Whonnock Real Estate & Homes For Sale
The quaint, rural community of Whonnock was first settled in 1861 by Robert Robertson (originally from Shetland) but the area didn’t see much in the way of growth until 1885 when the trains began running regularly by which introduced a steady influx of settlers to the tiny community.
Lying just south of the Fraser River, Whonnock also borders three other Maple Ridge neighbourhoods: Albion, Ruskin, and Kanaka Creek. Whonnock itself is still a small community, with the population of the city of Maple Ridge being just over 77,000 residents (2012), with a 10.3% growth rate between 2006 and 2011. Homes are generally single-family residences with 2-3 bedrooms. Whonnock offers all the benefits of rural life, and many families and individuals in the community raise horses, sheep, poultry, llamas, and goats, as well as a few fruit and tree farms dotting the hilly landscape.
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Guests and residents of Whonnock enjoy a fairly mild climate, with temperatures averaging around 25°C in summer and 3°C in winter, and approximately 1,788 mm of annual precipitation, all of which is perfect for enjoying the outdoors and the gorgeous Canadian scenery.
When the small neighbourhood was first settled throughout the mid- to late-1800s, mills, lumberyards and farming were a large source of income for families, and while today that is still true on a smaller scale, most employment is found outside of the area.
The three top employers in the city of Maple Ridge include School District #42 with over 1,500 employees, Ridge Meadows Hospital with 1,300 employees, and the District of Maple Ridge with 600 employees (2012). The city’s largest industries are retail, healthcare, social assistance, manufacturing, educational services, and construction.
Downtown Maple Ridge (also known as Haney) boasts tons of great shopping venues, including Maple Ridge Square Shopping Centre, McIntosh Plaza, ValleyFair Mall, Valley Place Mall, and Haney Place Mall. There are quaint shops such as Monkey Business (a kids clothing store) and a used book shop called Ba’Bilia Book Services, at the junction of Dewdney Trunk Rd and 224th Street. Big name retailers like Target, Crystal Blu, Favorite Finds, and more can all be found in the larger malls.
Residents of the Whonnock community has plenty of dining options to choose from located just a car ride away in Downtown Maple Ridge, ranging from Thai and Chinese cuisine to fast food, Italian, and more. Other options include Aburiya Sushi, ABC Country Restaurant for homestyle cuisine, Albion Pizzeria, Austin Fish & Chips, and Big Feast Bistro.
While most residents of Whonnock commute via car, the city of Maple Ridge has many different transportation options for getting around; these include buses (with the Haney Place Exchange being the main bus exchange nearby), West Coast Express, as well as Highway 7, Dewdney Trunk Road, and the Golden Ears Bridge. This toll bridge connects the Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows area to nearby Langley.
Whonnock is served by School District #42 Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows, with an elementary school serving over 200 students from Kindergarten to Grade 7 on 112th Avenue. An elementary school has served students of Whonnock since 1885, and the newest one opened in 1998 after several moves throughout the neighbourhood.
Though there are several artisans living in the Whonnock community (and a few of these have open studios), most of the museums, galleries, and performing arts venues are located closer to Downtown Maple Ridge. Residents can enjoy a live performance at the ACT (the Arts Centre and Theatre), check out local art at the Maple Ridge Art Gallery (which is located in the ACT), take in a ball game at the Memorial Peace Park bandstand, or enjoy one of the many festivals throughout the year.
For families and individuals who love all things outdoors, Whonnock is the perfect neighbourhood to live in. Whonnock Lake Park in the community offers hiking, bird-watching, swimming, and nature study, and also offers a small playground and sandy beach to enjoy. The lake is also the backdrop for the RCKC, or Ridge Canoe and Kayak Club, and offers programs for paddlers to learn this lake-based sport.
Located nearby is Golden Ears Provincial Park where residents can go walking and hiking, mountain biking, and more.
Investing in Whonnock Real Estate
The Whonnock community offers plenty of reasons for new residents to relocate here, such as large homes, affordable housing prices, excellent schools, plenty of employment opportunities nearby, wholesome outdoor activities, and of course shopping and dining options are in close proximity.
Because the city of Maple Ridge is poised to grow substantially over the next twenty years, new homes will undoubtedly be popping up in the Whonnock community, giving properties higher value and also increasing revenue and improving amenities with new construction.
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