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Location and Population

GrandviewGrandview–Woodland is a neighbourhood in the City of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada east of Downtown extending from the south shore of the Burrard Inlet to East Broadway with Clark Drive as the western and Nanaimo Street as the eastern border and containing most of popular Commercial Drive. The neighbourhood is a vibrant commercial, industrial, and residential mixture with a rich ethnic makeup. Busy Hastings Street and First Avenue run from west to east run through the neighbourhood while Victoria Drive and Commercial Drive run through it from north to south. Much of the neighbourhood is on an east-west rise of land that stretches through eastside Vancouver.

Grandview–Woodland had 27,297 residents in 2011, a slight decline from 28,205 in 2006, when there was a three-percent decrease from the 2001 Census. About 10 percent self-identify as aboriginal. Over 63 percent speak English as a first language, 14.4 percent Chinese, and French, Spanish, and Italian are also common. Two-thirds of residents are renters of low-rise apartment buildings. The median household income of $35,300 is substantially lower than the $47,000+ city average.

Historical Sketch

A small cove on the inlet was the first point of early development, a brewery followed by sawmills. After the sawmills clear-cut the entire Grandview–Woodland area, the Interurban electric train line to New Westminster after 1891 spurred expansion of the new community. One legend is that the name “Grand View” first appeared on a sign next to the Interurban stop near present the Commercial Drive/1st Avenue intersection. By 1906, booming construction had built homes throughout the neighbourhood. Commercial Drive became a major business thoroughfare, and people of many ethnic backgrounds moved into the neighbourhood during the early 20th Century.

Commercial Drive

Commercial DriveCommercial Drive, a street of many small shops and perhaps the single most popular area of Grandview–Woodland, has been a key to commerce for nearly a century for its ethnic and cultural diversity of the shops that populate it. “The Drive” has ethnic hangouts that during the World Cup playoffs bring out soccer fans of many nationalities. So essential is it to the economic and socal life of Grandview-Woodland that most Vancouverites refer to the neighbourhood as the Commercial Drive area. The Drive has such a concentration of cafes that it’s an amazement that there is enough business for all, but each has its own loyal clientele, and cafe hopping is like a world tour of ethnicities.

Information Links:

http://www.thedrive.ca
http://vancouver.ca/green-vancouver/grandview.aspx
http://www.britanniacentre.org
http://vancouver.ca/home-property-development/grandview-woodland-community-plan.aspx

Grandview-Woodland Citizens Assembly

In April 2012, the City of Vancouver began the process of creating a new Grandview-Woodland community plan, an official city document for guidance on land use, urban design, housing, transportation, and community facilities. Community plans set the terms for neighbourhood change and growth, influence what new buildings and developments come to the neighbourhood, and identify neighbourhood assets to preserve, public facilities to improve, and new initiatives to shape the neighbourhood’s future.

A June 2013 draft encountered a mixed reception. Although the community supported many proposed policies, others associated with gentrification and involuntary displacement met strong opposition. As the city describes the process, “The Citizens’ Assembly on the Grandview-Woodland Community Plan . . . will learn from planning specialists and community representatives, it will hear ideas and recommendations from the broader community, and it will develop its own recommendations . . . in a final report to Vancouver City Council no later than June 30, 2015.”

The city says the assembly of 48 randomly-selected registered volunteers broadly representing Grandview-Woodland diversity will meet on ten Saturdays between September 2014 and April 2015 from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM and will conduct three public roundtables to hear from the community.

