|"Downtown" Bear Mountain|
|Finlayson Reach Condos|
This region has a shortage of housing and each unit built anywhere frees up more space. Bear Mountain may be top end, but each local buyer frees up a house elsewhere in a neighbourhood like Gordon Head. A house in Gordon Head is then bought by someone from my neighbourhood and then a house here is available for the first time buyers.
There is still almost no retail up at Bear Mountain. You have a long drive for a litre of milk and some bread. There are some restaurants and as we discovered at Cullinaire the other day, the Copper Rock Grill seems to be very good.
The location also makes sense because it is an area of very low impact on the environment. It is on rock, it is not situated in a crucial part of a watershed, it has density, and the whole property is to the east of Hwy #1 and therefore has very limited wilderness values for wildlife or functioning ecosystems. There are few places that make better sense than where Bear Mountain is located.
I could only see on crane in evidence, so work seems to have slowed down a lot. Lower down I could see some new developments on the lower slopes and then off of Millstream road.
|Cavalcade Terrace behind Costco|
There is this bland acceptableness about these sort of developments. Ultimately it feels like the sort of suburban landscape that sucks out all the individuality and soul from the people. I know this sounds harsh, but I grew up in the 'burbs of Vancouver (Tsawwassen to exact) and that is what it felt like to me. But ultimately I have always been an iconoclast and just do not fit the societal expected norm. This always drove my former mother-in-law nuts.