Renfrew, Vancouver

July 12, 2012

Often associated with its neighbour to the south, Collingwood (a.k.a. Refrew Heights), Renfrew is a family-oriented community in East Vancouver immediately adjacent to the City of Burnaby.

Renfrew neighbourhood sprang up in the early 20th century, after a bus system and Canada's first electric streetcar line -- connecting Downtown Vancouver and New Westminster -- routed through the area.

In the mid-1980s, a new SkyTrain rapid-transit route spurred massive developments in Renfrew. Families from a variety of ethnic backgrounds moved into Renfrew's houses, townhouses and apartment complexes, helping to shape the multicultural community of today.

Renfrew real estate includes a variety of housing options. Many of Renfrew's homes average around the $730,000 mark, making it one of the most affordable places to live in the City of Vancouver. View Renfrew MLS® listings and upcoming open houses.

Renfrew Amenities

Renfrew Shopping

As residential development continues in the area, a number of big-box stores have sprouted up along Grandview Highway near the Renfrew and Rupert SkyTrain Stations, including Real Canadian Superstore, Canadian Tire and Walmart.

Schools and Education in Renfrew

Primary schools

Secondary schools

Specialty schools

Renfrew Cafés and Restaurants

Although it's not known as a culinary destination, Renfrew's large Chinese community means there are many mom-and-pop diners producing Asian cuisine. For fine dining, try Dario's at the Italian Cultural Centre.

Renfrew Sports and Recreation

Recreation-wise, Renfrew includes the popular Renfrew Park Community Centre and public pool, and Renfrew Ravine Park features walking trails, footbridges and a meditation labyrinth. The neighbourhood also hosts the popular Renfrew Ravine Moon Festival -- a lantern festival that takes place each September.

Renfrew Transportation

Renfrew boasts plenty of public transit, with major SkyTrain rapid-transit stations on both the Millennium and Expo Lines. The newer Millennium Line has added the Renfrew and Rupert stations to the area.

Renfrew Property Statistics

Home prices
Houses $731,659*
Townhouses $472,000**
Condos $305,000**
Average gross rent $811***

*Source: Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver, benchmark sale prices in Renfrew for February 2011 generated by the MLS®Link Housing Price Index (HPI) **Source: Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver, average sale prices in Renfrew, Renfrew Heights, Collingwood for 12 months ended November 3, 2010 ***Source: 2006 census for Renfrew-Collingwood

Renfrew Demographics

Population* 48,885 *Source: 2006 census for Renfrew-Collingwood

65+ 13.8%
40 to 64 33.1%
20 to 39 31.2%
19 and under 21.9%

*Source: 2006 census for Renfrew-Collingwood

Fully owned 16,815

*Source: 2006 census for Renfrew-Collingwood

Single-detached house 25.6%
Semi-detached house 0.4%
Detached duplex 37.7%
Row house 1.6%
Apartment, under five stories 20.7%
Apartment, five or more storeys 13.5%
Rented dwellings 34.7%

*Source: 2006 census for Renfrew-Collingwood

Neighbourhoods surrounding Renfrew