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Vancouver Neighbourhoods



Vancouver Westside

To learn about the neighbourhoods located in the Vancouver Westside click on the neighbourhoods below.  I have provided details on history, boundaries, amenities, schools, shopping and statistics for each neighbourhood.  
Kerrisdale
Shaughnessy
Arbutus Ridge
Dunbar / Southlands
West Point Grey
Kitsilano
Fairview
South Cambie
Oakridge
Marpole
University (Endownment Lands)


Kerrisdale

Kerrisdale is one of the most southern located neighborhoods, opposite from the downtown core.  Since the early European settlers of the 1900's many of the distinct architectural style homes reflecting Tudor, Spanish and Colonial remain.  Kerrisdale also retains the basic development pattern established by the Wilson Road and Vancouver-Lulu island train tracks that serviced the area. Kerrisdale features 50 named Heritage structures and remains one of the most pleasant neighborhoods in Vancouver.

Kerrisdale is a neighbourhood featuring a mix of newer houses and older bungalows as well as various low and mid-rise rental and condo apartment buildings in its northern section. The neighbourhood is an ethnic mix of Caucasian and Asian Canadians.Kerrisdale styles itself as a village and the main shopping strip is along West 41st Avenue between Balsam and Maple Street containing an assortment of restaurants, coffee shops, boutiques and specialty retail shops. 



Boundaries of Kerrisdale: 
  • Blenheim Street to the west                                   
  • Granville Street to the east
  • West 41st Avenue to the north
  • Fraser River (North Arm) to the south
Amenities:
  • Malkin Park
  • Kerrisdale Park
  • Kerrisdale Community Centre
  • Kerrisdale Arena
  • Mcleery Golf Course. 
Schools:
  • Kerrisdale Elementary                        - 5555 Carnarvon Street   604.713.5446
  • Maple Grove Elementary                    - 6199 Cypress Street       604.713.5356
  • McKechnie Elementary                      - 7455 Maple Street          604.713.5356
  • Magee Secondary                               - 6360 Maple Street          604.713.8200
  • Crofton House (Girl's Private School) - 3200 West 41st Avenue  604.263.3824
Census Population:
  • 14,735
Age Groups:
  • 22% - 19 and under
  • 22% - 20 to 39
  • 39% - 40 to 64
  • 16% - 65 and over
Type of Dwelling:
  • 59% -Single-detached house
  • 28% -Apartment under 5 storey's
  • 11% -Apartment 5 storey's and above
  • 1%   -Detached duplex
Rented Dwellings:
  • 36%
Predominant Household Language:
  • 55% -English
  • 31% -Chinese
  • 2%   -Korean
  • 1%   -German / French / Tagalog (Filipino)
Median Household Income:
  • $70,409
To learn more about the neighbourhood and the history visit Kerrisdale.
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Shaughnessy
Shaughnessy is one of the most expensive historic neighbourhoods in Vancouver.  The neighbourhood is strategically located in the centre of the city. Developed by the Canadian Pacific Railways (CP Rail) hiring Montreal landscape architect, Frederick Todd, and Danish engineer, L.E. Davick, to lay out curving streets and generous lots to lure the city's rich and famous during the economic boom in the early 1900's. By 1914, there were 243 houses in Shaughnessy and 80 per cent of the homeowners were listed on Vancouver's social register. In 1922, strict city zoning bylaws prohibited the subdivision of lots and limited construction to single-family dwellings per lot. Today, Shaughnessy has maintained its heritage of luxurious mansions on sprawling lots surrounded by landscape architectural exclusivity.

The central location of Shaughnessy within Vancouver allows for easy accessibility to neighbouring shopping districts such as Kerrisdale Village, Granville Corridor, South Cambie, Oakridge Centre and Granville Island.



