Eastern Hillsides Real Estate & Homes for Sale
Eastern Hillsides is a residential community in the hills of Chilliwack, BC. It covers the southeast flank of the city. Eastern Hillsides is situated east of East Chilliwack, with the Trans Canada Highway and Rosedale to the north.
The neighbourhood has a young population, and many families have young children. The majority of the population in Eastern Hillsides is between the ages of 30 and 54 years (35%), followed by children under the age of 10 years (17%). 7% are ages 10 to 14, and 6% 15 to 19 years. Due to the attractive price of homes, Eastern Hillsides has also become popular with retirees (65+), at 11%.
99% of the homes are single-detached houses. 88% of the homes are owned. The area has a lot of new construction, with 62% of the houses in this area constructed after 2001. 51% of the population is female, 49% male. 51% of the of the population is families, couples make up 39% and 10% are single.
The Eastern Hillsides Comprehensive Plan was passed on 3rd July 2012 by the council. The plan has balanced a reasonable scale of development with appropriate amenities, meeting community expectations for the residents in the Eastern Hillsides area. The plan has significantly increased single-family houses, and many open spaces have been created. The plan has also provided the people with various neighbourhood amenities such as parks, trails, and a Commercial Centre.
Maclean's Magazine featured Chilliwack in their "Canada's Top 10 cities for weather", in 2013. With an average annual temperature of 10.5 C, when averaged from 1981 through 2010, Chilliwack was rated the warmest city in Canada. Chilliwack's summers are warm and partly cloudy, and winters are cool, overcast and wet. Over the course of the year, temperatures will typically vary between 0.5 C (33 F) and 26 C (79 F). Chilliwack's warm season lasts from June 18 to September 16, on average, and the cool season from November 13 to February 20. Most of the rain falls in November, and snow in the first week of January.
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Chilliwack attracts many new business startups due to very affordable commercial property and housing. The primary industry in Chilliwack is retail, making up 50% of its gross domestic product. Other major industries are manufacturing 13%, construction 9%, and agriculture and forestry 5%. Businesses such as consulting services and painting & decorating business are also rising.
Chilliwack's median household income is $65,603 (2015 census), with an unemployment rate of 5.7% (Dec. 29, 2017 Statistics Canada survey results).
Due to its proximity to Hwy 1, commuting to Abbotsford and Vancouver are also popular options. Abbotsford is only a 35 minute (46.7 km) drive, and Vancouver is 1 hour 28 minutes (115.0 km). The median household income for Abbotsford employees is $69,822 and for Vancouver, it's $72,662.
Chilliwack School District No.33 has specified three schools for the East Hillsides catchment area: East Chilliwack Elementary, Rosedale Traditional Community School and Chilliwack Senior. Chilliwack also offers some excellent post-secondary options as well.
East Chilliwack Elementary enrols students grades kindergarten to grade 6. This rural school offers a Super Reader, Inter-school Sports and hot lunch program. Extracurricular team sports include touch rugby, basketball and floor hockey.
Rosedale Traditional Community School enrols students kindergarten through grade 9. There are about 180 students grades 1 through 6, and 270 students grades 7 to 9. The school also accommodates about 120 kindergarten students. It offers day care facilities and aboriginal services to families of the students. As a traditional school, Rosedale Traditional holds a consistent focus on specific standards of behaviour and academic achievement. The school offers special programs in music, art, and fitness after school hours.
Chilliwack Senior Secondary School enrols over 1,500 students, grades 10 through 12. The school offers a wide range of academic programs as well as exceptional extracurricular opportunities. Specialty courses and programs include Aboriginal Education, Equestrian Program, Hairdressing, Human Services Career Enrichment, and the Secondary School Apprenticeship Program and WEX (Work Experience).
There are also some independent schools nearby. Mount Cheam Christian School has 50 staff members and 360 students. The school teaches a curriculum as mandated by the British Columbia Ministry of Education, within the framework of an integrated worldview which submits every discipline to Gods Word as revealed in the Holy Bible. Timothy Christian School was established in 1949 and strives to provide the finest Christ-Centered education to its students. Their teacher to student ratio is 1:11. Unity Christian School has got both CSI and NCA accreditation and all the classes are taught by experienced teachers and from a Christ-Centered perspective.
