West Abbotsford Real Estate & Homes For SaleWest Abbotsford is made up of the Townline, Fairfield and Clearbrook communities, with Bradner to the west, Matsqui to north, Poplar to the south, and Central Abbotsford to the east. It's important to make the distinction between the geographic west-end of Abbotsford and the Abbotsford West Electoral District. Under the Electoral Districts Act, Abbotsford West became an official electoral district in 2009, and it also holds the distinction for having been the first district to be contested in the BC general election of that same year.
West Abbotsford has been primarily a residential area, but that is beginning to change. Highstreet has become a bustling hub, with shopping, restaurants, a London Drugs, Walmart Supercentre, Cineplex Odeon theatre, and financial services. And there's another hub forming around the Abbotsford Civic Plaza on South Fraser Way. Just to the east, Central Abbotsford is the old business area, built around Historic Downtown Abbotsford, with more malls, restaurants and amenities.
Single family houses and low-rise apartments account for most of the west-end's residences. The traffic flow has been managed well, making for easy connection with Highway #1, Central Abbotsford and the US border.
Townline is the location of the new development hub at Highstreet. It's an up and coming community. Most of the homes are single detached. Most of the adults are in their 30's, and it's a very family-oriented community. The Discovery Trail trailhead is located in Gardner Park, connecting Townline with the rest of the city.
Fairfield is located north of Clearbrook, and just west of Babich. This quiet area is the least densely populated in West Abbotsford. Most of the homes built in Fairfield were built over the past 35 years, and the area has been well maintained. Construction concentrated around Clearbrook Park and Abbotsford Exhibition Park, and homes are away from the busier streets. Residents love the hiking trail in Downes Bowl, within Clearbrook Park; a quiet retreat nearly 5 km in length.
Clearbrook is one of Abbotsford's oldest and most established areas, and the centre for city services like the fire and police departments, City Hall, and the Clearbrook Library. Clearbrook is located to the west of Mill Lake. It's a cultural hub as well, with regular musical and theatrical productions at the Matsqui Centennial Auditorium. Most of the homes were built between 1960 and 1990, but there have been some newer developments. Like Townline, Clearbrook seeing a growth spurt, and the population density is expected to nearly double over the next 20 years.
Abbotsford enjoys an oceanic climate; making it very comfortable year round, with warm summer temperatures and mild winters. Abbotsford has enough summer rainfall to be classified as a warm-summer mediterranean clime. Precipitation averages 1,557 mm, and even in a dry month, there is plenty of rainfall. The hottest days of summer will typically reach the low thirties Celsius. There are typically 53 days a year where the temperature is 0 °C or a bit below freezing. The average annual temperature is 9.5 °C.
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There are some employment opportunities in West Abbotsford, in retail and the service sector; but most jobs are in the adjoining Central Abbotsford core. Primary industries are transportation, manufacturing, retail, and the health industry. Surrounded by very fertile land, Abbotsford East, and Poplar offer opportunities in agriculture. The largest employer is the Abbotsford Regional Hospital and Cancer Centre, with 2,500 jobs. Abbotsford also has 3 federal prisons, that employee 200 - 500 officers and support staff. The aerospace industry is also growing, and provides fresh opportunities.
Abbotsford's unemployment rate is 6.4% (2014 Stats Canada). There are some who choose to commute into Metro Vancouver, but 65% both live and work in Abbotsford. The highest sector of employment is in trades, followed by construction, health care, manufacturing and transportation.
Abbotsford west-end residents have a great selection of elementary, middle, and high schools. There are 6 elementary schools: Blue Jay Elementary, Clearbrook Elementary, Dave Kendal Elementary, Dormick Park Elementary, Dr. Roberta Bondar Elementary, and Harry Sayers Elementary. For middle schools there are 4 options: Abbotsford Traditional Middle, Chief Dan George Middle, Colleen and Gordie Howe Middle and Eugene Reimer Middle. And there are 3 high schools: Abbotsford Traditional Secondary, Rick Hansen Secondary, and WJ Mouat Secondary.
W J Mouat Secondary was recognized in 2004 by Maclean’s as one of the “Ten Most Innovative Schools in Canada. Awarded a 'School of Character', it was the first high school in North America to have a 3D printer. Mouat also has a strong French Immersion stream and very competitive athletic teams. Rick Hansen has earned recognition for its advanced placement (AP) courses, aviation and digital programs.
Private schools in Abbotsford West are St. James and St. Ann's School, St. John Brebeuf Regional Secondary, and the Mennonite Educational Institute. Just a little east, in Central Abbotsford, there's a Cornerstone Christian School, and just south of Hwy. 1, is Academics PreKindergarten Abbotsford.
For advanced education, there are three options in right in Abbotsford West: Ashton College Abbotsford, Columbia Bible College and West Coast College of Health Care. University of the Fraser Valley, a public university with nearly 15,000 students, is a 15 minute drive from the west-end.
There are 3 shopping centres right in West Abbotsford: Clearbrook Plaza, Highstreet Shopping Centre and West Oaks Mall. And just across the Gladwin Road boundary, is Sevenoaks Shopping Centre. Highstreet is a new open-air retail, dining and entertainment centre, with 3 levels, and covered parking. It's also a venue for cultural and seasonal events.
In addition to the 4 big shopping centres in Abbotsford West, there are many smaller retail outlets, restaurants, and service businesses. The area also offers 7 convenience stores, if you need to dash out for something.
