Southwest Marine Neighbourhood

July 12, 2012

South West Marine Drive, which follows the northern arm of the Fraser River in the southwest corner of Vancouver, includes some of the city's most illustrious addresses. The winding drive stretches from Dunbar Street in the west to Granville Street in the east, lined with multimillion-dollar mansions, private golf courses and sprawling estates.

In fact, many properties along South West Marine Drive include gated entries, swimming pools and maid's quarters. These larger homes are often priced at $10 million-plus, appealing to well-to-do owners. Recently, however, a number of new condominium developments have cropped up along the Fraser River. These one- and two-bedroom apartments are surprisingly affordable, selling for an average of just over $300,000 each. View Southwest Marine Drive MLS® listings

South West Marine Drive Amenities

South West Marine Drive Shopping

Though S.W. Marine is strictly residential, nearby Kerrisdale Village on 41st Avenue mixes old-fashioned brick-paved sidewalks with modern baby, pet, home, and garden retailers. There is also a Safeway supermarket and a number of produce stores east of South West Marine Drive on Granville Street.

Schools and Education in or near South West Marine Drive

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Secondary Schools

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South West Marine Drive Cafés and Restaurants

Kerrisdale Village has an abundance of cafés and hidden lunch spots. For example, La Petite France is a beautiful French patisserie; the Secret Garden Tea Company offers traditional high tea; and Art's Place family restaurant and ice cream parlour has occupied the corner of 41st Avenue and Balsam Street for decades.

South West Marine Drive Sports and Recreation

The main green space along South West Marine Drive is Maple Grove Park, on Yew Street. This 4.2-hectare park includes picnic sites, playgrounds, soccer fields and a turquoise outdoor wading pool that's a magnet for families with young children during the summer months.

South West Marine Drive Transportation

Although it is commonplace to see high-end vehicles cruising along South West Marine Drive, the street is also a main thoroughfare for students and staff driving west to the University of British Columbia. No public buses travel along South West Marine Drive.

South West Marine Drive Property Statistics

Home prices*
Houses $2,223,000
Townhouses $1,082,000
Condos $306,000

*Source: Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver MLS® Link Housing Price Index February 2011

South West Marine Drive Demographics

Population*-- 2,880 *Source:

Fully owned 84.1%


Single-detached house 94.4%
Apartments 4.8%
Rented Dwellings 15.9%


Neighbourhoods Surrounding South West Marine Drive