Glenayre Real Estate & Homes For Sale
Glenayre is a popular community with families and retirees. The name Glenayre is Scottish, and all but two of its streets are also place names in Scotland.
The first phase of the development was approved in 1956. Sewer and water services back in the 50’s could not keep pace with the demands of the new community, so the project did not reach the original goal of 1,500 homes. A large expanse of property that stretched to the Barnett Highway was later returned to the city by the developer. With nowhere left to expand, Glenayre has achieved its maximum geographic footprint.
Most of the homes have been built in the last forty to fifty years. It’s a well kept community, so widespread redevelopment isn’t likely to occur any time soon. Glenayre is predominantly residential, with a mix of townhomes, apartments and single family dwellings. There is some commercial development on Clarke Road.
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Geography / Environment / Climate
The Glenayre development is located between Clarke Road and the east slope of Burnaby Mountain, in the city of Port Moody.
Glenayre has a temperate climate. It has a Köppen-Geiger climate classification of Cfb (Oceanic), with an average annual temperature is 10.4 °C. and 1896.9 mm of precipitation each year.
Glenayre has a median household income of $78,587 (2005), somewhat higher than most cities and communities in Greater Vancouver.
Traditionally, the industrial sector in Port Moody has been characterized by a deep-sea bulk loading terminal, two petrochemical distribution operations, a major winery, and a thermal electric generating station.
Light industry and warehousing also provide local jobs. The Port Moody area has a growing health and social services sector that provides jobs to Glenayre residents. Eagle Ridge Hospital and Health Care Centre is the largest employer in the city, with 820 employees, followed by Coquitlam School District #43 and the City of Port Moody.
More recently, Port Moody’s economic development focus has been on the arts and culture. Food and accommodation services, finance, real estate and insurance, and home-based businesses are a growing sector.
Some shopping is available on Clarke Road, but Port Moody’s central shopping district is only a few minutes drive by car. Newport Village is a 45-store complex with Pavilion Square at its heart. The village is host to many community events and gatherings.
Glenayre residents are about 15 minutes away from Coquitlam Centre, Como Lake Village Shopping Centre and Lougheed Town Centre. During the winter months, the Port Moody Winter Farmers Market has become a popular shopping spot.
The city of Port Moody has more than sixty restaurants to choose from. They range from coffee shops to fine dining. There are pubs, family restaurants and the usual fast food establishments.
If you have a taste for authentic ethnic fare you can enjoy Japanese, Thai, Indian, Spanish, Mexican, Mediterranean, Italian and more. For a special occasion, you can choose from The Boathouse on the waterfront, Ocean Wise or Saint St. Grill.
Transportation / Easy Access
Glenayre is well served by public transit, with the 97B express bus running north and south on Clarke Road about every 7 minutes during peak times. The bus travels northbound to Coquitlam Centre via Port Moody Centre, or southbound to Lougheed Town Centre, where you can connect with SkyTrain, if you like.
The C24 community shuttle bus runs from Lougheed Town Centre through Glenayre, to Port Moody Station.
Another option is the West Coast Express commuter train. It stops at Port Moody Station five times Westbound to Vancouver in the morning, and five times Eastbound in the afternoon. There’s parking for bikes and vehicles at the station.
For those who drive to work, a major widening of the Barnet Highway has provided an additional lane in each direction to handle buses and car-pool vehicles during rush hour. Another popular route is Hwy #1. If you avoid the thick of rush hour, either route will get you to downtown Vancouver in about half an hour.
École Glenayre Elementary School (K-5) offers English and French immersion programs. The school is located in a secluded area at the foot of Burnaby Mountain. Glenayre Montessori Centre is shares the same school grounds as Glenayre Elementary.
École Banting Middle School (6-8), in neighbouring Coquitlam, is a also a dual track school with an English program, and early and late French Immersion Programs. Port Moody Secondary School (9-12), is a public coeducational high school in Port Moody. The school is notable for offering both the International Baccalaureate Program and the Career Preparation Program to its students.
Glenayre residents also benefit from its close proximity to Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, and the Douglas College Campus in Coquitlam.
The Port Moody Arts Centre offers fine arts and photography classes. Port Moody has three diverse art galleries and the works on display change frequently.
Popular festivals in Port Moody include the Canadian Film Festival in February, Golden Spike Days in July and the Festival of the Arts in September. Port Moody is also home to the Inlet Theatre, an intimate 200 seat venue.
Recreation / Sports
Glenayre Park has a ball diamond, a tennis court and one court for basketball and ball hockey. There is a marina to the north, off the Barnet Highway, and an outdoor pool in Westhill Park.
Just west of the municipal boundary, in Burnaby Mountain Conservation Area, you’ll find the Trans-Canada Trail. The trail climbs up the mountain to Centennial Park and rewards hikers with spectacular scenic views.
Investing in Glenayre Real Estate
Most of the properties in Glenayre have been built within the last forty to fifty years. The buildings generally are not requiring extensive renovation yet, so the area is a good place to invest in an affordable property in a quiet, well established neighbourhood, close to all amenities.
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