Barber Street Real Estate & Homes For Sale
The Barber Street community of Port Moody has become quite popular recently amongst those who want a small town community combined with the convenience and amenities of big city living. Having grown as a neighborhood since the 1800's when Port Moody was originally settled, Barber Street offers individuals and families the chance to find stunning detached homes just 20 kilometers from Vancouver for affordable prices. The neighborhood is situated at the head of Burrard Inlet, providing residents with gorgeous waterfront views, peaceful tree-lined streets and plenty of recreational activities.
The significant growth Port Moody has seen in the past decade has affected the Barber Street community in many ways; an increase in the number of residents has resulted in better development of the area, and city initiatives have worked to support sustainability for local fisheries and wildlife as well as improved arts and culture. Young professionals spilling over from Vancouver as well as families in search of more affordable housing and more and more individuals immigrating into the area has driven the population of Port Moody up in recent years. Between 2001 and 2006, the population increased by 15%, and between 2006 and 2011, the increase was 19.9%
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The current Port Moody population of 27,512 (2006 census) is predominantly younger adults; 38% are between the ages of 20 and 44 while 27% are between the ages of 45 and 64. An eclectic neighborhood, Barber Street offers a variety of architecture styles and house sizes, so the area suits a wide variety of tastes and personalities. In addition, the location is very close to all of the amenities residents desire, from shopping and dining to a host of recreational activities and entertainment.
Port Moody originally operated as a small mill town in the 1900's, and in many ways is still an industrial and business-centered town when it comes to employment. Various companies support this lifestyle in Port Moody by employing large numbers of residents; the city is home to the Burrard Thermal Plant, the Flavelle Sawmill Company, Imperial Oil, SunCor Energy - Burrard Products Terminal, Can-Am Containers and Pacific Coast Terminals. Other industries with high levels of employment in the area include healthcare, sales and manufacturing, and social services.
The largest employer is Eagle Ridge Hospital & Health Centre, with nearly 900 employees, followed closely by School District #43 with 418 employees and the city of Port Moody with 381 employees (2005). The city boasts a relatively low unemployment rate of 4.7% compared to British Columbia's rate of 6.0%. According to census information, 70.8% of Port Moody residents participate in the workforce. Port Moody also pulls in the 4th highest municipal median family income of $70,239.
Whether residents are out looking for gifts, home decor, clothing, office supplies, jewelry, specialty items or something else, it can all be found within a short distance. The Newport Village Shopping Center is just 2.7 kilometers from Barber Street; 4 minutes by car and 8 minutes by the TransLink bus which stops on Ioco street with pickups every half-hour. Here, residents have access to a huge variety of retailers, including boutiques, grocery stores, clothing outlets, professional services, restaurants and cafes. Residents also frequently visit Coquitlam Center, which is just a 9-minute drive by bus or car and offers up a variety of popular department stores, electronics stores, clothing outlets, diners, cafes, smoothie shops, and more.
For those who want an authentic dining experience in Port Moody, The Boathouse, reached by Esplanade Street, is the city's only waterfront restaurant and offers premium steaks and sustainable seafood. Brown's Socialhouse Newport is a hip bar offering upscale fare and drinks, just minutes from Barber Street. Other great options include traditional Japanese cuisine, Mediterranean delights and Italian pizzerias.
Barber Street residents typically utilize cars to get from one place to another within the city, but many opt for more eco-friendly options such as catching the bus at the TransLink stop on Ioco Road or biking. The West Coast Express commuter train also caters to Port Moody residents, taking passengers to and from Downtown Vancouver. The Trans-Canada Highway can be reached quickly by car as well.
Port Moody's School District #43 envelopes a variety of schools within the city to serve residents' needs. The district oversees 7 elementary schools, 2 secondary schools and is currently building a replacement for Moody Middle School, which will have a capacity of 450 students. Barber Street neighborhood parents are thrilled to have Pleasantside Elementary School right in the neighborhood, making it easy for most to walk their children to and from school. Older students in Barber Street go to Heritage Woods Secondary School, just 6 minutes away by car. Another very convenient service for parents is Kinder Kampus, an education-based childcare option for children between the ages of 1 and 12 years, located just 1 kilometer away on Bentley Road.
The city of Port Moody is very serious about the arts, and places a lot of importance on a variety of arts as well as local artists and culture. Leaders have given Port Moody the nickname 'City of the Arts,' and has created initiatives and programs to increase art-related exposure within the city as well as jobs that are art-based. Residents enjoy a variety of theaters, galleries, and museums throughout the city. The Port Moody Arts Centre, just 8 minutes away from Barber Street by car, offers three diverse art galleries featuring a multitude of talented artists, as well as a variety of interesting historical artifacts. The Inlet Theatre, just 4 minutes away by car, features monthly film screenings, year-round musical theatre and is host to a number of special festivals and events. Barber Street residents can also taken in the annual festivals of Port Moody, including the February Canadian Film Festival and the Festival of the Arts which takes place every September.
Active families in the Barber Street neighborhood of Port Moody have access to a variety of options for recreation and sports. Rocky Point Park is the perfect location for hiking, with more than 3.8 hectares of space and a variety of trails. Individuals often take advantage of the picnic shelter, boat launch and recreational pier available here. Bert Flinn Park is perfect for more adventurous hikers, with over 130 hectares of parkland and an extensive system of unmarked trails. Parks dotted throughout the city play host to skaters, bikers and families out for a day of play.
Residents often spend the day at Old Orchard Park, where they can take advantage of the sandy beach area, the picnic shelter, barbecue grills and playground. The Port Moody Recreation Complex is the closest option to residents of Barber Street. Just 2.3 kilometers away, this complex has an Olympic-size ice skating rink, a state of the art gym, an indoor running track and more. The Port Moody Happening, a quarterly publication, lists all available recreational programs offered by the Port Moody Recreation Complex.
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Port Moody has everything an individual could want when planning to relocate: an excellent school system, a variety of quality healthcare choices, top-notch entertainment and recreation options, shopping galore, and some of the best dining that can be found. Residents of Barber Street are friendly, and it really does have that small town, wholesome vibe. Individuals searching for an excellent place to invest in real estate also appreciate the financial benefits. Homes in the Barber Street area are significantly more affordable than nearby Vancouver, but still close enough to commute and just a short distance away from all the benefits of the city life.
With an impressive growth rate, Port Moody is on the brink of becoming one of the most popular destinations in British Columbia. If there has ever been a time to purchase a home in the Barber Street community, it is now. As the population continues to increase, the demand for detached homes will rise, making property values soar. For investors, this can mean significant returns on investment, and for families, this means building value and worth, while putting down roots.
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