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Quilchena, along with Arbutus and Mackenzie Heights, comprises part of the Arbutus Ridge area of Vancouver. Originally marshy, the neighbourhood was one of Vancouver’s first major engineering feats, as the land was filled in with sand hauled from False Creek. In a way, Quilchena is almost beach front property.
The curvy boundaries of Quilchena involve King Edward Avenue in the north, with Larch and Puget Drive to the west and Marguerite Street to the east. The area is anchored along W 37th as its southern fringe.
History Of The Housing Market
The area has a mix of single and multi-family units, and has a certain multi-generational appeal. One of three neighbourhoods in Arbutus Ridge, Quilchena itself is further divided into three neighbourhoods of its own, each with a fairly distinct flavor. The area bordering Shaughnessy has larger estate houses, and shares its elegance with the neighbourhood to the east. The second prominent area grew up around the Arbutus Village Shopping Centre and is mainly low and mid-rise multi-family dwellings. There are also several high-rise complexes capitalizing on Quilchena’s quiet and relatively easy commute. A third distinct enclave of affordable single-family detached homes is built around Prince of Wales Park. The area offers some impressive mountain and water views. The appeal of this housing mixture of attracts single families, seniors and young people to Quilchena. Both buyers and renters find Quilchena reasonable and attainable.
The abundance of greenery that attracts people to Quilchena is no more evident than in fabulous Quilchena Park. Originally leased by Quilchena Golf Club, the land was taken over by the city in the 1950s. The eastern portion was transformed into an exquisite spectacle of rolling lawns and lofty trees, making the park a great place for a quiet stroll or to grab lunch. Quilchena Park has two baseball diamonds, two soccer fields, a jogging path, playground, an off-leash dog area and a full skateboard park.
Quilchena is also home to Arbutus Village Park and the Arbutus Village Recreation Centre. The landmark Arbutus Club on Nanton Avenue is a venerable Vancouver icon. With a wide range of facilities, it is one of Canada’s premier private clubs.
Restaurants & Shopping
The Arbutus Shopping Centre is a major hub for the entire Arbutus Ridge region. Anchored by a grocery store and pet store, it offers all the amenities including clothing and other retail goods. It is also home to a niche patisserie, a chocolatier and a tobacconist, for that old-world flavour. Just down the road is a little seafood store that attracts people from all over Greater Vancouver. There are plenty of restaurants and coffee shops either in Quilchena itself or close enough in the neighbourhoods next door.
Schools In The Area
Quilchena Elementary is the main elementary school in the area, with a student body that reflects Vancouver’s diversity. It also offers a highly-touted French Immersion program (K-7). Kerrisdale and Shaughnessy Elementary schools are to the south and east respectively. Prince of Wales Secondary on Eddington Drive and Point Grey Secondary on W 37th are the main choices for local adolescents. Noted private schools, York House, Vancouver College and Little Flower Academy, are in neighbouring Shaughnessy.
Quilchena’s major arterial route runs north-south along Arbutus Street. It is the principle connector for residents to all of the Lower Mainland. Public transit is quite good, accessible and frequent. Pedestrian and cycle traffic are mainly a local affair.