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Arbutus is a community that is close to downtown but certainly doesn’t feel that way. Filled with trees, this peaceful neighbourhood will have you forgetting just how close to the commotion of the city you really are. It gives off a true aura of what a neighbourhood really is all about. Everyone from students to families and seniors are happy to call Arbutus their home.

Location

To the north you’ll find west 16th and to the south, King Edward; the east and west boundaries are East Boulevard and Quesnel. The neighborhood shows its heritage with a mixture of both old and new dwellings in the area.

To this day you can admire the original “Ridge” elevations and if you wander a bit, you can also find the low lying area that was once filled with False Creek sand in the 1940s. This marshy area and the Ridges offer spectacular views of both the North Shore Mountains and the core of downtown.

Schools In The Area

Without having to search far you will find a multitude of schools in the Arbutus area. Within the neighbourhood you have the Trafalgar Elementary School. Just beyond the Arbutus limits are Kitchener Elementary and Carnarvon Elementary. For teenagers, Prince of Wales Secondary School is in the vicinity and if you don’t mind a short drive, there are some private schools close by which include York House, Vancouver College, Crofton House, St. Georges and Little Flower Academy.

History Of The Housing Market

Arbutus features mostly detached single family homes but there are also townhouses and some low-rise and high-rise condo buildings in the area. The older homes of the area can be found among the new developments, which have been built to reflect the older style of the neighbourhood. The growth of the community really took off because of the spillover need for housing from the Dunbar area and the 1905 construction of the streetcar line. The line that was run by BC Electric Company went from Vancouver to Steveston. Most of the houses were built in the 14 years between 1946 and 1960.

Recreation Opportunities

Anyone looking for outdoor fun won’t have any problems finding it in Arbutus as it is riddled with parks and green spaces for people and animals alike to enjoy. The largest of these is Trafalgar Park. The amenities include everything that would be needed for sports and games; from soccer to baseball and even ultimate frisbee. The park even features some areas that are dog friendly where a leash isn’t required as well as walking and jogging paths. There are also two community centers that are just out of the Arbutus boundaries – both of them offer many choices for recreational activities. Carnarvon Park is also located in Arbutus. It has many recreational activities to choose from and features multiple sports fields, a playground for the children and even a fitness circuit. Nature enthusiasts enjoy the variety of trees including ash, crab apple, plum and hornbeam. The beauty in the park makes it an excellent choice for an evening stroll in the summer.

Restaurants & Shopping

Arbutus has no strip malls or big outlet stores, giving it a true community feel. That doesn’t mean they’ve tossed out the old value “shop in your neighbourhood”. You can find small areas of retail with stores such as Choices (a grocery market) and even a Starbucks, and the way they are situated really makes them fit in with the historic feel rather than stand out and look out of place. You can find many quiet and wonderful restaurants in the local area, including La Buca – a world renowned five star restaurant.

Transportation Options

While Arbutus is a neighborhood that can boast about its beautiful trees and green areas, it’s close enough to the downtown core that it isn’t much of a drive to get there or even to the airport. Arbutus is situated in a location that is common to all of the major transportation routes. This kind of central, easy access is not something many neighbourhoods can say they offer.