University of the Fraser Valley - Chilliwack North offers more than 100 programs, including 2 masters degrees, 15 bachelors degrees, majors, minors, and extended minors in more than 30 subject areas. UFV also offers more than a dozen trades and technology programs. It's the largest post-secondary school in Chilliwack and the seventh largest in British Columbia. UFV offers master's degrees, bachelor's degrees, associate degrees, diplomas, certificates and citations across a range of programs in fine arts, humanities, science, social sciences, applied communication, business, nursing, as well as technical and trade programs.
Vancouver Career College - Chilliwack assists students, right from the beginning of their studies, through to finding job opportunities in their chosen career field. They offer programs in art and design, business, health care, and teaching education.
Chilliwack ElderCollege works in partnership with the University of the Fraser Valley to provide adults 50 years and better with education and learning opportunities. Programs include Active Participation, Arts & Culture, Learn by Doing, Study & Discussion and Technology & Photography.
Sprott Shaw College designs career-focused college programs around each student, with placement assistance. They offer programs in Business & Administration, Nursing & Health Care, Child, Family & Community Support, Tourism & Hospitality Management, Trades & Design, Post-Graduate and Language.
Shopping and Dining
The Hillsides is close to several shopping centres, located to the west in Sardis.
Cottonwood Mall offers 77 stores, including Sears, Dollarama and London Drugs. Chilliwack Mall has over 20 stores, including Winners, Reitmans, SportChek and Safeway. It's located in the heart of the retail district at Vedder Rd. and Luckakuck Way.
Vedder Pointe Shopping Centre has 18 stores, including Shoppers Drug Mart, Dollarama and World Gym. Promontory Hillside Plaza is a small rural plaza with a grocery store, salon, pizza shop, video store and tanning salon.
Some of the restaurants in the area include the Earls Kitchen + Bar, Chilliwack Airport Restaurant, Chances Chilliwack, Corner Nook Cafe and IHOP. But if you enjoy ethnic food, East Chilliwack is the place to dine. When you're craving something Mediterranean, Frankies Italian Kitchen & Bar, Bozzini's Restaurant, J's Pizza, The Greek Islands Restaurant, Tulip Donair or Donair Affair should hit the spot.
If you're thinking of Asian cuisine, Suski Nabi, Coconut Thai Restaurant, Queen Valley Vietnamese Restaurant, Shandhar Hut Indian Cuisine and Royal Zayka Cuisine of India are close by. Hugo's Mexican Kitchen and Fiesta Loco serve up great Mexican Fare.
For date night or a special occasion, consider Bravo Restaurant & Lounge, Vita Bella Italian Bistro or Prestons Restaurant + Lounge. Bravo Restaurant & Lounge is a casually elegant cosmopolitan restaurant, with a top-quality innovative menu inspired by the Pacific North-West.
Chef Leo of Vita Bella Italian Bistro brings his 25 years experience to Chilliwack. Chef Leo assisted in opening four restaurants for others, and as Executive Chef at the Lonsdale Quay Hotel in North Vancouver, Leo was nominated for Best Desserts by Where Magazine in 2000. Leo was nominated for Best Italian Restaurant by Where Magazine, in 2008 and 2009.
Located in Chilliwack's downtown, Prestons Restaurant + Bar creates inspired dishes that are farm-to-table, using fresh and locally sourced ingredients. The restaurant features steaks, seafood and pasta.
Eastern Hillsides to Chilliwack Downtown business centre is 17 minutes (16.4 km) by car. BCTransit provides bus service to the East Chilliwack area via route #7.
Commuting is a popular option for Eastern Hillsides residents. Abbotsford is only 34 minutes (46.7 km), and Vancouver is 1 hour 20 minutes (115.0 km).
Fraser Valley Express (FVX) offers scheduled trips to Abbotsford and Langley, and connection with TransLink's transit system into Vancouver. The Agassiz-Harrison Transit System connects Chilliwack with Rosedale, Agassiz and Harrison Hot Springs.
