Little Mountain Real Estate & Homes for Sale
Little Mountain is a small residential community in Eastern Chilliwack. Its northern boundary is the Hope Slough, with Fairfield Island on the other side. To the West is the community of N Yale-Well. The Southern boundary is Yale Road, and the community East Chilliwack. On its eastern flank lies Meadowlands Golf and Country Club.
Mount Shannon (Little Mountain) is known for single family homes on spacious treed lots, on quiet streets with cul-de-sacs. Some of the homes offer breathtaking views of the valley below, with green tracts of farmland and mountains in the backdrop. Little Mountain has a mix of older and some newer homes. The ribbon was cut for the Mt Shannon Estates development June 26, 1963, and growth in the hill has been gradual, to the delight of its residents.
Little Mountain is close to all of Chilliwack’s amenities; minutes away from schools, shopping and dining. Homeowners enjoy quiet well-lit streets, in a parklike setting, with spectacular views, but with the convenience of the city only about 3 minutes away, via Yale Rd.
Chilliwack was once a rural farming community. Through amalgamation with other villages and communities over the years, it became a thriving urban centre. Most residents still feel that Chilliwack is a quiet, peaceful and less complicated place to live, with a friendly community that reflects a rural lifestyle. Chilliwack has experienced a 38% drop in crime over the past ten years. (Statistics Canada 2014)
Chilliwack’s population has grown 11.9% over five years (2006 to 2011 - NHS 2011). Housing affordability is the primary factor that has driven Chilliwack’s impressive growth. Of residents who moved to Chilliwack, 76% came from somewhere else in the province, 17% from another Canadian province and 6% migrated to Chilliwack from outside of Canada.
The median age of Chilliwack’s residents is 41.3 years. 42% of the population is between the ages of 19 and 65. Children up to 19 years of age make up 26.5%, and for seniors (65+ years) it’s 16%. Chilliwack’s median total household income is $65,603; and for two-or-more-person households, the median total is $81,369. The unemployment rate is 6.7, slightly below the Canadian rate of 7.0% for the same time period. (Year 2015, 2016 census)
Besides the low cost of housing, there’s another reason Chilliwack’s growing so quickly. Maclean's Magazine featured Chilliwack in their 2013 "Canada's Top 10 cities for weather” article. The city picked up the number one spot for “Warmest year-round” with an average annual temperature of 10.5 °C.
Chilliwack’s summers are warm and typically partly cloudy, and winters are cool, overcast and often wet. Temperatures typically range between 0.5 °C (33 °F) and 26 °C (79 °F) over the course of the year. On average, the warm season lasts for roughly 3 months, from June 18 to September 16. The cool season also lasts for another 3 months, from November 13 to February 20. 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 winters, snow typically only falls during 2 to 3 weeks of the year.
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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 making up 5%. The lower cost of living and attractive pricing of commercial property have helped Chilliwack encourage many businesses to relocate or build.
Chilliwack’s close proximity to neighbouring cities has made commuting a popular option as well. Abbotsford is only 30 minutes (35 km) away and Vancouver is a 1 hour and 10 minute (103 km) drive. The earning power in these cities is a bit more; with Abbotsford at a median household income of $69,822, and Vancouver at $72,662 (2015 census).
Located on Charles Street, Little Mountain Preschool enrols children 30 months to 5 years. The preschool picks up and drops off children at Little Mountain Elementary and Cheam Elementary. Little Mountain is a fully government licensed preschool, offering before and after school care and a full-service child care centre, with highly trained Early Childhood Educators.
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)
There are three Chilliwack School District 33 schools designated for the Little Mountain catchment area: Cheam Elementary School, Rosedale Traditional Community School and Chilliwack Senior Secondary School.
École Cheam Elementary School has an enrolment of roughly 170 students, kindergarten through grade 6. Cheam Elementary offers an Early French Immersion program for kindergarten and grades 1 and 2. Students entering Kindergarten and Grade 1 do not need prior experience with French to participate. Students entering Grade 2 must already be able to understand French, either speaking it at home or through involvement in an immersion program in another District. Cheam recognizes the need to eat healthy and live active lives and offers the BC Fruits and Vegetables program, Jump Rope for Heart, and the 60 Minute Kids Club.
The Rosedale Traditional Community School accommodates about 450 students, kindergarten through grade 9. The school is a combination of two former schools: Rosedale Elementary School and Rosedale Traditional Middle School. As a traditional school, Rosedale Traditional emphasizes discipline, homework, uniforms, and teacher-centered classrooms with single desks arranged in neat rows. Youth programs include Floor Hockey, Gymnastics, Chef’s in Training, Tennis, Fashion Forward, Music Lessons, Babysitting Training and Mad Scientists.
