Choosing the right neighbourhood when moving to a new place is a big deal. Your new neighbourhood will dictate how far you will be driving from point a to b, who you will be surrounded with, and what’s easily accessible from your new home. If you have been thinking about moving to Squamish, but aren’t quite sure which neighbourhood is right for you, this quiz is designed to give you some guidance and insight into your neighbourhood choices. After the quiz if you want to visit these neighbourhoods first-hand, organize an hour long obligation-free tour of Squamish.
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Valleycliffe, Squamish’s southernmost suburb is considered one of the more affordable areas to live. Characterised by older single family homes and a smattering of condos and townhomes this residential suburb is walkable to downtown Squamish and also has tons of biking trails, rock-climbing and hiking available. Due to its close proximity to the Stawamus Chief and surrounding mountain ranges, sun exposure can be an issue here, especially in winter. There are some parts of Valleycliffe however which get great sunlight and there are also some newer subdivision choices available.
The quickly growing and thriving downtown Squamish is the perfect choice for those wanting the convenience and affordability of a townhome or condo. Those living in downtown Squamish will be walking distance to a plethora of coffee shops, restaurants, shops, bars, grocery stores, business and more. With some exciting developments including the Oceanfront Project (Newport Beach) and Waterfront Landing on the horizon, downtown Squamish is only becoming more and more desirable.
Tucked away on the Eastern hills of Squamish, Garibaldi Highlands is characterized by older single family homes, larger lots and beautiful tree-lined streets. There is world-class mountain biking easily accessible from Garibaldi Highlands plus plenty of trails for walking and hiking. Garibaldi Highlands has a French immersion elementary school as well as a state-of-the-art Liberal Arts University, Quest. It is a quick 5 minute drive or 10 minute bike ride to the shops and restaurants of Garibaldi Estates, and downtown Squamish is a 10 minute drive away.
Brackendale is situated at the north end of Squamish, only 30 minutes away from the slopes of Whistler. Brackendale has a rural charm, with big spacious lots, flat terrain and stunning natural surroundings. The benefit of Brackendale is that it has a relaxed residential feel but also has a smattering of cafes, bars and shops within easy walk. For outdoor enthusiasts there are mountain bike trails, hiking/ running trails as well as a river to explore.
Central Squamish is comprised of Denvtille, the Northyards, Brennan Park area and Garibaldi Estates. Each of these neighbourhoods has unique characteristics. Dentville is just north of downtown and features older single family homes. Northyards extends onwards from this, where many lots are being rezoned and townhome complexes are popping up everywhere. The Brennen Park area (off Loggers Lane) was once mostly hobby farms but is now being developed with single family homes, and townhomes. Garibaldi Estates is situated at the foothills of Garibaldi Highlands, and has a mix of residential (townhomes, single family and condos) as well as commercial and retail.