West Point Grey
December 1, 2010
Veer off the thoroughfare of 10th Avenue, which jettisons tens of thousands of commuters to UBC each morning, and you’ll be crowded off sidewalks by overgrown laurels (actual and honorific). This is where Trevor Linden and Eric McCormack and Chip Wilson have their homes. The few shops in West Point Grey are frequented by Brooks Brothers men and Lululemon ladies. Moneyed as the residents may be, they’re less keyed-up than people in other tony areas—nicely weathered, gardening, dog-walking sorts. Still, step north of West 4th and the hulking houses seem to discreetly ask, “I’m sorry, do I know you?” The city’s first golf course was set up here in 1892, and its premier yacht club, RVYC, is naturally stationed here, too. Ever since the municipality was established, in 1909, development has lagged—which suits most residents just fine. But things are finally densifying: for the first time in the area’s history, there are fewer detached houses than duplexes and apartments.—Pat Richardson
Jacqui Cohen | President, Army & Navy
The House I’ve had one house or another on Point Grey Road since the ’70s. At one point my brother, sister, and I all lived on this road. We appreciated it back in the hippie days. The place I’m in now I bought in 1984 and did extensive renovations with [designer] Robert Ledingham and [architect] Russell Hollingsworth. I’d just moved back from Beverly Hills, so the three of us created a Californian-Mediterranean style home—palm trees and all.
The Room My favourite part of the home is my bedroom. That’ll sound scandalous, won’t it? But it’s the views. Every night I can watch the ocean and the stars.
The Neighbourhood I don’t want to sound spoiled, but I’ve travelled a lot and Vancouver is the best city in the world. And Point Grey’s the best neighbourhood in the city. I mean, how can you not feel spiritual about it with the mountains, herons, eagles? A heron sits on my tree every morning. But, you know, I also live in the Downtown Eastside, where my flagship department store is. I love both areas equally.
The Party For 21 years my neighbors have put up with traffic jams during my Face the World events—fundraisers for Vancouver’s less fortunate. We raised $1.3 million this year on my patio. It’s become like the Academy Awards, with red carpets and limousines. My neighbours even have their own Face the World parties just to people-watch.
The Haunts My dog, Martini, and I hit a few favourite places regularly. There’s the groomer’s, Jackie’s, on 4th Avenue. And we love Trattoria Kitchen for dinner and Planet Veg when we’re feeling more hippie. VM