Shaughnessy is a prestigious neighbourhood full of grand and historic estates with wide, gently winding boulevards lined with beautiful mature trees; a peaceful and quiet residential enclave positioned mere minutes from the heart of the city.
Currently, there are 73 homes
in Shaughnessy, Vancouver BC for sale on the real estate market. The most common
property type at this moment
is House/Single Family.
Price range: 659,000 - 35,800,000.
The History and Heritage of Shaughnessy
The History of Shaughnessy begins in 1907. The Canadian Pacific Railway, then one of the largest landowners, developed this master-planned community as an alternative to the West End which up until this time, had been the area of settlement for the city’s elite. Shaughnessy is aptly named for the former president of the CPR, Thomas Shaughnessy and many of it’s streets bare the names of CPR executives of that time. The CPR looked to the designers of New York’s famed Central Park, Danish Engineer L.E. Davick and Montreal landscape architect Fredrick Todd, to layout the graceful curving streets and elegant crescents of the new 250 acre neighbourhood. To maintain the elite status of the area, the CPR required all homes on their giant lots to cost a minimum of $6,000 (six times the average price of “regular” home at that time) and reserved the right reject any architectural design in deemed to be unfit. Many of these original homes remain today and areas of Shaughnessy have been designated as Heritage Conservation Districts in an effort to retain these grand old estates.
Types of Housing in Shaughnessy
Walking through the verdant Shaughnessy streets large, stately residences peek out from behind their gates and hedges. While many of the homes remain from the neighbourhoods inception, new homes designed by the city’s top architects blend seamlessly in to the mix. The vast majority of homes in this neighbourhood are sizeable single family residences on large lots. During the great depression, Shaughnessy struggled along with the rest of Vancouver. Some of the largest estates were turned into rooming houses and today remain as multi-family conversions. On the outskirts of the neighbourhood there are a handful of townhomes and small condo developments that are well blended into this historic neighbourhood.
Schools in Shaughnessy
Shaughnessy boasts a collection of high class educational institutions both private and public with historical roots in the neighbourhood. Offering options for different faiths and languages, all of the schools in Shaughnessy provide an excellent opportunity for a world class education.
Recreation in Shaughnessy
There are 4 beautiful green parks with the Shaughnessy neighbourhood in addition to the gorgeous, sprawling, floral covered grounds of the Van Dusen Botanical Gardens. The wide, gently winding Shaughnessy boulevards are perfect for an early evening stroll or bike ride.
The Arbutus Greenway, a favorite new biking and walking route on the site of the old Lou Lou Island railway, stretch’s along the western border of Shaughnessy.
Shops, Dining, Culture in Shaughnessy
Shaughnessy is one of the few neighbourhoods in the city that remains almost entirely residential. It is however bordered to the North by the South Granville neighbourhood which boasts some of the city’s finest shopping, dining and arts. Within it’s own boundaries you will find the historical Hycroft Manor which hosts elegant social gatherings and artistic displays throughout the year. Well placed in the centre of Shaughnessy is the stunning Van Dusen Botanical Gardens which is also home to the upscale dining establishment Shaughnessy Restaurant.
Transportation in Shaughnessy
It is a quick trip by car into the city and likewise to the airport via Granville St. In lighter traffic, either of those routes should be completed in under 20 minutes. UBC is 20 minutes to the West via 16th or 41st Avenue. Aside from a small handful of main arteries, traffic within the streets of Shaughnessy is very minimal.
The main corridors through Shaughnessy are well served by bus routes. Buses run regularly east and west along 16th, 41st and King Edward and North and South along Arbutus, Granville and Oak. The nearest skytrain station is found at Oakridge mall on the corner of 41st and Cambie.
There is a vast network of dedicated cycling routes that will take you throughout the city of Shaughnessy. The new favorite cycling route for those travelling North and South is the Arbutus Corridor Greenway.