Boundaries of Shaughnessy:  
  • West Boulevard to the west
  • Oak Street to the east
  • West 16th Avenue to the north
  • West 41st Avenue to the south
Amenities:
  • Angus Park
  • Devonshire Park
  • Shaughnessy Park
  • Van Dusen Botanical Garden 
Schools:
  • Shaughnessy Elementary                          - 4250 Marguerite Street 604.713.5500
  • Point Grey Secondary                              - 5350 East Boulevard      604.713.8220
  • York House (Girl's Private School)             - 4176 Alexandra Street  604.736.6651
  • Vancouver College (Boy's Private School)  - 5400 Cartier Street      604.261.4285
Census Population:
  • 8,900
Age Groups:
  • 22% - 19 and under
  • 22% - 20 to 39
  • 38% - 40 to 64
  • 19% - 65 and over
Type of Dwelling:
  • 69% -Single-detached house
  • 18% -Apartment under 5 storey's
  • 7%   -Detached duplex
  • 3%   -Row House
Rented Dwellings:
  • 22%
Predominant Household Language:
  • 58% -English
  • 27% -Chinese
  • 2%   -Taiwanese / Tagalog (Filipino)
Median Household Income:
  • $104,300
To learn more about the neighbourhood and the history visit Shaughnessy.
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Arbutus Ridge
The history of Arbutus Ridge is short, even by Vancouver standards. The community's uplands area known as Mackenzie Heights was first to see residential settlement during the 1920's with middle class homes.  It was not until after WWII in the mid 1940's when sand was brought in from False Creek and the low areas filled in with houses, schools and shops. in the late 1960's a major development occurred within the community when Arbutus Village, a housing and shopping complex was constructed to create what we see today. 

Arbutus Ridge is a quiet suburban upscale neighbourhood made up of predominantly residential homes ideal for families and young professionals.  The main shopping is shared with Kerrisdale along West 41st Avenue between Balsam and Maple Street.  In addition, there is the Arbutus Village Shopping Centre located within the heart of the neighbourhood.



Boundaries of Arbutus Ridge:

  • Mackenzie Street to the west
  • West Boulevard / Arbutus Street to the east
  • West 16th Avenue to the north
  • West 41st Avenue to the south
Amenities:
  • Quilchena Park
  • Prince of Wales Park
  • Trafalgar Park
  • Carnarvon Park
  • Arbutus Club (Private)
  • Ridge Theatre
  • Arbutus Village Recreation Centre
Schools:
  • Carnarvon Elementary           - 3400 Balaclava Street   604.713.5396
  • Trafalgar Elementary             - 4175 Trafalgar Street   604.713.5475
  • Prince of Wales Secondary    - 2250 Eddington Drive   604.713.8974
Census Population:
  • 15,910
Age Groups:
  • 23% - 19 and under
  • 20% - 20 to 39
  • 38% - 40 to 64
  • 19% - 65 and over
Type of Dwelling:
  • 40% -Single-detached house
  • 23% -Apartment 5 storey's and above
  • 21% -Apartment under 5 storey's
  • 11% -Detached duplex
  • 5%   -Row House
Rented Dwellings:
  • 32%
Predominant Household Language:
  • 46% -English
  • 37% -Chinese
  • 3%   -Korean
  • 2%   -Greek
  • 1%   -French / German
Median Household Income:
  • $56,113
To learn more about the neighbourhood and the history visit Arbutus Ridge.
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Dunbar / Southlands
Dunbar (Dunbar Heights) is a relatively quiet residential neighbourhood consisting of traditional established single family homes. The neighbourhood began development in the 1920's after the area became accessible. The land was formerly used as a storage site from logging. Dunbar has a strong architectural heritage with early homes built in styles such as Tudor and Edwardian. There are several heritage homes protected in this neighbourhood.

Southlands is located on the flood plains south of South West Marine Drive bordering the North Arm of the Fraser River.  Southlands is considered a rural oasis with its natural landscape and tranquil atmosphere. The neighbourhood has some of the most expensive properties in Greater Vancouver featuring multi-million dollar estates on secluded acreages.  It is not uncommon to drive through the Southlands and having to yield to horses out on a casual stroll with their owners.  

The main shopping strip is located on Dunbar Street between West 16th and West 30th Avenue and also the intersection of West 41st Avenue.  Here you will find restaurants, coffee shops, markets and retail businesses.



