Dunbar

Dunbar is a lively, family-friendly place with loads of charm and personality. There are lots of renovated character homeshere, while shopping, groceries, and a recently re-built community centre make it one of the most attractive parts of the city to live in.

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When viewed from an aerial view, the Dunbar and Southland communities may resemble a triangular shape. Dunbar is located in an area bordered to the north by the 16th Avenue and to the south side by the Fraser River. Its west side boundaries run along the UBC Endowment Lands to the Fraser River with Mackenzie Street at the eastern boundary. Dunbar is a serene, family-oriented community that boats several record turnouts for soccer matches, a library branch and a theatre where movies are introduced by the staff members.

Also known as Dunbar heights, Dunbar is a serene residential area of the conventional single family homes. The recent re-zoning system has produced more units of two-family dwellings and secondary suites in these original single family residential properties. Its close proximity to retail shopping centers also led to the development of multi-unit condo development projects.

History

Several archaeological evidences suggested that the First Nations settled Dunbar and the Southlands as early as the 400 BC. The mouth of the Fraser River served as hunting and fishing grounds for the Salish Indians who settled in the area. The first significant development in Dunbar happened in the 1920s; some of the homes are still present today. Subsequent land developments happened after World War II and in the 1970s when the Salish Park and King Edward Place were developed.

Geographic Location

Dunbar is located on the western edge of Vancouver; approximately seven kilometers from downtown and five kilometers from the city hall. It is centered on Dunbar Street, a busy metro section that is lined with retail stores. The neighborhood is a “throwback” to the earlier years, with a sprawling farmland and grand houses. It is a kind of community where horses outnumber the actual residents in the area.

Housing

Dunbar can be considered as one of Vancouver’s most rural communities. Aside from the low rise condos situated on Dunbar Street, the neighborhood is mostly made up of single family homes. The homes are set close together in the north areas of the neighborhood, getting more widely spaced going to the south where equestrian estates and mansions take most of the landscape. Dunbar also features tree lined streets and most of the houses are ancestral character homes, which gives the area the appearance of a rather tiny village.

School and Transportation

Getting to Dunbar from downtown Vancouver can be as fast as 15 minutes. There are several bus routes that run through the area, giving people convenient connections to Kitsilano, UBC, Broadway, Granville Street and downtown Vancouver area. Most students travel by bike as they take advantage of the community’s quiet streets. Dunbar’s reputation and abundance of educational institutions make it popular among families. Dunbar was once a working class neighborhood. Through the years, it has become an affluent area that is composed of businessmen and professionals together with their families. Its close proximity to the University of British Columbia makes it a popular area for students to live. Houses that are shared by students are common.

Shopping and Recreation

Residents host an annual Dunbar- Southlands Country Fair in the fall that attracts locals and tourists every year. The event features musical entertainment, pony rides, arts, crafts and so much more. The community also boasts a number of pristine golf courses and country that have hosted local and international events in the past years.

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