Homes in Britannia Beach
Keen on Homes in Britannia Beach / Furry Creek?
The Britannia Beach community is located between Furry Creek and Squamish. Many homes in Britannia Beach overlook the Howe Sound, with some of the most stunning views in the area. A lovely neighbourhood with a plethora of recreational activities available very nearby, residents enjoy the gorgeous views of the Coastal Mountain Range, point out bald eagles soaring overhead, and always have a moment to say hello to neighbours. Residents of Furry Creek enjoy their location just 25 minutes from West Vancouver, just off of Highway 99.
This neighbourhood is nestled at the mouth of Furry Creek, a salmon-bearing river, and is a blend of two and three-story townhomes. Some of the homes in Britannia Beach are located just steps from the beach. There are also single-family detached homes available. Recreational activities residents most often enjoy include a variety of sports near the gorgeous Furry Creek, with a round of golf at the Furry Creek Golf Club, and hiking, mountain-biking and exploring the numerous nearby trails.
These neighbourhoods are some of the most sought-after in Squamish, an area which is quickly becoming the “go to” location for small-town neighbourhoods with access to almost every possible urban amenity. Squamish experienced a 14.6% growth between the years 2005 and 2011; this rate is double that of the province. With a median age of 36.8, the area is full of younger professionals and young families drawn to homes in Britannia Beach for the excellent benefits and peaceful locations. Of the families and individuals living in the communities of Furry Creek and Britannia Beach, 68.7% own their homes.
Squamish has always been an area associated with mining, fishing, and logging as individuals took advantage of the rich natural resources. The
same goes for Britannia Beach, which was originally founded as a mining town when ore deposits were discovered in the late 1800’s. The largest industries in this neighbourhood today are primarily retail and home businesses, the BC Mining Museum, Betty’s Best Mushrooms, and Britannia Bay Properties. In the Squamish area as a whole, the largest industries are sales and services, educational services, manufacturing and retail trade.
Because it isn’t uncommon for Britannia Beach and Furry Creek residents to live in these neighbourhoods but work in larger urban areas like downtown Vancouver, they are often referred to as “bedroom communities.” Individuals sleep in these communities but work elsewhere, and the reason is because their homes are a fantastic retreat from the larger cities, and the commutes aren’t difficult. The median income for Squamish in 2005 was 30,068, which was quite a bit higher than British Columbia’s median income of 24,897. The unemployment rate was 6.5%, with a 74.8% participation rate.
Residents in the Britannia Beach and Furry Creek neighbourhoods usually rely on their own vehicles to get out and about; the Sea-to-Sky Highway is the only option in and out of the area, and it connects to West Vancouver, Vancouver, Downtown Squamish and Whistler. The TransLink bus system offers transportation from Squamish to Lions Bay and West Vancouver.
Residents of Britannia Beach and Furry Creek are just a short distance from the British Columbia Museum of Mining, on the site of what was once the largest copper-producer in the British Empire and now a heritage site. Exhibits include tours of the way mining worked a hundred years ago, the train which offers tours into old tunnels, and opportunities to pan for gold.
The Furry Creek Golf & Country Club is nearby, offering an 18-hole, par-72 course rich with scenery and wildlife. It is known for being the location of the Happy Gilmore movie. Squamish has been dubbed “The Outdoor Recreation Capital of Canada,” and offers more than 300 climbing routes for rock-climbers, as well as more than 600 trails for hiking or mountain-biking. The Elaho and Squamish Rivers offer up plenty of water sports opportunities, from kayaking and canoeing to river-rafting. In the Brackendale neighbourhood at Eagle Run Park, residents enjoy watching the bald eagles, and telescopes and information kiosks are available there.
Within the neighbourhoods, residents can enjoy the general store in Lions Bay located next to the cafe, as well as the souvenir shops located near the Britannia Mine Museum in Britannia Beach. However, those who want to do some serious shopping often visit Squamish Station, where more than 15 shops, cafes, and restaurants await them. They often also visit the downtown Squamish area, where clusters of shops are located along Cleveland Avenue, offering antiques, novelties, decor items, gifts and more. Dining in the neighbourhood includes options like Galileo Coffee at Britannia Beach, offering coffee, espresso, pastries and baked goods.
The Lions Bay Cafe offers a selection of sandwiches, coffee and tea. Those who want more options often visit the downtown area, with a diverse selection of eateries and dining establishments.
Within Squamish there are six public elementary schools, and of those, Stawamas Elementary serves children within the Britannia Beach and Furry Creek communities. Howe Secondary School and Don Ross Secondary School are located in Squamish, as well as Coast Mountain Academy, a university prep school for children in grades 7 through 12. Higher education options include Capilano University and Quest University, which is located in the Garibaldi Highlands neighbourhood.
Investing in Britannia Beach / Furry Creek Real Estate
Homes in Britannia Beach and Furry Creek have primarily drawn individuals who are seeking a “getaway” from large city environments; those who want to enjoy all of the best natural recreation options, the most peaceful homes and the quiet, small-town life these neighbourhoods offer. They also get to enjoy being within close proximity to the urban lifestyle and amenities of downtown Vancouver and Whistler.
Due to the growth of Squamish in the past several years, investors have become interested in the area as well, as a potential opportunity for great return on investments. As more individuals and families move to the area for the advantages and benefits, the demand increases and property values rise, giving those who take advantage of the market now the opportunity to make a great return.
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