Boundaries of Dunbar / Southlands:
  • University Endowment Lands to the west
  • McKenzie Street to the east
  • West 16th Avenue to the north
  • Fraser River (North Arm) to the south
Amenities:
  • Balaclava Park
  • Comosun Park
  • Chaldecott Park
  • Memorial West Park
  • Musqueam Park
  • Eaglequest at Musqueam Golf Club
  • Pacific Spirit Regional Park
  • Shaughnessy Golf & Country Club (Private)
  • Southlands Riding Club
Schools:
  • Southlands Elementary                             - 5351 Camosun Street      604.713.5414
  • Lord Kitchener Elementary                       - 4055 Blenheim Street     604.713.5454
  • St. George's School (Boy's Private School) - 3851 West 29th Avenue  604.224.1304
Census Population:
  • 21,745
Age Groups:
  • 25% - 19 and under
  • 20% - 20 to 39
  • 40% - 40 to 64
  • 15% - 65 and over
Type of Dwelling:
  • 71% -Single-detached house
  • 23% -Detached duplex
  • 5%   -Apartment under 5 storey's
Rented Dwellings:
  • 19%
Predominant household language:
  • 70% -English
  • 17% -Chinese
  • 2%   -German
  • 1%   -Korean / French
Median Household Income:
  • $56,113
To learn more about the neighbourhood and the history visit Dunbar / Southlands.
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West Point Grey
West Point Grey is considered to be one of the wealthiest and sought after neighbourhoods in Vancouver for its spectacular views of the mountains, ocean and spectacular sunsets.  The community first began development in the early 1900's when the area's outstanding recreational potential was evident.  Early housing developments were all single detached homes with a strong English architectural influence. and due to the growing mobile population of this neighbourhood made up of families, professional singles and students it is not uncommon to find suites in many homes. The main shopping strip is located on West 10th Avenue between Alma and Tolmie Street.  Here you will find an array of boutiques, bistros, coffee shops, spas, and everything in between.


Boundaries of West Point Grey
:
  • University Endowment Lands to the west
  • Alma Street to the east
  • English Bay to the north
  • West 16th Avenue to the south
Amenities:
  • Jericho Beach Park
  • Lacarno Park
  • Spanish Bank Beach Park
  • Royal Vancouver Yacht Club
  • Point Grey Golf & Country Club
Schools:
  • Our Lady of Perpetual Help     - 2550 Camosun Street           604.228.8811
  • Queen Elizabeth Elementary   - 4102 West 16th Avenue      604.713.5408
  • Queen Mary Elementary          - 3851 2000 Trimble Street    604.713.5464
  • University Hill Elementary       - 5395 Chancellor Boulevard  604.713.5350
  • Lord Byng Secondary              - 3939 West 16th Avenue      604.713.8171
  • University Hill Secondary        -2896 Acadia Road                 604.713.8258
Census Population:
  • 12,795
Age Groups:
  • 21% - 19 and under
  • 24% - 20 to 39
  • 39% - 40 to 64
  • 16% - 65 and over
Type of Dwelling:
  • 44% -Single-detached house
  • 23% -Apartment under 5 storey's
  • 22% -Detached duplex
  • 8%   -Apartment 5 storey's and above
  • 1%   -Row House
Rented Dwellings:
  • 35%
Predominant Household Language:
  • 70% -English
  • 13% -Chinese
  • 2%   -French / German
  • 1%   -Farsi (Persian) / Spanish
Median Household  Income:
  • $84,448
To learn more about the neighbourhood and the history visit West Point Grey.
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Kitsilano
Kitsilano is one of the most popular neighbourhoods in Vancouver and the 2nd most recognizable community in Canada after Toronto's Rosedale community.  It was not until 1932 when the Burrard Bridge was erected that allowed the neighbourhood to take shape.  Original developments were single family homes built during World War II which many have since been transformed into apartments and duplexes to cater to the heavily populated neighbourhood.

Kitsilano is often called the land of beautiful beaches and people with its trendy eclectic vibes most evident during the summer months.  There is no shortage of areas to shop as a unique blend of supermarkets, retail stores, coffee shops, restaurants, pubs, bars and everything in between can be found throughout the Kitsilano neighbourhood.  Notable shopping strips are along West 4th Avenue and West Broadway.  To live here is to be a part of a lifestyle evident by its younger and culturally diverse demographic interested in a healthy and social outdoor lifestyle. 

