Five Great Things About Living in … Fairview

Christina Newberry
December 9, 2014

Fairview is aptly named for its sloped terraces of streets boasting fabulous downtown skyline views. The neighbourhood spans from Burrard to Cambie with South Granville Street forming its spine, starting at West 6th Avenue in the north and running south to 16th Avenue. And with its preponderance of condos, culture, dining, shopping and easy access to both downtown and UBC, Fairview is a great place to live for young singles and couples seeking a modern and convenient lifestyle. 

1. Gallery Row

This section of Granville Street is known to many as South Granville, but is not to be confused with the MLS®-defined South Granville neighbourhood which is south of 42nd Avenue. Boasting the highest concentration of galleries in the city – currently about 15 – this short stretch has been known as Gallery Row since the 1960s and offers everything from First Nations works to the old masters to contemporary Canadian fine art. Every June, the galleries throw open their doors for the annual Art Walk, when thousands of people congregate on along Gallery Row for artist talks and other special events in most of the area’s galleries.

2. Elegant and Accessible Shopping

On sunny weekends, the area is bustling with shoppers, especially along this particular stretch of Granville Street and along Broadway. Fashion options range from high-end boutiques to chains like Anthropologie and Roots to the lower-end American Apparel. Throw in a healthy collection of shoe stores, jewellery designers, and home décor icons (Pottery Barn, Restoration Hardware and West Elm, just to name a few), and it’s easy to see why this has become a destination shopping street.

3. High End to Low Brow Dining

Fairview boats two of Vancouver’s top restaurants – Vij’s and West, both on Granville – but you can satisfy just about any taste. The options start as low as can be (McDonald’s) and include chains like Joey’s on Broadway and Earl’s and Milestone’s on Cambie Streeet, alongside countless Asian restaurants (mostly along Broadway) and unique offerings like Ouisi Bistro (Louisiana-style food). Heirloom Vegetarian is a recent addition that’s been winning awards for its vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free cuisine, and The Farmer’s Apprentice on West 6th Avenue won Best New Restaurant for 2014 from Vancouver Magazine. The new BC happy hour regulations have been a boon to the neighbourhood, with loads of options to choose from for a quick post-work snack and tipple.

4. An Evening at the Theatre

The Stanley Theatre on Granville and 11th is a beautiful old building, listed on the Vancouver Heritage Register, where the Arts Club puts on some of the city’s best plays and musicals. The neighbourhood also features a much smaller stage at the Pacific Theatre, which has won several Readers’ Choice Awards from local papers.

5. Easy Commutes

Fairview has two heavily used east-west bike routes running through it – along West 7th and West 10th – and you can cycle to UBC or downtown without ever leaving the extensive bike route network. The area is well served by transit, with lots of buses going to downtown and two (including the express 99) to UBC. On sunny days, a walk across the Burrard, Granville or Cambie Bridge is a glorious commute downtown.

Fancy living here? View Fairview home listings. 

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.