Which Whistler Neighbourhood is Best for your Lifestyle?

July 18, 2019

When it comes to Whistler neighbourhoods there is a lot to choose from. Each area brings its own charm and appeal depending on your lifestyle needs and wants.

Whistler attracts a huge variety of people, each seeking out their own adventures, and the area certainly doesn’t disappoint. Ultimately the right neighbourhood can depend on the type of property you are looking for, the proximity too amenities, land, and a whole host of other factors.

We spoke to some of our agents to find out exactly which neighbourhoods suit different lifestyles!

The Skier/Snowboarder

If you’re coming to Whistler primarily to ski or snowboard, the chances are that you’re looking for something close to the slopes. Ski-in/ski-out properties are hugely sought after and can be found in a couple of different neighbourhoods, depending on your preference. The Upper Village and Benchlands provide access to the base of Blackcomb Mountain, while Nordic and Kadenwood provide access to Whistler Mountain. Kadenwood even has it’s own private gondola!

If you love to ski but don’t mind having to travel a short distance to the lift, then you can find great slope access in Whistler Village, Brio, and Whistler Creek. These areas are just a short walk away from the lifts and offer a wide range of housing options. However, you will find that most Village properties or those close to the slope tend to be condominiums or properties with zoning relating to renting/occupancy. So be sure to ask your Realtor for recommendations specific to your needs.


The Biker

Whistler is just as popular in the summer as it is in winter, and mountain biking continues to grow as one of the biggest outdoor pursuits. If you are looking to bike, whether it’s in the bike park or on one of the many Whistler trails, then there are quite a few options to choose from.

Those looking to primarily ride the bike park will be best suited to similar neighbourhoods to the skiers – Upper Village, Brio and Village North are all great options, and now that the bike park extends to Creekside Whistler Creek, Nordic, and Bayshores are all great options for bikers.

In addition to the bike park, Whistler offers some incredible trail riding. Neighbourhoods close to trailheads include Upper Village, White Gold, Stonebridge, and Cheakamus Crossing.


The Socialite

We know that Whistler isn’t just for adventure seekers – it’s a beautiful place that is just great to be in. Many people come to Whistler to enjoy the general lifestyle and company of likeminded people.

If you’re looking for an area that encapsulates this you may be interested in the Village, Upper Village, Whistler Creek, or Whistler North. All of these neighbourhoods offer great access to everything you could possibly want to enjoy!


The Year-Round Adventurer

One thing you’ll know if you’re familiar with Whistler is that it’s not just seasonal – Whistler is a year-round adventure playground, with things to do all the time. There are incredible hiking trails, places to camp, lakes, golf courses, and so much more!

If you’re seeking the year-round, multi-sport, adventure lifestyle then, to be honest, you could probably live anywhere in Whistler! However, some of our favourite spots include Alta Vista, Emerald, Blueberry Hill, and Whistler Cay Heights. These areas offer great access to everything you could want including lakes, hiking trails, biking trails, along with the valley trail and transport links to get wherever you want to go!


The Family

Whether you’re moving to Whistler to settle down and start a family or you’re a regular visitor with a rental property, there are a number of areas that are great for families.

Alpine Meadows, Nesters, White Gold and Whistler Cay are all close to local schools, playgrounds, and also offer great access to the valley trail network and other amenities. Further away from the local schools, but full of longtime locals and other families, Cheakamus Crossing, Spring Creek, Rainbow and Emerald are also perfect for those looking for a great family-friendly area.


For more information on which area is best suited to your needs, get in touch with one of our local Realtors.


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