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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
  • 1538 WESTERN Crescent in Vancouver: University VW House for sale (Vancouver West) : MLS® # R2184762

    Main Photo: 1538 WESTERN Crescent in Vancouver: University VW House for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS® # R2184762
    $18,880,000
    Residential Detached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2184762
    Bedrooms:
    7
    Bathrooms:
    7
    Floor Area:
    10,238 sq. ft.
    Absolutely stunning mansion with nice "water & mountain view" in the most prestigious UBC area; completely rebuilt in year 2000 situated on 1/2 acre surrounded by professionally landscaped front & backyard. This high quality custom built home has a grand foyer, open floor plan, entertainment size living and dining areas, gourmet kitchen, library & den. Upstairs features a roof deck, 4 bedrooms with ensuite, additional 400' attic was not included in the square footage. Basement features a covered swimming pool, theater room, exercise room & nanny's suite. More details
    Homeland 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
  • 1512 WESTERN Crescent in Vancouver: University VW House for sale (Vancouver West) : MLS® # R2137515

    Main Photo: 1512 WESTERN Crescent in Vancouver: University VW House for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS® # R2137515
    $17,580,000
    Residential Detached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2137515
    Bedrooms:
    5
    Bathrooms:
    4
    Floor Area:
    3,713 sq. ft.
    BEST VIEW LAND IN PRESTIGIOUS UBC UEL AREA. Unobstructed 180 degree stunning view of water & north shore mountain. High side of the street with U shape drive way. 23,656 sq ft lot overlooking the Strait of Georgia. Top school catchment. University Hill Elementary & High School. Perfect location to custom build your world-class deluxe dream home on this rarely available lot. Good holding & investment property. Good tenant want to stay. Mainly on lot value. Please don't walk up to the property without appointment. At least 24 hours advance notice to show. More details
    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
    $15,988,000
    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.
  • 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
  • 5730 COLLEGE HIGHROAD in Vancouver: University VW House for sale (Vancouver West) : MLS® # R2167923

    Main Photo: 5730 COLLEGE HIGHROAD in Vancouver: University VW House for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS® # R2167923
    $15,180,000
    Residential Detached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2167923
    Bedrooms:
    6
    Bathrooms:
    7
    Floor Area:
    7,454 sq. ft.
    Magnificent and luxury mansion located at the large corner in UBC with first class quality and workmanship. Completely renovated in 2014. Formal living/dining rooms, French doors opening from den to private side yard, fruit trees and private garden. Kitchen, eating area and family room all surrounded by leaded glass windows & French doors opening to pool, hot tub, cabana with granite fireplace, outdoor fire pit, magical pond with waterfall, 4 bedrooms up and 2 bedrooms down, amazing basement with plentiful entertainment, wet bar, luxury media room, golfing system, wine room, etc. This property offers you so much to enjoy your life to the fullest. One of the best in Vancouver! More details
    Regent Park Realty Inc.
  • 2016 WESTERN Parkway in Vancouver: University VW House for sale (Vancouver West) : MLS® # R2147765

    Main Photo: 2016 WESTERN Parkway in Vancouver: University VW House for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS® # R2147765
    $12,880,000
    Residential Detached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2147765
    Bedrooms:
    6
    Bathrooms:
    8
    Floor Area:
    6,200 sq. ft.
    Spectacular masterpiece from most reputable and creative architect Peter Rose. This best designed and constructed brand new house is sitting on a huge 13800 SF(80*172) lot , and centrally located in the heart of the most prestigious UBC neighborhood. Over 6000 SF bright and spacious living area features 20'' grand foyer, 6 bedrooms and 8 bathrooms,a flex room can be easily converted into 7th bedroom . Top line Miele appliances,top grade dark cherry wood cabinet, whole piece Jade grade counter top on kitchen island, elegant spiral staircase ......Huge covered backyard deck is perfect for spring breeze and summer BBQ. Uhill Elementary and Secondary school catchment. Don't wait,call now for your private showing ! More details
    New Coast Realty
  • 5516 NW MARINE Drive in Vancouver: University VW House for sale (Vancouver West) : MLS® # R2128799

    Main Photo: 5516 NW MARINE Drive in Vancouver: University VW House for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS® # R2128799
    $12,380,000
    Residential Detached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2128799
    Bedrooms:
    4
    Bathrooms:
    2
    Floor Area:
    3,704 sq. ft.
    Lot size: 37,000 sq ft. Point Grey area. Close to UBC. Rare corner property. water and Mountain view. Only 5 properties in one block. Private driveway. Private patio. Huge front yard. This property has everything you dream for a perfect house! Either to renovate this 4 bedroom bungalow or to build a brand new house, your dream starts here! once in a lifetime chance! More details
    Luxmore Realty
  • 5988 NEWTON Wynd in Vancouver: University VW House for sale (Vancouver West) : MLS® # R2177902

    Main Photo: 5988 NEWTON Wynd in Vancouver: University VW House for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS® # R2177902
    $12,380,000
    Residential Detached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2177902
    Bedrooms:
    3
    Bathrooms:
    2
    Floor Area:
    2,200 sq. ft.
    VIEW! VIEW! VIEW! An excellent opportunity to own this large lot with magnificent WATER AND MOUNTAIN VIEW. Among all the almost expensive houses in Vancouver, this development property located on 18,240 sf (103.7 x 175.9) freehold land in the UBC Endowment Lands. Well kept property with lots of updates in year 2009. Comfortable living space. Steps to BC’s top public schools University Hill Elementary and Secondary. Close to private schools: St George’s, Crofton, York House, West Point Grey. Easy access to UBC, golf courses, bus loop and hospital. All measurements are approx. Must See! More details
    Royal Pacific Realty Corp.
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