Photo: Ariana Gillrie
The construction of the Canada Line dramatically transformed this tiny neighbourhood as Vancouver prepared to host the 2010 Winter Olympics. While many businesses moved or shuttered permanently during construction, the area is now thriving thanks to its high level of accessibility. Encompassing the area between West 16th and 41st avenues, it has a concentration of shops and restaurants in the even smaller Cambie Village north of King Edward. While quite compact, there are some unique experiences to be had; catch a live flamenco performance at Kino Cafe, which also hosts burgeoning stand-up comics Tuesdays, or eat an entirely meatless (and delicious) Chinese meal at 3G Vegetarian Restaurant.
Real Estate: The New Preferred Locale for West-Siders
Building the Canada Line had an enormous impact on the entire Cambie corridor, from Marine Drive right into downtown, but especially around Cambie Village, which has become one of the city’s most sought-after spaces. West-siders who wouldn’t have dreamed of moving east of Burrard are now looking for prime locales along the area’s pretty parks; it’s also the ’hood of choice for out-of-towners looking for the perfect place to land. And anyone with a lot near the major intersections have made out like bandits, with some selling for three times their previous values. “I have many clients with the budget to purchase in Shaughnessy, but they have no desire to live there,” says realtor Clair Rockel. “They want the closer neighbourhood, the community where they know people, the walkability to schools and parks. They don’t want to be detached.”
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Black Dog Video is one of the last video stores in Vancouver, but it’s nurtured a loyal clientele over its 20-plus-year history with a robust selection of indie films and cult faves.
Median Age of Residents: 39
Average Monthly Rent: $1,307
Avg. Total Household Income: $101,740