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Comprising the greater portion of Point Grey (along with UBC endowment lands and parts of Kits), Point Grey is one of Canada’s more upscale and captivating neighbourhoods. Named for Captain George Grey, friend of the city’s namesake George Vancouver, and home to Jericho Garrison, Point Grey has a wealthy history steeped in tradition and Anglophilia.
Offering incomparable views of the ocean (Salish Sea), Point Grey is defined by Spanish Bank Creek and Blanca Street to the west, 16th Avenue in the south, Alma Street in the east and NW Marine Drive along the beaches of English Bay. It is Vancouver’s westernmost neighbourhood prior to UBC and its endowment lands.
History Of The Housing Market
Thanks in large part to sensible and prescient zoning bylaws, Point Grey was originally conceived as a residential neighbourhood only, with gracious lots and large single-family homes. Opportunities to purchase property in Point Grey were limited. Modern zoning bylaws have since become more accommodating to newcomers with affordable housing and increased density, but in all fairness, Point Grey is not the kind of neighbourhood one looks to buy a home unless one is specifically looking to buy a home in Point Grey, if you follow. Privilege is its own reward. Current plans call for any changes to be primarily located along main corridors, combining street-level commercial space with higher-end residential units above. Rental units are not common and are usually generously priced.
Adventurers and nature lovers make Point Grey a year-round haven. With over 55 km of trails on nearly 2000 acres, the sumptuous Pacific Spirit Park is perfect for hiking and dog walking, biking and even horseback riding. Along English Bay lie three spectacular beaches: Jericho, Locarno and Spanish Banks, all popular places for sunbathing and picnicking, sailing and paddle surfing, and more. The Jericho Sailing Club (locally famous for its fare and its view) and the Royal Vancouver Yacht Club each offer plenty of activities for mariners and seafarers.
Originally a swimming club, the Jericho Tennis Club is a prestigious racquet club with high quality facilities and an absolutely gorgeous view of the water. The Brock House offers elegant programs for active seniors, as well as Lunch at Brock House.
Operated by the Point Grey Community Association and the Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation, the Community Centre on W 2nd Avenue provides a number of quality leisure services, including pottery classes, swimming and aerobic instruction, tennis courts, foosball and pool for the teens, summer camps for children, a licensed preschool, afternoon teas and Breakfast with Bunny.
Also co-operated with the community, the city, and the United Players of Vancouver Theatre Company is the Jericho Arts Centre (JAC). This local theatre company performs 5 productions a season in a 135-seat venue located near Jericho Beach, just off NW Marine Drive. Home to Theatre Terrific, a non-profit group that empowers youth and adults with mental and physical disabilities to tread the boards, the JAC is an essential player in Vancouver’s lively theatre scene.
Just west along University Drive is the University Golf Club and driving range.
Restaurants & Shopping
Although primarily residential by design, Point Grey does offer a smattering of commercial enterprises that people can feel are one’s own. At the corner of 10th and Alma resides an eclectic stew of antique shops and novelty stores interspersed with small euro-style cafés and even smaller restaurants. Farther along 10th, between Tolmie and Discovery, is the main commercial strip with grocery stores and more affordable fare. Of course, Kitsilano is right next door and makes up for anything Point Grey may be missing.
Schools In The Area
Elementary school age children may attend Queen Elizabeth Elementary, Queen Mary Elementary or École Jules Quesnel. For adolescents, Lord Byng Secondary and Our Lady of Perpetual Help are within the boundaries of Point Grey. The private and highly-esteemed West Point Grey Academy (PreK-12) and Pacific Spirit School (K-7), a flagship program of the New Learning Society, are situated next door to Jericho Garrison. Just west of the neighbourhood is one of Canada’s preeminent post-secondary institutions, the University of British Columbia (UBC), with 50, 000 well-behaved students. (Don’t worry, the forest acts as a buffer).
Traffic in Point Grey moves primarily east-west along W 4th, W 10th and W 16th. Commuting to the downtown core is fairly easy, for both driver and cyclist alike. In large part due to its proximity to UBC, West Point Grey is amply serviced by public transportation. Pedestrian traffic is usually confined to ramblers, beachcombers and discombobulated professors taking a leisurely stroll, coffee in hand and head in the clouds, on their way to class.