North Chilliwack Real Estate & Homes for Sale
North Yale-Well is a community in northern Chilliwack, bordered in the Northwest by the Fraser River, to Young Road. East of Young Rd lies the community of Fairfield. Following Young Rd south from the Fraser, N Yale-Well extends eastward along the Hope Slough to just past Quarry Road, flanked by Mount Shannon. The community’s southern boundary forms a chevron, following Wellington Avenue to the west of Young Rd, and Yale Rd to the East.
N Yale-Well is close to all of Chilliwack's amenities, including shopping, dining and schools. The community offers a variety of housing options, with condos, townhouses, single family homes and half-duplexes. 63% of Chilliwack’s population lives in single-family detached houses, 14% in apartments/condos and 10% in townhouses (2014 Chilliwack Quality of Life Report). 58% own their homes, 30% rent and 12% neither rent nor own, while living with family.
Once a rural farming community, Chilliwack has amalgamated other villages and communities over the years to become a thriving urban centre. Most Chilliwack residents still feel that Chilliwack is a quiet, peaceful and less complicated place to live, with a friendly community that reflects a rural lifestyle and values. Over the past ten years, Chilliwack has experienced a 38% drop in crime. (Statistics Canada 2014)
Housing affordability remains the primary factor that has driven Chilliwack’s impressive growth. Chilliwack’s population has grown 11.9% over five years (2006 to 2011 - NHS 2011). Of those who moved to Chilliwack, 76% moved from somewhere else in the province, 17% moved from another Canadian province, and 6% moved to Chilliwack from outside of Canada.
The median total household income is $65,603. For two-or-more-person households, the median total is $81,369. The unemployment rate 6.7, slightly below the Canadian rate of 7.0% for the same time period. (Year 2015, 2016 census)
The median age of the residents of Chilliwack is 41.3 years. 42% of the population is between the ages of 19 and 65. The percentage of children up to 19 years of age is 26.5%, and the percentage of seniors (65+ years) living in the city of Chilliwack is 16%.
In 2013, Chilliwack was featured in Maclean's Magazine's "Canada's Top 10 cities for weather” article. It picked up the number one spot for “Warmest year-round” with an average annual temperature of 10.5 °C. Chilliwack's winters are cool, overcast and wet; and summers are warm and typically partly cloudy. The temperatures typically range between 0.5 °C (33 °F) and 26 °C (79 °F) over the course of the year. The cool season lasts for another 3 months, from November 13 to February 20 on average. The warm season also lasts for about 3 months, from June 18 to September 16. Most of Chilliwack's rainfall centres around the middle of November, with an average total accumulation of 24.9 cm (9.8 in). Due to the very mild conditions, snow typically only falls during 2 to 3 weeks of the year.
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The lower cost of living and attractive pricing of commercial property have helped Chilliwack encourage businesses to relocate and build. Chilliwack's service and retail sectors account for roughly 50% of its gross domestic product, followed by manufacturing at 13%, and construction at 8%; with agriculture and forestry at 5%.
Chilliwack’s close proximity to neighbouring cities makes commuting a popular option as well. Vancouver is a 1 hour and 10 minute (103 km) drive, and Abbotsford is only 30 minutes (35 km). The earning power in these cities is slightly more; with Abbotsford at a median household income of $69,822, and Vancouver at $72,662 (2015 census).
48% of Chilliwack’s residents have completed high school and 28% have some college or university. 19% have completed a Bachelor’s undergraduate degree and another 19% have earned a post-graduate degree. (2014 Chilliwack Quality of Life Report)
N Yale-Well has three main school catchment areas. To the West, students attend McCammon Traditional Elementary School, AD Rundle Middle School and Chilliwack Senior Secondary School. In the central area around Young Road, students attend Central Elementary School, Chilliwack Middle School and Chilliwack Senior Secondary School. And to the east, students go to Little Mountain Elementary School, Chilliwack Middle School and Chilliwack Senior Secondary School.
