BUYING OR SELLING Port Coquitlam HOUSES, CONDOS & TOWNHOUSES
Port Coquitlam Realtors – Denny Dumas, Adam Senuik, Monica Harmse, Lucas McCann, James Garbutt.
Port Coquitlam is a residential city at the Fraser and Pitt Rivers junction. When Port Coquitlam was first incorporated in 1913, it was primarily rural farmland. But as Metro Vancouver has grown, those farms have been developed into tracts of suburban housing. In 2011, more than 56,000 people called it home.
Port Coquitlam’s biggest claim to fame is the childhood home of Canadian hero Terry Fox. He was a young athlete who bravely set off in 1980 to run across Canada to raise money for cancer research after losing a leg to the disease. His quest was cut short months later after 5,373 kilometres when the disease reappeared in his lungs. He passed away in June 1981. However, his effort lives on at an annual run held worldwide every September and has raised more than $650 million. Fox’s heroism is commemorated by a statue in front of the Port Coquitlam Library. It is one of the hundreds of memorials in his name across Canada, from schools to a mountain in the Canadian Rockies.
Port Coquitlam is well-connected to the rest of Metro Vancouver by the Lougheed Highway, which also heads east into the Fraser Valley.
WHY LIVE IN Port Coquitlam?
Port Coquitlam has a small-town charm with excellent access to other cities and housing options. Vancouver’s hot property market has slowly spread to the suburbs, and Port Coquitlam has seen an increase in housing prices over the last couple of years.
Port Coquitlam is the most easterly city from Vancouver before crossing a bridge, so it’s a popular and more affordable alternative to Vancouver. The commute is only around 45 minutes.
The area has good transport links by bus routes around the city. Port Coquitlam is also connected to other regions by the Lougheed Highway, which passes through the city and runs from Coquitlam to Pitt River Bridge.
Detached homes have seen the most significant increase in price last year, followed by townhouses, then high-end condos. Many Vancouverites are cashing out on properties in the city and moving to areas such as Port Coquitlam, where real estate is more affordable.
The neighbourhoods north of Highway 7 include Woodland Acres, Birchland Manor, Lincoln Park, Riverwood, and Glenwood. Several parks in the area, including Hyde Creek Nature Park, and close to the Highway is Carnoustie Golf Course. The majority of homes in North Port Coquitlam are single-family homes, with some townhouses and multi-family units close to Coast Meridian Road. The area has seven elementary schools, two middle schools, and Terry Fox Secondary School. The Coquitlam Campus of Douglas College is also close.
South of the Lougheed Highway includes Downtown, Citadel, Mary Hill, and Lower Mary Hill. Neighbourhoods on the south side are closer to the West Coast Express station in Port Coquitlam and the city’s municipal offices. There is a small shopping centre close to the station. However, most residents head to the stores around the Coquitlam Centre. North of Pitt River Road, the homes are generally smaller. To the south of Eastern Drive, the houses are perfect for small families and first-time buyers, and the area west of Shaughnessy has more multi-unit homes and townhouses. There are six elementary schools in the area, one secondary school, and a public library. Coquitlam Campus of Douglas College is the closest post-secondary institution.