Chilliwack Secondary School has an enrolment of over 1,500 students, grades 9 to 12. The school offers a wide range of academic programs and some excellent extracurricular opportunities. Specialty courses and programs include Aboriginal Education, Equestrian Program, Hairdressing, Human Services Career Enrichment, Leadership, Science 10 Honours and the Secondary School Apprenticeship Program and WEX (Work Experience).
Chilliwack provides some outstanding post-secondary options. Vancouver Career College - Chilliwack assists students, from the very beginning of their studies to finding job opportunities in their chosen career field. The college offers programs in art and design, business, health care, and teaching education. Sprott Shaw College has CIC and BCCA accreditations and offers more than 130 career-focused programs. Special Education Teaching Assistant is the most popular program offered at the campus.
University of the Fraser Valley - Chilliwack North 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. UFV also provides more than a dozen trades and technology programs. 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.
There are no shopping centres in the Little Mountain residential neighbourhood, but several nearby. A few minutes southwest, at Young and Yale, Salish Plaza offers 16 stores, including Pricesmart Foods and BC Liquor Store. The plaza is also located right next to the bus loop terminal. And just south of the plaza, Holland Shopping Centre specializes in Dutch products, including groceries, cheese, kitchen items, books, kitchen items and more. A bit further southwest you'll find the Walmart Chilliwack Superstore.
Just across Highway 1 are Chilliwack’s two malls. Chilliwack Mall has over 20 stores, including Reitmans, Safeway, Winners, SportChek and Warehouse One. Cottonwood Mall offers over 75 stores, including Sears, Dollarama and London Drugs.
Within walking distance, Kent’s Ice Cream Co. serves up 24 different flavours of ice cream and tasty goodies. A few minutes southwest and Downtown Chilliwack has a wide variety of dining options. Here are some of the closest choices. For a quick bite or treat, there are Tim Hortons, Dairy Queen Grill & Chill and Johnny's Jukebox Diner and Mamas Kitchenette. Mamas offer all-day breakfast, lunch and Asian cuisine.
If you enjoy Asian food, there are quite a few selections. Tokyo Japanese Grill is a popular place to order sushi, udon and ramen, and donburi. Chilies Thai Cuisine offers classic Thai dishes, prepared with strong aromatic components and spicy sauces and dips. E Yong Oriental Restaurant is a small family run restaurant known for its Vietnamese soups and savoury dishes. Shandhar Hut Indian Cuisine offers a wide variety of Indian cuisine, from the Deccan heartlands to the palm-fringed coasts. Capital Restaurant and Ginkgo puts a unique twist on Chinese cuisine, with their infusion of sweet and savoury.
The Royal Hotel Café is known as one of the Chilliwack’s best values, serving hearty and healthy meals, made with local farm-to-table ingredients. For a taste of the Mediterranean, RendezVous Restaurant offers a tasty mix of Greek and Italian cuisine, and Demetre's Classic Pizzaria gives you the choice of hand-tossed and thin crust pizza, with a great selection of toppings, and fast delivery.
For a special occasion or date night, Prestons Restaurant + Lounge prepares dishes that are farm-to-table, with fresh and locally sourced ingredients. House specialties include steaks, seafood and pasta, and unique cocktails. Bravo Restaurant & Lounge offers a casually elegant cosmopolitan fine dining experience with an innovative Pacific Northwest flare.
Little Mountain is located about 5 minutes North of Highway 1 (Trans Canada Highway). Abbotsford is a 28 minute (34.8 km) drive, and Vancouver is 1 hour 15 minutes (101.8 km).
Fraser Valley Express (FVX) provides scheduled trips to Abbotsford and Langley, and connection with TransLink's transit system into Vancouver. The Agassiz-Harrison Transit System connects Downtown Chilliwack with Rosedale, Agassiz and Harrison Hot Springs.
South of Little Mountain, 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, offering commercial helicopter operations, charters and sightseeing.
Arts and Entertainment
There are no museums in Little Mountain, 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. The feature exhibits are rotated annually. The Chilliwack Sports Hall of Fame recognizes Chilliwack’s best athletes, teams, and coaches from its rich sporting history.
Arthouse on Mill Street is a newly renovated gallery space run by Marko Jalava. The gallery’s walls feature talented artists, as well as Marko’s own acrylic work. Wellington Art Group is the gallery and studio of artist James Wiens. Wiens studied at the Emily Carr College of Art & Design in Vancouver. An avid lifelong outdoorsman, his artwork reflects his love of nature and landscapes.
