Bounded by Southwest Marine Drive on the north and the Fraser River on the south, Southlands is a place for those who enjoy life at a slower pace. With hiking, biking, horseback riding, and both public and private golf courses, it's hard to imagine a more private, more personal neighborhood within the city limits.
The residential population of the Southlands has remained constant since the early 1970s but with recent changes. The crucial change in age demographic has given birth to new facility demands such as schools, parks, recreation centers and so much more.
Southlands’ history began as a logged-off location in Vancouver. During the early part of the 1900s, Southlands was an uninhabitable area because of the fallen burnt timbers from logging activities. Among its recorded early settlers was the Mount Family who lived where the 3379 West 22nd Ave. is now situated.
As town planning ideas evolved and access to the area became available in the 1920s, residential properties were built in the Southlands. The previous zoning laws required that homes be situated well back on lots, easily identifying the “original structures” that still stand these days. A lot of the early home structures were designed in the Edwardian and English Art styles. The Dunbar and Southlands regions boasts rich architectural heritage with around 21 edifices listed on the Vancouver Heritage Register. A good example of this rich heritage is the Haigler House located at W. 39th Avenue.
The Southlands is located south of Marine Drive in the flatland areas of the Fraser River. It is also considered among Vancouver’s most remarkable communities because of its vast farm lands, green spaces, and simple country lifestyle. There is no another city in Canada that offers country living and farmlands that are located very close to the metro center.
The Southlands community is mostly consists of single family homes. In the early 1990s, there was an adoption of new zoning rules that allowed for the development of rental houses in the area. Single family houses, shopping centers, lush parklands and easy access to the city airport and downtown areas make Southlands a great neighborhood to live in. There are parts of Southlands that belong to the Musqueam Indian Reserve. The western part of the community is usually made up of single family dwellings in big lots. Through the years, Southlands has maintained a pristine semi rural living that highlights several horse stables.
School and Transportation
Southlands has convenient access to downtown metropolis through automobile, cycling and public transit. There are no freeways at all. There are three arterial routes that can be used for vehicle commuting headed downtown. The Vancouver International Area is only an easy commute ride from the Southlands. Some of the famous schools in the area include Southlands Elementary, Queen Elizabeth Elementary, Kerrisdale Elementary and Vancouver School Board.
Shopping and Recreation
The shopping districts are located at the junction of Dunbar Street and 16th Avenue. Most Southlands residents live near community parks. Some of the city’s premier golf courses are located in the vicinity as well.