The controversy that surrounded the construction of the Canada Line – a rapid transit line connecting the cities of Richmond and Vancouver – left many Vancouver residents apprehensive over whether the rewards reaped would be worth the billions of dollars spent and years of construction. First conceived of almost 20 years ago, the 19km, 16 stop addition to the SkyTrain network has exceeded the expectations of many. The convenience of travelling to and from the airport is unparalleled if you live or work along the Canada Line route, which stops at most major intersections along Cambie Street and includes three stops in downtown Vancouver. This accessibility has, however, come at a cost. Businesses, residents and commuters suffered for years as their neighbourhoods were torn up during construction of the Canada Line. All this changed, however, with the opening of the Canada Line late last summer.
Vancouver’s New Prime Real Estate
The areas that for too long had been marked with demolished sidewalks, noise and orange cones redirecting traffic, underwent makeovers that not only restored but improved them. Property values went up, and new businesses surfaced. Perhaps the Vancouver neighbourhood that underwent the most dramatic transformation is the area around city hall at Cambie and 12th. Minutes from downtown Vancouver just over the Cambie St. Bridge, this burgeoning community has become a small town in itself. A combination of small businesses and large chain stores cater to the many beautiful residential properties in the vicinity.
South Cambie Living
Olive at 3228 Tupper St. embodies the vibe of the revamped South Cambie area. Above Caper’s Market and walking distance from Whole Foods, healthy living is at your fingertips. The proximity of Canadian Tire and Best Buy add to the convenience of living in this neighbourhood, without compromising its culture. The renowned Kino Café Flamenco and Tapas Bar is among many local restaurants just steps away, and the Park Theatre retains its cultural importance in Vancouver. Nearby Queen Elizabeth Park boasts the best views in the city, and fine dining as well.
Olive, which features a full club facility including outdoor pool, fitness area, lounge and guest accommodations, exemplifies prime Vancouver real estate. Many listings boast granite counter tops, outdoor patios, gas ranges, fireplaces and floor-to-ceiling windows. The stylish exterior in this low-rise condominium complex matches the stunning interiors of these homes.
South Cambie has become a central location, but has kept its village-like feel. Buildings like Olive represent all the luxuries of urban living, while blending in with the charming surroundings.
Olive in Vancouver's South Cambie Neighbourhood