Quite simply one of the most “Vancouver” of all the Vancouver neighbourhoods, let’s take a visit to quiet and leafy Arbutus Ridge. This is an area of the city that has only a few exclusive rental properties because it’s largely residential and filled with single-family homes. However, as it’s growing and developing in areas, there are new opportunities to move into this area and make it your home.
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In this neighbourhood guide to Arbutus, we’re going to look over everything you need to know about the area including the cost of rent, neighbourhood character, and even where to grab a coffee. And, at the end of this post, we’re going to tell you about the new Arbutus Residences where you can easily rent your new home in this lovely neighbourhood.
Feel free to use our table of contents to jump ahead and let’s get into this neighbourhood guide now:
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Location: where is Arbutus Vancouver?
The Arbutus neighbourhood, also known as Arbutus Ridge, is in Vancouver, B.C., Canada. It’s on the city’s West Side, just south of Kitsilano but north of West 41st Avenue. On the east, it’s bordered by Arbutus Street, named after the beautiful tree native to Canada with bright red flaking bark.
It’s about a 25-minute drive away from the Vancouver International Airport in Richmond, and less than 20 minutes away from the heart of Downtown Vancouver.
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What is it like to live in Arbutus?
Arbutus is a quieter neighbourhood, and like most areas in Vancouver, it’s full of idyllic detached single-family homes and tree-lined streets. While the City of Vancouver is overall a very safe place to live, Arbutus Ridge is amongst its safest neighbourhoods.
It’s a great place for families to settle down, but also single adults who dislike being in the heart of noisy downtown but also don’t feel like packing up and heading to the suburbs.
With lots of beautiful parks, unique places to ride a bike or go for a run, and proximity to a half-dozen other Vancouver neighbourhoods, it’s a great place to live if you value quiet, community, and connectedness.
Average rent in Arbutus
Arbutus falls under the South Vancouver area in liv.rent’s monthly rent report data. If we take a look at the data from May 2021, here are the rental averages in the neighbourhood by listing type:
- Vancouver one-bedrooms — $1,647
- Vancouver two-bedrooms — $2,366
- Vancouver three-bedrooms — $2,917
The area is considerably more affordable than in Downtown Vancouver, where rents for unfurnished one-bedrooms can be more than $2,000 on average. So, if you’re looking to make a move to Vancouver, Arbutus is cheaper than being in the heart of the city, but also more expensive than in a more historically affordable part of Metro Vancouver such as Surrey.
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Average house price in Arbutus
|Detached Home||$3.9 million|
If you wanted to purchase a home in Arbutus, you might be surprised to find that it’s an expensive neighbourhood compared to other parts of Vancouver.
According to the Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver, the average price for a detached home in April 2021 was $1,755,500.
Schools in Arbutus
Public education in Vancouver is done through the Vancouver School Board, which runs elementary (kindergarten to grade seven) and high schools (grade eight to twelve) in the City of Vancouver.
Here are the VSB elementary and high schools that are in and around the Arbutus neighbourhood:
The closest post-secondary school to the Arbutus area is The University of British Columbia, which is consistently rated as the best university in Western Canada. Because of its proximity to the UBC Vancouver campus, there are also many students who live in Arbutus and nearby neighbourhoods like Kitsilano and Point Grey.
Transportation in Arbutus
Public transportation in Arbutus is run by TransLink and includes a number of bus routes that connect the neighbourhood to the rest of the transit system, including access to rapid transit via the Skytrain stations. Plus, Translink is embarking on a new subway project along the Broadway corridor. When completed, it should bring even more connectivity to the area.
Here are the main TransLink bus lines that currently service the Arbutus area:
- Route 16 — 29th Avenue Station / Arbutus
- Route 25 — Brentwood Station / UBC
- Route 33 — 29th Avenue Station/ UBC
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Recreation & sports in Arbutus
Central in the Arbutus neighbourhood and just a ten-minute walk away from the Arbutus Residences is Quilchena Park with a skatepark, a frisbee golf course, baseball diamonds, and more. For those who like to move in time with the music, there’s a Dance Co. studio in the area as well.
Additionally, there are also private clubs in the area. The exclusive Arbutus Club is nearby and has a variety of sport and recreation options for members like tennis and a swimming pool. Plus, the nearby Vancouver Lawn Tennis and Badminton club provides more options.
Finally, less than 15-minutes away by car are spectacular golf courses in the Dunbar area on the edge of Vancouver:
- McCleery Driving Range
- Marine Drive Golf Club
- Point Grey Golf & Country Club
- Musqueam Golf & Learning Academy
Food & entertainment in Arbutus
Arbutus is largely a residential neighbourhood, so for good food, drink, and entertainment options, you might venture into nearby Kitsilano, Dunbar, and South Granville to be spoiled for choice.
The best food near Arbutus
- Ridge Garden Restaurant — the local spot for Chinese takeout, treat yourself to spring rolls and ginger beef after a busy workday.
- Safeway — it might be a grocery store, but their pre-made meals and food from their deli are incredible.
- Breakfast Table — beautiful brunch spot on Granville street with a hidden back patio.
- Sunshine Diner — fun, funky, and ’50s, this retro diner is perfect for pancakes or a burger.
- Honolulu Coffee Kerrisdale — get coconut macadamia flavoured Hawaiian lattes at this bright and colourful coffee shop.
- East Is East — eat your way along the spice road at this beautiful and flavourful chai-filled restaurant.
Things to do in Arbutus
- Arbutus Greenway — folks come from all corners of the city to bike, walk, and run along this paved, car-free trail over what used to be train tracks.
- Quilchena Park — let the dogs off-leash or play some frisbee golf at this beautiful park.
- La Glace — go for a scoop (or two) of fancy French-inspired ice cream.
- Neverland Tea Salon — you never need an excuse for high tea, but this is a fun local spot to go for celebrating birthdays and special events.
Shopping in Arbutus
For the best local shopping experience, try heading to West 4th Avenue, West 41st Avenue, our South Granville to shop from:
- Windsor Meats — everyone’s favourite specialty butcher shop.
- Hill’s Dry Goods — a local boutique clothing store with a long history of offering the latest looks.
- Magic Box Hobbies — a unique hobby shop where you can get inspiration and supplies for your next project.
- Arc’teryx — gear up for your next hike or outdoor adventure at this Vancouver-born outdoor clothing company.
If you have fallen in love with Arbutus, then you’ll want to know about the Arbutus Residences. Located on Yew Street, these stunning rental homes offer one-bedroom, two-bedroom, and four-bedroom homes that are poised to let you make the most out of Arbutus living.
Drenched in green space and appointed with incredible amenities:
- Rooftop terrace & BBQ courtyard
- Fitness gym
- Kid’s play area & structure
- Concierge & secure package drop off
- Secure underground parking with bike storage & electric car charging station
It has everything you would need for comfortable living in one of Vancouver’s most prominent neighbourhoods.
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After reading this guide, you can consider yourself an unofficial expert in the Arbutus neighbourhood. When you’re ready to find your new home, in Arbutus or anywhere in Canada, use liv.rent — we’ve automated the entire rental journey for you to make renting fun again.
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Please note that some restaurants and attractions mentioned in this article may be subject to COVID-19 related measures. Before you go, always check for updated information regarding openings and follow all public health guidelines.
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