Shaughnessy: Neighbourhood by the Numbers

50: Down payment (in dollars) required to buy a lot in Shaughnessy Heights in 1909. Total cost of a lot offered by realtors Trites & Leslie was $450, with payments over 18 months.

3: Private high schools: Little Flower Academy (Catholic, girls, founded 1927); Vancouver College (Catholic, boys, founded 1922); York House (independent, girls, founded 1932).

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72.3: Percentage of Shaughnessy residents living west of Granville Street have a university degree, according to 206 Census data. East of Granville Street, the figure is 51.3%. Across 27Metro Vancouver, 30.7% of residents have a university degree.

255,000: Individual plants, from as far away as the Himalayas and South Africa, in the 22-hectare (55-acre) VanDusen Botanical Garden, which opened in 1975 on the site of the former Shaughnessy Golf and Country Club.

544: Ornamental trees planted in First Shaughnessy during its construction: tulip trees, cut leaf birch, sugar maple, American elm, magnolia, English Hawthorne, English beech and Oriental plane, a tree native to Persia.

1,200: Men hired by the CPR to clear and service First Shaughnessy from 1907 to 1909. They felled trees, installed macadamized roads and cement sidewalks, hauled sand and gravel by horse-drawn waggon, built water and sewer systems and installed electric wires.

51.5: Percentage of the houses in Shaughnessy were built before 1946. Three Shaughnessy houses were mentioned in the 2012 endangered list of Heritage Vancouver: a 1910 mansion on Hudson Street with intact period interiors; a 1910 Tudor revival mansion on Marpole Avenue; and a 1920 home on Connaught Drive designed by architects Samuel Maclure and Ross Lort.

27.8: Percentage of residents with Chinese as their first language. Another 59.4% of Shaughnessy residents have English as their mother tongue. At Shaughnessy Elementary (which the Fraser Institute ranked 81st out of 860 B.C. elementary schools in 2010-11), 30.6% of the enrolment are ESL students.

5,000: Minimum amount (in dollars) a buyer of a property in Shaughnessy in 1909 had to spend on building a house on their lot, according to building restrictions imposed by the Canadian Pacific Railway, which developed Shaughnessy.

37.1: Percentage of residents aged 40 to 64, according to 2006 Census data. 23.1% of Shaughnessy residents are aged 20 to 39, and 21.6% are aged 19 and under. Seniors aged 65 and up comprise 18.1% of residents.

70.5: Percentage of the housing in Shaughnessy is single-family detached homes. West of Granville Street, apartments comprise just 12.3% of the housing stock, one of the lowest percentages in Vancouver, according to 206 Census data. The average for Metro Vancouver was 53.4% apartments.

350: Volunteers at Canuck Place, a hospice that provides palliative care to sick children. Founded in the 16,000-square-foot Glen Brae Manor heritage home, which the City of Vancouver leases to Canuck Place for $1 per year. Opened in 1995, the hospice can accommodate up to nine patients.

1962: Year the University Womens Club, founded in 1907, purchased the then-vacant Hycroft, a Shaughnessy mansion built between 1909 and 1910. The clubs approximately 400 members were educated at more than 110 universities worldwide.

177,604: Average household income (in dollars). Shaughnessy residents work in the following fields: 22% business, finance and administration; 21% management; 17% sales and service; 14% public service; 9% health, 6% sciences.

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