The North Shore
The North ShoreThe North Shore is comprised of North and West Vancouver and boasts some of the best views of downtown Vancouver, as well as, some of Canada’s most sought after real estate. Nestled in between the North Shore Mountains on one side and the ocean on the other, the Shore sits North across the water from Downtown Vancouver. It is best known for its outdoor lifestyle offered by the mountain trails for plenty of summer hiking and biking and winter skiing, as well as, the fabulous waterfront which brings with it a host of water sports including sailing, fishing, kayaking, boating and the seawall.
The Shore is a popular place to raise a family as it offers a host of excellent schools, both private and public, a plethora of parks, shopping malls, rec centres, community activities and a college. The location is ideal for families with work and business that demands being downtown often as it is just a short, picturesque drive across the Lions Gate Bridge into the city and back home.
West VancouverWest Vancouver is mainly a residential district with a local mix of families, retired folks, home-based businesses and those with downtown business and work demands. Divided into several neighbourhoods, West Van is home to over 40,000 people. It is navigated best via one of two main roads: Marine Drive along the water or the Upper Levels Highway which also provides a thoroughfare for those commuting to the BC Ferries, Squamish and Whistler.
Ambleside and Dundarave are popular neighbourhoods along Marine Drive upon entering West Van via the low road. They are home to most of West Van’s shops, restaurants, cafes, recreation facilities and the Park Royal Mall and Village, which is a major hub of the Shore.
West Van is as well known for its real estate and affluence as it is for its picturesque way of life. The average house in West Van sells for around $2,000,000 with 90% of the listings above $1,000,000 and record sales well above $20,000,000. Luxury, waterfront homes are not uncommon and boast average price tags well above $10,000,000.
Above the highway in neighbourhoods such as the British Properties it is common to find large, sprawling and opulent homes situated high on large lots with sweeping views of Vancouver, the West Side, the Gulf Islands and all the way out to Mount Baker in the U.S. Many elegant and extraordinary luxury homes are found throughout different areas of West Van providing the most excellent opportunity for discerning buyers from around the world.
Most Common Properties in West Vancouver;
• single-family homes
• large, luxury properties
North VancouverNorth Vancouver is divided into the District of North Van and the City of North Vancouver and spans East from Capilano River all the way to Deep Cove. Though more commercial than West Vancouver, North Van is also a predominantly residential hub – a popular place for young families, professionals, small businesses, retired folks and those commuting to Downtown as well as Burnaby, Coquitlam and other outlying areas.
The community is strong and is known for a large, pro-active school district, extensive recreational facilities, parks, aquatic centres, tourist attractions, shops, markets and malls. North Vancouver is home to Grouse Mountain, Lynn Canyon, Cleveland Dam and many other natural gems that are as popular with tourists as with the locals.
Several neighbourhoods attract families as new development over the past two decades has revived local spots like Edgemont Village for those seeking larger homes close to shops and schools.
New development and a progressive community plan has also seen areas like Lower Lonsdale, sitting right on the water with easy access to the Seabus terminal, Lonsdale Quay Market and many shops, restaurants and amenities, grow into a hot-spot for young professionals, first-time buyers and down-sizers. Further official community plans for development along Marine Drive and the Capilano corridor are in place at the moment that will provide many terrific real estate opportunities for those wanting to live on the Shore without wanting to own large properties. These new village plans are all built with ease of transportation along public transit routes in mind and are generally well received my most residents as urbanized areas of development such Lower Lonsdale protect the existing single-family neighbourhoods from losing their appeal of privacy, peace and quiet.
The real estate in North Vancouver is fairly diverse. Areas such as Canyon Heights and Edgemont boast some pretty luxurious new builds and can range in price from $2,000,000 to over $3,000,000, but because throughout North Van there are many older areas, smaller properties and several densely populated multi-family properties and condo developments, the average house price remains under $1,000,000.
Much of North Vancouver real estate offers breathtaking views of the City and the mountains. It is perhaps best known for the quality of life it offers to those living here and the progressive nature of the city makes for many excellent investment opportunities. The real estate market in North Van is robust and full of opportunity for many different budgets.
Most Common Real Estate Found in North Vancouver:
• single-detached homes
• single-attached homes / townhomes
• 1-2 bedroom condos
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