The main attraction is definitely the Kitsilano Beach waterfront equipped with outdoor pools, tennis courts, basketball courts, beach volleyball and the seawall offering endless possibilities.              



Boundaries of Kitsilano:

  • Alma Street to the west
  • Burrard Street to the east
  • English Bay to the north
  • West 16th Avenue to the south
Amenities:
  • Vanier Park
  • Kitsilano Park
  • Connaught Park
  • Kitsilano Community Centre
  • Maritime Museum
  • Vancouver Museum
  • HR Macmillan Space Centre
  • Conservatory of Music
Schools:
  • Bayview Elementary               - 2251 Collingwood Street  604.713.5433
  • Henry Hudson Elementary       - 1551 Cyprus Street          604.713.5441
  • Lord Tennyson Elementary      - 1936 West 10th Avenue   604.713.5426
  • General Gordon Elementary     - 2896 West 6th Avenue    604.713.5403
  • Kitsilano Secondary                 - 2550 West 10th Avenue   604.713.8961
Census Population:
  • 41,375
Age Groups:
  • 13% - 19 and under
  • 42% - 20 to 39
  • 35% - 40 to 64
  • 11%   - 65 and over
Type of Dwelling:
  • 68% -Apartment under 5 storey's
  • 11% -Detached duplex
  • 7%   -Single-detached house
  • 6%   -Semi-detached house
  • 6%   -Apartment 5 storey's and above
Rented Dwellings:
  • 57%
Predominant Household Language:
  • 78% -English
  • 5%   -Chinese
  • 3%   -French
  • 2%   -German / Spanish
  • 1%   -Greek
Median Household Income:
  • $60,147
To learn more about the neighbourhood and the history visit Kitsilano.
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Fairview

Fairview which overlooks False Creek from the south and extends to West 16th Ave began development in the early 1900's beginning with single family homes and a hospital spanning 2 city blocks at West 10th Avenue and Heather.  It was not until the 1920's to 1960's that Fairview exploded into an apartment district after rezoning. Further zoning decisions in response to the growing population increased low-rise apartments and commercial establishments between the 1970's and 1980's to really shape the Fairview neighbourhood to what we are accustomed to today.  Its proximity to both the waterfront and the downtown core makes it a highly desirable location to reside especially for young families and single professionals.

Similar to Kitsilano the neighbourhood offers a variety of shopping strips to cater to the dense population.  The Broadway Corridor between Cambie and Granville Street is filled with a variety of restaurants, coffee shops, boutiques, retail outlets and medical supply stores. 

The South Granville strip between West 6th and West 16th Avenue contains a upscale mix of restaurants, coffeeshops, retail shops, art galleries and antique shops.  Along Burrard and West 4th Avenue is the start of the shopping strip that continues along West 4th Avenue into Kitsilano. 

The development of the rapid transit line along the Cambie Corridor connecting the Vancouver Airport and downtown Vancouver has brought new developments introducing large retail businesses and restaurants to the neighbourhood. 

The heart and soul of Fairview would have to be Granville Island which began its inception in the early 1970's.  Today Granville Island offers a myriad of amenities such as restaurants, retail businesses, art galleries, studios and the renowned Public Market.  A combination of colorful stalls, rich aromas and lavish displays showcases the finest in gastronomic delights.    



Boundaries of Fairview:

  • Burrard Street to the west
  • Cambie Street to the east
  • False Creek to the north
  • West 16th Avenue to the south
Amenities:
  • Charleson Park
  • Granville Park
  • City Square Mall
  • Vancouver General Hospital
  • BC Cancer Research Centre.
Schools:
  • L'Ecole Bilingue Elementary   - 1166 West 14th Ave  604.713.4585
  • Blessed Sacrement School     - 3020 Heather Street  604.876.7211
Census Population:
  • 31,440
Age Groups:
  • 9% - 19 and under
  • 41% - 20 to 39
  • 35% - 40 to 64
  • 15% - 65 and over
Type of Dwelling:
  • 64% -Apartment under 5 storey's
  • 30% -Apartment 5 storey's and above
  • 4%   -Row House
Rented Dwellings:
  • 58%
Predominant Household Language:
  • 73% -English
  • 7%   -Chinese
  • 3%   -French
  • 2%   -Japanese / German / Spanish
Median Household Income:
  • $61,431
To learn more about the neighbourhood and the history visit Fairview.
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South Cambie

