For those new to the city, and searching for real estate in Vancouver, let's start with the name; Fairview, located due south of downtown Vancouver, is also referred to as South Granville Officially, the whole neighborhood is Fairview but the area comprises several smaller sub-neighborhoods. On Vancouver MLS listings you may also find properties referring to Fairview Slopes, Fairview Heights, False Creek or Burrard Slopes. In recent years the shopping district of South Granville in Fairview has become so popular that Fairview may also be referred to locally by that name! One of the significant attractions for those seeking real estate in Vancouver that Fairview offers is its transport links with the rest of the wider region. While all roads may not lead to Fairview, most of them pass through it! Thanks to it's location south of downtown Vancouver it benefits with all the main links leading to the city's central business area. The main links include the Canada Line (with two stations in Fairview), linking downtown with Vancouver International Airport on Sea Island. The commute into downtown Vancouver – whether by car, bike, bus or train – is therefore one of the quickest and easiest. At the same time the commute south is equally simple and the east west arterial routes (Broadway, 12th Avenue and 16th Avenue) also pass through the neighborhood. For those looking for homes or condos in Vancouver, Fairview offers many of the conveniences of downtown. False Creek separates the neighborhood from the downtown district and on the shores of the Creek is Granville Island, a 37 acre “island”, formerly an industrial site which now hosts shops, restaurants, theaters and the Granville Island Public Market. Granville Island is hugely popular amongst Vancouver residents, in general, and attracts over 10 million visitors each year.
Schools and Universities
Vancouver School Board provides a full range of educational opportunities at all levels, including elementary and secondary schools along with a wide range of additional programs focused on specific or alternative educational needs – more information can be found on the board's website while transport links make as to the University of British Columbia easy for those based in Fairview.
Recreation and Facilities
Fine dining opportunities are never far away for those making this East Van neighborhood their home. Vij's in Fairview has been described as the “easily among the best Indian restaurants in the world” by the New York Times and is one of an ever expanding group of widely acclaimed restaurants that have made their home in Fairview. Shopping, as mentioned above, is another favorite past-time in Fairview, with the main shops running along Granville St to 16th avenue (the sub-neighborhood of South Granville). Interior design, antique, contemporary furniture and art galleries are amply spread along the street (sometimes known as Gallery Row) and while there are plenty of high-end outlets there are also a good range of mid-range fashion shops to be browsed. There are seven parks run by the city in Fairview ranging in size and facilities but offering plenty of opportunities for outdoor relaxation, including tennis courts, Soccer fields, playgrounds and off-leash dog areas. They're also great if you need quiet moment to recover from all that shopping and eating!