of materials, this home exudes luxury and quality. From the marble and oak floors, custom over-height doors, paneled walls and electric blinds to the handy elevator and Control 4 Smart Home system, to the spa centre, complete with indoor pool, jacuzzi, sauna & steam bath, this home has it all. To see is to fall in love. More details
    Faith Wilson Group and Team 3000 Realty Ltd.
  • 1416 ACADIA Road in Vancouver: University VW House for sale (Vancouver West) : MLS® # R2212107

    Main Photo: 1416 ACADIA Road in Vancouver: University VW House for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS® # R2212107
    $18,980,000
    Residential Detached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2212107
    Bedrooms:
    6
    Bathrooms:
    6
    Floor Area:
    7,070 sq. ft.
    Elegant, Private Residence This Grand, French country-styled home in University area is a trophy home. The principal rooms on main floor are spacious & bright. Upstairs has 4 bedrooms including an updated master bedroom, bathroom & huge walk in closet. Meticulous gardens, park-like setting, a large courtyard with views of Pacific Spirit Park and the Acadia River. A one bedroom suite and wine cellar in lower floor. Nanny quarter with private studio off main house. Minute drive to University campus, golf course & beaches. Truly fabulous & ready to move in! More details
    Macdonald Realty - Manyee Lui
  • 5787 NEWTON Wynd in Vancouver: University VW House for sale in "UNIVERSITY" (Vancouver West) : MLS® # R2224004

    Main Photo: 5787 NEWTON Wynd in Vancouver: University VW House for sale in "UNIVERSITY" (Vancouver West)  : MLS® # R2224004
    $18,888,000
    Residential Detached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2224004
    Bedrooms:
    4
    Bathrooms:
    4
    Floor Area:
    4,535 sq. ft.
    Welcome to the "House of Light", a hexagonal shaped masterpiece designed by architect Ian Davidson and built around an atrium with floor to ceiling windows providing for an endless source of natural light and situated on a 30,000 sqft view property. Custom built for the original owner and in the same family since, this home is perched on one of the most pristine streets in Vancouver with breathtaking views of Georgia Straight and the Coastal Mountains. Feel the ocean breeze or catch glimpses of the eagles while relaxing on your patio that cradles half of the home and overlooks the mature backyard with fruit trees, flowering meadow, massive vegetable garden and the ocean with mountains in the background. Absolutely breathtaking. More details
    Coldwell Banker Westburn Rlty. and RE/MAX Crest Realty
  • 4818 FANNIN Avenue in Vancouver: Point Grey House for sale (Vancouver West) : MLS® # R2155392

    Main Photo: 4818 FANNIN Avenue in Vancouver: Point Grey House for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS® # R2155392
    $18,880,000
    Residential Detached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2155392
    Bedrooms:
    4
    Bathrooms:
    6
    Floor Area:
    4,800 sq. ft.
    EXTREMELY RARE OPPORTUNITY ! IRREPLACEABLE PROPERTY ! PANORAMIC VIEW OF OCEAN, MOUNTAINS AND CITY. OVER 37,000 SQ. FT. OF BRIGHT SUNNY HUGE LEVEL LOT IN MOST PRESTIGIOUS WEST POINT GREY LOCATION. Exclusive estate - 4,800 sq.ft. of living space of RENOVATED HOME TO IT'S HIGHET STANDARD IN 1996, with your private TENNIS COURT, GOLF PUTTING GREEN, detached INDOOR SWIMMING POOL, HOT TUB & SAUNA. Total 4 spacious bdrms, 2 dens, 5.5 baths, extensive use hardwood flr thru-out, MEDIA RM, GAMES RM. Open gourmet kitchen with high-end kitchen cabinetry & appliances, MEILE, Corian Counter Top, Jacuzzi, A/C , security system. DETACHED COACH HOUSE W/KITCHEN FOR NANNY IS BONUS. CLOSE TO WEST POINT GREY ACADEMY, UBC, LORD BYNG HIGH, QUEEN MARY ELEM, ST. GEORGE'S, CROFTON, YORK HOUSE PRIVATE SCHL. MUST SEE! More details
    RE/MAX Select Properties
  • 5687 CHANCELLOR Boulevard in Vancouver: University VW House for sale (Vancouver West) : MLS® # R2169555

    Main Photo: 5687 CHANCELLOR Boulevard in Vancouver: University VW House for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS® # R2169555
    $15,800,000
    Residential Detached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2169555
    Bedrooms:
    6
    Bathrooms:
    4
    Floor Area:
    6,258 sq. ft.
    A Tudor style elegant house with Stunning views of Ocean, Mountains and city,has 7 bedrooms and 5 bathrooms on a private,level and beautifully landscaped 100' x 243' lot, located in the nicest properties area in Great Vancouver. Just blocks away to UBC and top schools. The house has been updated and in a excellent condition. More details
    Macdonald Realty Westmar
  • 4296 W 8TH Avenue in Vancouver: Point Grey House for sale (Vancouver West) : MLS® # R2226413

