There are a whole host of great neighbourhoods in Whistler — each with their own character and feel. If you are considering investing in Whistler real estate, whether for a home or as a vacation property, you will want to pick your neighbourhood carefully. Each one offers a different mix of amenities and advantages. To help you with this decision, I have written short descriptions of Whistler’s various neighbourhoods. You can either browse through or navigate using the links below.
Stonebridge/West Side | Blueberry Hill | Kadenwood | Sunridge Plateau/Brio | Whistler Village | Whistler Creek | Whistler Cay Heights | Whistler Cay Estates | Green Lake Estates/Cypress Place | Benchlands | Bayshores | Alta Vista | Alpine Meadows | Baxter Creek/Rainbow | Nordic | Nesters | Emerald Estates | Wedgewoods | White Gold | Spruce Grove | Spring Creek | Cheakamus Crossing
Stonebridge (part of the larger Westside neighbourhood) is perfect for those who value their privacy. Stonebridge homes sit on larger lots, generally between one and 20 acres in size. Along with the privacy of those larger lots, residents also enjoy stunning views and a calm atmosphere. The neighbourhood is centred along Alta Lake Road to the west of Alta, Alpha and Nita Lakes.
Blueberry Hill is one of Whistler’s most sought-after neighbourhoods and has been for quite some time. Residents of this neighbourhood benefit from gorgeous views of the two mountains and plenty of sunshine. Many of the homes here are characterful and well-appointed chalets. Blueberry Hill properties encompass a full range of detached homes and townhomes.
Kadenwood is very much an up-and-coming neighbourhood, poised to become “the” luxury subdivision in Whistler. Lots of new homes are being built in this area and residents have the unparalleled perk of a private, Kadenwood gondola. Kadenwood real estate offers many larger properties, in addition to having building lots still available for your dream home. This neighbourhood is situated above Bayshores.
Sunridge Plateau (part of the larger Brio neighbourhood) consists of gorgeous luxury homes and the area is favoured for its convenience. It is just a short way south of Whistler Village and adjacent to Whistler Golf Course, meaning it is an excellent location for both summer and winter recreation.
The Village is the bustling centre of Whistler, packed with world-class shopping, dining and bars. This area is subject to certain covenants which mean that most Whistler Village properties are vacation rentals (mostly townhomes and apartments) rather than residences. It is a pedestrian-only area, and as such, all amenities are within walking distance.
Creekside was the original site of Whistler prior to the construction of the Village in the 1980s. Like the Village, it offers a range of shops, restaurants and bars — including Dusty’s, a well-known apres-ski location. The Creekside gondola is also located here, meaning easy mountain access, and it is also a simple matter to access the Valley Trail system (The Valley Trail system connects Whistler’s lakes, parks, trails and golf courses). This area combines all types of real estate and some are even ski-in/ski-out.
Probably the most central neighbourhood in Whistler, Whistler Cay Heights is a short walk from the Village, the Valley Trail and the Arnold Palmer designed Whistler Golf Course. It is also an area popular with families, thanks to its easy access to nearby lakes and Myrtle Philip community school.
Whistler Cay Estates is a tranquil neighbourhood which lies around Arnold Palmer Whistler Golf Course. Unlike some Whistler neighbourhoods, lots here tend to be flat and receive plenty of sun. Many of the homes in this area are chalets, running the full range from $1.5 million and up.
Located around the prestigious Nicklaus North Golf course, homes in Green Lake Estates soak up the sun in this peaceful neighbourhood. They offer size and luxury with some homes zoned for nightly rentals.
Benchlands is essentially the Blackcomb version of Whistler Village. It’s a fantastic location for skiing or snowboarding in winter and golfing or biking in the summer. The are a range of property types here covering chalets, detached houses, condos and townhomes. The most sought-after homes in Benchlands are those with ski-in/ski-out access.
Bayshores is a calm neighbourhood located directly south of Whistler Creek. Real estate here is known for easy access to a number of lakes, as well as great parks and tennis courts. It is also close to the Creekside Gondola, allowing for mountain access without going through the Village.
Alta Vista benefits from a fantastic location, nestled between Whistler Village, Whistler Creek and Alta Lake. This area is currently being rejuvenated with a large number of new homes and renovations. Proximity to the lake is Alta Vista’s key benefit, allowing you to enjoy time on the beach or sailing on the lake.
Alpine Meadows is known as a local’s neighbourhood and is mostly detached cabins and chalets. It is also home to the Meadow Park Sports Centre, which offers a range of health and fitness facilities.
Baxter Creek is Whistler’s newest development. Offering a grocery store and gas station, it is a picturesque setting with stunning views of Whistler Blackcomb Mountains and Green Lake.
Nordic encompasses homes of all kinds — townhomes and condos all the way up to luxurious custom homes. Keen skiers or snowboarders may also wish to consider this neighbourhood as it does contain real estate with ski-in/ski-out access. It is also one of Whistler’s biggest neighbourhoods.
Nesters is among Whistler’s smallest neighbourhoods and is popular among locals. It contains a mixture of older and newer homes. The advantage of this neighbourhood is its proximity to Whistler Village.
Emerald Estates is a quiet neighbourhood, a little more out-of-the-way than some others. It offers homeowners both mountain and lake access with spectacular views of both. There are some stunning, custom homes in Emerald Estates.
Wedgewoods is a private subdivision located 15 mins to the north of Whistler, offering lots of between 1.1 to 5 acres.
White Gold is conveniently located between the Village and Lost Lake, handy for those who enjoy both winter and summer activities. Lots here are flat and homes are a mixture of old and new.
Spruce Grove is an excellent neighbourhood for families. Spruce Grove Park is a great recreation spot with its baseball pitch, soccer field and playground. It is also easy to access the Lost Lake Trail system from here for biking, cross-country skiing or a dip in the lake.
Spring Creek is a relatively new neighbourhood and is another popular choice for families. There is a mixture of chalets and townhomes.
Another new neighbourhood, Cheakamus Crossing is completely self-contained. During the 2010 Winter Olympics, it was homes to visiting athletes, but now, its townhomes and condos are filled with local families. The development was designed for sustainability.