A real community.
Quaint shops, neighbourhood restaurants, a plenitude of green space and easy access to the downtown core. Marpole is a thriving residential community on the edge of Vancouver and another hidden gem.
Marpole has many education institutions within its borders. Laurier Elementary and McKechnie Elementary offer the educational facilities for the younger family members. Sir Winston Churchill Secondary School caters to the young teen. Independent schools such as the Vancouver Hebrew Academy, Glen Eden School, St. Anthony of Padua school and the Daisy Academy Montessori School offer all facets of alternatives to all educational needs.
Location & History
Marpole is a vibrant and growing neighbourhood in the southern area of Vancouver bordered by Park Drive to the north, Granville Street to the west, Main Street to the east and the Fraser River to the south. This area is actually one of Vancouver’s oldest settlements. It was first settled in the 1860s and was originally called “Eburne Station” after its first storekeeper/postmaster. It was an enclave separated from the main city by forest. With the construction of the Lulu railway and the BC Electric interurban train, the area became accessible and began to thrive as an industrial area.
In 1916, the area was renamed “Marpole” after the CPR general superintendent, Richard Marpole. In 1929, the area amalgamated with the city of Vancouver and became one of Vancouver’s main industrial hubs. Homes sprouted up in answer to the demand from the industrial workers and their families and the Granville Street corridor became a vibrant business community. With the1957 opening of the Oak Street Bridge a lot of the businesses were drawn away from this small business and retail centre of Marpole. In the 1960s the area south of 70th Avenue was rezoned and low rise walk-ups started to replace some of the original homes. The 1975 opening of the Arthur Laing Bridge to the airport once again drew traffic and businesses back to the Granville Street/Marpole corridor.
…enjoy the proximity to not only the downtown core but also the vibrancy of nearby Richmond
Marpole is a neighbourhood with a mixture of single-family dwellings, low-rise condos and various degrees of rental accommodation. Most homes and dwellings were built between 1961 and 1990. The area appeals to the “day trippers” and “night owls” who enjoy the proximity to not only the downtown core but also the vibrancy of nearby Richmond. Marpole is an eclectic mix of residents that have come together to form a real community.
Many heritage structures remain in the neighbourhood although their original use has been altered enabling their preservation. Abbeyfield House is a 1912 Craftsman house originally built as a private residence, became the city’s first Childrens Hospital in 1928. Since that time it has morphed again and now is operated by the Abbeyfield House of Vancouver Society as an independent living facility for seniors. Another heritage building, the original Firehall #22, originally built in 1924, has a new life as Marpole Place, a seniors centre and neighbourhood house. The Marpole community is active and caring about preserving and re-utilizing some of their finest heritage buildings.
The rapidly expanding Marine Gateway town center at SW Marine & Cambie Street has a cluster of brand-new high-rise apartment buildings centered around the Marine Drive Canada Line Station. A plethora of retail shops and services including a Cineplex Theatre are just steps away from these high-end, modern residences.
Marpole Oakridge Community Centre, Marpole Soccer Club, Marpole Baseball Club, and Marpole Curling Club are just a few of the community-organized and community-run associations thriving in Marpole and available to all residents. The Langara Golf Club (city owned and run) and the private Marine Drive Golf Club further round out the recreational facilities. Parks and green space such as Eburne Park (paying homage to the original name of the area) and the growing development of the Fraser River waterfront offer walking, jogging and strolling availability to all residents.
The Granville Street corridor is the business and shopping hub. Small neighbourhood businesses intermingle with a few of the major anchor stores like Safeway and the BC Liquor Store. The majority of the shops and restaurants though are quaint and local in nature. You can enjoy the homey feel of places like Characters Fine Books, Coffee Bars and the Cravings Bistro. The Granville Street corridor groupings promotes walking and strolling through the neighbourhood and opening up the exposure to the various exotic restaurants and retail. The area also boasts a strong and proactive Business Improvement Association that has a relevant website at www.marpoleonline.com which keeps everyone up-to-date on community events and business news.
Marine Gateway town centre boasts shopping opportunities from big name retailers such as: BC Liquor Store, Winners, T&T Supermarket and Sleep Country. A variety of banks and small shops and services can also be found here.
Marpole is easily accessible by public transportation and the superior service is frequent in nature. The area is also close to the Vancouver International Airport and major arteries that connect all the various areas of Metro Vancouver.