The Chilliwack Symphony Orchestra and Chorus (CSO) and Chilliwack Metropolitan Orchestra give Classical music lovers the privilege of enjoying the world's finest Classical masterpieces, played by musicians and sung by singers from the Fraser Valley. The Chilliwack School of Performing Arts (CSOPA) is a non-profit pre-professional youth theatre company. Students are charged with the responsibility of telling someone else's story, honouring and understanding a life and a reality that is not their own.
The Chilliwack Cultural Centre is home to the Chilliwack Players' Guild and the Chilliwack Academy of Music. The Chilliwack Players' Guild has been part of the Chilliwack theatre tradition since 1931. Its membership is made up of local residents who have a passion to become involved in theatre, whether on stage or behind the scenes. The Chilliwack Academy of Music is a nonprofit music school that makes the best teachers and learning experience available to Chilliwack residents at a very competitive rate.
During the summer months of July and August, the Downtown Chilliwack Business Improvement Association hosts free concerts and activities in Chilliwack's downtown core on Friday evenings. The Fraser Valley Theatre Department's UFV Theatre produces three or four main stage shows each year, plus its annual Directors' Festival.
Cottonwood 4 Cinemas plays movies a few weeks after the release date. Chilliwack viewers are able to enjoy all the great new releases but at low low prices.
Sports and Recreation
Little Mountain’s Meadowlands Golf and Country Club is a classic 18-hole golf course. The course is both accommodating and forgiving to novices, yet challenging for seasoned golfers. This beautiful tree-lined course is a par 70.
Little Mountain Park offers some beautiful views of the green farmland in the valley below. The park has a fairly flat loop trail system that connects Swallow Crescent and Hillcrest Drive with Chartwell Drive. There are picnic tables, a playground, a grassy area and a viewing platform.
Other parks nearby include Kinsmen Park, Wilson Park and Central Community Park. Kinsmen Park also has a loop pathway, plenty of open grass, picnic tables and tennis courts. Just south of Little Mountain, Wilson Park is a very small park with a grassy area, with playground, ball hockey and basketball court. Central Community Park has a large outdoor amphitheatre, spray park, playground and beautiful landscaping. Central Park hosts many special events, including Party in the Park.
Salish Park offers paved walking paths, a beautiful pond with a bridge, a picnic area, seating areas, and a playground. North of the Hope Slough, in neighbouring Fairfield, are Fairfield Park and Gwynne Vaughan Park.
Island 22 Regional Park is a 132-hectare park to the west of the neighbouring N Yale-Well community. The expansive 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. The Fraser River, that runs along the park’s northern edge, offers some outstanding fishing for trout, salmon, steelhead and sturgeon.
There are no recreational facilities in the Little Mountain neighbourhood, but plenty of options only minutes away. Rotary Outdoor Pool is open from May through September. The facility offers public swimming, swimming lessons, and hosts special events.
Chilliwack Landing Leisure Centre has a beautiful 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.
Right next to the leisure centre, Prospera Centre is a 5,000-seat multi-purpose arena. In addition to being home to The Chilliwack Chiefs junior "A" ice hockey team, the 100,000-square-foot facility also hosts other events including concerts, ice shows, trade shows, and conventions. The facility 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.
Senior's Resources Society provides programs, services, resources and activities to seniors. The society offers bus trips, a walking program, badminton, carpet bowling, floor curling, yoga, line dancing and more.
Chilliwack has become famous for its world-class fishing, with the Fraser and Vedder Rivers, and crystal clear lakes. The Fraser is the main artery for all five of the Pacific salmon species: Chinook, Chum, Coho, Pink and Sockeye; and it’s also home to the White Sturgeon, a prehistoric dinosaur fish. The Sturgeon is the largest freshwater species in North and South America, and monsters can weigh in at over 900 lb. Wild Pacific salmon and steelhead from the nearby Vedder River will test any angler's skills, with feisty fish that put up an incredible fight.
Investing in Little Mountain
Chilliwack home prices are typically more affordable than those in Abbotsford, Vancouver, or other Metro Vancouver areas. The city is an outstanding place for new home buyers to raise a family, business owners to set up shop, or seniors to downsize and retire in a quiet affordable neighbourhood. Chilliwack is consequently one of the fastest growing regions in British Columbia, with an 11.9 per cent increase from 2006 to 2011.
Chilliwack was listed in the ‘Top 10 List of BC Cities for Investment’, published in the British Columbia Investment Towns Report in 2017 by the Real Estate Investment Network. Their decision was based upon affordable real estate, a strong economy, and skills-focused education programs. Chilliwack was also rated in the 2017 Industrial Development Report Card, produced by NAIOP, and received top ranks for the lowest taxes and fastest approvals.
Like all housing markets, Chilliwack’s switches between 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). This makes it a great time to put an offer on a home.
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