Northeast is a tranquil, neighbourhood in the city of Maple Ridge. It is located to the North side of Dewdney Trunk Road, the East of Websters Corner neighborhood and to the West of the boundary of the municipality of Mission British Columbia. Northeast has an alluring rural, tight-knit feel, but is still within minutes of the brand name goods, quality services and recreational opportunities of a city. This neighbourhood covers more area than other parts of Maple Ridge, boasting large yards and mostly single-family homes with some townhouses and apartments.
The neighbourhood is still in the early stages of development so not a lot is documented on the community. Nevertheless, families and investors are eyeing the area in the hopes of rising property prices, and opportunities in the near to long term future. As the area continues to grow, so will its amenities and population. Northeast is in one of the fastest growing municipalities in British Columbia. The Maple Ridge municipality had a 10% population increase between 2006 and 2011 with the latest numbers being 82,256 residents (2016 census). The area will continue to grow and attract those interested in a rustic surrounding, but with all the urban-style amenities accessible as well.
Homes are still very affordable and are close to necessary amenities including public transportation, schools, shopping and grocery stores. Many Northeast homes are not too far from Golden Ears Park and Alouette Lake, with the stunning view of the south Alouette River and surrounding mountains. Residents are also able to access parks and nearby trails for outdoor activities.
Northeast enjoys the same mild temperate, coastal climate as the city. The average daily temperature in peak summer is 28°C, and the average temperature in peak winter time is approximately 2°C. Spring and fall are often warm, especially in June and September.
The Northeast neighborhood is a little more than 40 minutes from Vancouver, only 10 minutes from Langley and Surrey, and 15 minutes from Coquitlam. In the Northern regions of Websters Corner where Northeast is located, both the Alouette River and the Fraser Regional Correctional Centers employs much of the neighbourhood’s workforce. An added bonus is that these companies are not far away from the metro area and other residential areas.
The workforce in Maple Ridge is flourishing, with sales and services, manufacturing, business and finance, tourism and agriculture being the leading industries in the city. Initiatives from the provincial level have made business in Maple Ridge efficient. In fact, Maple Ridge has been named one of the best Canadian urban communities to put resources into. Being centrally located, Maple Ridge is an area where people can live on the outskirts to benefit from lower home prices and less crowding, while commuting to nearby cities for work.
For your shopping and dining needs, Northeast residents have many options to choose from. In nearby downtown Maple Ridge, there are more than 600 shops, stores and boutiques available. Places like Westgate Centre, located between the Fraser River and the Coast Mountains, offers 41 unique shops, boutiques and services, including, grocery, drug stores, restaurants, dry cleaning, insurance, pet supplies and much more. Specialty shops like Louis Leather Shop & Motorcycle Wear offers a wide array of high quality leather clothing, jewelry and novelty items.
Great dining spots are in abundance all throughout the city, especially along the Dewdney Trunk Road in downtown, Maple Ridge. Residents can find Dutch and Japanese cuisine, authentic Italian specialties among others. De Dutch off Lougheed Hwy. serves up Dutch food for breakfast and brunch with rave reviews. Get fresh sushi and sashimi at Fat Tuna Japanese Restaurant, or grab a quick bite at Kingfishers Waterfront Bar & Grill, where you can enjoy a mushroom and cheese beef burger, or whatever you are in the mood for.
Northeast residents are mostly car-dependent, so they utilize their own vehicles to get around. However, throughout the city, there are public transportation options as well for those needing that service. The TransLink buses pick up frequently and run routes all over the city. This makes it easy to get public transportation to downtown or the surrounding areas. Dewdney Trunk Road is the main through-way for the Northeast neighbourhood and allows residents to access other neighbourhoods from there. The Vancouver International Airport is less than an hour away, but most residents use the Pitt Meadows Regional Airport, which is just minutes away from Northeast.
The children of Northeast enroll in the Webster’s Corner Elementary school in their formative years. Many residents are within walking distance of the school, so parents can casually walk their children to and from school each day. Webster’s Corner Elementary feeds into Garibaldi Secondary school and Meadowridge Academy. The School District Number 42 is in charge of the Maple Ridge area, which includes Northeast. They oversee 18 different elementary schools and 5 secondary schools.
Maple Ridge is also known for having excellent education programs that focus on industries like technology and allowing the students to learn at their own pace with modified instruction. Post-secondary options are available to Northeast residents in surrounding areas, which includes Douglas College, BCIT and Sprott Shaw College.
Arts and Entertainment
The main art draw in the city is the ACT Arts Centre. It is common for residents and visitors to enjoy a number of live performances throughout the month in one of the centre’s excellent theatres. It also offers classes to those wanting to learn a variety of arts, including drawing, painting and pottery. The Maple Ridge Gallery is also a popular visiting spot, where residents can check out exhibitions featuring emerging artists, including local artists from Maple Ridge and occasional exhibitions from national and international artists. Other galleries are accessible as well. Explore the Art Gallery at Evergreen Cultural Centre in Coquitlam. It features annual exhibitions showcasing international, national and local artists and hosts educational programs encouraging literacy in the visual arts.
For a stroll down memory lane, the Maple Ridge Museum & Community Archives, between the Lougheed Highway and Haney Bypass, is a must go, as it features First Nations pre-history, history of settlement and prominent families and a world-class model railway diorama of the Port Haney area. The Hanley House Museum in Maple Ridge also offers informative and exciting tours on the history of the museum and its architecture. If you want to enjoy a great film, watch a movie at Hollywood 3 Pitt Meadows, located near the intersection of Lougheed Highway and Harris Road.
Northeast neighborhood is perfect for activities like hiking, biking, canoeing, snowmobiling, cross-country skiing, motorcycling and fly fishing at Whonnock Lake. The community allows residents to enjoy wildlife right at their doorstep. Nearby Rolley Lake Provincial Park offers fishing, canoeing, hiking and hunting. The mountainous and higher elevated region of Northeast gets more snowfall in the winter, which makes snow activities even more enjoyable. For those who love nature and thrills, the nearby city offers up many options. Trails and dykes are all over the city, enabling residents from all the surrounding neighbourhoods, including Northeast, to enjoy horseback riding, hiking, cycling and exploring. Trails like the Spirea Nature Trail in Maple Ridge that has beautiful flora is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching.
The Golden Provincial Park is another major attraction for residents and visitors alike. It features colour coded trails that range from novice hiker to expert. The Pitt Meadows Airport is home to a skydiving company and a skateboard park nearby and offers plenty of opportunities to try out your newest tricks. As a developing community, Northeast is not as established in the sporting arena as other areas. However, Northeast residents can easily access sporting activities in the surrounding communities. The Planet Ice in Maple Ridge is a great two rink facility and home to Cam Neely Arena. Fitness facilities like Trevor Linden Fitness on Dewdney Trunk Rd is always ready to whip you into shape.
Investing in Northeast Estate
With wide open spaces and open access to nature, Northeast is becoming a preferred choice for many individuals. As Maple Ridge continues to grow, development will extend to bordering neighbourhoods like Northeast, bringing more single-family and multi-family housing options. As the demand for housing solutions increases, property values will rise. Investors who take advantage of the affordable housing opportunities now available, can expect to reap the benefits as their value goes up. Investors love developing neighbourhoods like Northeast.
The open spaces, access to excellent schools and healthcare, and fantastic work options, entices families seeking a wholesome environment. Overall, this makes it a good time to invest in Northeast. The neighborhood offers a high-quality lifestyle in a sophisticated, rustic surrounding. Owning real estate in Northeast promotes an active outdoors lifestyle with a lot to explore and enjoy.