South Cambie is the smallest neighbourhood in Vancouver and yet have undergone some rapid changes.  Traditionally, the neighbourhood has been dominated by single family homes but due to demographic demands a greater mix of housing developments are on the rise.  The recent addition of a rapid transit system (Canada Line) along Cambie Street connecting the Airport to Downtown has created new condominium and rental opportunities.  In addition other types of housing such as duplexes and smaller homes on shared lots are becoming available due to new zoning changes.  Many single family homes have an additional suite to cater towards the growing popularity of South Cambie. 

The main shopping strip is along the Cambie Street corridor between West 16th and West 23rd Avenue.  The variety of supermarkets, restaurants, coffee shops and independent stores plus the ease of commuting to other shopping districts such as Broadway Street and Oakridge Mall is ideal.

The neighbourhood also boarders the Riley Park neighbourhood which is home to the 2nd most visited park in Vancouver in Queen Elizabeth Park.  It is joined by Hillcrest Park and Riley Park to include amenities such as Queen Elizabeth Pitch and Putt Golf Course, Nat Bailey Stadium (Baseball), Aquatic Centre and the Riley Park Ice Rink. 
            


Boundaries of South Cambie:

  • Oak Street to the west
  • Cambie Street to the east
  • West 16th Avenue to the north
  • West 41st Avenue to the south
Amenities:
  • Douglas Park
  • Heather Park
  • Braemer Park
  • BC Children's Hospital
  • BC Women's Hospital
  • St. Vincents Hospital
Schools:
  • Edith Cavell Elementary  - 500 West 20th Avenue 604.713.4932
  • Emily Carr Elementary    - 4070 Oak Street            604.713.4932
  • Eric Hamber Secondary   - 5025 Willow Street       604.713.8927
Census Population:
  • 7,680
Age Groups:
  • 19% - 19 and under
  • 32% - 20 to 39
  • 33% - 40 to 64
  • 15% - 65 and over
Type of Dwelling:
  • 37% -Apartments under 5 storey's.
  • 34% -Single-detached houses.
  • 20% -Detached duplex
Rented Dwellings:
  • 40%
Predominant Household Language:
  • 64% -English
  • 19% -Chinese
  • 2%   -French / Japanese / Spanish
  • 1%   -German
Median Household Income:
  • $70,883
To learn more about the neighbourhood and the history visit South Cambie.
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Oakridge

Oakridge is a relatively new community developed in the early 1950's when Canadian Pacific Railways (CP Rail) decided to utilize their land to construct residential and commercial developments.  The areas predominant architectural style is the bungalow a popular style built during the post World War II boom.  Oakridge is mainly a single family residential neighbourhood comprised of middle to the wealthy class homes with most houses in the area boasting big lots.  The neighbourhood is very popular amongst the Chinese and Jewish communities.  The main shopping strip is definitely Oakridge Centre which is one of two main shopping malls located in Vancouver. 
           


Boundaries of Oakridge:

  • Granville Street to the west
  • Ontario Street to the east
  • West 41st Avenue to the north
  • West 57th Avenue to the south
Ammenities:
  • Tisdall Park
  • Montgomery Park
  • Columbia Park
  • Langara Golf Course
  • Jewish Community Centre
Schools:
  • Jamieson Elementary                  - 6350 Tisdall Street        604.713.5367
  • Van Horne Elementary                 -5855 Ontario Street      604.713.4965
  • Sir William Osler Elementary        -5970 Selkirk Street        604.713.4925
  • Sir Winston Churchill Secondary  - 7055 Heather Street     604.713.8189
  • Langara College                           - 100 West 49th Avenue  604.323.5322
Census Population:
  • 12,440
Age Groups:
  • 20% - 19 and under
  • 23% - 20 to 39
  • 37%   - 40 to 64
  • 20% - 65 and over
Type of Dwelling:
  • 46% -Single-detached house
  • 22% -Apartment under 5 storey's
  • 18% -Apartment 5 storey's and above
  • 7%   -Detached duplex
  • 5%   -Row House
Rented Dwellings:
  • 35%
Predominant Household Language:
  • 50% -Chinese
  • 31% -English
  • 3%   -Korean
  • 2%   -Taiwanese / Tagalog (Filipino) / Punjabi
  Median Household Income:
  • $55,594
To learn more about the neighbourhood and the history visit Oakridge.
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Marpole
Marpole is one of the oldest neighbourhoods in Vancouver.  Most homes and apartments were built between World War II and the early 1970's.  Today, this neighbourhood is culturally diverse with a significant population being Chinese.  The predominant type of dwellings found in Marpole is apartments catering to a more mobile population such as students and bachelors. 

