Aberdeen Real Estate & Homes for SaleAberdeen is a community in the Southwest corner of Abbotsford, covering just over 50 square kilometres; a quiet urban setting, situated in one of Canada's most beautiful agricultural areas. Aberdeen is a family oriented neighbourhood. It has 1,815 households (2011 census), with an average of 3.2 persons living in a household. 19.6 percent of the population is children under the age of 15. The majority of families in Aberdeen are two-parent, with children at home, averaging 6 to 14 years in age. The median age is 40.1.
Aberdeen touches 0 Avenue and the US border on the South, Highway 1 and the community of Bradner to the North, Aldergrove’s Lefeuvre Road to the West, and Poplar to the East.
More than a quarter the residential dwellings in Aberdeen were constructed between 1961 and 1980, but that includes the many farmhouses. Executive living is the growing trend in Aberdeen, with stylish new developments like Pepin Brook Estates and West Abbotsford Station. These homes are ideal for young families, or first time home buyers. Several properties have also been subdivided into 4,000 sq ft lots, with homes ranging from $600,000 to over $1,000,000. The median household income is $77,309, which is higher than Abbotsford's $62,350 (2011 census).
Pepin Brook Vineyard Estates is a master planned community completed a few years ago. These relatively new homes are surrounded by vineyards and parkland, and they offer sweeping views of Mt Baker and the Fraser Valley. The 3 and 4 bedroom floor plans are spacious, ranging from 3220 to over 3600 square feet, on large lots. These luxury homes are just minutes from Highstreet Shopping Centre, a wide variety of amenities and public transportation. Another development, West Abbotsford Station, is located at the boundary of neighbouring Aldergrove.
Aberdeen's weather is quite comfortable year-round, with mild winters and warm summers. The hottest days of summer are typically in low thirties (Celsius). Temperatures dip a bit below 0 °C, for an average of 53 days a year. Precipitation averages 1557 mm, and even during a dry month, there is still plenty of rainfall.
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Abbotsford is known as the City in the Country, and it's one of the most diversely farmed areas in Canada. Agriculture is the primary economic backbone of the city. There are 1,282 farms in Aberdeen, supporting 7,005 farm employees (2011). 34% of the positions are in hay and field crops, 29.6% in fruits, berries and nuts, 17.5% in corn, and most of the remaining in vegetable production.
Abbotsford's economy is stable and diverse. In addition to farming, primary sectors are transportation, manufacturing, retail, and the health industry. Abbotsford's largest employer is the Abbotsford Regional Hospital and Cancer Centre, with 2,500 employees. The city also has 3 federal prisons, employing 200-500 officers and support staff. Abbotsford also has a growing job force in the aerospace industry, led by Cascade Aerospace and Conair Group Inc. Conair’s firefighting aircraft, more commonly known as “Bird Dogs”, are in high demand throughout North America. These bird dog aircraft lead the air tankers on their water bombing runs.
Abbotsford's unemployment rate is only 6.4% (Stats Canada 2014). 65% of Abbotsford's population both live and work in the city, with the highest sector of employment being in trades, followed by construction, health care, manufacturing and transportation. Aberdeen is close enough to Metro Vancouver to make commuting a popular option.
King Traditional Elementary is Aberdeen's main Elementary School. It's a traditional school, so there's a strong focus on academic achievement, with a consistent structured approach, and a dress code. And Aberdeen Elementary is one of the few schools in the Abbotsford School District that still offers a K-7 program. The school was built in 1890, to accommodate rural families, but more than half of its180 students now live in urban neighbourhoods.
Eugene Reimer Middle School and Rick Hansen Secondary, located north-east in West Abbotsford, are accessible by bus. Just over 40% of Aberdeen residents have some form of post-secondary education. Ashton College Abbotsford, located in Abbotsford's west-end, is a 7,000-square foot campus, that offers in-demand programs in dental, healthcare, and business fields.
Aberdeen is a residential and farming community, but shopping and dining options abound in Highstreet and Aldergrove Village. Highstreet Shopping Centre is the Fraser Valley's new premier shopping, dining and Cineplex VIP theatre destination. Highstreet is an open air concept mall, located just minutes away, north-east across Hwy #1. H&M, Sephora and Forever 21 Red are leading retailers, and restaurants like Famoso, Milestones and The Canadian Brewhouse are very popular local dining choices. Located, a short drive west on the Fraser Hwy, Aldergrove Village Shopping Centre is a 91,500 sq ft retail plaza. Two anchor stores in Aldergrove Village are Save-On-Foods and Shoppers Drug Mart.
