Cottonwood Real Estate & Homes For Sale
Cottonwood is a charming neighbourhood in the coastal city of Maple Ridge. Offering up a blend of single-family homes (both older and newer), and multi-family housing options, Cottonwood attracts families as well as young professionals who commute to nearby cities to work. Bordered by Dewdney Trunk Road in the north, Kanaka Creed Road and Kanaka Way in the south, 232nd Street in the west and 240th Street in the east, Cottonwood is just minutes from downtown Maple Ridge, and offers excellent options for recreation, dining, and shopping.
Here, residents enjoy fairly large yards, and streets are lined with gorgeous, mature trees and sidewalks. While many mid-century homes have been removed and replaced by larger, more modern homes, there are still many gorgeous, older homes available with plenty of character. The neighbourhood is growing as Maple Ridge’s population of just over 76,000 continues to increase, and with a 10.3% growth rate between 2006 and 2011, more and more individuals are searching for excellent neighbourhoods within the city. Cottonwood meets all the criteria for a wonderful neighbourhood, and also offers affordable housing options.
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The city of Maple Ridge offers a slew of outdoor recreation options; with both the Fraser River and the Golden Ears Mountain to choose from in addition to a variety of parks and natural areas, Maple Ridge is a natural tourist destination. This makes tourism one of the largest industries in the area. Technology is also a thriving industry in the city, as are sales and services, business and finance, and agriculture. It’s a business-friendly city, with one of the best investment climates in the province. Access to nearby cities and initiatives to make Maple Ridge friendlier for many industries could be a few of the reasons the unemployment rate is so low; just 4.6%. The average annual income is 28,647 CAD, higher than the province’s average income of 24,687 CAD.
Just minutes from Cottonwood is the Haney Place Mall, which offers a wide range of retailers and professional services. Here, Cottonwood residents will find a grocery store, shoe and clothing stores, a variety of dining options, discount stores and department stores. Downtown Maple Ridge is the perfect place to shop, with over 600 stores and boutiques boasting antiques, art, gifts, memorabilia and more.
Cottonwood residents need only visit Dewdney Trunk Road to the north or Lougheed Highway to the west to find delicious foods of all types. The Frogstone Grill located near Telosky Stadium is where residents go to enjoy delicious exotic foods and treats, or they can go a little further and enjoy tantalizing Japanese, Greek, Italian and pub fare. There is something for every taste, including chain restaurants and cafes like Tim Horton’s and Dominos.
The majority of Cottonwood residents utilize their own vehicle to get around the neighbourhood and the city, but the public transportations options are an excellent choice as well. A TransLink bus runs right through the neighbourhood, with frequent stops. Lougheed Highway is also accessible from Cottonwood, which leads to important areas of the city, and Highway 7 runs just outside the neighbourhood. The Pitt Meadows Regional Airport is located less than 3 kilometres from Maple Ridge.
Children living in the Cottonwood area attend Kanaka Creek Elementary or Golden Ears Elementary, depending upon where they live in the neighbourhood, and both schools feed into Thomas Haney Secondary School. This particular secondary school¬¬ is known for offering customized learning plans to students which have been deemed more successful than general plans. In addition to the public schools, Maple Ridge offers several private school options for parents, and higher-learning institutes such as Sprott Shaw University.
The Acts Arts Centre is just minutes from the Cottonwood neighbourhood, and is a hub of art activity in Maple Ridge. Locals visit often to take in live shows or to join classes teaching 2D drawing, pottery and more. Live performances can also be seen at the Poscenium and Black Box Studio Theatres, while the Maple Ridge Gallery showcases some brilliant art created by local artists and students. Those with an interest in history can check out the Maple Ridge Museum, where a model railroad diorama never fails to impress, and visitors can enjoy the vintage telephone exchange. Several festivals take place throughout the city, including the Music on the Wharf concert series which is held every summer, and the Bruce’s Country Market Spring Festival.
Cottonwood residents have the benefit of their own virtual oasis located in the southern area of the neighbourhood. The Kanaka Creek offers up plenty of fishing and water sports options while the Trans Canada Trail provides the perfect place for cycling, hiking and exploring. Residents can access the trail from the western end of 110th Avenue, right before it runs into 237th Street. Outside of the neighbourhood, Golden Ears Park provides an excellent area for all outdoor activities and sports; more than 150,000 acres as well as a network of trails and hundreds of campsites call to thrill-seekers all over British Columbia.
Those who are truly seeking thrills can find them by skydiving with Pacific Skydivers located at the Pitt Meadows Regional Airport. Skateboarders can practice their favourite tricks at the Thomas Haney Skateboarding Park, while families check out WildPlay, an exciting adventure course featuring suspension bridges and Tarzan-style swinging ropes. Overall, residents of Cottonwood have no shortage of exciting recreational activities to enjoy.
Investing in Cottonwood Real Estate
The Cottonwood neighbourhood has a little something for everyone. Affordable home prices make it the ideal “bedroom community” for individuals working in nearby cities who want to take advantage of a more peaceful area to live, as well as lower home prices. It is also an excellent resource for investors, since there are still older homes that are perfect for renovations that enable an excellent return on investment. Families in the neighbourhood enjoy being so close to a host of recreational and outdoor activities and options. There has never been a better time to invest in Cottonwood real estate.
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