Little Mountain Houses for Sale
Search all Little Mountain Houses for Sale and real estate listings below. Little Mountain is a neighbourhood in Chilliwack, BC, also known as Mount Shannon. Homes in this neighbourhood are often on spacious lots lined along cul-de-sacs and quiet roads.
Situated at a higher elevation, many properties offer panoramic views of the below valley and surrounding mountains. Be sure to register for a free account so that you can receive email alerts whenever new Little Mountain properties come on the market.
Real Estate in Little Mountain
Investing or owning in the Little Mountain neighbourhood presents an interesting opportunity to buy in proximity to one of the few remaining private urban forests. There is a tension between conservationists and developers that is important to consider when deciding on a purchase. Most of the new development has been driven by a company called "Little Mountain Developments," which advertises the opportunity to build a dream home adjacent to "seven acres of adjoining trailed, forested park-like area." In 2022, lots are selling for approximately $300,000 - $400,000, with additional costs that depend on how you decide to spec your home. The homes are large and suburban, with multi-car garages to accommodate the vehicle fleet of a commuter family. Some homes are dramatic, offering huge floor plans with enough space for bedrooms and indoor recreational areas. Some homes have outdoor lap pools, and most are built to take advantage of the unique views.
As you get closer to the base of the mountains, the houses become smaller and closer together. The true luxury homes are either at the top or directly adjacent to the densely forested land. Interestingly, most of the forest is still privately owned. Below, we discuss the tension between a local conservation group (that is attempting to raise funds to buy back the parkland) and the developers who see an opportunity to build magnificent homes right among the trees.
This could be an interesting time to buy into the place. On the one hand, if the conservationists win, you'll be near a beautiful park that will see no further development, allowing you to lock into a unique opportunity. On the other hand, if further development occurs, the neighbourhood may be improved with additional amenities and a more community-like atmosphere. Throughout Vancouver, most people are blessed with homes closer to green space. Even in the urban centre of Vancouver, you are no more than a 15-minute walk from a park, and neighbourhoods like Burnaby and Surrey offer large public parks to accommodate many residents. Even in light of this, Little Mountain is unique - the forest is old and is more natural. As well it is privately owned.
The development here has been relatively gentle, with most homes built over time rather than in large development swathes. The developers of Chilliwack Mountain sold off the lots individually, and then the owners would choose how to build their homes. As such, there is a nice variety in the style of homes, and you won't be stuck in a typical suburban situation where your house looks the same as your 100 neighbours!
About Little Mountain
Little Mountain is a neighbourhood in the northeastern part of the City of Chilliwack. The name comes from the topography, it is indeed a "little mountain," or perhaps more of a hill.
In Chilliwack, there is an ancient forest that few people are aware of. Some of the best pathways for exploring nature, taking in the fresh air, riding, hiking, and wandering can be found inside this forested area, as it is the LAST and ONLY urban forest on the north side of Chilliwack, and it is situated on "Little Mountain," also called Mt. Shannon.
There is an interesting dynamic in Little Mountain between the newly developed urban areas and the old forest. If you look at Google Maps satellite view, you can see how the development has already begun on the eastern part of the mountain, with a large clear cut that has already happened in anticipation of new development.
Besides the forest, there aren't many amenities in this neighbourhood. A daycare and a respite home are tucked into this community, but those seeking things to do, would need to explore other parts of the nearby area.
Things to do Near Little Mountain
Both on and off the mountain, there are a few things for residents to enjoy. Let's look at our top three recommendations for spending your free time as a resident of Little Mountain.
Play a Round at the Meadowlands
Just east of this neighbourhood lies an 18-hole, par 70-course offering over 5,600 yards of rolling fairways lined with fire, cottonwood and maple trees. Built in 1924, Meadowlands golf course is almost ready to celebrate its 100-year anniversary. The rich history of this place can be felt, and on the website, they mention that at one point, the golf tournaments held there had live animals as prizes! Although you might not be able to win a goat or cow today, you can still find a jovial, welcoming atmosphere available to members and non-members. This is a classic park-land style course, with vast open areas that make it accessible for players of all skill levels.
Go for a Walk in the Little Mountain Forest
Little Mountain's west and north faces are owned by the City of Chilliwack and private landowners. Although much of the mountain has already been developed, there are areas on the outer edges where steep descents make development difficult and where the city has already conceptualized a green belt in their 2020 Greenspace Plan. A news release from the City of Chilliwack explains, "This proposed greenbelt is an assembly of city-owned and future remainder lands after the development of privately-owned parcels. The goal of the greenbelt is to protect and preserve the forest and incorporate trails, nodes, viewpoints and educational areas while allowing members of the public to access the green space." Immersing yourself in this almost mystical forest is all that is needed to understand why the Chilliwack Park Society is working so hard to preserve this space. Today, you can find trailheads on Quarry Road and at the end of Swallow Place. The official trailhead is on Quarry Road, intersecting with Beaver Crescent. The relatively undeveloped trails are also accessible from Kinsman Park off Hope River Road.
Enjoy a Day in the City of Chilliwack
Once you've explored the forest and enjoyed a round of golf, you might be ready for a more urban atmosphere. Little Mountain is directly adjacent to the city, so you can easily head downtown for drinks, dinner, or a morning coffee at one of the many bars and shops dotted throughout the city. Chilliwack is large enough to offer urban variety while still providing a small-town atmosphere.
For those who are interested in learning more about the Little Mountain real estate market, our Client Care Coordinators are here to help. Our team of experts is always available to answer questions about the market, whether you are considering moving to the area or selling your Little Mountain home. For those requiring a deeper level of expertise, we can connect you with local experts who share our values and will provide excellent customer service no matter your requirement.