One of Vancouver’s oldest residential neighbourhoods, Fraserview began to truly come into its own in the post-War years with the baby-boom and earned the cutesy nickname of “diaper-town”. It has benefited from a minor Renaissance in the latter half of the 20th century attracting a new wave of young Vancouver families to this ideal area.
Schools In The Area
The south Vancouver region has numerous educational options for young families, with many elementary schools available in the neighbourhoods of Killarney (Champlain Heights), Victoria, and Sunset. Within Fraserview proper the choices are limited to David Oppenheimer Elementary and David Thompson Secondary. The Sir James Douglas Annex on Borden Street offers a French Immersion program for K-3 while École Anne-Hebert, operated by an independent school board, offers full French matriculation K-6.
Sitting along the Fraser River in the south-eastern portion of Vancouver, Fraserview is bordered in the west by Knight Street and in the east by Kerr Street. The northern boundary runs along East 54th Street.
History Of The Housing Market
The area is a mix of single-detached houses, duplexes and walk-up apartments that date back the middle of the last century. The architecture is generally Vancouver Special: functional and sturdy. High-rise developments spring up closer to the water, as newer condo developments can be found on the river side of SE Marine Drive. The cost for buyers and renters is affordable and attractive for young families and first-time buyers.
The main recreational attraction in the neighbourhood is the Fraserview Golf Course, ranked as one of the best public courses in all of Canada. A traditional-style links hidden away behind an urban forest and overlooking the Fraser River, the park attracts not only duffers, but sightseers traipsing along its perimeter pathway. The Golf Institute at Fraserview offers reasonably priced lessons for newcomers to the game.
Bobolink Park, home to South Vancouver Family Place, is a large, open area place to play. The SVFP is a non-profit organization that specializes in programs for families with young infants. Gladstone Park and Riverfront Park are popular destinations along the Fraser River.
The Boys and Girls Club of Greater Vancouver, offering recreational programs for youth of all ages, is located on Victoria Drive.
Restaurants & Shopping
There is a large commercial area situated near the Knight Street/SE Marine interchange with a number of retail outlets and home improvement stores. Champlain Square, on Kerr Street, also serves the area with some smaller shops in Champlain Mall, as well as the Punjabi Market in nearby Sunset. Residents of Fraserview also take advantage of their close proximity to the City of Richmond and its shopping malls.
A large majority of local suburbanites who commute to work do so by car. Knight Street, leading to and from Richmond as well as downtown, is one of the busier traffic corridors in Metro Vancouver. SE Marine Drive handles most of the east/west traffic coming out of Fraserview. Busses travel along Knight Street and Victoria Drive, but commuters choosing this option will have to be prepared to transfer. There is no SkyTrain service running through Fraserview. Cycling and walking are usual just a local affair.