Since the completion of the Canada Line, South Cambie has flourished. Home to City Hall and Vancouver General Hospital, and mere minutes from the downtown core, the neighbourhood has returned to the central location it once was. Cambie Village now boasts practically any convenience you can think of, and the real estate surfacing in the area reflects this renaissance.
Who Lives There
The South Cambie population is primarily middle class, half of whom hold a degree and almost a quarter earning six figure salaries. In addition, 49% of South Cambie residents own their home. This is not to say that the area is particularly wealthy, however – the average household income is in between that of Vancouver and Metro Vancouver. In addition, 30% of residents are between the ages of 20 and 34, and their occupations span a broad spectrum, from social sciences, education, and government, to applied sciences, to the arts. These statistics reflect the energetic, well-rounded young community.
Things to Do
Queen Elizabeth Park, at 33rd and Cambie, boasts the most incredible views in the city. Visit Seasons in the Park at the top of the hill to take advantage of this panorama while enjoying some fine cuisine. Up here one can also visit the stunning Quarry Gardens and Bloedel Floral Conservatory. There is also a lawn bowling green and a pitch ‘n’ putt course where one can also try disc golf. The park is so beautiful, however, that walking through it can be an activity in itself.
The Cambie Village is home to Whole Foods, Canadian Tire, Best Buy and Choices Market, among other conveniences. Residents rarely need to leave the neighbourhood for everyday necessities. Oakridge shopping centre on Cambie and 41st is a short drive away, and can also be accessed by the Canada Line. The Park Theatre plays great films, while Kino Flemenco Café and Tapas Bar on Cambie and 18th offers food and dancing nightly, and is one of several small eateries in the area. For other restaurants and nightlife, hit up Broadway or head to Yaletown or downtown – the Canada Line will get you there in one or two stops.
Although it is one of the oldest settled areas of Vancouver, South Cambie is growing, and with the completion of several new developments, it has attracted another wave of professionals and young families who are looking to put down roots. Detached houses in this area are beautiful, and properties such as The Olive epitomize urban living. These condos have all the amenities of downtown real estate with the comforts of a neighbourhood just outside the city’s centre. Housing prices range from upwards of $1million for detached homes to half that for apartments, which is about on par with standard Vancouver real estate. While the Canada Line was under construction, South Cambie suffered, but upon its completion the area has been revamped and the South Cambie real estate market reflects this.
Schools and Safety
South Cambie is a pleasant, family-oriented community. Edith Cavell Elementary serves South Cambie residents, and nearby high schools include Sir Charles Tupper Secondary (public) and St. Patrick Regional Secondary (private). Langara College is conveniently located about 10 minutes away by car or the Canada Line, and buses to UBC or SFU can be easily caught from Broadway.
The Canada Line stops along Cambie at W.2nd, Broadway and King Edward, facilitating rapid commutes southbound to Richmond and northbound to Vancouver Airport, Yaletown, Downtown Vancouver and Waterfront Station. The 99 B-Line is among several buses servicing the area, and connects the west and east sides of Vancouver. W. 12th gets congested during rush hour, but for the most part driving around South Cambie is fine now that the Canada Line construction has been completed. There is ample parking in residential areas – some free and some requiring a permit – and meter parking on the street. The Cambie St. Bridge has a wide pedestrian and cycle lane that takes people downtown in a matter of minutes.
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