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- 8500 Mowbray Road
In the west-central area of Richmond, bordered by Francis, Garden City, Williams and No.4 Roads, is the stunning neighbourhood of Saunders. Rather than being laid out in grid-fashion like many other Richmond neighbourhoods, Saunders roads are long and twisting, many forming large, symmetrical loops so it's easy to get around. Riverdale is a luxury community featuring some of the most gorgeous mansions and estates, much like the Quilchena neighbourhood to the northwest. However, Riverdale has a larger number of newer developments, including condos and townhouses. The neighbourhood hugs Walter Lee Elementary, which is in the very center, and features a variety of retail amenities located around the border.
The population of Saunders is about 1,000, with the median age at 48.6, a bit higher than the median age of Richmond as a whole. However, the 20-34,35-49, and the 55-64 age groups makeup the largest percentages of the population, with each making up about the same percentage of the population.
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Approximately 88.5% of homes are owned in the Saunders neighbourhood, and about 60% of the homes in the neighbourhood were built between 1961 and 1980. Very few (less than 10) homes in the neighbourhood were built between 1991 and 2005, but between 2006 and 2011, when the neighbourhood saw a surge of new construction. The homes built between these years make up about 8% of the total homes in Saunders.
Richmond as a whole is home to a lot of individuals who work in nearby cities rather than in the city of Richmond; about 27% of residents are employed in nearby Vancouver. Within the Saunders neighbourhood, the largest percentage of individuals is employed in the business, finance and administration sector; nearly as many people are employed by the sales and services industry. Following these, other popular industries in Saunders are the trades, transport and operators industry, the management industry and the social sciences, education, government and religion industry. About 5.7% of Richmond's population (over the age of 15) is unemployed, very close to British Columbia's 6% rate. The average household income of Saunders residents is $76,744, though a sizable percentage earn between $150,000 and $200,000+.
Around the neighbourhood, there are shopping options within walking distance of many homes, including Danny's Market on Francis Road and Mac's Convenient Stores on No. 4 Road. Just 5 minutes in the car and Saunders residents can arrive at Richmond Centre, one of the largest shopping outlets in Richmond. Here, more than 100 stores, shops and professional services await – from the trendiest clothing and accessories retailers to home decor, bath and body, jewelry, cafes, fast food chains and more. Lansdowne Centre, just north of Richmond Centre, also offers a huge variety of stores and shops.
The Saunders neighbourhood isn't difficult to get around. Set up in a symmetrical fashion, many roads join to form large loops and "circles," making it easy to find locations within the neighbourhood. No. 3 Road and Garden City Road both provide access to Highway 99 and Highway 91, as well as the main east to west through road, Westminster Highway. Throughout Richmond, TransLink buses provide transportation to a host of different areas through regular routes. Saunders residents can locate bus stops on Garden City Road as well as Saunders Road. The SkyTrain provides rapid transit to Vancouver, and is available from the Brighouse Station just 4.5 kilometers from the neighbourhood. Taking Francis Road west to No. 2 Road will provide a direct route to Sea Island and the Vancouver International Airport.
Families in Saunders send their children to Walter Lee Elementary, rated above average according to the Fraser Institute. This school empties out into Matthew McNair Secondary School, which carries an average FI rating. With the elementary school located in the very centre of the Saunders neighbourhood, most homes are within walking distance so parents have the option of walking or driving their children to school each morning. Of course, buses will also pick children up in convenient locations. Parents who want to take advantage of public school alternatives can opt to send their children to St. Paul Elementary and Richmond Christian School, both rated above average.
Students in need of higher education have the Kwantlen Polytechnic University and the Sprott Shaw College to choose from in Richmond; both offer different degree levels for a variety of programs.
Art is an important part of the city of Richmond, as well as the individual neighbourhoods and communities. One of the main locations within the city for art is the Richmond Cultural Centre. Here, residents and visitors can view a wonderful history of Richmond and the Fraser River. In addition, the Richmond Art Gallery is located here and showcases beautiful contemporary art from both local and nationally-recognized artists. While at the Richmond Cultural Centre, residents can pick up a map showcasing the locations of all free, public art instalments in Richmond. More than 65 pieces exist, created by over 80 artists; the majority of these were created for the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics.
The closest public art pieces to Saunders are located at the South Arm Community Centre. Eco-Vision is a stunning mural created with clay tiles by elementary school students, teachers and the public. It emphasizes the importance of a diverse culture coming together to preserve ecological systems. Community in Motion is also located here, and is a collection of 25 panes featuring glass tiles. It outlines a variety of issues that are relevant to Richmond residents today. The Gateway Theatre certainly can't be overlooked when it comes to art in Richmond, as it has a long and rich history in the city. It is the only professional live theatre in Richmond, and gives residents the chance to catch a variety of shows, from dramas to comedies and live musical acts. Children also attend classes here, learning everything from acting and voice lessons to live musical theatre.
The Richmond Olympic Oval is quite impressive; the $178 million CAD speed-skating oval was built for the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics and now serves the community as a fully-functional recreational center with more than 20,000 square feet featuring impressive views of the North Shore Mountains and the Fraser River. More than 100 pieces of strength and cardio equipment are present within the facility, as well as 2 Olympic-sized ice skating rinks, a host of ball courts, sprinting and training tracks, an indoor rowing and paddling center and more.
The Quilchena Golf & Country Club in the northwestern area of Richmond is perfect for golf aficionados; it features a nearly 7,000-yard course stretched out over 120 acres as well as a restaurant and clubhouse. Tournaments and practices for adults and for children are available. Throughout Richmond, many different neighbourhood parks are available, featuring playgrounds, picnic areas, ball fields and trails to explore. Being a coastal town, Richmond offers up plenty of fishing spots and water sport opportunities as well.
Saunders is a neighbourhood that is growing quickly; new developments have provided options for residents who may not want a single-family detached home. With an increased interest in the area and the city of Richmond's long-term improvement plan, more and more people are relocating to this area. As this trend continues, the property values for homes within the neighbourhood will increase due to a higher demand. This provides the perfect opportunity for investors to realize an excellent return on investment. It's also a wonderful area for families and retirees who want the best; homes in the area are typically 3-6 bedrooms and between 2,000 and 4,000 square feet.
Yards are private, so neighbours are close by but residents still have a sense of privacy and seclusion. Being in close proximity to all of Richmond's finest amenities as well as nearby cities makes Saunders the perfect neighbourhood to invest in, and there's no better time to do so than the present.
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Listing information last updated on May 24th, 2018 at 10:13am PDT.
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