Conveniently located and completely unpretentious, Marpole is where a little bit of East Vancouver bleeds west and a smidgeon of Richmond bleeds north. It’s where the tony air of Shaughnessy and Kerrisdale fades into a place of dense, no-nonsense amenities, stripped-down but delicious noodle joints, and neighbourhood pubs with a little bit of grit and a lot of heart. The area is primarily residential, with surprisingly affordable condos (with a prime view of the airport) and apartment rentals—though single-family lots are keeping pace with the city-wide price boom. Prepare yourself to see rows of Vancouver houses poised for demolition as the condo market eyes up Marpole as prime real estate meat.


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