Dunbar, Vancouver

Dunbar–Southlands is a neighbourhood in the City of Vancouver that stretches north from the Fraser River across much of the peninsula between the mouth of the Fraser and English Bay. It encompasses a collection of commercial and residential areas mostly made up of single-family residences, as well as the unique community of Southlands, populated by upscale mansions and horse farms. It is also the home territory of the Musqueam Indian Band.

Dunbar–Southlands is bordered on the north by West 16th Avenue and on the south by the Fraser River; it stretches from the University Endowment Lands on the west to Mackenzie and Blenheim Streets in the east. It is centered around Dunbar Street. West 41st Avenue and Southwest Marine Drive also pass through the neighbourhood. Southlands lies south of Marine Drive in the floodplain of the Fraser River, and the Musqueam Indian Reserve is also encompassed by the region.

Archaeological finds indicate that people have resided in the Dunbar–Southlands area for centuries, with some estimates placing the first settlement of the area by First Nations around 400 BC. The first European settlement was recorded in 1863 when the first homesteaders, Fitzgerald and Sam McCleery, constructed a farm in the area. Logging cleared much of the land in the area, which was held by the Canadian Pacific Railway and the province, and in 1912 a subdivision was started for residences to serve the soon to be built University of British Columbia just to the west. By 1927, Dunbar was served by three streetcar lines and featured a number of unique homes, thanks to bylaws introduced in 1922 regarding lot sizes and placement of buildings on the lots. Many of these homes are still standing today, with 21 structures on the City of Vancouver's heritage register.

Dunbar–Southlands is known for its gardens and tree-lined streets, which often arch across the entire roadway. Early spring brings hundreds of cherry trees to blossom, and the city maintains eight parks within the neighbourhood, including Musqueam Park, a 22-hectare oasis off Southwest Marine Drive along the Fraser River. The neighbourhood is next to Pacific Spirit Regional Park, which contains many kilometres of trails and the Camosun Bog, a two-thousand-year-old wetland revered by the Musqueam people.

Southlands is predominantly acreages with multi-million-dollar mansions dominating the land. The Southlands Riding Club, formed in 1943, is a highlight of the area; its clubhouse was a former net drying hut for fishermen on the Fraser, and was disassembled and carried to its present site by members on horseback.

The area also boasts a number of public and exclusive private golf courses that have hosted major Canadian and international events in the past.

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Main Photo: 3853 W 38TH Avenue in Vancouver: Dunbar House for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS® # R2198049


3853 W 38TH Avenue Vancouver V6N 2Y5 : Dunbar

Residential Detached
6 beds, 7 baths, Built: 2016, 4,879 sq. ft.
Look no further than this one year new home west of Dunbar where luxurious finishes meets practical layout. High ceilings throughout creates a bright & spacious interior. Main level features welcoming foyer, open living and dining rooms, elegant built in millwork... Details
Sutton Grp-West Coast (w.blvd)
Main Photo: 3311 QUESNEL Drive in Vancouver: Dunbar House for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS® # R2198035


3311 QUESNEL Drive Vancouver V6S 1Z7 : Dunbar

Residential Detached
2 beds, 2 baths, Built: 1927, 2,227 sq. ft.
VIEW VIEW VIEW! Builders, Investors, Alert! Spectacular large lot with breathtaking, endless views of Mountains, Water & City! Close to best schools, parks, transit & shops on Dunbar St. The main floor features living room, dining room, kitchen, eating area, bedroom... Details
Sutton Grp-West Coast (VanCam)
No Photo Available: 4177 DONCASTER Way in Vancouver: Dunbar House for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS® # R2198017


4177 DONCASTER Way Vancouver V6S 1W1 : Dunbar

Residential Detached
5 beds, 7 baths, Built: 2017, 5,193 sq. ft.
Distinctive custom built luxury house in the most desirable Dunbar neighbourhoods. This gorgeous home offers over 5200sf luxury living space with excellent craftsmanship. Hand picked Italian VERSACE tile and elegant golden crown moulding in all three levels, Crystal... Details
Keller Williams Black Diamond
Main Photo: 5690 HIGHBURY Street in Vancouver: Dunbar House for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS® # R2197393