Central Elementary Community School enrols roughly 260 students, kindergarten through grade 6. The school has been educating students for nearly a century and is considered the original school within the Chilliwack School District. The school’s Gateway for Families program offers a licensed infant/toddler centre and licensed central gateway preschool.
Little Mountain Elementary School teaches students kindergarten to grade 6. Extracurricular programs include karate, volleyball and Afternoon Adventures. The school offers the StrongStart program for children under the age of 5, and Wind and Tide Preschool runs programs for 3 and 4-year-old children.
McCammon Traditional Elementary School enrols students kindergarten to grade 6. McCammon is Chilliwack's first traditional school. Basic educational practices are stressed in a traditional school, in a more formal environment, with teacher-centred delivery of instruction in a public school setting. Students are expected to master the core subjects of math, reading, writing, science and social studies. McCammon offers the StrongStart BC early learning program for adults and their young children.
A.D. Rundle Middle School enrols students grades 7 through 9. Specialty programs are offered in Band, Cafeteria, Computers, Foods, Jazz Band, Leadership, Media Production, Metalwork, Outdoor Education, Peer Tutoring, Power Mechanics, Sewing, Woodwork and Woodwork. A.D. Rundle has a closed campus, and all visitors on site must be pre-approved by the administrative team. The school offers Enriched English and Enriched Math programs for excelling students.
Chilliwack Middle School teaches grades 7 through 9, with an enrolment of over 550 students. It’s a dual-track school that offers a Late French Immersion program. CMS celebrated its 100th year in May of 2013. The school is a designated Hockey Canada Hockey Skills Academy, open to both boys and girls registered with Chilliwack Minor Hockey.
Chilliwack Senior Secondary School has an enrolment of over 1,500 students, grades 9 through 12. The school offers a full range of academic programs as well as some outstanding extracurricular opportunities. Specialty programs include Aboriginal Education, Equestrian Program, Hairdressing, Human Services Career Enrichment, and the Secondary School Apprenticeship Program and WEX (Work Experience).
Chilliwack has some excellent post-secondary options as well. Sprott Shaw College has CIC and BCCA accreditations and offers more than 130 career-focused programs. Vancouver Career College - Chilliwack assists students, from the very beginning of their studies, through to finding job opportunities in their chosen career field. The college offers programs in art and design, business, health care, and teaching education.
University of the Fraser Valley (UFV) is the largest post-secondary school in Chilliwack and the seventh largest in British Columbia. UFV offers more than 100 programs, including 2 master's degrees, 15 bachelor's degrees, majors, minors, and extended minors in more than 30 subject areas. They also provide more than a dozen trades and technology programs.
Conveniently located right at the Young and Yale intersection, Salish Plaza has 16 stores, including Pricesmart Foods and BC Liquor Store. The plaza is also located right next to the bus loop terminal.
A few minutes drive to the South, are Walmart Chilliwack Superstore and Holland Shopping Centre. Holland Shopping Centre specializes in Dutch products, including groceries, cheese, kitchen items, books, kitchen items and more.
Chilliwack's two malls are located south of N Yale-Well, following Yale Rd across Highway 1 into Sardis. Cottonwood Mall offers over 75 stores, including Sears, Dollarama and London Drugs. Chilliwack Mall has over 20 stores, including Winners, Warehouse One, Reitmans, SportChek and Safeway.
N Yale-Well has a few great restaurant choices. Johnny's Jukebox Diner has a 50’s vibe and serves up burgers and classic milkshakes. The Royal Hotel Café is known as one of the city’s best values for hearty, healthy meals; made with local farm-to-table ingredients.
If you’re craving something with an Asian flare, Tokyo Japanese Grill is the place to order sushi, udon and ramen, and donburi. Chilies Thai Cuisine serves up classic Thai dishes, prepared with strong aromatic components and spicy sauces and dips. Christine's Creative Cakes delivers an inspired mixture of baking and art, with exquisitely decorated cake masterpieces, novelty and cupcakes, cookies and cake pops.