New Grandview Live MSL Listings

Changing Grandview

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  • 1530 E BROADWAY in Vancouver: Grandview VE Home for sale (Vancouver East) : MLS® # V1137572

    Main Photo: 1530 E BROADWAY in Vancouver: Grandview VE Home for sale (Vancouver East)  : MLS® # V1137572
    $4,380,000
    Multifamily
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    V1137572
    Bedrooms:
    3
    Bathrooms:
    1
    RM-4N Zoning. Great location, close to Canada Line, restaurants and everything. Land value only, property is sold 'AS IS WHERE IS' condition. No rooms size meas at all, buyer to verify if important. As seller requested no sign, would not do any viewing and do not disturb tenants. Property contains a studio suite which is not authorized. More details
    Sutton Grp-West Coast (Van49)
  • 1921 E 2ND Avenue in Vancouver: Grandview VE House for sale (Vancouver East) : MLS® # R2181670

    Main Photo: 1921 E 2ND Avenue in Vancouver: Grandview VE House for sale (Vancouver East)  : MLS® # R2181670
    $3,689,000
    Residential Detached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2181670
    Bedrooms:
    4
    Bathrooms:
    2
    Floor Area:
    1,284 sq. ft.
    FIRST TIME ON MARKET IN OVER 50 YEARS! RARE OPPORTUNITY LAND ASSEMBLY - LOCATION! LOCATION! LOCATION! 3 adjoining lots with a combined size of 142x122 (all measurements approximate). The three properties include: 1921, 1937 & 1949 2nd Ave East. Combined 17,324 SF. Available individually or as a group. This property is located within the Grandview Woodland Community Plan. This is an excellent Development Site within 10 minutes to Downtown Vancouver. This house, on a DOUBLE CITY LOT, is great for investors to hold, featuring 3 bedrooms up, newly renovated kitchen & a ground level bright self-contained 1 bedroom suite, with separate entrance. This house is super clean & very well maintained. Please do not disturb resident. More details
    Sutton Group-West Coast Realty (Dunc) (VIREB) and SUTTON GROUP WEST COAST REALTY (VR)
  • 1912 E 8TH Avenue in Vancouver: Grandview VE House for sale (Vancouver East) : MLS® # R2189539

    Main Photo: 1912 E 8TH Avenue in Vancouver: Grandview VE House for sale (Vancouver East)  : MLS® # R2189539
    $3,599,000
    Residential Detached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2189539
    Bedrooms:
    5
    Bathrooms:
    2
    Floor Area:
    2,023 sq. ft.
    Excellent development potential! This 7206 sqft lot on the southwest corner of Victoria Drive and 8th Ave falls under new Transition Zoning in Grandview Plan. New Zoning will allow up to 1.2 FSR 3.5 storey Rowhouses with lockoff units. House was built in 1946, and offers 5 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms, including basement suite and a single car garage. Best Location for new development, steps to Commercial Drive shopping, restaurants and skytrain. More details
    Oakwyn Realty Ltd.
  • 2488 GARDEN Drive in Vancouver: Grandview VE House for sale (Vancouver East) : MLS® # R2167302

    Main Photo: 2488 GARDEN Drive in Vancouver: Grandview VE House for sale (Vancouver East)  : MLS® # R2167302
    $3,500,000
    Residential Detached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2167302
    Bedrooms:
    6
    Bathrooms:
    4
    Floor Area:
    2,227 sq. ft.
    Land Assembly approved by City Hall within the Grandview Woodland Community Plan to allow for 6 storey and up to 3.0 FSR. Potential for 8 lots and up to 97,000 SF buildable. Located within walking distance to safeway and sky train station at Broadway and Commercial Drive. This is an excellent Devel Site located within 10 minutes to Downtown Vancouver. More details
    Multiple Realty Ltd.
  • 2472 GARDEN Drive in Vancouver: Grandview VE House for sale (Vancouver East) : MLS® # R2167290

    Main Photo: 2472 GARDEN Drive in Vancouver: Grandview VE House for sale (Vancouver East)  : MLS® # R2167290
    $3,500,000
    Residential Detached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2167290
    Bedrooms:
    5
    Bathrooms:
    3
    Floor Area:
    2,383 sq. ft.
    Land Assembly approved by City Hall within Grandview Woodland Community Plan to allow for 6 storey and up to 3.0 FSR. Potential for 8 lots and up to 97,000 SF buildable. Located within walking distance to Safeway and Sky train station at Broadway and Commercial Drive. This is an excellent Devel Site located within 10 minutes to Downtown Vancouver. More details
    Multiple Realty Ltd.
  • 2478 GARDEN Drive in Vancouver: Grandview VE House for sale (Vancouver East) : MLS® # R2167280

