A glance at the view from Clark Drive west to downtown Vancouver and north to the mountains and you appreciate why this area is called “Grandview.” The name originated in the late 1900s, when a resident posted a sign saying “Grand View” at the modern-day intersection of Commercial Drive and 1st Avenue.
And there’s much more to this east-side neighbourhood than the scenery. Grandview-Woodland is home to Commercial Drive — one of Vancouver’s most colourful and ethnically diverse thoroughfares. Stroll down “the Drive” on any given day and you’ll see old-timers from Italy, Portugal and other European locales sipping espressos and discussing their favourite soccer teams, buskers performing and restaurateurs serving up cuisine from more than 30 countries.
With its artsy, bohemian feel, this close-knit community is popular among young families, offering a sizeable collection of renovated heritage homes. Grandview’s average house price is about $800,000.
Another reason people choose to settle in Grandview is the strong sense of community spirit. The Drive plays host to numerous special events and festivals throughout the year, including the Parade of Lost Souls, Italian Week and Summer Cinema in the Parks.
Shopping in Grandview-Woodland is as cosmopolitan as it is convenient. Commercial Drive’s 22 city blocks are lined with retailers selling everything from furniture, clothing and books (including new, vintage and secondhand items) to fresh produce, meats and seafood. There are also plenty of convenience stores, automotive repair shops and community/non-profit services in the area.
Schools and Education in Grandview-Woodland
- Brittania Elementary Community School
- Lord Nelson Elementary School
- Queen Victoria Annex
- Sir William MacDonald Elementary School
- Saint Francis of Assisi School (Catholic)
Grandview Cafés and Restaurants
Coffee roasters, cupcake bakers and gelato makers – purveyors of all things delicious can be found along Grandview-Woodland’s Commercial Drive. The area also features fast-food, casual, fine-dining, and family-friendly options.
Grandview-Woodland Sports and Recreation
Grandview-Woodland’s public green spaces are popular for families and fitness buffs. Cambridge Park, which makes up a portion of the Trans Canada Trail, offers a colourful community garden, Alice Townley Park’s red brick path leads through a surprising variety of trees, including ash, katsura, cherry and oak, to a small mosaic inset in the lawn, Garden Park and Grandview Park both offer a water/spray park and tennis courts, and Mosaic Creek Park is named for the beautiful community art project created by members of the Grandview-Woodland neighbourhood. Britannia Community Centre boasts an indoor pool, fitness centre and ice-skating rink.
Grandview-Woodland is a busy area for transportation. The neighbourhood runs south from Burrard Inlet to Broadway (one of Vancouver’s major east-west roads and the route for the 99 B-Line express bus), dissected from east to west by Hastings Street and First Avenue and cut from north to south by Victoria and Commercial drives. The Commercial Drive SkyTrain Station – at Commercial and Broadway – is the Millennium line’s major transfer point to the Expo line.
Grandview-Woodland Property Statistics
|Average gross rent||$715|
*Source: Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver, average sale prices in Grandview, Mount Pleasant East for 12 months ended November 3, 2010
Population* – 28,205
|19 and under||16.1%|
|Apartment, under five stories||66.5%|
|Apartment, five or more stories||5.0%|
Suburbs surrounding Grandview-Woodland
- Downtown Eastside
- Mount Pleasant
- Kensington-Cedar Cottage