Located west on the Fraser Hwy, Mazatlan Authentic Mexican Cuisine, Tomo Sushi, Maruya Sushi and Benkey Sushi are only a short drive from Aberdeen. In Highstreet, Brodeur's Bistro offers a blend of Montreal & New Orleans cuisine, and Vi-La Palace Vietnamese Restaurant serves Vietnamese pho & spring rolls. The City of Abbotsford has a wide range of places to dine, with several breweries, wineries, cafes, coffee shops and restaurants to choose from
90.6% of Aberdeen residents drive to and from work, and another 3.7% ride as passengers. Aberdeen's northern boundary is Hwy 1. By connecting with Hwy 1, at Mt Lehman Rd Exit 83, Aberdeen commuters are heading west towards Metro Vancouver within minutes. The commute time into Vancouver is roughly 1 hour. The Clearbrook Rd (#87), McCallum Rd (#90) and Hwy 11 (#92) exits provide quick access to the rest of the City of Abbotsford.
The Abbotsford-Mission Highway ⎯ also known as Highway 11 ⎯ is a 17 km (11 mi) long expressway that runs through the Fraser Valley, dividing it in half. Hwy 11 begins at the Huntingdon Canada–US border crossing, passes through Abbotsford and then Matsqui, crosses the Fraser River over the Mission Bridge into Mission, where it connects with Highway 7.
There are several city bus stops in Aberdeen: Fraser 28720 Block (near Bradner Rd), Fraser at Ross, Highstreet Centre and Approach at Cornell (just west of Abbotsford Airport). In addition to the city buses, West Coast Express offers a passenger rail service. Aberdeen is next to the Abbotsford International Airport (YXX) on its east side.
Arts and Entertainment
Abbotsford is surrounded by farm markets, small estate vineyards, breweries and even one distillery. Residents celebrate the artisans by shopping for fresh produce and touring local facilities.
There's a Cineplex VIP theatre close by in Highstreet. Abbotsford has several art galleries. The Kariton Art Gallery features local artists, and the Reach Gallery Museum also showcase local artists, as well as other artists from around Canada and the world. The Gallery 7 Theatre and Performing Arts Centre puts on four main stage productions every year.
There are no libraries right in Aberdeen, but the Aldergrove Library, Clearbrook Library and Abbotsford Community Library are within 15 minutes drive. Abbotsford Arts Council puts on free music shows in Mill Lake Park, and they give out the Arty Awards, put on the Christmas Artisian Gift and Craft Fair, the Art and Heritage Unity Festival and the Historical Downtown Art Bench Project.
Sports and Recreation
Abbotsford excels when it comes to sports and recreation. With the surrounding mountains and lakes as a beautiful backdrop, there are many outdoor activities to discover, throughout the city, for all four seasons. Aberdeen residents have several great local parks to choose from.
Located just east of Abbotsford Int'l Airport, Albert Dyck Park has a hiking trail loop around the small man-made lake. The lake is home of Fraser Valley Water Ski Club, and there's a separate beach for people who have dogs. Specifically designed for water skiing and wake-boarding, the park has hosted numerous national and provincial tournaments. It's a favourite place for sunset picnics, beach volleyball, swimming, fishing and for viewing blue herons, ducks and other waterfowl.
Hogan Family Nature Park has trails, walkways, wildlife and a stream to explore. It's a wonderful place to unwind with a quiet walk.
Aldergrove Lake Regional Park is a short drive from Aberdeen. Pepin Brook Trail is a 3.7 km loop. It's a great place for hiking, walking, and trail running, and is accessible year-round.
Swensson Park is located a block east of Lefeuvre Road, near the West Abbotsford Station development. The park has two playgrounds, sports fields, and a paved trail around it. The trail is a very popular place for an afternoon or evening walk.
Just north-east of Aberdeen, on the other side of Hwy 1, Gardner Park has a large picnic area and playground. The picnic area can be reserved for events like birthday parties. There's a little creek that runs through the park, large shade trees, and a large open green space.
As you head into Central and East Abbotsford, there are two rec. centres, two ice arenas, several sports fields and many more parks to choose from. Some of the other popular parks and trails include the Matsqui Trail, the Sumas Mountain Trail; both popular with hikers. Willband Creek Park, Chadsey Lake, Fishtrap Creek and Mill Lake Park are excellent for picnics and fishing.
Investing in Aberdeen
The residential sector in Aberdeen is growing. The population in 2006 was 5,000. By 2011 it had grown to 6,200, and at its present rate, the population is estimated to reach 7,900 by 2035 (District of Abbotsford). It's a good place to invest in a property, and property values can be expected to go.
Abbotsford has an established and stable economy. It's only an hour away from Vancouver and minutes from the Canadian/US border. It's a good place to work or start a business.
There are fantastic school options and plenty of family friendly, as well as dog-friendly parks and venues. Aberdeen is an exceptional place to start and raise a family. The cost of homes and living in Aberdeen is much lower than in Metro Vancouver, and its value is only compounded by dealing with less traffic and less people.