Point Grey is a neighbourhood on the western side of the city. It was named after a close friend of Captain George Vancouver, Captain George Grey. This upscale neighbourhood offers waterfront living in gorgeous well kept houses. The streets are hilly and tree-lined, with boundries of 16th Avenue to the south, Alma Street to the east, English Bay to the north, and Blanca Street to the west. It is one of the two western-most neighbourhoods within Vancouver city limits and is the one closest to the University of British Columbia campus.
With its close proximity to the University, many residents rent out basement suites in their homes to local students. In order to increase density and reduce overall traffic the City of Vancouver has phased out the zoning restrictions that made secondary suites in the West Point Grey district strictly illegal. It is now possible to have a legal secondary suite in a basement in this zoned area subject to parking, fire separation, ceiling height, plumbing, gas and electrical bylaw requirements.
There are 4 elementary schools: Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Queen Elizabeth, Queen Mary, and University Hill. The 2 secondary schools are Lord Byng and University Hill. West Point Grey Park is in the centre of Point Grey, but the main attraction is Jericho Beach Park which is home to such upscale clubs as The Jericho Tennis Club and The Royal Vancouver Yacht Club.
The main commercial strip with shops and restaurants is along West 10th Avenue between Tolmie Street and Discovery Street. North of West 4th Avenue, the area slopes steeply downhill where it meets English Bay at Locarno Beach and the Spanish Banks.