Travelling south 15-minutes from Whistler Creekside brings to the gated communities of Black Tusk Village and Pinecrest Estates. These private communities offer affordable family housing for locals, making it economical to buy a home close to Whistler!
Actually, Black Tusk is a bit more upscale, whereas Pinecrest is more rustic—creating a cottage country vibe! These are gated neighbourhoods, strictly allowing residents private access to the community, leading them to feel safe. Actually, Black Tusk & Pinecrest do in fact have their own volunteer fire department as well as their own water source & sewer systems, separating them from Whistler. Black Tusk & Pinecrest is family friendly and placed in the centre of the neighbourhood is a community centre giving residents access to the lake, a swimming pool & even a playground! In the winter however, this community centre is a great skating location for residents!
Black Tusk & Pinecrest were born of a need to move, due to the instability of the "Great Barrier", which holds back lesser & greater Garibaldi Lakes up above towards the Alpine. For history of the origins of the Black Tusk Village, CLICK HERE.
Gerry Swanstrom owns a home on Ridge Lane at Pinecrest and offers his advice for anyone thinking of making a move to either Black Tusk or Pinecrest:
The closest thing I can think of that is similar to the feel of these two areas would be cottage country in northern Ontario. Most of the homes here are less than 2,000 square feet and very few have basements. Most are just sitting on the bedrock on footings. We love that it's like having a cabin in the woods. It's just such a different feel than Whistler and that's the best part - that it's NOT like Whistler but you're still only a 10 minute drive to Creekside. We're really into cross country skiing and we feel pretty lucky that the Olympic venue at the Callaghan is not far away.