5690 HIGHBURY Street Vancouver V6N 1Y8 : Dunbar

Residential Detached
4 beds, 4 baths, Built: 1981, 3,326 sq. ft.
Builder Alert! Invest now in a neighbourhood that is just as desirable as this home. Compact yet practical, this lovely house only a short distance from commercial & recreational areas, 10 mins from UBC campus. Great school catchment with Southland Elementary and Point... Details
New Coast Realty
Main Photo: 3309 W 19TH Avenue in Vancouver: Dunbar House for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS® # R2197246


3309 W 19TH Avenue Vancouver V6S 1C1 : Dunbar

Residential Detached
4 beds, 6 baths, Built: 2017, 5,289 sq. ft.
This exquisite masterpiece is located in Dunbar on an 8646 sq ft lot *71.1x121.6), with nearly 5300 sq ft living space. It features grand foyer, entertaining sized living & dining room, gourmet kitchen & WOK kitchen with top of the line Miele appliances, radiant heat... Details
Royal Pacific Realty Corp.
Main Photo: 3622 W 21ST Avenue in Vancouver: Dunbar House for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS® # R2197568


3622 W 21ST Avenue Vancouver V6S 1H3 : Dunbar

Residential Detached
5 beds, 4 baths, Built: 1993, 2,411 sq. ft.
Walk to Dunbar Shops! Well-maintained 5 Bedroom home situated on a quiet tree lined street in the prestigious Dunbar area. Features an newer roof (2012) and hot water tank (2014). Enjoy your time in the sunny backyard or take a stroll to nearby Pacific Spirit Park... Details
Sutton Grp-Vancouver First Rty
Main Photo: 5661 HIGHBURY Street in Vancouver: Dunbar House for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS® # R2197476


5661 HIGHBURY Street Vancouver V6N 1Y7 : Dunbar

Residential Detached
4 beds, 5 baths, Built: 1931, 4,210 sq. ft.
Great chance for builder & new home purchaser, rare spectacular 9,360 sq ft lot (78x120'). Well situated at the best of Dunbar neighbourhood. The entire house has been renovated with new painting & floor in 2016, new roof in 2010. Total 4 spacious bedrooms & 4.5 baths... Details
Royal Pacific Realty Corp.
Main Photo: 3622 W 30TH Avenue in Vancouver: Dunbar House for sale in "DUNBAR" (Vancouver West)  : MLS® # R2197758


3622 W 30TH Avenue Vancouver V6S 1W8 : Dunbar

Residential Detached
4 beds, 5 baths, Built: 2016, 3,076 sq. ft.
Brand new house in Dunbar! Features 3076 sqft living space, open & bright concept, elegant hardwood & tile flooring throughout all levels, family room open to the deck that can be used for BBQ entertaining, kitchen & wok kitchen with high-quality appliances, large... Details
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Main Photo: 3137 W 24 Avenue in Vancouver: Dunbar House for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS® # R2196694


3137 W 24 Avenue Vancouver V6L 1R7 : Dunbar

Residential Detached
5 beds, 4 baths, Built: 1935, 2,624 sq. ft.
RS-5 zoning south facing lot, with view of city, mountain and some water. House is on 24th av at Balaclava, a tree lined bright quiet street. Fantastic charming home with hardwood floors, and a lot of details from traditional west coast construction. House is... Details
Thornhill Real Estate Group
Main Photo: 3554 W 33RD Avenue in Vancouver: Dunbar House for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS® # R2196684


3554 W 33RD Avenue Vancouver V6N 2H4 : Dunbar

Residential Detached
4 beds, 4 baths, Built: 1916, 3,405 sq. ft.
Traditional x-hall style family home w/ over 3400 s.f. Ideal for entertaining w/ spacious living room sufficient for grand piano, river rock fireplace & french doors to covered outdoor deck. Formal dining rm & gorgeous chef's kitchen w/ ceasarstone counters, center... Details
RE/MAX - Stuart Bonner
Listing information last updated on August 17, 2017

Dunbar Community in Vancouver BC