Greater Vancouver Neighbourhoods: Arbutus Ridge (in the West Side of the City of Vancouver)
This area, south of Kitsilano and west of Arbutus and its ubiquitous railway tracks, includes the neighbourhoods of Arbutus Ridge (north of King Edward Ave) and Mackenzie Heights (south of King Edward Ave). A small valley separates Arbutus Ridge from Mackenzie Heights. The community is primarily upscale, single-family houses that are convenient to nearby shopping districts, and only 20 minutes from downtown Arbutus Ridge has traditionally been popular with Greek-Canadians, and is home to Vancouver's Hellenic Community Centre (West 29th and Arbutus). Arbutus Shopping Centre and The Ridge Theatre are the primary landmarks in the neighbourhood.
This affluent area is made up almost entirely of single family homes on tree-lined streets and larger-than-average lot sizes, prized because most hillside homes have a beautiful view of downtown and toward the North Shore mountains. There are some early Vancouver homes in Arbutus Ridge (along 37th Avenue) that date to before WWI, built in the English Arts and Crafts Style. There are also some tightly designed 1930s homes (known as "Vancouver Specials") in the neighbourhood, but most of Arbutus Ridge was developed after World War II. Current zoning limits any new developments in the community to non-rental units.
Shops in the area can be found along Mackenzie and Macdonald Streets, with lots of restaurants and coffee shops, plus the Arbutus Village shopping centre (Arbutus north of King Edward). There is lots of shopping to the north along West Broadway and along West 4th.
The community has a number of small parks scattered throughout, with Quilchena being the larges. Not far to the west is the huge Pacific Spirit Regional Park on the UBC Endowment Lands. The community has 2 ice arenas, and two running tracks, at the local high schools, as well as the Ridge Theatre (16th Avenue and Arbutus Street). The community is close to the Kitsilano Beach Park with its outdoor pool, as well as Jericho and Spanish Banks beaches. To the south are five golf courses: Marine Drive, McCleery, Point Grey, Eaglequest and Shaughnessy.
The area is served by 4 elementary and 2 high schools, with a public library nearby in Kitsilano. The neighbourhood is very convenient to the UBC campus.
West Side of Vancouver Neighbourhoods Map