Radical change occurred to this area in the 1970’s when the Fairview waterfront area was transformed with modern redevelopment of an open air market, a cultural centre on Granville Island, and low-rise apartments along the shore, featuring Fairview’s largest park. By the early 1980’s nearly all of the original homes on the Fairview Slopes and the rest of Fairview were torn down and replaced by apartments.
Today Fairview is covered by high-rise buildings spread along the Broadway corridor as it runs East-West through its centre. Views back to the City from “the Slopes” are spectacular. To the south of Broadway, the Vancouver General Hospital building provides one of the largest medical centers in all of North America. To the West, Fairview is known for the upscale shops and boutiques on Granville while the East is home to Vancouver’s picturesque City Hall and City Square Shopping centre. Although housing prices in this area are reasonable by comparison with surrounding neighborhoods, Fairview’s charm is no longer a secret and thus, prices have continued to rise.
Fairview’s False Creek oceanfront is bordered by popular seawall, a perfect route for people to take to get to the popular Granville Island Marketplace. Here one will find an assortment of fine restaurants, art facilities, house boats, marinas, and shops.
From various locations along False Creek, pedestrians can travel via the Aqua bus water-taxis to the West Ends Aquatic Centre, English Bay, B.C Place Stadium, G.M Place, and Yaletown. And within a short walking distance pedestrians can access Gastown, Chinatown, and many of Vancouver’s recreational destinations.
This area may be less famous then the neighboring areas of Kitsilano and Yaletown, but for convenience, accessibility and some wonderful views, Fairview can be a wonderful place to live.