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About Arbutus

Arbutus is a mature, community-minded neighbourhood characterized by large lots and comfortable, family-friendly homes. Streets are quiet and tree-lined. Many residences are situated for breathtaking views of the North Shore Mountains. Arbutus has a friendly energy with convenient access to UBC, downtown Vancouver, and Richmond attracting young families to settle here for the long term, with approximately 80% of the occupants being under the age of 65. Arbutus is bordered by 16th Ave on the North, King Edward Street on the South, Quesnel Drive on the West and Arbutus Street on the East.

Arbutus Listing Reports

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There are three elementary school options in Arbutus: Trafalgar Elementary (389/978), Carnarvon Elementary School (436/978), and Lord Kitchener Elementary School (420/978).

Prince of Wales Secondary (65/289) is the public secondary school option which services this neighbourhood and is one of our city’s most highly ranked public schools.

There are a wealth of independent schools nearby, which include some of the top ranked schools. York House and Little Flower Academy are Vancouver’s highest ranked schools, both tied for first place (1/289). Both are all girls’ schools. One of the city’s highest ranked all boys’ school, St. George’s (6/289) is also nearby. Crofton House (4/289) and St. John’s (10/289), are also highly ranked independent options which are either in the neighbourhood or a short drive away.

There are a wealth of independent schools nearby, which include some of the top ranked schools.


The large majority of housing in Arbutus is a mix of detached homes and apartments. Houses in Arbutus boast lots of character and personality, while still maintaining an upscale feel. The larger-than average lot sizes allow many homes to have large front and back yards making it easy to raise a family with room for pets and outdoor living spaces.

Location and Transportation

Arbutus is centrally located in Vancouver’s west side, so access to the rest of Vancouver is simple and convenient. Downtown Vancouver, the University of British Columbia (UBC), and Richmond are all easily connected by bus. Arbutus is also a quick drive or bus ride from Kitsilano’s beaches, Kerrisdale’s shopping, and UBC’s bountiful endowment lands.

Neighbourhood Highlights

Arbutus Shopping Centre

Located just outside the neighbourhood’s official borders, Arbutus Shopping Centre is a small, but convenient mall with access to groceries, a government liquor store, fast food options, a hair salon, and a few small stores. The city has plans to begin redeveloping and potentially expanding it for mixed-use development soon. (2015)

Community Centres

Because Arbutus is so centrally located, residents have easy access to the Dunbar Community Centre, the Kitsilano War Memorial Community Centre, and the Kerrisdale Community Centres. Between these spaces, residents have access to unique classes, fitness centres, pools, arenas and more!


Arbutus is home to two large public parks: Carnarvon Park and Trafalgar Park. Both of these wide open green spaces are perfect for pick up sports, recreational leagues, walking the dog, or relaxing.

Market Report for Arbutus

This is a Market Report for the Arbutus Neighbourhood. This neighbourhood market report is a custom report which updates automatically with MLS data.

Arbutus Market Reports

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