Shaughnessy Homes For Sale – Shaughnessy Condos For Sale
Primarily residential, Shaughnessy was originally designed as an alternative neighbourhood for the nouveaux riches who weren’t partial to the West End. A landscape architect from Montréal and an engineer from Denmark collaborated on the design for the neighbourhood’s spacious boulevards and serene crescents. Shaughnessy still proudly identifies as a refuge from the rigors of urban life.
The geographic heart of Vancouver, Shaughnessy is contained between Angus and Oak, with little bumps and wrinkles here and there, from W 16th Avenue in the north to W 41st Avenue in the south.
History Of The Housing Market
Shaughnessy’s original architects imbued the area with classic British and early American styles. Vancouver is currently developing a plan to preserve many of these pre-1940s houses and encourages new home planning, including multi-family townhouse developments, to complement Shaughnessy’s distinct character. The neighbourhood bears the fruits of its initial design in single-family homes on large lots. Pricing has kept abreast of the major trends in Vancouver, and rental units are scarce.
By design the streets of Shaughnessy are safe for strolling, biking and year-round road hockey. Containing several parks, including Shaughnessy and Devonshire, the area is best known as home to the VanDusen Botanical Gardens, a sprawling 55-acre showcase for Vancouver’s love of the verdant and vibrant. This public venue exhibits art in the garden and has an annual Festival of Lights each December. The Vancouver Lawn Tennis and Badminton Club lies just north of Shaughnessy in Granville Park.
Restaurants & Shopping
Conceding to its residential design, Shaughnessy has very little commercial property. However, the Arbutus Village Shopping Centre is just to the west and Oakridge Shopping Centre is just to the south. Together they provide all the convenience and amenities a shopper would desire. There is a delightful mix of shops and restaurants along Oak Street, and north of Shaughnessy are the wares of South Granville Rise.
Schools In The Area
Shaughnessy Elementary is the only public school in the area, but Quilchena Elementary and Carr Elementary are close enough to offer residents choice of schooling. Although no public secondary schools are in Shaughnessy, Eric Hamber Secondary lies just to the east, while Prince of Wales Secondary and Point Grey Secondary lie west and southwest respectively.
Private schools in Shaughnessy include Vancouver College, York House, the Little Flower Academy and the Vancouver Talmud Torah on the eastside of Oak Street.
Although initially devised as a hideaway in the heart of the city, residents of Shaughnessy still have convenient access to the rest of Vancouver. Downtown is a 15 minute commute up Granville, while the airport is 15 minutes down the other way. Oak Street provides another route south to the airport, and into Richmond and other communities. Public transit options consist mainly of major routes travelling along Granville and Oak. Pedestrian traffic is confined locally, while travelling to and from downtown by bike is fairly straightforward.