Arbutus Neighbourhood Info

July 12, 2012

Arbutus is a peaceful and affluent residential neighbourhood on Vancouver's West Side. The area, which is mainly populated by families and mature, long-time residents, is characterized by large, detached homes on spacious lots. The average house price is nearly $2 million. View Arbutus MLS® listings and upcoming open houses

In the late 1800s and early 1900s, residents of Point Grey and Kerrisdale referred to the future Arbutus area as Asthma Flats. At that time, the neighbourhood was nothing more than a huge swamp that could only be crossed via a three-plank walkway.

Despite its relatively short history as an established community, Arbutus is home to several landmarks, including the Art Deco-style Ridge Theatre. This one-screen cinema was built in 1950 and features a 'crying room' a soundproof, glassed-in booth for moviegoers with babies and small children. Rumour has it Katharine Hepburn once made use of the room's privacy during a visit to Vancouver!

Arbutus Amenities

Arbutus Shopping

Arbutus Shopping Centre features a food court and a variety of shops selling groceries, fresh produce, gourmet and specialty foods, pet food and supplies.

Schools and education in Arbutus

Primary schools

High schools

Arbutus Cafés and Restaurants

Arbutus Street offers most of the dining choices in the neighbourhood, including fast-food favourites (pizza, sandwiches and burgers) and dozens of gourmet and specialty delis, restaurants and cafés.

Arbutus Sports and Recreation

The six city parks and four park sites throughout Arbutus allow ample opportunity for organized and impromptu games of football, soccer, baseball/softball, cricket and ultimate Frisbee. Some of the larger parks include playgrounds for young children and walking/jogging trails. The private Arbutus Club offers family-oriented sports, exercise facilities and fine dining to members.

Arbutus Transportation

Arbutus's central location north of Kerrisdale and south of Kitsilano facilitates easy driving and transit access to the downtown core and surrounding communities. Bus stops line West 16th Avenue, West 41st Avenue and West King Edward Avenue.

Arbutus Property Statistics

Home prices*
Houses $1,964,000
Townhouses $686,000
Condos N/A
Average gross rent $1,198

*Source: Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver, average sale prices in Arbutus Ridge for 12 months ended November 3, 2010 **Source:

Arbutus Demographics*

Population 16,145

65+ 19.7%
40 to 64 35.6%
20 to 39 21.6%
19 and under 22.9%
Fully owned 6,100
Rented 35.3%
Single-detached house 39.5%
Semi-detached house 1.0%
Detached duplex 10.3%
Row house 4.2%
Apartment, under five stories 22.2%
Apartment, five or more stories 22.7%
Rented dwellings 35.3%


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