Fairview, Vancouver

Christina Newberry
December 8, 2014

Located south of West 6th Avenue to 16th Avenue, between Burrard and Cambie Streets, Fairview is a trendy neighbourhood with a high-end retail corridor and along one of the city’s busiest north-south thoroughfares, Granville Street. Two of Vancouver’s top restaurants (Vij’s and West) are accompanied by dozens of other eateries, and the neighbourhood offers some of Vancouver’s best live theatre and galleries.

Stretching from the Granville Street Bridge south to 16th Avenue, the “South Granville” section of Fairview (not to be confused with the MLS®-defined neighbourhood of South Granville, which is south of 49th Avenue) has been a desirable shopping destination since the beginning of the 20th century. As a result, the community that has developed around it is fairly affluent. Real estate in Fairview consists mainly of condos (91 per cent), many of which are in low-rise (under five storeys) buildings.

How things have changed. Around 150 years ago, Fairview was a primeval forest full of wildlife and towering fir trees. Then in the 1860s, sawmills swept in and the area became one of the first to be logged. Fairview's close ties to the timber industry are still apparent today in the many local streets named after trees.

Built in 1902 on a five-acre site at the corner of 10th Avenue and Heather Street, Vancouver General Hospital is the beating heart of Fairview and a major employer in the neighbourhood, as well as a magnet for researchers and students.

It was in the 70s that developers started noting the area's views and location, and the frame workman's houses on the hillside gave way to condos, although a few of the finer Victorian houses have been preserved. Today, Fairview is a family-oriented community with a great location and a wide range of prices and sizes.

Prices for condominium properties in Fairview start at around $250,000 for a one-bedroom and head north of $2 million for an upscale two- or three-bedroom.1 However, detached, single-family homes in Fairview are extremely rare, and those that do exist are often in pricey estates closer to Shaughnessy. View Fairview MLS® listings.

Fairview Amenities

Fairview Shopping

Often referred to as “Gallery Row,” Fairview’s section of Granville Street is famous for its collection of superb art galleries — about 15 of them — interspersed with chic fashion boutiques, high-end home décor shops, gourmet marketplaces, beauty salons and financial institutions.

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Fairview Cafés and Restaurants

There’s no shortage of coffee outlets in Fairview, including multiple Starbucks and Blenz locations and plenty of independents. Fairview is also home to some of Vancouver’s best eateries, including West Restaurant + Bar (regional cuisine) and Vij’s (award-winning Indian fusion). Heirloom Vegetarian, a new addition, has been winning awards for its vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free cuisine.

Fairview Sports and Recreation

Strange as it may seem, given the area’s relatively young demographic, the main recreational activities are tennis, badminton and lawn bowling. The Vancouver Lawn Tennis & Badminton Club and the Vancouver Lawn Bowling Club are private facilities, but the public Granville Park offers tennis courts and lawn bowling greens available to all.

Fairview Arts and Culture

With about 15 galleries, there’s plenty of art in Fairview, and it’s open for all to see during the neighbourhood’s annual Art Walk in June. The Arts Club’s Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage features runs of several plays and musicals each year.

Fairview Transportation

Fairview is well serviced by public transit. The No. 10, 14 and 16 buses run downtown, and the No. 9 bus and the 99 B-Line express bus run east-west along Broadway. There is also a busy SkyTrain station at Cambie and Broadway that heads north to downtown and south to the Vancouver International Airport and Richmond.

Fairview Property Statistics

There is a huge range of condo prices in Fairview, with the newer, high-end properties skewing the average upward.

Average home price1



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Fairview Demographics3

Population                                                   31,445




40 to 64


20 to 39


19 and under


View Fairview MLS® listings.

Neighbourhoods Surrounding Fairview

1REW.ca Interactive Map, incorporating data from the Chilliwack & District Real Estate Board, Fraser Valley Real Estate Board, and Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver, December 2014.

2CMHC Rental Market Report, Vancouver and Abbotsford-Mission CMAs, Fall 2013.

3Statistics Canada, Census 2011, custom order for City of Vancouver Local Areas.

Christina Newberry
Christina Newberry is a Vancouver-based writer and editor who writes lifestyle and travel stories for publications both online and in print. When she's not travelling, Christina can be found exploring Vancouver's unique neighbourhoods or puttering in her community garden plot.