Shaughnessy, Vancouver

July 28, 2016

Shaughnessy was developed in 1909 by the Canadian Pacific Railway(CPR) on the highest point in Vancouver and named after its president, Sir Thomas Shaughnessy (who, in turn, named some of the neighbourhood's streets after CPR directors – Angus, Homer, Marpole, Nanton, Osler – and his daughter, Marguerite.

The MLS boundaries of the Shaughnessy neighbourhood are 16th Avenue to the north, Granville street to the east, and West 41st Avenue to the south, with a complicated western border that runs from Arbutus Street to Maple Crescent, then takes a jag east on West 33rd Ave and heads south on Marguerite Street before jagging back east on West 37th Avenue and finally south again on Maple Street. (MLS places The Crescent in the Cambie neighbourhood.)

The area has long been known as the city’s premier residential subdivision, and the average detached home price in Shaughnessy is more than $4 million. View Shaughnessy homes for sale and upcoming open houses.

Shaughnessy is home to Canuck Place, a hospice for children with life-threatening illnesses, housed in one of Vancouver’s most elaborate mansions.

Shaughnessy Amenities


Largely residential, Shaughnessy is bordered by shopping districts – Arbutus Village mall to the west (which includes a large grocery store), Granville Street's designer boutiques to the north and Kerrisdale's markets and cafés to the south.

Cafés and Restaurants

As a residential neighbourhood, Shaughnessy has few dining options within its borders, but some of Vancouver’s best restaurants can be found on Granville Street just south of the 16th Avenue neighbourhood boundary. There are also plenty of restaurants just outside of the neighbourhood’s southwest boundary in Kerrisdale.

Arts and Culture

Perhaps Shaughnessy’s greatest cultural contribution is its proliferation of beautiful estates, many with heritage designations. The entire area known as First Shaughnessy, between Oak Street and West Boulevard, from 16th Avenue to King Edward, has been zoned a Heritage Conservation area, with regulations preventing the destruction of homes built before 1940.

Sports and Recreation

Angus Park, donated to the city by the CPR, offers a small open green space for leisurely activities, and Kerrisdale Running Track is located just outside of Shaughnessy’s southwest corner. There are plenty of community centres and larger parks in the surrounding neighbourhoods, with easy access for Shaughnessy residents.  


Shaughnessy borders busy Granville Street, which provides a 15-minute drive by car or bus north to downtown Vancouver or south to the Vancouver International Airport and the City of Richmond.

Schools and Education in Shaughnessy

Elementary schools

Secondary schools

Private schools (primary and secondary)

Shaughnessy Property Statistics

Benchmark home prices1

1 storey detached home


2 storey detached home






Rental information2

Average gross rent



Makeup of dwellings2

Single-detached house


Semi-detached house


Detached duplex


Row house


Apartment, under five storeys


Apartment, five or more storeys


Shaughnessy Demographics2

Population 8,810




40 to 64


20 to 39


19 and under



Neighbourhoods surrounding Shaughnessy

1Shaughnessy MLS HPI Benchmark Prices, incorporating data from BCNREB, CADREB, FVREB and REBGV, May 2016.

2Statistics Canada, Shaughnessy census data (2011), provided by the City of Vancouver.