Located on the west side of Vancouver, Arbutus is a residential community in an affluent neighborhood that features quiet parks, scenic views of mountains in the North Shore, lots that are more than average in size, renovated heritage houses and streets lined with trees. To the south of Arbutus is the 41st Avenue, to the west is Mackenzie street, 16th Avenue is to the north and bordering the area to the east is East Boulevard.
The growth of this area was spurred by the Lulu Island Railway that was also referred to as the Interurban Vancouver to Steveston route that functioned from 1905 to 1958. It was owned by the British Colombia Electric Railway. In 1913, various heritage buildings were constructed in the neighborhood of this area, in sections considered uplands. Some of these historical structures include the Anglican Church known as St Marys Kerrisdale. Arbutus Ridge is Canadas community for the aged or retired that was the first to be built in the area. Although this area features old buildings, it also has new houses for a mix of style and taste.
From this community, one can easily access the Jericho beach, downtown, Pacific Spirit Regional Park, the University of British Colombia, local shopping malls and Kitsilano among others. In addition to the British Colombia University area that can be accessed from this neighborhood, Carnarvon Elementary School, Prince of Wales Secondary School and Trafalgar Elementary School are other educational institutions located within this community. The presence of these schools make the area ideal for raising a family.
The population of Arbutus Ridge mainly comprises of entrepreneurs, professionals, University professors as well as doctors among others who own homes in this area. Low rise apartments, condos and houses for sale designed in a craftsman style are common in this neighborhood. The population of Arbutus is not just diverse but also very unique as compared to other neighborhoods bordering it. It has an adult population of approximately 5,727 and is commonly referred to as the active community. With an urban lifestyle, Arbutus is home to various people of different cultures, backgrounds and status in life ranging from families to singles.