The West Side
Vancouver’s West Side is comprised of many unique and attractive neighbourhoods. The total area of the West Side encompasses the south shore of English Bay from Point Grey towards the West and across to Fairview. The region is mostly residential with two main commercial areas and lots of independent, smaller shops and notable restaurants throughout the many different neighbourhoods.
Point GreyPoint Grey is one of Vancouver’s older neighbourhoods, with many long-time residents. The area is known for two of the city’s popular beaches, Jericho Beach and Spanish Banks. Both beaches are great for watching the sunset, over English Bay and the mountains. Point Grey Village serves as the area’s shopping district, where many independently owned businesses contribute to a village-like atmosphere. Point Grey runs along English Bay, between the University of British Columbia and Kitsilano.
Point Grey is well-known for being one of Canada’s most expensive and beautiful neighbourhoods to live and real estate prices certainly reflect this to be true. The average house price in Point Grey is $2,000,000 – $3,000,000 but prices can easily reach and surpass $20,000,000. Stunning waterfront properties, custom builds and world-class renovations of Heritage homes are found throughout the area. Lots tend to be large, streets are picturesque and many properties boast sweeping views of the city and / the ocean across to the North Shore mountains.
It is per square foot the most expensive area of Vancouver as it is such a desirable a area to call home. Residents are a mix of University Professionals, young wealthy families, entertainment professionals and many established community leaders.
Most Common Properties in Point Grey:
• large, luxury homes
KitsilanoPerhaps most famous for Kits Beach, rated one of the ten best beaches in the world, Kitsilano is a vibrant community close to downtown and UBC. The area attracts students, young professionals and families. Real Estate is generally older. Fabulous Art Deco and Heritage homes are found throughout the gorgeous tree-lined streets.
Two main commercial areas are West 4th and Broadway, both of which are a mecca of cuisine from around the globe, independent retail, markets and organic grocery stores. The area is know for having a “healthy” vibe as residents tend to be seen in yoga or cycling gear unless they are headed for dinner in which case most places are perfectly casual and jeans and sandals are perfectly acceptable.
Kitsilano’s hippie roots made it an affordable place to live for many years but it’s proximity to downtwon, Granville Island and a strong artistic community has forced housing prices to rise in accordance with the rest of the city. Fortunately because of the older nature of a lot of the buildings, square footage is a bonus of living here. The demographic is largely younger with more than half of the residents age between 25 and 45.
Most Common Properties in Kitsilano:
• 1-2 bedroom condos
• Attached Single Family Residences – Townhomes
• Attached Multi-Family Residences – large, old heritage homes divided into multiple units
FairviewIt is often said that “all roads pass through Fairview”. True or not, if you want to be central in Vancouver, Fairview is a good place to locate yourself. Access to downtown by car or bike couldn’t be faster and central roads like Broadway, West 16th and 12th will take you straight out to UBC. Fairview is also home to not one but two Canada Line stations: Olympic Village Station and Broadway – City Hall Station. The Canada Line is a rapid transit system connects downtown Vancouver to the Vancouver International Airport (YVR).
Fairview is in the central section of the city, from Granville Island along scenic False Creek to Science World, and south to Shaughnessy. It is home to many smaller communities such as False Creek and South Granville, which locals will refer to individually but if you are shopping for real estate in the area, Fairview is the appropriate name for the entire area encompassing all of the above and as you start your search you will be able to find the right niche for you.
Fairview is also home to one of the most well-known areas of our city known as the Olympic Village. Developed between 2006 and completing in 2009 for the 2010 Winter Olympic Games hosted by Vancouver, the area used to be nothing but empty land filled with parking lots. Seeing as how the area sits directly on the water across from Yaletown, it seems natural that this should be developed into a livable community for local residents. After much planning and many more challenges, the area was converted into residential and commercial after the games were over and is now a thriving community filled with residential housing, a community centre, daycare, retail, restaurants, cafes, pubs and service spaces. The area offers a lovely waterfront / city lifestyle that many have found irresistible and it is also serviced by the Aquabus into downtown and along False Creek. Many new developments are going up around the Village area as the community continues to expand.
Fairview is a neighbourhood on the West Side of Vancouver that includes central Broadway, an important commercial district for the area known for being home to Vancouver General Hospital, BC Cancer Agency, BC Healthy Living Alliance and of course, Vancouver City Hall.
Fairview is home to one of Vancouver’s most popular attractions, Granville Island, and also to Gallery Row in the South Granville shopping district. Emily Carr University is found in the area, located on Granville Island. Fairview is served by Kitsilano Secondary School and Eric Hamber Secondary School, as well as L’École Bilingue, Emily Carr Elementary School, Edith Cavell Elementary School, False Creek Elementary School, Henry Hudson Elementary School, Shaughnessy Elementary School, and Trafalgar Elementary School, although only False Creek and L’École Bilingue are physically located in the neighbourhood. The private schools Madrona School and Blessed Sacrament School also find their home in the neighbourhood. Many of these schools serve families living in the aforementioned Kitsilano area.
The demographic of the area is generally younger with most ages averaging between 25 and 45, students, young professionals and couples. It is one of the more affordable areas around the West Side and continues to develop with several new builds and the continued development of the False Creek area.
Most Common Properties in Fairview:
• 1 & 2 bedroom condos
• Townhomes – many newer ones with rooftops patios and great views of the city and the shore mountains
• Boutique Apartment Buildings 12-50 units per building
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