Belcarra Real Estate & Homes For Sale
Belcarra is a small village of 700 (2013), on the shores of Indian Arm. It’s located northwest of Port Moody, and looks across the water to Deep Cove, North Vancouver to the west.
Although geographically at the base of a narrow peninsula, Balcarra has been described as a close-knit “island community,” with the lowest population of any independent settlement in Greater Vancouver. It’s surrounded by the waters of Indian Arm and the forests of Belcarra Regional Park, so it feels that way.
It epitomizes the relaxed West Coast lifestyle, in a serene wooded retreat. The views of the North Shore mountains and picturesque waters of Indian Arm are breathtaking. Many of the homes are on the water and the majority of residents have private docks and boats.
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Zoning is for single family residential homes only. Most of Belcarra’s residential development has paralleled Bedwell Bay Road and Belcarra Bay Road, its two arterial roads.
The $100,995 median household income is one of the highest of any municipality in the Metro Vancouver region, while property taxes are low when compared with those in neighbouring municipalities.
Geography / Environment / Climate
Belcarra receives its share of rainfall. The Köppen-Geiger climate classification is Cfb. The average annual temperature is 14.4 °C. About 1164 mm of precipitation falls annually. It has a temperate, coastal climate, with mild winters.
Belcarra is a residential area. While there is a growing trend for residents to work from their homes, most residents work either in Downtown Vancouver or its suburbs.
The largest percentage of Belcarra residents is employed in social science, education, government service and religion occupations, at 23.5% (2006). 17.3% make their living in business, finance and administration, 17% in sales and service and 16% in management.
Local Port Moody shopping centres include NewPort Village, Suter Brook Village and Heritage Mountain Centre. The largest is Newport Village, with 45 stores. At its heart you’ll find Pavilion Square, a popular venue for local performances and gatherings.
If you’re feeling the need for a larger regional mall, Coquitlam Centre is only fifteen minutes away.
If you’re wanting to dash out for a quick bite, the Arms Reach Bistro or Village Table are within 3km. Add a few minutes and you have access to a wide variety of coffee shops, fast food restaurants, pubs, family restaurants and even a few fine dining establishments.
The Port Moody area offers a wide range of ethnic cuisines: Japanese, Thai, Trinidadian, Indian, Spanish, Mexican, Mediterranean, Italian, British to name a few.
Transportation / Easy Access
One of the reasons Belcarra has become such a popular bedroom community is its easy access to Vancouver, just 28 kilometers from downtown. It’s both secluded and well connected.
Travel time to downtown by car is 45 minutes. To Vancouver International Airport, it’s under 60 minutes. Belcarra is also served by the TransLink public transit system, and is on bus route C26.
Belcarra is part of School District 43. Three excellent schools are within 15 minutes drive of the village: There’s Anmore Elementary School, Moody Middle School and Gleneagle Secondary School. Belcara residents also have access to two major universities.
In neighbouring Burnaby there’s Simon Fraser University. In the annual Maclean’s survey, SFU was rated Canada’s best comprehensive university four consecutive years. Simon Fraser offers more than 100 undergraduate major and joint major programs and more than 45 graduate options.
The University of British Columbia has earned an international reputation for excellence in advanced research and learning. It is ranked amongst the world’s 20 best universities. UBC has two campus locations within Vancouver; one in the heart of Downtown Vancouver at Robson Square, and the other at the western tip of Point Grey Peninsula.
For ten days each September, Port Moody’s Festival of the Arts creative performances and exhibits are combined with unique workshops and hands-on activities that expose Belcarra and Port Moody residents to a colourful roster of local and Canadian artists.
Port Moody has long celebrated their rich history of arts and culture. Throughout the year they offer fun for all ages with outdoor festivals and community events.
Each year the Community & Recreation Association of Belcarra (CRAB) hosts Belcarra Day (a fair), a kid’s easter egg hunt, a halloween party, periodic pub nights for the adults, and the Belcarra Summer Program, a day camp for kids ages 6 through 12.
Recreation / Sports
The municipality offers tennis courts located near the head of Bedwell Bay, but the surrounding area has much more to offer.
Belcarra golfers will enjoy Westwood Plateau Golf and Country Club in nearby Coquitlam. Westwood Plateau provides 27 holes of outstanding golf, two great restaurants and a nationally recognized teaching academy.
Belcarra Regional Park offers oceanfront beaches, with mudflats and a lovely floating walkway around Sasamat Lake. Located in Belcarra Regional Park, Admiralty Point is a short, flat hike and offers spectacular views of Deep Cove, Burnaby Mountain and Mount Seymour across the waters connecting Burrard Inlet with Indian Arm. Another popular hike is the trail to Jug Island Beach.
Buntzen Lake recreational area, in neighbouring Anmore, has a very popular swimming beach, picnicking, boating, fishing and hiking.
Hospital / Medical
Hospital facilities are close by at Eagle Ridge Hospital in Port Moody. The hospital includes 24-hour emergency service to Belcarra.
Investing in Belcarra Real Estate
Belcarra is a community that has not grown much. Geographically, it’s carved out of a major regional park, at the base of a peninsula. Expansion is limited, and new development is oriented towards taking full advantage of the spectacular views, water access and the natural setting.
Limited availability has its advantages, making Belcarra one of the Lower Mainland’s most desirable communities. The prices of dwellings are at the higher end of Metro Vancouver residential market. Belcarra property values remain strong due to limited supply.
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