    Main Photo: 4296 W 8TH Avenue in Vancouver: Point Grey House for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS® # R2226413
    $14,980,000
    Residential Detached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2226413
    Bedrooms:
    4
    Bathrooms:
    4
    Floor Area:
    3,900 sq. ft.
    This is the best spot on the most desirable W 8th Ave. Rarely offered in the market, this highest location on the street offers panoramic water, mountain and city views from all the levels, and you will be impressed by it's spectacular garden; Build your dream home across from the West Point Grey Park; widest frontage in the block at 75 feet for this almost 8400 sqft lot; Located in the heart of 8th Ave. , it is minutes walk from all the best private & public schools such as West Point Grey Academy, Lord Byne Secondary, and Queen Mary Elementary; Close to Jericho Beach, Spanish Banks, UBC and golf course. Don't miss it. More details
    Macdonald Realty Westmar and Royal Pacific Realty Corp.
  • 4786 DRUMMOND Drive in Vancouver: Point Grey House for sale (Vancouver West) : MLS® # R2191644

    Main Photo: 4786 DRUMMOND Drive in Vancouver: Point Grey House for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS® # R2191644
    $14,880,000
    Residential Detached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2191644
    Bedrooms:
    4
    Bathrooms:
    2
    Floor Area:
    4,800 sq. ft.
    Rare opportunity to own this Prestige Park like Drummond Dr. 38.200 sq.ft. estate-sized property with a southern backyard! Original home with value mainly in the lot. Build your dream home nested in the heart of your own "Stanley Park" ! Top school catchment: Lord Byng High & Queen Mary Elementary. Walk to the Locarno Beach, Jericho Park, less than 5 mins drive or bike to UBC Campus and Golf course, 10 mins drive to downtown. More details
    Park Georgia Realty Ltd.
  • 5638 MCMASTER Road in Vancouver: University VW House for sale (Vancouver West) : MLS® # R2212006

    Main Photo: 5638 MCMASTER Road in Vancouver: University VW House for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS® # R2212006
    $12,998,000
    Residential Detached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2212006
    Bedrooms:
    5
    Bathrooms:
    5
    Floor Area:
    5,461 sq. ft.
    Absolutely Stunning West Coast luxury Home located on a rare available FREEHOLD land of 13,200 (80 x 165) sq ft in UBC, on one of Vancouver's most exclusive private street in UBC's beautiful residential neighbourhood. This 13-year-old almost 5500 sq ft home is well maintained by absentee owner with top quality construction. Custom design family home by famous architect Loy Leyland for west coast affluent lifestyle. Spacious 5 principal bdrms, 5 bathrooms and double car garage with beautiful southern exposure back yard for privacy and large scale entertaining. Plus central A/C, radiant heat, built in central vacuum, security system, etc. Close to BC's top public and private schools. Walking distance to UBC campus , forests, golf courses, and shopping. To see is to Fall in love! More details
    Royal Pacific Realty Corp. and Macdonald Realty Westmar
  • 5537 CHANCELLOR Boulevard in Vancouver: University VW House for sale in "UNIVERSITY ENDOWNMENT LANDS" (Vancouver West) : MLS® # R2206688

    Main Photo: 5537 CHANCELLOR Boulevard in Vancouver: University VW House for sale in "UNIVERSITY ENDOWNMENT LANDS" (Vancouver West)  : MLS® # R2206688
    • View from back yard
    $11,500,000
    Residential Detached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2206688
    Bedrooms:
    3
    Bathrooms:
    3
    Floor Area:
    3,632 sq. ft.
    An outstanding opportunity to build a home embracing unlimited luxury. Rarely available prime freehold flat building lot in the prestigious University Endowment Lands. Private 100'x204' boasts both stunning water & North Shore mountain views. Close to UBC, easy access to all amenities and to Vancouver's city centre via 4th or 10th avenues. Close to Spanish Banks, Locarno, Jericho & Kitsilano beaches, Pacific Spirit Trail, public & private golf clubs, public schools & some of BC's most prominent private schools. The 3632 SF home may be rented providing opportunity for future investment return. However, the property's value is in the land. SF-2 Floor Space Ratio shall not exceed the lesser of .25 of the site area or 7000 sq ft. Potential Buyers must verify. More details
    Sutton Grp-West Coast Realty
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Listing information last updated on December 11, 2017
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