The main shopping strip is located on Granville between West 63rd and West 70th Avenue which consists of a supermarket and a variety of restaurants, coffee shops and independent stores.  For larger commercial establishments such as Supermarkets, Restaurants, Hotels, other commercial and light industrial related businesses can be found along South West Marine Drive between Granville and Main Street. Major Industrial businesses can be found at the most southern tip of the community bordering the North Arm of the Fraser River.                   



Boundaries of Marpole:

  • Angus Drive to the west
  • Ontario Street to the east
  • West 57th Avenue to the north
  • Fraser River (North Arm) to the south
Amenities:
  • Winona Park
  • Oak Park
  • Shannon Park
  • Riverview Park
  • Ash Park
  • Eburne Park
  • Marpole Community Centre
Schools:
  • David Lloyd George Elementary    - 8370 Cartier Street       604.713.4895
  • Sir Wilfred Laurier Elementary      - 7350 Laurel Street        604.713.4925
  • Sexsmith Elementary                   - 7455 Ontario Street       604.713.4901
  • Van Horne Elementary                 - 5855 Ontario Street       604.713.4965
  • Ideal Mini School (Secondary)      - 855 West 59th Avenue   604.713.5842
Census Population:
  • 23,835
Age Groups:
  • 19% - 19 and under
  • 29% - 20 to 39
  • 40% - 40 to 64
  • 13% - 65 and over
Type of Dwelling:
  • 53% -Apartment under 5 storey's
  • 24% -Single-detached house
  • 10%   -Detached duplex
  • 6%   -Semi-detached house
  • 5%   -Row house
Rented Dwellings:
  • 57%
Predominant Household Language:
  • 39% -Chinese
  • 39% -English
  • 4%   -Tagalog (Filipino)
  • 2%   -Japanese
  • 1%   -Russian / Spanish
  Median Household Income:
  • $48,308
To learn more about the neighbourhood and the history visit Marpole.
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University (Endownment Lands)

The preservation of the natural landscape in the University neighbourhood began during the early 1900's.  The land Act allowed land to be set aside for the University of British columbia's future developmental use.  In 1989, the Pacific Spirit Regional Park which spans 1800 acres of forest was created and preserved for renewal as a result of the greenspace conservation efforts.

The majority of the neighbourhood is dedicated to the University lifestyle and accommodations are typically for students and teachers on a controlled rental basis.  However, there is a small community of homes within the University in a location called University Hill.  Here you will find some of Greater Vancouver's most expensive multi-million dollar estates.  Secluded within acreages of forest and the University Campus along with phenomenal views of the ocean and mountains make this area very exclusive.  There are various shops and restaurants within the University Campus however the main shopping strip is along West 10th and West 4th Avenue as you exit the University neighbourhood.

Boundaries of
University (Endownment Lands):
  • South West & North West Marine Drive to the west
  • Blanca Street & Camosun Street to the east
  • North West Marine Drive & West 16th Avenue to the north
  • South West Marine Drive to the south
Amenities:
  • Pacific Spirit Regional Park
  • Wreck Beach
  • Museum of Anthropology
  • UBC Botanical Garden
  • Nitobe Memorial Garden
Schools:
  • University of British Columbia -2329 West Mall 604.822.2211
To learn more about the neighbourhood visit University of British Columbia.
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All community statistics stated above is based on the Census Data published by Statistics Canada (2011)
All Average home prices stated above is based on data provided by the Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver