West Vancouver houses some of Canada’s most expensive homes, built on sprawling terraces and cut into the side of the North Shore mountains. A luxury mansion, an oceanview property, a mountain-top view: these properties check all the above boxes and is home to the famed British Properties purchased in the early 1900s. Its controversial exclusivity stems from the original and strict “whites-only” policy. In modern times however, the current resident population is diverse, having attracted Asian and other international investors. Mostly custom-built detached luxury homes, West Vancouver is less renter-friendly, residential district as many residents are retired, work at home, or take the short commute to downtown Vancouver.
Although West Vancouver is arguably the least-served by bus routes, for car owners, it is a simple matter of using the Highway #1 (part of the Trans-Canada Highway) as a connection to other Metro Vancouver municipalities, only minutes to downtown. Vancouver’s skytrain does not reach West Vancouver.
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Residents of West Vancouver can find themselves shopping at Park Royal, the first shopping mall ever built in Canada, or driving up to top of sloping West Vancouver for a beautiful view across the Burrard Inlet of the City of Vancouver and the Lions’ Gate Bridge. For those who prefer to be surrounded by greenery or let their furry family friends run free, Whyte Cliff Park or Lighthouse Park is also a top destination. West Vancouver is also minutes by car away from the North Shore, which is home to some of the most stunning natural attractions in BC, such as the Capilano Suspension Bridge, or any of the 3 ski mountains: Seymour, Cypress, and Grouse. Cypress Provincial Park, located within the boundaries of West Vancouver, was one of the venues for the 2010 Winter Olympics. In addition, West Vancouver is also home of the Horseshoe Bay Ferry Terminal, the west coast’s main connection to lush summer cabins on Vancouver Island.
West Vancouver is home to some very large and expensive properties and houses. Occasionally, houses have been priced and sold at around CAD$30,000,000. As of 2017, West Vancouver’s average house sells for over CAD$3,000,000, with the average detached house boasting 4 or 5 bedrooms. West Vancouver is Canada’s wealthiest municipality. In West Vancouver, the average total incomes are almost double the provincial average, with over 80% of the households earning a total income of at least $100,000, and an average household income of $160,000 per in 2011 (National Census Data).
West Vancouver is surely a top neighbourhood for luxury living, retirement, or investment purposes.