Community Spotlight: Douglas Park

The community known as Douglas Park is nestled between Oakridge and Fairview to the North and South, respectively, and between Oak and Cambie corridors to the West and East.

It is named for the 13-acre public park and community centre that draws families from all over Vancouver, but the area is well endowed with several parks and bordered by both Queen Elizabeth and Van Dusen Gardens. With parks as well as respected schools (L'Ecole Bilingue Elementary, Edith Cavell Elementary, Emily Carr Elementary, Vancouver Talmud Torah Jewish Day School, Ecole Saint Sacrement and Eric Hamber Secondary) and daycare/preschools (Jewish Community Centre, Vancouver Coastal Health's) it is a popular neighbourhood for young families.

In addition, it is squarely in the hospital district, with Vancouver General and Children's & Women's hospital complexes on either end. When the Canada Line was developed, the Cambie Street corridor got a major facelift and is now arguably one of Vancouver's most attractive urban streetscapes.

Amenities are within walking distance on all sides, from businesses along Broadway to Oakridge Shopping mall on 41st Ave.

Depending on where you live within Douglas Park, there is an abundance of attached homes (generally north of 16th Ave) and single family homes (generally south of 16th Ave) to choose from.

Recently, the price gap between Kitsilano and Douglas Park single family homes has closed. Older homes off of busy streets are selling for upward of $1.3 million, and being renovated or redeveloped. Due to changes in City of Vancouver zoning, homes along Cambie Street and 42st Avenue are selling for prices reflecting their higher-density redevelopement potential.

As always, Douglas Park is a neighbourhood in the midst of change, and I, for one, love living in this community.

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