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The neighborhood of Arbutus Vancouver is commonly still referred to as Arbutus Ridge. Located in the centre of Vancouvers West Side, Arbutus is positions conveniently to reach all fundamental amenities the city has to offer… This central neighborhood is known for its quiet tree-lined streets with large number of heritage houses scattered throughout. Additionally, Arbutus gets much recognition for its Spring / Summer months where you will find hordes of people throughout a number of streets here in search of the perfect cherry blossom selfie!


Arbutus Vancouver did not start out as we know it today. It started its life as a low-lying marsh land called Asthma Flats. It was full of nature, fish filled streams and had zero record of inhabitants.

This neighborhood struggled in the early days to find its identity. Initially turned over from the province to CPR (Canadian Pacific Railway) as part of a 5,200 Acre parcel in 1888. The land was then passed between municipalities, first South Vancouver until 1908. Then it became part of the community of Point Grey & then finally settling in the municipality of Vancouver in 1929. 1912 to the 1930’s brought the first wave of development to Arbutus Vancouver. Predominantly middle-class homes were built in the area of “Uplands”, now known as Mackenzie Heights. This development boom was triggered by the passage of the B.C Electric’s Interurban railway line. This line that passed through Kerrisdale, down Arbutus Street boarding the Arbutus neighborhood connecting Steveston to Downtown Vancouver. The railway was replaced by Trolly Busses in 1952. During the 1940’s & 1950’s sand was brought up from False Creek to fill the low areas of the neighborhood for the construction of more houses, schools and shops. 


By way of Amenities in Arbutus, there are two public elementary schools in the neighborhood. Carnarvon Elementary School & the French Immersion Trafalgar Elementary School. Parks here include Carnarvon Park offering Football & Soccer fields + Baseball & Softball diamonds with children’s Playgrounds. Trafalgar Park is also located here offering Baseball & Softball Diamonds, Cricket Pitch, Playground and Soccer field with Ultimate Frisbee field. The shopping in Arbutus is sparse but definitely covers the basics needed.


Real Estate in Arbutus for the most part offers standard lots with slightly larger Lots sprinkled around (4,000 SqFt – 10,000 SqFt Lots). Large green medians, wide tree-lined streets and a quaint quiet neighborhood throughout is how arbutus has built its reputation. The Arbutus Vancouver Real Estate Market also has a secret weapon. That secret weapon is Puget Drive. Puget Drive runs from West 33rd down to King Edward where it meets and begins a figure-eight pattern with Quesnel Drive which is the bordering street of Dunbar Vancouver. Puget Drive continues down to West 16th Avenue and offers spectacular north shore views to homes on the topside (west) of the Drive. Contact me today to purchase your next home in Arbutus Vancouver!