Vancouver Westside is an affluent community and home to some of the most expensive real estate in British Columbia and Canada. Unlike the Eastside of Vancouver, real estate on the Westside of Vancouver has retained a lot of its original character homes built in the early 1900’s making this area of Vancouver very appealing to real estate buyers in Vancouver and to real estate buyers relocating to Vancouver.
Vancouver Westside is home to magnificent estates found in Shaughnessy and the University Endowment Lands, while beautiful Craftsman style homes can be found throughout Kitsilano and large country estates are a regular site in Southlands. There is heritage and history throughout the Westside and if you are looking for a home to die for, I am certain you can find it. Here, you’ll find a mix of affluent residents from all backgrounds and cultures from the young up and comers to the established – Vancouver Westside real estate has the finest living that Vancouver has to offer.
Kitsilano real estate locates you close to the beach and it’s a hot spot for young families, professionals and students that want to stay close to the energy of the city. There’s been a lot of work to preserve heritage and Craftsman homes in this area and through new zoning bylaws many of these larger lots and homes have been converted to duplexes and multi-family dwellings. This allows first time real estate buyers and those wanting to downsize to own a part of these sought after Vancouver heritage properties. Kisilano real estate also includes many new apartment and town home complexes that make owning in this area more affordable to enjoy Vancouver Westside living.
Fairview real estate offers more high density living and easy access to transit. A lot of redevelopment has gone on in the False Creek and Fairview Slopes areas. A mix of new and older apartments and town homes are readily available here that are capable of suiting many budgets and lifestyles. More development is underway as the Athletes Village is being built at the foot of False Creek for 2010 Winter Olympic Games. After the Olympics this complex will become the desirable waterfront community to live in.
In Kerrisdale you can find real estate that includes a mix of architectural styles including English Arts and Crafts, Spanish Colonial Revival, Tudor Revival and Beaux Art. There are great examples of these styles on the sprawling estates along South West Marine Drive. Most of the homes in this area are located on generous lots on tree lined streets, which allows you to enjoy picturesque views and quality living on Vancouver Westside.
Some of the most fabulous views in the city are found throughout the Arbutus Ridge, Point Grey and Dunbar areas. In these respective areas on Vancouver Westside, real estate properties include a mix of gracious middle class homes that date back to the 30’s and 40’s as well as the modern heritage style homes that have been built over the past 10 years. It’s very likely that the home you and your family dreamed of awaits you here.
Marpole, which is one of the oldest inhabited areas of Vancouver Westside includes a lot of commercial and industrial business that make it quite different from other neighbourhoods on the Westside. Here, Marpole real estate offers you many apartment dwellings in the area of Granville and 70th and there are new home construction developments which continue to bring condominium and town home affordable real estate living to Vancouver Westside.
Oakridge is a fairly young neighbourhood located on Vancouver Westside. Oakridge didn’t see a lot of residenital real estate compared to other parts of Vancouver Westside until the 1950’s and 60’s. Residential real estate here includes a wide array of bungalows that are ripe for renovation.
Across from Oakridge on the other side of 41st Street in Vancouver is the area of South Cambie. It includes many Craftsman style homes that are located in the area of Douglas Park and Queen Elizabeth Park which makes it a very lovely and quaint neighbourhood for families.
Vancouver Real Estate - Westside Real Estate Community Profiles
Vancouver’s Westside has a beauty and heritage that appeals to all that relocate to our fabulous city. Fantastic beaches, lovely Queen Elizabeth Park, Vandusen Gardens and Pacific Spirit Park are all easily accessed to this natural and urban community. Below is an overview of the variety of areas that you can explore living on Vancouver Westside. In all likelihood, no matter where you live in Vancouver chances are you’ll make at least one or all of these areas a part of your community.
4th Avenue is the commercial hub of Kitsilano. It’s vibrant and energetic. The people are healthy and environmentally conscious and the stores and services that you’ll find here will reflect that. There are a wide variety of fantastic restaurants, stylish boutiques and neighbourhood grocers like one of our first organic markets Capers.
Granville Island is the place to head for fresh local foods (even chef’s shop here), unique local arts and crafts and great right off the boat seafood. Spend a day on Granville Island having fun with the kids at the Kids Market, dine at one of the waterfront restaurants and then take in a play at the Arts Club Theatre.
West 10th (West of Alma) has an eclectic array of stylish high end boutiques mixed with stores carrying youthful fashions catering to both the residents in the neighbourhood and UBC students live nearby. You’ll find Greek, Italian, Japanese and a neighbourhood favorite Le Provence offering a taste of France. There’s something to whet everyone’s appetite here.
High end ladies boutiques carrying some of the world’s finest designer clothes are found on South Granville. Along with fine clothes and décor for your home you’ll also experience fabulous food at some of Vancouver’s best restaurants like Vij’s and West.
Broadway connects the Eastside and the Westside of the city and some of the highlights that must be experienced are Tojo’s for sushi, Montri’s mouthwatering Thai, and Lumiere, just to name a few. Explore the area West of MacDonald for great boutiques for men, women and children.
Dunbar is a quiet main street with restaurants, quaint shops and a great community centre.
Kerrisdale is the home of Hills’ one of the oldest family run department stores in Vancouver where you’ll find designer clothes for the whole family. Stop in for High Tea at the Secret Garden Tea Company or coffee at one of the many cafes before you shop for yourself or your home. Any of the shops and services that you need in the community is available to you. If you’re looking for more, head down 41st to Oakridge to satisfy the shopping cobug.
Cambie is in the midst of a huge redevelopment with the Canada Line construction underway. Once the line is complete which is still three years away we’ll see new stores like Whole Foods that will only assist in creating the foundation for a growing and vibrant residential and commercial community.
Vancouver Real Estate - Vancouver Westside Real Estate Communities:
- West Point Grey Real Estate
- Dunbar-Southlands Real Estate
- Kitsilano Real Estate
- Arbutus Ridge Real Estate
- Kerrisdale Real Estate
- Fairview Real Estate
- Shaughnessy Real Estate
- Oakridge Real Estate
- Marpole Real Estate
The average home price on Vancouver’s Westside was $1,283,729 in August 2023. The average price of a detached home was $2,351,415. For townhouses and attached homes, the average sale price was $1,227,579. Condo apartments had an average sale price of $805,534.
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