West Vancouver. Population: 42,778
Extending westward from Lion's Gate Bridge to Horseshoe Bay, West Vancouver is loosely bordered by the Capilano River to the east, Burrard Inlet to the south, and Howe Sound to the west, and the mountains to the north. This is an upscale residential community with limited commercial and no industrial zoning, where many of the residents commute to Vancouver. In the past, emphasis was on the singlefamily detached dwelling, whereas the condo apartment has become popular. Duplexes, townhouses and other attached dwellings are all viable options.
Some parts of West Vancouver contain challenging terrain, resulting in steep driveways, precipitous rock gardens and some houses constructed on stilts. The breathtaking views, choice waterfront location and casual lifestyle make it attractive to upscale homebuyers. Median detached house prices in April 2003 were $700,000.
West Vancouver's established areas are truly beautiful. The British Properties, with its famous mountainside homes and gardens, was developed in the late 1930s. Its existence was the main reason for the construction of the Lion's Gate Bridge (which, incidentally, has just been completely structurally renovated). Chartwell is a newer extension of the British Properties withsmaller view lots.
Eagle Harbour is a secluded area with a resortlike atmosphere and water access. Gleneagles is situated between Howe Sound and a magnificent public golf course. Caulfield, named after a West Vancouver pioneer, is home to Caulfield Shopping Centre, Lighthouse Park and many attractive residences. Park Royal is an important shopping centre.
Appealing districts closer to Vancouver are: Sentinel Hill (older, with awkward terrain but splendid views), Westmount, Altamont (extra large properties), and Bayridge.
The Sahalee Development on the Caulfield Plateau features lowdensity attached, luxurious in concept and execution. Caulfield Heights and Vista Place are two other notable neighbourhoods in this area.
Ambleside, known as "The Village", is the heart of West Vancouver. It houses commercial and administrative buildings, such as the municipal hall and police complex. The Village Square is a charming trilevel shopping court, located in the vicinity of elegant boutiques, coffee houses and quaint storefronts.
West Vancouver has its own "Blue Bus" service. During rush hours, it travels on the express lane on the Lion's Gate Bridge, shortening the travel time to Vancouver. There are numerous Park & Ride lots which can ease the commute.
Community Information:District of West Vancouver (604)925-7000
Chamber of Commerce (604)926-6614