Chilliwack Airport (YCW) is a small regional airport in Downtown Chilliwack. 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 & Entertainment
The Chilliwack Cultural Centre is the place in the city for performing arts. The Centre has 2 theatres which host a perfect blend of local, national and international performances. The venue is home to the Chilliwack Players' Guild and the Chilliwack Academy of Music. The Centre organizes and hosts many concerts and events like musical concerts, dance events, theatre acts, concerts and magic shows.
There are two museums in Chilliwack namely, Chilliwack Sports Hall of Fame, founded in 2012 and the Chilliwack Museum and Archives. The Hall of Fame museum gives credit to the players, athletes who have created a name for the city of Chilliwack and it honours the contribution from these sporting athletes. The Museum of Archives displays the city's human and natural history, heritage, and culture. It showcases the rich heritage of Chilliwack through rotating feature exhibits.
The University of the Fraser Valley Theatre Department's UFV Theatre produces three or four main stage shows every year, as well as its annual Directors' Festival. The theatre also hosts different events from various colleges. The Chilliwack School of Performing Arts offers professional singing and dancing courses at the North Campus of UFV.
Chilliwack Symphony Orchestra and Chorus organize music and awareness programs. The CSO delights classical music lovers with the world's finest music masterpieces, played by musicians and sung by singers from the Fraser Valley.
The Downtown Chilliwack Business Association hosts concerts which are free of cost, with concerts in the downtown core every Friday evening during the months of July and August. Music and More organizes activities, events for children and organizes concerts every Wednesday in the same two months, July and August.
Chilliwack Lake Provincial Park has 40 kilometres of trails which provide hiking, watching birds and an opportunity to experience wildlife in nature. There are 146 campsites in the park and a large playground for the children.
Chilliwack Community Forest is a 100 acres of forest area open to the public. It was opened as a partnership between Chilliwack Parks Society and Fraser Valley Mountain Bike Association. The park offers picnic facilities and the trail can be used for hiking, biking and running.
The Chilliwack Landing Leisure Centre in Downtown Chilliwack offers a state-of-the-art aquatic centre, weight room, group fitness studio and even a caf. The aquatic centre features 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.
Just southwest, in the heart of Garrison Village, Cheam Leisure Centre features an aquatic centre, squash courts, weight room, a double gymnasium, family hot tub and a dry sauna. The Cheam aquatic centre has a six-lane 25-metre competition pool with a 1-metre diving board. The play area outside includes a spray park for young children.
Chilliwack River, also known as the Vedder River is famous for its fishing. The Vedder is known for its migration of king salmon, silver salmon, humpback salmon, red salmon, and rainbow trout. Vedder River wild Pacific salmon and steelhead will test any angler's skills, with magnificent fish that put up an incredible fight. The Fraser is also home to the White Sturgeon, a prehistoric dinosaur fish. The Sturgeon is the largest freshwater species in North and South America, with enormous fish weighing in at over 900 lb.
Chilliwack offers 8 golf course options: Bridal Falls Golf & Country Club, Cheam Golf Centre, Chilliwack Golf & Country Club, Cultus Lake Golf Club, Kinkora Golf Course, Meadowlands Golf & Country Club, The Falls Golf & Country Club, and Royalwood Golf Club.
Falls Golf Club was carved out of the foothills of Mount Cheam. This local course offers spectacular views of the Fraser Valley and the rolling terrain, with natural rock outcroppings and tall cedars, deliver a challenging round. The changes in elevation total over 750 feet. The holes each have an average of five sets of tees, allowing players of all abilities can play to their skill level.
Investing in Eastern Hillsides Real Estate
Eastern Hillsides has become one of the fastest growing regions in Chilliwack. The area is surrounded by hills and lush green lands. It provides virtually unobstructed panoramic views of the valley. Most of the homes are newly constructed, with family-friendly and sustainable neighbourhoods.
Affordable real estate, a strong economy, and skills-focused education have positioned Chilliwack on the Top 10 List of BC Cities for Investment (2017, British Columbia Investment Towns Report by the Real Estate Investment Network). Chilliwack has experienced a recent five-year growth rate of 7.5% (20112016). Chilliwack has also earned top ranks for lowest taxes and fastest approvals (2017, Industrial Development Report Card - NAIOP).
Eastern Hillsides is an outstanding place for new home buyers to raise a family, or seniors to downsize and retire in a quiet affordable neighbourhood.
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