Walking to school as a child... imagination ran free, seasons changed before our eyes, neighbours became friends. The following homes are all within easy walking distance of one or more of Vancouver’s best schools — but not so near that you’ll hear the class bell when school is in session. Backyards and landscapes also feature prominently — places where kids can run, play, and dream, all within the boundaries of your personal kingdom.
7060 Prescott Street, Vancouver, Southlands
A hidden gem in one of the city’s quietest and most prestigious neighbourhoods. The 1.4-acre property is a 15-minute walk through forested neighbourhoods due south from Crofton House. The estate includes an immaculately finished 4,000-square-foot main house and two small cottages, both of which offer a full one-bedroom suite. There’s also a high-ceiling barn converted to a modern home office.
Offered at: $8,998,000 CAD
Contact: Monique Badun, Macdonald Realty (604) 644-5531
3567 West 26th Avenue, Vancouver, Dunbar
Location truly is everything. Situated on an extra-wide lot in Vancouver’s charming Dunbar neighbourhood, this traditional “A-frame” house is a quick five-minute walk from St. John’s Junior School. The 3,050-square-foot home was tastefully renovated in early 2013, and features an exceptionally liveable layout. A large walk-out, multi-tiered deck opens into a well-manicured private garden.
Offered at: $2,688,000 CAD
Contact: Melanie Payne, WESTSIDE Tom Gradecak Realty, (604) 318-1378
Head of the class
4429 Marguerite Street, Vancouver, Shaughnessy
Well-thought-out architecture, tasteful design, superlative attention to detail — this brand new home in the heart of Vancouver’s prestigious Shaughnessy neighbourhood has it all. The spacious 5,700-square-foot layout offers plenty of room to grow. Parents will love the floor-to-ceiling wine cellar, the fitness room, and the sauna. Kids will be happy with the fully-loaded in-home theatre and sun-drenched backyard. And both will be smiling about how close it is to York House School and Little Flower Academy.
Offered at: $11,980,000 CAD
Contact: Kathy Xu, Sutton Group Seafair Realty, (604) 626-6161
School’s in session
3338 West 44th Avenue, Vancouver, Southlands
Attention to detail defines this custom-built home that’s a mere three blocks away from Crofton House, one of the top-ranked schools in the province. This 4,200-square-foot home offers six full bedrooms and bathrooms, a gorgeous “chef’s dream” kitchen, spacious south-facing sundeck and a full legal suite in the basement. The extra-large lot boasts a well-landscaped, easy-to-maintain garden, while tall, mature conifers on and around the lot offer a natural privacy screen.
Offered at: $4,480,000 CAD
Contact: Gina Lin, Coldwell Banker Prestige Realty, (604) 437-6752
1345 Whitby Road, West Vancouver, Chartwell
Look up — way up. And then look around, to the city, the ocean, the sky. This one-of-a-kind property located on a quiet cul-de-sac up the road from Sentinel Secondary offers breathtaking views of the Lower Mainland from every floor. The 7,500-square-foot, modernist-styled home offers a variety of spectacular features, including intricate stone and woodwork, an indoor waterfall, a mosaic-tiled indoor pool, and an in-house, step-down movie theatre.
Offered at: $9,480,000 CAD
Contact: Amir Ghaffari Royal LePage Sussex, (604) 368-1500