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Port Coquitlam, affectionately referred to by locals as “PoCo”, is a growing city located less than 30 kilometres east of Vancouver where the Fraser and Pitt Rivers meet. Although Port Coquitlam is mostly recognized as a peaceful suburban community, it also has much to offer in terms of amenities, city events, recreation services, as well as real estate options.
Working in Port Coquitlam:
While Port Coquitlam is predominantly a residential area, it’s still possible to find a growing number of small businesses throughout the city creating local jobs in the retail and service trade. However, as a bedroom community, the vast majority of those living within Port Coquitlam are employed outside of the city. Just minutes away from the community, you will find major employers such as Coca Cola and Sony providing job opportunities in the City of Coquitlam.
The most common location of employment amongst residents of Port Coquitlam is, by far, Vancouver. Most working residents who commute by car into Vancouver, travel by way of the Trans Canada Highway. For those who prefer to avoid the heavy traffic during peak hours, the West Coast Express commuter train is the logical choice. According the National Household Survey conducted by the Government of Canada, the “median commuting duration” amongst the working residents of Port Coquitlam is just about a half an hour.
Having Fun in Port Coquitlam:
Port Coquitlam’s downtown area offers the Leigh Square Community Arts Village working to encourage community development through its arts programs while also providing a cultural meeting space for residents. This centre hosts a range of art exhibits that rotate frequently and features artists working with a wide variety of media. Leigh Square also offers a variety of programs for all ages, such as workshops on film-making, spring and summer art camps, and themed theatrical parties.
This family-friendly city also offers many different outdoor activities and events geared toward forming a welcoming and tight-knit community. During the Christmas season, Port Coquitlam offers Christmas in Leigh Square, an event that includes entertainment, various activities, and a lighting ceremony. Cinema Under the Stars is another event where a summer series of outdoor films are held at different locations across the city. This is just a few of the very many events that residents can enjoy throughout the year.
Not only does Port Coquitlam place a tremendous amount of value in building community connection, it also accommodates its residents with numerous parks and centres for recreation. Port Coquitlam has 266 hectares of natural areas and parklands along with park sites, sports fields, playgrounds, outdoor pools, tennis courts, and more. You can also spend your leisure time taking a hike through the Traboulay PoCo Trail system.
Living in Port Coquitlam:
One of the most attractive features of Port Coquitlam is probably the easy “bridge free” commute into downtown Vancouver. Port Coquitlam is easily one of Vancouver’s more affordable bedroom communities and offers a great selection of real estate options.
Port Coquitlam homes are generally detached single-family houses or condominiums that are more roomy and cheaper per square foot than Vancouver homes. To start, you can check out Thames Crescent or drive along Coast Merdian Road and Faser Avenue where you will find neighborhoods with a collection of fairly new properties sitting on well-kept streets.
If you’re interested in buying a condominium, there are several multiplex developments along Grant Avenue, between Wellington Street and Coast Meridian Road. Alternatively, if you’re looking for a more spacious house in a neighbourhood with quick access to the highway, there is also the option of searching in the more established communities that are located along Citadel Drive nearby Highway 7B/Mary Hill Bypass. Regardless of your preference, there is definitely a diverse supply of homes to choose from here.
As a small city with all the essential features of a modern-day community, Port Coquitlam is an excellent choice for you and your family. If you’re thinking about buying a home in Port Coquitlam, give me a call to help you find available listings in a neighbourhood that can best meet your needs and desires.