Abbotsford's west-end offers many coffee, quick eats, and dining options. Townline residents might enjoy the SippChai Café at Ellwood Centre, or Brodeur's Bistro,
while Heavenly Grounds and Rose Room Coffee Shop are popular hangouts in Clearbrook.
There's a wide array of ethnic restaurants in the area to choose from. If you're up for Greek or Italian, Rendezvous Restaurant or Greek Islands Restaurant should hit the spot. For something with an Asian flair, there's Vi-La Palace Vietnamese Restaurant, Noodle Road, New Saigon, Nikko Sushi, Gian's and more. If you crave a bit of England, there's C-Lovers Fish & Chips, and Bavaria Restaurant serves up hearty German fare. For a special night out, consider Restaurant 62, with its locally sourced menu, and impressive wine list.
Most of West Abbotsford's residents drive to and from work. For those who work or shop in neighbouring Central Abbotsford, Maclure Road and South Fraser Way are popular routes. The Mt. Lehman (#83) and Clearbrook (#87) exits to/from Hwy. 1 make the highway another quick option; and both exits have been updated in recent years to include roundabouts.
Central Valley Transit routes 1 and 2 serve the west-end, with bus exchanges in Abbotsford Central, for connections with other routes. The Fraser Valley Express has links with Langley, Downtown Abbotsford and Chilliwack, and there's a stop at Highstreet.
Hwy. 1 connects Abbotsford with Vancouver, with a commute time of approximately an hour. Abbotsford West residents are also able to connect with Highway 11, via Maclure Road or Hwy. 1. Highway 11, also known as the Abbotsford-Mission Highway, is a 17 km (11 mi) expressway that runs through the Fraser Valley. It begins at the Huntingdon Canada–US border crossing, passes through Central Abbotsford and then Matsqui, crosses the Fraser River via the Mission Bridge into Mission, where it connects with Highway 7.
Arts and Entertainment
There is one heritage museum right in Abbotsford's west end. The Mennonite Heritage Museum illustrates not only the history of Abbotsford Mennonites since 1931, but spans more than 500 years, beginning with the Anabaptists of the 16th century.
Just east, in Abbotsford Central, there are two more heritage museums. The Gur Sikh Gurdwara (Gur Sikh Temple and Sikh Heritage Museum) was designated as a National Historic Site by Prime Minister Jean Chretien in 2002. The century-old religious institution was built by struggling settlers in 1908, and is a testament to pride, vision and the steadfastness of a settler community. Trethewey House Heritage Site was built in 1919, for lumber baron Joseph Ogle “J.O.” Trethewey. As president of the Abbotsford Lumber Company, J.O. led the company during the boom years in the 1920's.
Another museum, the Metzger Collection, sets the biblical story within the broader context of human history, from prehistory to the modern period, with replicas of artwork and artifacts. The Reach Gallery Museum is a local hub for excellence in arts and culture in the Fraser Valley.
West Abbotsford has two public libraries available: Clearbrook Library, and Abbotsford Community Library. There are three theatres: Gallery 7 Theatre & Performing Arts Society, Theatre Junkies Anonymous Fine Arts, and the Cineplex Cinemas Abbotsford movie theatre.
Abbotsford is deeply rooted in the arts and entertainment. The Abbotsford Arts Council puts on free music shows in Mill Lake Park. They are also in charge of giving out the Arty Awards, the Christmas Artisian Gift and Craft Fair, the Art and Heritage Unity Festival and the Historical Downtown Art Bench Project.
Sports and Recreation
The Discovery Trail is a well-maintained paved trail system that spans the city of Abbotsford, from east to west. Over 31 km in length, it passes through parks, picnic areas, wetlands, farmlands, dykes, marshes and green space, with several great view points.
West Abbotsford has three recreation facilities: Matsqui Recreation Centre (MRC), Centre Ice Arena and MSA Arena. A short drive away, there's also the Abbotsford Recreation Centre (ARC), located in Abbotsford's east-end. Rotary Stadium is a fully lighted, multi-purpose stadium, with a rubberized 400 metre running track.
Abbotsford West has quite a few parks: Townline Hill Park, Gardner Park, Fishtrap Creek Park, Grant Park, Clearbrook Park, the International Friendship Garden and J.A. Spud Murphy Park. Clearbrook Park has an off leash area, making it very popular with dog lovers. Fishtrap Creek Park offers a 3.5 kilometre forested hike that winds past wetlands and marshes, and has a family picnic area. While technically just outside of West Abbotsford, Mill Lake Park has a picnic area, a paved 2.3 kilometre trail that circles the lake, floating boardwalk, playgrounds, a spray park, and even some trout fishing.
There are no golf courses right in Abbotsford West, but just across the Downes Road boundary, golfers enjoy Valley Golf Centre, a 9 hole golf with four par 4s and five par 3s of varying length, and a driving range. Other golf courses in Abbotsford are Ledgeview Golf & Country Club and Fraserglen.
Investing in Abbotsford West
West Abbotsford is very family-friendly area, with a wide range of outdoor activities and entertainment option for all ages. Abbotsford's civic and cultural services are conveniently located right in Clearbrook. And the west-end is only an hour away from Vancouver and minutes from the Canadian/US border.
West Abbotsford is an up and coming area, with better shopping, dining and amenities being added. Property values are expected to increase as a result, making the west-end a very good place to invest. Abbotsford offers plenty of educational and job opportunities, and the cost of living is very manageable.
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