Shaughnessy is largely residential, with a higher-than-average proportion of heritage houses from the first half of last century. Several major arteries and the Canada Line subway serve this otherwise serene area. Local residents enjoy shopping areas in Arbutus to the west and Cambie Village to the northeast. The eastern side of this area has two hospitals and the gorgeous VanDusen Botanical Garden. Shaughnessy is the city's geographic heart, between Queen Elizabeth Park and Arbutus.
One community near Shaughnessy has a community plan underway: