Coquitlam Real Estate Overview
Coquitlam offers stunning properties with gorgeous views at lower prices than neighbouring Vancouver.
According to the Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver, the composite benchmark selling price for a residential property in Coquitlam in April 2013 was $496,300, which is a decrease of 1.8 percent from April 2012.
Southwest Coquitlam is the city's original core, featuring older residential properties in the Austin Heights area. Many condominiums, commercial establishments, and public buildings can be found in Coquitlam Centre. On Eagle Mountain, the Westwood Plateau is a low density suburb populated by luscious forests and large homes boasting some of the best views in the city.
- Coquitlam Population (2011)126,500
- 5 Year Population Change10.4%
- Number of Homes in Coquitlam48,100
Why Buy a Home in Coquitlam?
Coquitlam is a robust suburban city, boasting panoramic mountain views and a diverse mix of activities and amenities within minutes of downtown Vancouver.
Residents of Coquitlam enjoy having year-long access to recreational pastimes such as fishing, hiking, canoeing, mountain biking, and skating. The local culture is vibrant and diverse, with particularly large Chinese and Korean populations and an abundance of annual festivals and events.
Coquitlam is located in Canada's warmest region, with mild winters and an average annual temperature of 10 C. Several theatres, museums, restaurants, and bars can be found here. If you ever want a change of scenery, the rest of Metro Vancouver is within easy reach.
Explore Coquitlam's Rich Cultural Heritage
The Coast Salish people were the first humans to settle in modern Coquitlam, arriving as early as 10,000 years ago. The name Coquitlam is thought to be derived from a native word meaning "red fish up the river."
Simon Fraser first explored the region in 1808. The first European settlers arrived in the 1860s, following the construction of North Road. Agriculture played an important role in the settlement's development, and by 1891 it had attracted enough people to be incorporated as a District.
The opening of Fraser Mills toward the close of the century attracted large numbers of French Canadians from the east to the Maillardville community. Following World War II, both Fraser Mills and Coquitlam experienced unprecedented growth. They were amalgamated to form the City of Coquitlam in 1971.
Getting around in Coquitlam
Coquitlam is serviced by TransLink, which provides regular bus service to other municipalities in Metro Vancouver. By bus, you can connect to the SkyTrain system in Burnaby to reach downtown Vancouver. There are currently plans to extend the SkyTrain to Coquitlam by 2016.
Motorists can make use of the Lougheed Highway to get around town. The Trans-Canada Highway to the south allows for easy transportation between Burnaby, Vancouver, Surrey, and other neighbouring communities.
Over 13 kilometres of bike routes run through the city, including dedicated bike lanes on Guildford Way, David Avenue, and Chilko Drive. From nearby Port Moody, you can explore the Vancouver Harbour by boat.
Shopping and Amenities
Coquitlam has retail options for every need and budget. Coquitlam Centre is the largest mall in the Tri-Cities area, with over 200 stores and services. Many smaller shops can be found throughout the city and in nearby Port Moody and Port Coquitlam.
The city manages four all-age community centres and two senior community centres. Over 80 municipal parks and green spaces provide residents with recreational space.
There are four public high schools and dozens of elementary and middle schools in Coquitlam. Three major post-secondary institutions can be found in nearby municipalities. The Coquitlam Public Library has a collection of over 240,000 items in two branches.
Entertainment and Attractions in Coquitlam
Designated a Cultural Capital of Canada in 2009, Coquitlam is brimming with exciting and entertaining activities.
The Evergreen Cultural Centre is the focal point of the local arts and culture scene, featuring a 264-seat theatre, rehearsal hall, and art gallery. It also serves as the home venue for the Pacific Symphonic Wind Ensemble.
Golf enthusiasts will love living in Coquitlam. The Vancouver Golf Club in southwest Coquitlam has hosted two major LPGA tour events and one Senior PGA event. The Westwood Plateau Golf & Country Club is one of the highest rated golf courses in Canada.
At the Fraser Hills Station Museum and Mackin House Museum, you can learn all about the city's fascinating history.
Information Updated on 2013-12-13 20:42:03 UTC
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