Sumas Mountain Real Estate & Homes For SaleSumas Mountain is a community in the East end of Abbotsford, between the Matsqui and Sumas Prairies. The area has been developed on a mountain rising from the floodplain of the Fraser River. At Sumas Peak, the elevation is 910 metres above sea level. The mountain his often referred to as Canadian Sumas to differentiate it from its sister mountain of the same name in Washington, located south across Sumas Prairie and the Canada/United States border.
The core community of Sumas Mountain is flanked by the Straiton, Kilgard and Barrowtown mountain neighbourhoods. On the south end is the Sumas First Nation reserve. To the west, lies another floodplain: Matsqui Prairie. To the North is the Fraser River, and across the river are the Nicomen Island and Hatzic Prairie floodplains.
The Sumas Mountain area is known for its large parcels of land, luxury homes with long driveways, and incredible views of the surrounding West Coast mountains and the Sumas flats. There are also affordable older homes available, where the prices still come in well below the 'million dollar' view. Straiton, the Auguston master-planned community, and Barrowtown are some of Abbotsford's newest residential areas — with more than 40% of the homes built within the last decade — and significant growth is expected over the next twenty years. 92.3% of the properties are owned, and 71.4% are single-detached houses (2011 census).
Straighton and Auguston feature large single-detached houses, in carefully planned family-friendly neighbourhoods. They offer access to hiking trails, parks, excellent schools and sports facilities. Auguston is a true master-planned self-contained community, with great amenities, surrounded by acres of protected parkland. Spacious carriage homes are close to the sidewalk, with front porches and verandahs, encouraging neighbours to get to know one another. There are also townhouses and some lots still for sale.
Sumas Mountain has a total of 1,165 households, with a population of 3,900 (2011 census). Based upon the growth over the past 5 years, the projected population for 2035 is 13,600 (2014 Demographic Profile). The median age is 36.5, with the dominant age group between the ages of 40 and 49. 51% are women and 49% are men. The median household income in Sumas Mountain is $105,462 (before tax), significantly exceeding the $62,350 the median for the City of Abbotsford.
Attractive entry prices have made Sumas Mountain popular with young families. Most families are two-parent with children at home, and for those families with children living at home, 6 to 14 years is the dominant age group. Sumas Mountain is also popular with empty nesters and retirees looking for a quiet upscale neighbourhood that's affordable. Auguston homes start at the $500,000 price point.
Sumas Mountain's weather is comfortable year round. Abbotsford has an oceanic climate; winters are mild and summers are warm. The hottest days of summer will typically climb into the low thirties Celsius. The average number of days where the thermometer will drop below 0 °C is 53. Precipitation averages 1557 mm. Even during July an August, there's sufficient rainfall. The average annual temperature is 9.5 °C.
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Sumas Mountain is located near a range of excellent schools that children and parents will both love. Beginning students will fall into the catchment areas of the Auguston Traditional Elementary and Barrowtown Elementary Schools. Auguston Traditional Elementary School teaches ages kindergarten through grade 7 and strives to empower children to become contributing, productive citizens through a consistent, structured environment. In addition to an environment that stresses traditional values, manners and morals, students wear a uniform while attending classes. Barrowtown Elementary is a small rural kindergarten through grade 5 school. They are proud to be teaching students from second and third generation Barrowtown families.
Clayburn Middle School is located in neighbouring Abbotsford East. It is an active middle school with over 700 students enrolled, grades 6 through 8. The school was recognized by Today's Parent magazine as one of the 40 Best Schools in Canada. Clayburn offers many outstanding programs, including Band, Drumline, Film & Broadcasting, Drama/Musical, Choir, WEB, Builders Club, Chess Club, Yearbook and more.