Just south of N Yale-Well, Shandhar Hut Indian Cuisine offers a wealth and variety of Indian cuisine, from the Deccan heartlands to the palm-fringed coasts. If you’re up for pizza, Jim's Pizzeria and Demetre's Pizza have you covered. Capital Restaurant and Ginkgo have menus designed to tantalize your taste buds with the flavours of China. For a taste of the Mediterranean, RendezVous Restaurant offers a mix of Greek and Italian cuisine.
If you’re planning a date or a special occasion, Bravo Restaurant & Lounge offers a casually elegant cosmopolitan dining experience with an innovative Pacific Northwest flare. Prestons Restaurant + Lounge creates dishes that are farm-to-table, using fresh and locally sourced ingredients. The restaurant features steaks, seafood & pasta, unique cocktails and has outdoor seating.
N Yale-Well is situated about 3 minutes North of Highway 1 (Trans Canada Highway). Vancouver is 1 hour 15 minutes (101.8 km), and Abbotsford is a 28 minute (34.8 km) drive. BCTransit Route 3 provides bus access with much of Chilliwack’s Downtown. UFV students take Route 1 (Vedder) to and from class.
The Agassiz-Harrison Transit System connects Downtown Chilliwack with Rosedale, Agassiz and Harrison Hot Springs. Fraser Valley Express (FVX) provides scheduled trips to Abbotsford and Langley, and connection with TransLink's transit system into Vancouver.
South of N Yale-Well, Chilliwack Airport (YCW) is a small regional airport. Far West Helicopters operates a fleet of 4 Bell 206 Jet Rangers based out of Chilliwack Airport, for commercial helicopter operations, charters and sightseeing.
Arts and Entertainment
There are no museums in N Yale-Well, but there are several a few minutes away. The Chilliwack Museum and Archives' exhibition galleries offer temporary exhibits that focus on aspects of Chilliwack's human and natural history, culture and heritage. Feature exhibits are rotated annually. The Chilliwack Sports Hall of Fame recognizes the best athletes, teams, and coaches from Chilliwack's rich sporting history.
Wellington Art Group is the gallery and studio of artist James Wiens. James is an avid lifelong outdoorsman, and his artwork reflects his love of nature and landscapes. He studied at the Emily Carr College of Art & Design in Vancouver. Arthouse on Mill Street is newly renovated gallery space, run by Marko Jalava, that highlights talented artists, as well as Marko’s own acrylic work.
The Chilliwack Cultural Centre is a performing arts venue, and home to the Chilliwack Academy of Music and the Chilliwack Players' Guild. he Chilliwack Academy of Music is a nonprofit music school that makes the best teachers and learning experience available to local residents at a very competitive rate. The Chilliwack Players' Guild has been part of the Chilliwack theatre tradition since 1931. Its membership is made up of local residents who want to become involved in theatre, whether on stage or behind the scenes.
Classical music lovers are able to enjoy the world's finest music masterpieces, played by musicians and sung by singers from the Fraser Valley, performed by The Chilliwack Symphony Orchestra and Chorus (CSO) and Chilliwack Metropolitan Orchestra.
Every Friday evening the Downtown Chilliwack Business Improvement Association hosts free concerts and activities in Chilliwack's downtown core, during the months of July and August. And each year the University of the Fraser Valley Theatre Department's UFV Theatre produces three or four main stage shows, as well as its annual Directors' Festival.
The Chilliwack School of Performing Arts (CSOPA) is a non-profit pre-professional youth theatre company. Students are empowered to tell someone else's story or honour and understand life and reality that is not their own.
Sports and Recreation
There are several parks in the N Yale-Well community. Kinsmen Park has a loop pathway, plenty of open grass, a picnic area and tennis courts. The small park is a favourite with the local residents.
