Marpole has never been able to shake its derelict reputation of being an unsightly bunch of low level, run down, rental buildings that make one cringe at the thought of having to live in any of them. Many of the buildings that line the entrance to the Oak Street & Arthur Laing Bridges still live up to this stereotype, so the reputation holds strong. However, Marpole has a tonne to offer. It is a huge geographic area running from the re-vamped Fraser River area to West 57th Ave & from the multi-million dollar mansions on Angus Drive to Oak Street. In between, single family homes start at the $1M mark (if you are lucky), and sky rocket from there. Condos run from $200K and up.
Having purchased my house in the area West of Granville Street, 8.5 years ago, it was the last frontier if trying to buy a wartime house on the Westside. I moved from my beloved Kitsilano bubble, and was surprised to see that the houses, community gardens, and family oriented lifestyle is pretty much the same.
My next door neighbour worries that the secret will get out about how excellent this area is. "We are 15 minutes from everything, Rhonda," which is true. However, to the chagrin of us both, our sleepy little Westside pocket has been discovered. It started with the massive Safeway re-development at West 70th & Granville and now the Marpole Community Plan has been unanimously approved by City Counsel. CLICK HERE for the Vancouver Sun article.
The original plan felt like the city was going to bulldoze our single family homes for mass development. The new plan is a bit better, but with the development set to centre between West 70th and West 64th on Granville, we need our transportation back, a stellar library, and a community centre / fitness centre here (rather than at Oak Street).
People always ask me which area is hot, and for five years I have told them to buy in my area. Every time I say it, I recevied a look of distaste, but this area is the gateway into Vancouver from the airport and it has the density, space , the retail, and good transit options to be the next hottest thing that Vancouver has seen since Kitsilano. Bam! I threw it out there. Time will tell if it happens.
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