Northwest Maple Ridge Real Estate & Homes for sale
Northwest, Maple Ridge, is a neighbourhood to the east of Pitt Meadows, above Lougheed Highway and Dewdney Trunk Road and below Golden Ears Way. The neighbourhood is far enough from downtown Maple Ridge to be serene and peaceful, but close enough so that all of the city’s amenities are mere minutes away. Located approximately 44km from downtown Vancouver, the neighbourhood draws young professionals who desire the quiet and quaint feeling of the neighbourhood, but who want to be close enough for a relatively short commute.
Families enjoy the safety the neighbourhood provides - children are often seen playing outside and walking and cycling through the neighbourhood is a popular exercise – and Ridge Meadows Hospital is just minutes away. In this city of over 76,000 residents, Northwest Maple Ridge offers something for everyone. Housing consists of primarily single family homes (typically between 1500 and 3000 square feet) and townhouses, while lots are large and roomy. Many homes have finished or unfinished basements, which families love for additional living space. As the area continues to grow (the city experienced a 10.3% population growth between 2006 and 2011, those who have invested in homes in this neighbourhood are likely to see their property values climb, due to an increase in demand for housing.
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In addition to those who live in Northwest Maple Ridge and commute to nearby cities (including Vancouver, Pitt Meadows, Langley, Coquitlam, etc.), a variety of professionals in different industries within Maple Ridge call this neighbourhood home. With a thriving workforce, Maple Ridge is known for their sales and services industry, business and finance, tourism, technology, manufacturing and agriculture. The average annual income is higher than the average income for all of British Columbia, and the unemployment rate is below 5%. Many initiatives have made the city friendly for business owners, entrepreneurs and investors.
Northwest residents are in a location which enables them to take advantage of excellent shopping and dining in Pitt Meadows as well as Maple Ridge. Minutes away from their doorsteps, residents can enjoy some of the best shopping in the city, located in downtown Maple Ridge on 224th Street. Shops, boutiques and stores are present here, offering up antiques, gifts, novelties and the basic necessities. Large shopping centres are nearby as well, including the Haney Place Mall and the Valley Fair Mall, where all the popular retailers offer goods of all kinds. Dining within the food courts is a popular activity.
When it comes to excellent quality food, Northwest residents have a variety of options. The downtown area offers up foods of all kinds, from Asian cuisine and delicious Greek fare to rich Italian dishes and more. Fox’s Reach Pub and Grill is located in the neighbourhood, and offers up delicious choices like spicy quesadillas and tantalizing pork dumplings. Cafes are minutes from the neighbourhood as well, so those craving a cup of freshly brewed coffee can get it without a hassle.
Getting around Northwest Maple Ridge is easy; Dewdney Trunk Road, Lougheed Highway and Golden Ears Way are major through-roads that will reach just about anywhere else within the city that residents may need to travel. The majority of residents depend on their own vehicles, although public transportation is available; TransLink buses run regular routes with frequent pick-ups throughout the city. Maple Ridge is just minutes away from all nearby cities, making travel in and out of the city quite convenient. The Pitt Meadows Regional Airport is also minutes from the neighbourhood.
The city of Maple Ridge boasts an excellent school system. School District 42 features 18 elementary schools and 5 secondary schools, all of which offer highly-rated learning programs. Children living in the Northwest neighbourhood attend West View Secondary, Fairview Elementary, and Maple Ridge Christian School which serves children in grades Kindergarten through 12. BCIT, Douglas College and Sprott Shaw College serve post-secondary students within Maple Ridge.
Maple Ridge’s premier art location is the ACT Arts Centre. Here, individuals can see live performances and can even enroll in classes teaching various types of art, from drawing to pottery. The Maple Ridge Art Gallery is a popular location, and showcases both emerging and established artists. The great thing about living in Maple Ridge is that a host of art options await you; galleries and showings in Vancouver, Coquitlam, Langley, Pitt Meadows and other cities are within your reach – all within an hour’s travel.
Whether it’s sky diving at the Pitt Meadows Regional Airport, cycling or hiking along one of the numerous trails and dykes within Maple Ridge, or spending the day canoeing, fishing or picnicking at one of the lakes or rivers, Northwest residents have a slew of recreational activities within reach. The Trans Canada Trail is popular amongst Maple Ridge residents, offering gorgeous scenery and plenty of area to explore.
Over 5,000 hectares of working forest and 35km of trails await residents at the UBC Malcolm Knapp Research Forest, including colour-coded trails ranging from short (just under 1.5 kilometres) to long (6.5 kilometres). The nearby Golden Ears Provincial Park is the perfect place for those who enjoy horseback riding, mountain biking, hiking or walking. There are plenty of places to explore and the Spirea Trail is also wheelchair-accessible. Fishing and water sports are available at nearby rivers, creeks and lakes, and most communities enjoy beautiful neighbourhood parks.
Investing in Northwest Real Estate
Those searching for homes in Maple Ridge, from investors to families to young professionals, can appreciate what Northwest has to offer. Older and more affordable single-family homes, updated single family homes, lots for new construction, and townhouses provide investment opportunities for everyone. Just minutes from all of the conveniences of an urban area, the neighbourhood retains a tight-knit and close community feel.
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