Photo: Ariana Gillrie

Once an untamed rainforest, the Fairview area offers an homage to the gigantic timber that once stood in its spot with tree-named streets running north-south, including Oak, Alder, Birch and Willow. In its heyday, it offered residents pristine views of downtown and the North Shore mountains, resulting in its highly literal moniker. Today you’ll find cyclists making use of its popular bike route along 10th Avenue and other quiet streets lined with big trees and heritage homes. Vancouver General Hospital and adjacent medical buildings occupy a large chunk at its centre, but there’s still some fun to be had for those of us without an M.D.

Real Estate: Transit Plans Put Neighbourhood on Pause

As the rest of the city booms, Fairview still seems stuck in time, with its mattress shops, medical supply stores and reverse-plan townhomes (bedrooms on the bottom and living areas on top). The West Broadway stretch is being left almost untouched by new towers, too, with developers waiting until rapid transit plans come into sharper focus before bringing in the backhoes. “They’re waiting for the Broadway subway line, which is the big infrastructure question,” says realtor Keith Roy. “Nobody is going to rebuild anything on Broadway when it’s all going to get torn up. We’ve been expecting it for 15 years now, and it’s probably going to be five to eight years more.” In the meantime, buyers willing to sacrifice some bells and whistles can still land a relatively sweet deal—and be just a short jump from Kits, Cambie and downtown.

Neighbourhood Stats

Median Age of Residents: 40
Population: 31,440
Average Monthly Rent: $1,154
Avg. Total Household Income: $80,073