Central Community Park is located near the intersection of Yale and Young Road. It has a splash pad and play area for children. The park’s amphitheatre is a popular venue for seasonal concerts and other events. Barber Park is another small neighbourhood park with a basketball and ball hockey area, open grass, picnic and playground areas.
Island 22 Regional Park is a semi-serviced 132-hectare park located in N Yale-Well’s northwest corner. Fees are in effect for general park use, the equestrian facilities and the boat launch, and seasonal passes are available. The park offers off-leash dog areas, equestrian facilities, a bike skills and jumping area, a large boat launch, a network of trails, and a picnic area. Island 22’s horse park has become the main training grounds for most riders in the Fraser Valley area. The Fraser River, on the park’s northern edge, offers some outstanding fishing for trout, salmon, steelhead and sturgeon.
There are other parks nearby. North of the Hope Slough, in neighbouring Fairfield, are Fairfield Park and Gwynne Vaughan Park. Just south of N Yale-Well, Salish Park offers paved walking paths, a beautiful pond with a bridge, a picnic area, seating areas, and a playground.
N Yale-Well residents have two excellent recreational facilities just south of Wellington Ave: Chilliwack Landing Leisure Centre and Prospera Centre. The Chilliwack Landing Leisure Centre has a state-of-the-art aquatic centre, weight room and group fitness studio. There’s an eight-lane 25-metre competition size pool with a 1-metre diving board, large family wave pool, waterslide, swirl pools, sauna and steam room.
Prospera Centre is a 5,000-seat multi-purpose arena. In addition to being home to The Chilliwack Chiefs, the 100,000-square-foot facility also hosts other events including concerts, ice shows, trade shows, and conventions. Prospera Centre has two NHL sized rinks, a multi-purpose meeting room, professional locker rooms, full food and beverage service and a pro shop. The building has a capacity of 6,000 people during concert events.
Other nearby recreational facilities include the Rotary Outdoor Pool and Chilliwack Senior Recreation Centre. Just east of N Yale-Well, Meadowlands Golf and Country Club is a classic 18-hole golf course that is both accommodating and forgiving to novices, yet challenging for seasoned golfers. The beautiful tree-lined course is a par 70.
Chilliwack is famous for its world-class fishing, with the mighty Fraser and Vedder Rivers, and crystal clear lakes. The Fraser River that forms the northern border of N Yale-Well is the main artery for all five of the Pacific salmon species: Chinook, Chum, Coho, Pink and Sockeye. This majestic river is also home to the White Sturgeon, a prehistoric dinosaur fish. The Sturgeon is the largest freshwater species in North and South America, with monsters weighing in at over 900 lb. Vedder River wild Pacific salmon and steelhead will test any angler's skills, with feisty fish that put up an incredible fight.
Investing in N Yale-Well
Chilliwack’s population has continued to grow with an 11.9 per cent increase from 2006 to 2011, making it among the fastest growing regions in British Columbia. Chilliwack home prices are typically more affordable than those in Abbotsford, Vancouver, or other Metro Vancouver areas, making it an outstanding place for new home buyers to raise a family, or seniors to downsize and retire in a quiet affordable neighbourhood.
In 2017, Chilliwack was listed in the ‘Top 10 List of BC Cities for Investment’, published in the British Columbia Investment Towns Report by the Real Estate Investment Network. Their decision was based upon affordable real estate, a strong economy, and skills-focused education programs. Chilliwack also earned top ranks for the lowest taxes and fastest approvals, according to the 2017 Industrial Development Report Card, produced by NAIOP.
Chilliwack’s housing market is in a constant state of flux, just like any other area. There are both buyer's markets and seller's markets. Currently, the real estate market In Chilliwack is experiencing a buyer's market and on average the sale prices are 95% of listing prices (The Chilliwack Progress). It's a fantastic time to put an offer on a home.
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