Whether it's heritage, modern, waterfront or farm; Powell River offers a wide range of housing options at a very affordable price. The average selling price of a single family home in the community is approximately $260,000, and it is very hard to find one without at least a partial view of the ocean.
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The city centre of Powell River, the Westview neighbourhood is where you will find a majority of the City’s commercial and institutional activity. Westview also boasts gorgeous ocean views from almost everywhere. A seawalk, beaches and a campsite are within minutes of each other, and you would be hard pressed to find a more breathtaking sunset.
The Townsite is the original settlement in Powell River. When the pulp and paper mill was being built, the town was being planned. Blueprints were drawn as early as 1909 using what was called Garden City Movement principles. These principles intended to create a comfortable, humane environment in an industrial town.
The first house, the doctor’s residence, went up in 1911. The next was the mill manager’s home. Then, street by street, the houses appeared until construction was completed in 1930. The Powell River Townsite is now designated a National Historic District. The neighbourhood has seen resurgence recently, becoming home to new business developments such as Townsite Brewing. The heritage homes in the area have become very desirable as well due their affordability and lot sizes which allow for the planting of vegetable gardens.
Wildwood is perched on the high ground on the north side of the Powell River. It was originally settled by pioneers who were granted land parcels and carved their lives inch by inch. To claim their piece of the wilderness, they had to wait 40 days and 40 nights in Vancouver for a chance to own 40 acres of land. Wildwood’s character grew from its history of rural isolation. The community was finally connected to the neighbouring Townsite by bridge in 1916. Wildwood still has an atmosphere of rural charm and has been popular with new residents that are interested in growing their own food.
Cranberry is a mostly residential neighbourhood north and east of Westview. Cranberry was the first suburb of the Townsite as it was within walking distance of the mill. The neighbourhood surrounding Cranberry Lake grew out of an early 1900’s economy built on livestock farming, agriculture and local forestry jobs. In 1912, lots were sold to veterans of the First World War. They paid $1 for their piece of land on which to build a new life. In 1917, a local entrepreneur, Bert Parry, saw the potential in the area and built houses and some businesses to support the community. Cranberry is a charming neighbourhood with character homes, and some shopping. Cranberry Lake is fringed with water lilies. It’s not suitable for swimming, but is a lovely place to paddle.