    Main Photo: 2478 GARDEN Drive in Vancouver: Grandview VE House for sale (Vancouver East)  : MLS® # R2167280
    $3,500,000
    Residential Detached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2167280
    Bedrooms:
    6
    Bathrooms:
    2
    Floor Area:
    1,971 sq. ft.
    Land Assembly approved by City Hall within the Grandview Woodland Community Plan to allow for 6 storey and up to 3.0 FSR. Potential for 8 lots and up to 97,000 SF buildable. Located within walking distance to Safeway and sky train station at Broadway and Commercial Drive. This is an excellent Devel Site located within 10 minutes to Downtown Vancouver. More details
    Multiple Realty Ltd.
  • 2418 GARDEN Drive in Vancouver: Grandview VE House for sale (Vancouver East) : MLS® # R2156897

    Main Photo: 2418 GARDEN Drive in Vancouver: Grandview VE House for sale (Vancouver East)  : MLS® # R2156897
    $3,500,000
    Residential Detached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2156897
    Bedrooms:
    6
    Bathrooms:
    4
    Floor Area:
    2,246 sq. ft.
    Land Assembly approved by City Hall within the Grandview Woodland Community Plan to allow for 6 storey with up to 2.65 FSR. Potential for 8 lots and up to 97,000 sf buildable. Located within walking distance to Safeway and Sky train station at Broadway and Commercial Dr. This is an excellent Devel site located 10 minutes to Downtown Vancouver. More details
    Multiple Realty Ltd.
  • 2420 GARDEN Drive in Vancouver: Grandview VE House for sale (Vancouver East) : MLS® # R2156912

    Main Photo: 2420 GARDEN Drive in Vancouver: Grandview VE House for sale (Vancouver East)  : MLS® # R2156912
    $3,500,000
    Residential Detached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2156912
    Bedrooms:
    5
    Bathrooms:
    3
    Floor Area:
    2,417 sq. ft.
    Land Assembly approved by City Hall within the Grandview Woodland Community Plan to allow for 6 storey with up to 2.65 FSR. Potential for 8 lots and up to 97,000 sf buildable. Located within walking distance to Safeway and Sky train station at Broadway and Commercial Dr. This is an excellent Devel site located 10 minutes to Downtown Vancouver. More details
    Multiple Realty Ltd.
  • 2424 GARDEN Drive in Vancouver: Grandview VE House for sale (Vancouver East) : MLS® # R2156920

    Main Photo: 2424 GARDEN Drive in Vancouver: Grandview VE House for sale (Vancouver East)  : MLS® # R2156920
    $3,500,000
    Residential Detached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2156920
    Bedrooms:
    5
    Bathrooms:
    3
    Floor Area:
    2,462 sq. ft.
    Land Assembly approved by City Hall within the Grandview Woodland Community Plan to allow for 6 storey with up to 2.65 FSR. Potential for 8 lots and up to 97,000 sf buildable. Located within walking distance to Safeway and Sky train station at Broadway and Commercial Dr. This is an excellent Devel site located 10 minutes to Downtown Vancouver. More details
    Multiple Realty Ltd.
  • 2406 GARDEN Drive in Vancouver: Grandview VE House for sale (Vancouver East) : MLS® # R2156889

    Main Photo: 2406 GARDEN Drive in Vancouver: Grandview VE House for sale (Vancouver East)  : MLS® # R2156889
    $3,500,000
    Residential Detached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2156889
    Bedrooms:
    5
    Bathrooms:
    3
    Floor Area:
    2,429 sq. ft.
    Land Assembly approved by City Hall within the Grandview Woodland Community Plan to allow for 6 storey with up to 2.65 FSR. Potential for 8 lots and up to 97,000 sf buildable. Located within walking distance to Safeway and Sky train station at Broadway and Commercial Dr. This is an excellent Devel site located 10 minutes to Downtown Vancouver. More details
    Multiple Realty Ltd.
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