Sumas Mountain students fall within the catchment areas of Yale Secondary School and Robert Bateman Secondary School. Yale Secondary School has approximately about 1,250 full-time students, from grades 9 through 12. Yale offers a robust Advanced Placement program and has established a reputation for academic excellence. Yale was ranked by the Fraser Institute as the top public school in the Abbotsford School District. Located in Old Clayburn, Robert Bateman Secondary School enrols approximately 1,000 students in grades 9 through 12 and has won awards based for its Computer and Arts Programs. It offers a diverse array of programs to meet the needs of their students, including athletics, academics, and arts programs, such as the Hockey and Golf academies, an Equestrian program, and Howler Media.
The Abbotsford School of Integrated Arts (ASIA) has a Sumas Mountain secondary school campus, for grades 6 through 12. Wherever possible, creative writing, music, digital arts, and drama are used as vehicles for teaching the provincial curriculum.
A 10-minute drive south, University of the Fraser Valley is a university with degree-granting status. UFV offers two master’s degrees; a wide variety of bachelor’s degrees; majors, minors and extended minors in many subject areas; and more than a dozen trades and technology programs.
Sumas Mountain's neighbourhoods may be located a few minutes outside Abbotsford’s urban centre, but Sumas Mountain Village, located in Lower Sumas Mountain, is 2 or 3 minutes away. The shopping centre has more than 18 brand name stores, with a Save On Foods, Shoppers Drug Mart, TD and RBC banks, medical and dental clinics, insurance office, pet store and animal hospital, hair salon, Starbucks and Sushi Nara restaurant. If the Village doesn't have what you need, three other malls are about 10 minutes away: Sevenoaks Shopping Centre, West Oaks Mall and Highstreet.
Sumas Mountain is a residential area, so going out to a restaurant involves driving southwest a few minutes. For a coffee, there's Clik Coffee Bistro and Starbucks. For a quick bite, consider Triple O's, White Spot, Subway or Pizza Hut. If you're craving Asian food, you have Ebushi Sushi, Hiko Sushi, Maru Sushi, Sasha Sushi and Sushi Nara close by. Ocean Park, Cactus Club Cafe and Old Spaghetti Factory are great places to take the family. And for that special dinner, consider Restaurant 62. Restaurant 62 is the Fraser Valley's #1 farm to table restaurant. They have been the longest standing fine dining restaurant in the history of the Fraser Valley, offering locally sourced, Pacific Northwest fare and a notable wine list.
Most residents in the Sumas Mountain neighbourhoods drive to and from work. The most efficient route to Downtown Abbotsford and Vancouver is usually by Hwy 1. Whatcom exit (#95) is the quickest way 'off the hill', connecting just south of Sumas Mountain Village. Another option, a little further west, is the Sumas exit (#92), where Hwy 1 and Hwy 11 cross. Hwy 11 begins at the Huntingdon Canada–US border crossing, passes through the City Abbotsford and then Matsqui crosses the Fraser River over the Mission Bridge into Mission, where it connects with Hwy. 7.
Residents in Auguston are served by Central Fraser Valley Transit Route 15. Route 15 connects with central buses at the Downtown Abbotsford bus exchange. The 7 Bus stops at regular intervals at Lower Sumas Mountain at Marshall (NB) on weekends. Downtown, there's a Greyhound depot just outside McMillan, to the west, and there's also the West Coast Express, a passenger rail service.
Arts and Entertainment
Abbotsford's art and cultural community are located a few minutes southwest from Sumas Mountain. Owned by artist Hong Zhu, The Abbotsford Art Gallery showcases the artwork of Zhu as well as local artists from the lower mainland of BC. The Kariton Art Gallery also features the work of local artists. The Reach exhibits artwork from across Canada. The Reach serves as the host venue for the annual Arty Awards, and is the regional archival repository, housing a significant collection of material culture for the Abbotsford region in its vaults.
The Trethewey House Heritage Site was built in 1919 for lumber baron J.O. Trethewey. The house was restored in 1925, and it was declared a municipal heritage site in 1983. In addition to the Trethewey house, the site also features the Joey’s Playhouse, Carriage House, Sylvia Pincott Heritage Gardens and the Upper Sumas Train Station.
