Stately, Elegance in the Heart of Vancouver.
Stately, elegant, primarily upper middle-class residential neighbourhood tucked quietly away in the heart of Vancouver. Not too far from all the action of the downtown core, but far enough to preserve the old world serenity.
South Granville’s educational facilities are abundant in and around the neighbourhood. Elementary schools close by include Maple Grove Elementary, McKechnie Elementary, Osler Elementary and Laurier Elementary. Three secondary schools are also within a short distance of any of the South Granville residences. These include Eric Hamber Secondary, Magee High School and Sir Winston Churchill Secondary. Private institutions within a short driving distance include the prestigious York House, Crofton House and St. George Academy.
41st Avenue to the north, 64th Park Drive to the south (with a small eastern jog along 64th Avenue over to Oak Street), Cypress Street/East Boulevard to the west and Oak Street to the east – these are the perimeters of another hidden gem in Vancouver’s Westside.
This neighbourhood is dominated by single-family homes with very few commercial properties within its boundaries. Still, South Granville is nestled next to shopping and retail that can satisfy all its residents’ needs. Granville Street is its true heart and cuts directly down the middle of the neighbourhood offering quick and easy access to not only the downtown core but also Vancouver International Airport, Richmond and all points south.
…new buildings fit into the integral look and feel of South Granville’s heritage nature
Housing & History
The South Granville area shares its history with Marpole and Shaughnessy. Like these areas, South Granville was first developed in the early 1900s and saw the majority of homes go up after 1930. The original homes are mostly elegant residences on large treed lots, situated on beautiful serene tree-lined streets. In the 1940s, Granville Street (first) and Oak Street (later) became major roadways for transporting residents and commuters through the area. Major development arose because of the accessibility these major routes provided. Yet, even on these major roads the homes in this area have retained their elegant and stately air.
Over the years, the need for smaller accommodation has prompted the development of townhouse-style compounds, low-rise condo buildings, and rental units. The developers of these multi-family dwellings have consistently adhered to strict guidelines so that the new buildings fit into the integral look and feel of South Granville’s heritage nature. One of the best examples of this is the beautiful Shannon Mews development on Granville Street, originally built in early 20th century for sugar baron, Ben Rogers. The four hectare site has been declared a heritage treasure by the city of Vancouver and includes not only the mansion but a coach house, a gate house, and Italian-style gardens – all behind a perimeter wall that can be seen running parallel to Granville Street. The site comprises of rental apartment units and townhouses. The townhouses are products of the architectural master, Arthur Erickson.
There is no lack of green space for walkers, joggers and dog enthusiasts. Shannon Park, Montgomery Park and Oak Park are the more notable of several public green space areas in South Granville.
The close-by Marpole Community Centre indoor recreational facilities offers many popular and varied programs and courses for all the residents of South Granville.
Shopping and Commercial
The South Granville area is well served on the southern border by the neighbouring retail shopping district at 70th Avenue and Granville which offers everything from Safeway to a liquor store, to banking and insurance services, to an eclectic mix of small ethic restaurants and shops.
There is a library to feed your mind and numerous gas stations to feed your car. On the northern tip of the area at 41st Avenue and Granville Street, there is an enigmatic juxtaposition of two small strip malls, a gas station and a church. One of the stores, is the famous Cyclone Taylor Sports – an icon in the world of everything hockey. Within a short driving distance, residents have the choice of the beautiful Oakridge Centre or the 41st and Cambie corridor of restaurants, small shops and one of Vancouver’s largest specialty liquor stores.
Granville Street which bisects the area of South Granville is one of the major north south arteries in the Greater Vancouver area. It is the “go to” route for any travel from around the downtown core and its surrounding areas, out to the Vancouver International Airport, Richmond and the major highway network beyond. Because of the importance of Granville Street, the public transportation opportunities to and from the South Granville area are plentiful and frequent. The service is superior. West 41st Avenue also offers a quick and convenient route to UBC and Langara College.