Pemberton and Squamish are two popular choices for those looking to purchase a home or condo in the region surrounding Whistler. As someone who has lived in Pemberton since 1999 and has sold hundreds of homes and condos in the area, I have some insight into the pros and cons of each location. Here are four main points to consider when choosing between Pemberton and Squamish:
For me, Pemberton has a certain charm and welcoming atmosphere that Squamish lacks. While Squamish is a great place to raise a family and has a small town feel, Pemberton has a more village-like atmosphere that I find appealing. In Pemberton, you might see horses strolling down the street and tied up at a local coffee shop, adding to the community's unique character. However, others who have lived in Squamish for a longer period of time may feel differently, and find that it has a warm and inviting atmosphere.
Drive to Whistler:
If you work in or frequently visit Whistler, the drive from Pemberton (25 minutes on a good day) may be more appealing than the drive from Squamish (45 minutes under normal circumstances). Traffic between Squamish and Whistler can get heavy at certain times, due to the influx of Vancouverites heading to Whistler. This can make the drive longer, especially on powder days or in adverse winter driving conditions. On the other hand, Pemberton residents generally have a good skill set for driving mountain roads in the winter and tend to have winter tires, resulting in less frequent accidents and smoother traffic flow.
Proximity to Vancouver:
If you need quick access to Vancouver for work or flights out of Vancouver International Airport, Squamish may be a better choice for you. It is closer to Vancouver than Pemberton, making it more convenient for commuting or running errands in the city.
Both Pemberton and Squamish offer more affordable options for homes and condos compared to Whistler, where prices can be one and a half to two times higher. However, you will need to weigh the pros and cons of each location, including the vibe, drive to Whistler, and proximity to Vancouver, before making a decision. For those on a budget, the slightly longer commute from Pemberton or Squamish may be worth it to take advantage of the lower property prices.
Ultimately, the choice between Pemberton and Squamish will depend on your personal preferences and needs. Both locations have their own unique characteristics and offer a variety of benefits, so it's important to consider all factors before making a decision.