The Abbotsford Community Library is located southwest of Sumas Mountain, near Mill Lake Park. Facilities include full accessibility, wi-fi and public internet stations, a book drop, self-check book drop and colour copying and printing. The library also holds scheduled events like Storytime, Babytime and Kept in Stitches. Cineplex Cinemas Abbotsford and VIP, at the Highstreet Shopping Centre, is Abbotsford's only movie theatre.
The City of Abbotsford has a deep connection with the arts. The Abbotsford Arts Council puts on free music shows at Mill Lake Park, arrange the Christmas Artisan Gift and Craft Fair and Art and Heritage Unity Festival, and give out the annual 'Arty Awards'. The Arts Council also organizes the Historical Downtown Art Bench Project.
Sports and Recreation
Sumas Mountain is still mostly an unspoiled wilderness, located between Abbotsford to the west, and Chilliwack to the east. The mountain can be accessed from both the east and west side. It's a popular area for hiking, mountain biking, fishing, horseback riding, off-roading, fishing, hang gliding and paragliding.
Sumas Mountain Regional Park is located near the peak of the mountain and is a favourite with hikers and mountain bikers. The park has two trails: the Chadsey Lake Trail and the Eastern Valley Lookout Trail. Chadsey Lake Trail is 4.6 km round trip. Chadsey Lake is a swimming and fishing lake once known as Lost Lake. Eastern Valley Lookout Trail is 4.9 km round trip. The lookout trail offers fantastic views of Sumas Prairie, Vedder Mountain, the Fraser River and Chilliwack. Wildlife sightings in the park are common. Dogs are welcome on the trail but must remain on a leash.
Lower Sumas Mountain Park is located at Whatcom Road and Sandringham Drive. There are tennis courts, a playground, and a scenic nature trail, with great views of the farmland of Sumas Prairie and Mt. Baker. Located in the neighbourhood of Auguston, Callaghan Park has a playground, basketball court and plenty of green space.
There are no sports arenas or sports fields in the residential area of Sumas Mountain. A short drive southwest, the MSA Arena is an NHL sized arena with spectator seating for 1,000 people. The complex is home to the PJHL's Abbotsford Pilots and Valley Rebels Lacrosse teams. Located south of Sumas Mountain, Abbotsford Recreation Centre (ARC) has an Olympic size ice rink and leisure skating pond, 25-metre swimming pool, hot tub, sauna, tots pool, 2 full gymnasiums, multipurpose rooms, and a 10,000 sq. ft. weight room / fitness centre. There are two sports fields nearby, at Babich Park and Delair Park.
Golfers will enjoy Royalwood Golf Course, located in the east side of Sumas Mountain. Royalwood was designed by Jim McIntyre and is a links-style, par 72 layout. A few minutes drive southwest, Ledgeview Golf & Country Club is an 18-hole golf course with the highest quality greens and fairways.
One of the area's great family attractions is Castle Fun Park, located a few minutes south of Sumas Mountain, just off Hwy 1. Attractions include 18 holes of mini golf and a driving range, a go-cart track, Jungle Golf mini putt and Coral Sea Golf, batting cages and a pitching mound, bumper cars, bowling, Dream Raiders and Typhoon interactive rides, arcade games, a shooting gallery, remote control boats and more.
Investing in Sumas Mountain
Over the past decade, Sumas Mountain has attracted the interest of families and investors alike. The mountain neighbourhoods offer very affordable new properties for young families, as well as luxury properties with incredible views. As Sumas Mountain develops, real estate prices are expected to rise. The Abbotsford real estate market is considered to be one of the best real estate investments in the province.
With the new Abbotsford Regional Hospital and Abbotsford International Airport, Abbotsford has become a self-sustaining city. Sumas Mountain is about 70 minutes away from Vancouver, and 10 - 15 minutes from the Canadian/US border. A major economic boom is expected as Abbotsford continues to build out its commercial sector.
Sumas Mountain is one of the most desirable areas to live, with new neighbourhoods, great schools, and considerably less traffic. It's an outstanding place to start and raise a family or retire in an affordable upscale neighbourhood.
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