20-Minute Neighbourhoods

The Australian city of Melbourne is influencing planning in Metro Vancouver with their 20-Minute Neighbourhoods strategy noted in their ‘Plan Melbourne 2017-2050’. The Plan states that its strategy is to create “accessible, safe and attractive local areas where people can access most of their everyday needs within a 20-minute walk, cycle or local public transport trip.” Metro Vancouver has a similar goal, called Complete Communities, outlined in their new Metro 2050 growth strategy.

Boffo Properties is a huge proponent of strategies that create inclusive communities and support walking and a healthy lifestyle. Our recent Eastpark and Edgemont Walk communities both have a Walk Score of 81 and this was important to the Boffo team when choosing to develop homes in these locations. Walk Score measures the walkability of every address in the US and Canada and scores from 70-89 are considered very walkable with the ability to accomplish most errands on foot.

Our sold-out Eastpark community is ideally located in Vancouver’s Little Mountain neighbourhood with so many amenities just a short walk away. Homeowners at Eastpark can walk to nearby restaurants, cafes, grocery stores, galleries and a diverse range of shops that line Main Street. Queen Elizabeth Park and Hillcrest Community Centre are only a five minute walk away and offer many options for recreation, including: swimming, tennis, baseball, basketball, pitch and putt and more.

Similarly, our sold-out Edgemont Walk community is located at the entry to North Vancouver’s hidden gem, Edgemont Village. Homeowners can leave their cars at home and walk down the boulevard to access all the services, shopping and dining they need every day. Schools and the newly built Delbrook Community Recreation Centre are also within a 20-minute walk.

We are proud to contribute new housing in 20-minute neighbourhoods and complete communities that Metro Vancouver states, “are designed to support walking, cycling and transit, and to foster healthy lifestyles…where people can: find an appropriate place to live at all stages of their lives, earn a living, [and] access the services they need.” To read more about 20-Minute Neighbourhoods and how they are influencing Metro Vancouver’s growth strategy, read this recent article from The Georgia Straight.