The Village of Dundarave

(January 13, 2012, posted in North Shore Communities)

West Vancouver is known for its two villages, Dundarave and Ambleside. Let's take a closer look at Dundarave.

Home to several restaurants, including the Red Lion Bar & Grill, several coffee shops including Delaney's, unique gift shops such as Red Horses, a wool shop whose reputation spreads far and wide, food purveyers, banks and other services, this upscale neighbourhood is the essence of West Vancouver living. With the North Shore mountains—often snowcapped—on one side, and beaches on the other, it's the perfect spot for a romantic patio meal in the summer, and to share a laugh with friends by a cosy pub fireside in winter.

And Dundarave is as picturesque as can be in all seasons! In summer, its lamp posts are laden with colourful flowering baskets; in fall, the maples turn glorious hues, in winter, it becomes the "Christmas village" of storybooks and, in spring, the boulevard bursts forth with glorious colours as daffodils and tulips herald the warmer months. Children of all ages love the beach and play areas, with tidepools and other marvels of nature. Just a short ten-minute walk away, in neighbouring Ambleside, are the Silk Purse, and Ambleside Landing/Ferry Building Gallery, more beaches and John Lawson park. Here, art displays, concerts and the annual Harmony Arts Festival are held, appealing to all who appreciate music and art in a spectacular setting. Throughout the summer, a farmers' market is held along the south side of Marine Drive in Dundarave, offering amazing artisan breads, herbs, olives, jams and sauces, the freshest fruits, and picnic fare.

Dundarave is also home to one of my favourite oceanside restaurants, the Beach House. Here, you can enjoy a fabulous brunch or dinner while overlooking the sea. There is a heated patio for outside dining, where you can watch passers by on the seawall...a mile long paved walk, with its own parallel "dog walk" for your furry friend.

Want to learn more about Dundarave? Here's the village website. Want to join me for a coffee? Any time is right for me...

Blair Gauer, REALTOR®, specializes in high quality homes in West and North Vancouver, and Vancouver's West Side.

Call me for: West Vancouver Real Estate, North Vancouver Real Estate, Whistler Real Estate, Squamish Real Estate and Vancouver West Side Real Estate.

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