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How living in a neighbourhood you love improves your wellbeing

Did you know that your community can have a significant impact on your quality of life?
Westerleigh PARC Photo: Colleen Burke Photography

Studies have shown that the area in which you live affects both your mental and physical health in many ways. People living in neighbourhoods with access to the natural environment have higher levels of life satisfaction than individuals in locations with less access.

Just think back to when you chose your current home – whether it was the home in which you raised your family or the sanctuary you enjoyed in your later years – you probably considered the neighbourhood as a key factor in your decision.

For young families, proximity to schools, parks, recreational facilities and grocery stores is evidently important. For older adults, many of the same considerations apply, along with other important features such as easy accessibility to medical services, proximity to walking paths, shopping and restaurants.

Many reasons to live in a ‘Hood’ you love

Living in a community you love as you age is important for many reasons. It could be that you have friends and family close by – or neighbours you’ve literally grown older with. Your relationships with doctors, pharmacists and even your favourite local haunts are important factors in establishing a healthy lifestyle that includes social activity and wellness.'

If you’ve decided to move to an invigorating new location— perhaps closer to your adult children — ensure your new location enhances your lifestyle. Your neighbourhood and its proximity to all the things that make your life better should be a front-running factor in your decision. And, if you’re exploring a move to a senior-oriented residence, your choices today couldn’t be better.

The good news is you shouldn’t have to sacrifice your ideal location, whether it’s in your current area or close to your heart’s desires, Including things like nature trails, ocean seawall walks, urban shopping or simply a calm neighbourhood setting.

Westerleigh PARC is minutes from the West Vancouver Seawall. Photo: Barry J. Brady Photography

Your local independent living residences

If you love your neighbourhood, consider the opportunity to live somewhere you’d love just as much, close to all that you hold dear.

PARC understands how important the right location is for a thriving senior lifestyle. That’s why the team has built stunning residences in prime locations—you don’t have to worry about leaving your favourite things behind. With two locations in North Vancouver, one in West Vancouver, one in Burnaby and another in White Rock, plus two new locations coming soon in Coquitlam and Kelowna, PARC has many of the fantastic neighbourhoods across B.C. covered.

The large condo-style homes offer stunning views of mountains or water, along with easy access to all the amenities and services you need, including shopping and grocery stores, medical services, local eateries, community centres and churches, plus friendly high-walk-scores and social connections right at your doorstep.

PARC’s plentiful active living program also make it easy to socialize and create friendships, and its many driving services get you around if you need to go further. If you prefer quiet time in nature, all the communities have that covered too, with natural gardens and roof decks, and walking paths always close at hand.

Now is a great time to consider renting in a neighbourhood you love. Learn more about PARC at