Point Grey, located between Kitsilano and UBC, boasts some of the most prestigious Vancouver real estate. Bordered on the North side by the spectacular Spanish Banks and Jericho Beach, it is no surprise that this neighbourhood is one of the most sought after in Vancouver, British Columbia, and even Canada. From the high vantage point many of the Point Grey homes provide, the view of the Pacific Ocean, North Shore Mountains, and downtown Vancouver are unparalleled.
Who Lives There
The average education level and income in Point Grey are much higher than those of Vancouver and Metro Vancouver. Residents include professionals, University of British Columbia faculty, city dignitaries, and families. Due to the area’s proximity to UBC, students also reside in the area, most in rental suites in detached houses or apartments in Point Grey Village. Point Grey is an established, affluent and family oriented community.
Things to Do
Spanish Banks features the longest strip of sandy beach in Vancouver, where one can barbeque, cycle, skimboard, play volleyball, or simply enjoy the magnificent views. Spanish Banks leads into Locarno Beach and then Jericho, both of which are just as inviting. Jericho Park (next to Jericho Beach) is home to the Jericho Sailing Centre, Club Locarno, the Royal Vancouver Yacht Club, the Jericho Tennis Club, and the West Point Grey Community Centre. Members of and visitors to these establishments can dine, swim, kayak, sail, paddle board, wind surf, row, play tennis, badminton, and numerous other activities. Point Grey offers a plethora of indoor and outdoor activities to suit any interest. The annual Vancouver International Folk Festival is also held at Jericho Park.
Point Grey village on 10th Avenue is home to shops, eateries and services. Provence Restaurant offers fine Mediterranean cuisine, and The Cellar Jazz Club on Broadway and Alma is a good late night spot. For more lounges and restaurants, one should venture further east along Broadway or 4th Avenue.
Those in search of a stunning Vancouver home need look no further than Point Grey. Those looking for waterfront property can expect housing prices in the millions, but will find large, established, detached houses with panoramic views. Away from the water homes are primarily detached, and while prices still average seven figures for many of these, there are smaller homes and some condos that are more affordable. Most Point Grey residents own their homes, as it is a great neighbourhood in which to settle down.
Schools and Safety
Elementary schools in the area include, Queen Mary, Jules Quesnel, Lord Kitchener, and Queen Elizabeth. Lord Byng Secondary, Point Grey Secondary, West Point Grey Academy (Private, Pre-Kindergarten – 12) and West Point Grey School of Music are all in the neighbourhood as well. Various pre-kindergarten schools are available, and the University of British Columbia borders Point Grey – walking distance from some residences.
Point Grey is one of the safest communities in Vancouver, but as most of the area is residential, residents should exercise the usual caution, especially at night when the streets are relatively deserted. Some areas are patrolled by security, however, and in general Point Grey is a wonderful place for families.
As Point Grey is so far west, it is not within walking distance of any major fast transit stations. Express buses travel east along Broadway connecting to many of these stations, however, and neighbourhood buses can be caught along 4th Avenue, West 10th, and Broadway. There is a cycle lane along 4th Avenue heading to UBC or towards downtown. Most residents drive, and free parking is available in residential areas.
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