Vancouver Neighbourhood Guides

Dunbar-Arbutus

A mixture of a suburban community with a country lifestyle, these neighbourhoods offer a warm and elegant taste of the country while still close to the comforts and convenience of suburbia.

Arbutus Ridge is a quiet, mature, tree-filled neighbourhood with stately and restored heritage homes. This area becomes a mecca for cherry blossoms in the spring, which adds to the peaceful ambiance and green spaces. Arbutus has managed to retain its neighbourhood feel, making this a perfect community for families, professionals, and seniors alike. 

With Dunbar’s charming homes and the elegant estates of Southlands, this community offers a reprieve from city life’s congestion and noise, making it hard to believe that downtown Vancouver is only 18 minutes away. Easy access to YVR, shopping districts, parks, golf courses, and access to the beautiful Fraser River make this neighbourhood a desirable place to live.

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Dunbar-Arbutus's Appeal

Arbutus Ridge is in the middle of Vancouver’s west side, with excellent access to Downtown, the University of British Columbia, Pacific Spirit Regional Park, Kitsilano, and Jericho Beach, as well as to local shopping. With two large parks;Trafalgar and Carnavarn, Arbutus has plenty of activities from soccer, baseball, and ultimate frisbee, to name a few. When you consider all the parks and green spaces of Arbutus, it’s ironic how this now predominantly affluent neighbourhood was once dubbed “Asthma Flats” because, in the late 1800s and early 1900s, it was nothing more than a swamp that could only be traversed by a plank walkway.

Dunbar-Southlands is a mature community of quiet, residential streets lined with grand old trees, serene parks, a convenient retail and shopping district called Dunbar Village, the lovely McCleery Golf Course, and the private Point Grey Golf and Country Club. With close proximity to parks, the Fraser River, and UBC endowment lands, Dunbar-Southlands offer a vast amount of green space.

Dunbar-Arbutus Provides...

Community Gardens

Diverse flowers, shrubs, and vegetables serve to attract birds, while the Perennial gardens are filled with butterflies, and hums with several types of bees from spring to fall, all the while providing residents with fresh, beautiful produce.

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Parks

Numerous parks are scattered throughout these two neighbourhoods, and provide many activities from sporting events, trail running, and picnics to name a few.

Community Involvement

Dunbar residents have a high level of community spirit and volunteerism and are keenly interested in participating in decisions that will affect them.

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Schools

With mostly single-family homes, there are plenty of options for schools in these neighbourhoods. In Southlands, you will find Southlands Elementary, Kerrisdale Elementary, Kerrisdale Annex, and McKechnie Elementary. You will discover Trafalgar Elementary School in Arbutus, with Carnarvon Elementary and Kitchener Elementary just over the Arbutus boundaries.

Shopping

There are nearly 250 shops and services in the Dunbar Village that cater to a wide variety of needs while retaining the shop local sentiment and being devoid of the mega mall atmosphere.

Services and Facilities

Dunbar Community Centre serves the Dunbar-Southlands local area and meets the Park Board’s goal of providing one community center for approximately every 20,000 people. It has sport, recreational, and social programs for a wide range of residents, from infants to seniors. Swimming pools serving Dunbar residents are Lord Byng Pool and Kerrisdale Pool. Kerrisdale Ice Arena is the nearest ice rink. The Vancouver Public Library operates the Dunbar Branch Library.

The Dunbar-Arbutus Housing Market

With mostly single-family dwellings on larger properties, Arbutus and Dunbar have traditionally attracted more affluent buyers. Recently though, the main corridors have been lined with strata properties with street-level commercial units. While Southlands has maintained its “country feel” with stately homes and a large number of stables, smaller homes can be found, and new developments are beginning to increase in frequency.

Your Life In Dunbar-Arbutus

Your Life After Work

Make your way outside for a walk along the Fraser River, watch the tug boats and local fishermen as they buzz up and down the river. Head out for a glass of wine and a lovely meal at one of the fine eateries such as La Buca, which competes with some of the best restaurants in the city.

Your Life On Weekends

Make your way out for a round of golf at either the public course or the private course. Peruse one of the many shops in the Dunbar Village shopping district. Have a picnic in one of the parks while watching a game of baseball or ultimate frisbee.

Entertainment

The Kitsilano Farmers Market on Saturdays is an excellent activity, whether you are going alone, or want to bring the whole family. Golfing, horseback riding, and biking are all popular choices for residents in these neighbourhoods.

Access to YVR and Richmond

Situated further south than many of the other neighbourhoods in Vancouver means you have excellent access to YVR, which can be especially useful if you are someone who has to catch regular flights. Richmond, if you are looking for something different, such as the annual Night Market is a short drive away and offers a whole new element to explore.

What You'll Love

You will love the small community feel, the closeness to nature, and the tranquility of suburbia, all the while being only minutes from the city’s action. You will truly get a sense of having the best of both worlds living here.

What You May Not Like

The large single-family homes provide an idyllic country setting away from the noise. If you are looking to be in the “thick of it,” these communities will not be for you. Dunbar and Arbutus are removed from the city center, meaning no night clubs, and the bars here are generally quieter gastropubs. There are many restaurants, but generally, to find the best in the city, one needs to venture beyond these two communities’ borders.

Dunbar-Arbutus Property Search

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  • 3936 QUESNEL Street in Vancouver: Arbutus House for sale (Vancouver West) : MLS®# R2807572

    3936 QUESNEL Street Arbutus Vancouver V6L 2X2
    Main Photo: 3936 QUESNEL Street in Vancouver: Arbutus House for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2807572
    $8,680,000
    Residential Detached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2807572
    Bedrooms:
    5
    Bathrooms:
    6
    Floor Area:
    4,291 sq. ft.
    VIEW VIEW VIEW! Rare find this panoramic 180 Degree spectacular Ocean, Downtown, City and Village view!!! Truly priceless! Owner spent lots of money to renovate and upgrade inside and outside of the house! Better than new! Amazing three level split house with all levels above the ground! Located in the most desired higher side of Westside Viewpoint! Stunning on a nearly 6600sq ft lot, this home offers 4291sq ft of living spaces featuring functional layouts. Entertainment sized living and family room, top-notch gourmet kitchen and an office occupies the main floor. A total of 5 bedrooms and 5 baths. Massive recreation room and media room to entertain your guests. Extended functional back yard, rooftop deck with a hot-tub to enjoy the breathtaking views! Top school catchment- P.W. Secondary, Lord Kitchener, Close to St George's, Crofton and UBC. More details
    Listed by LDG Realty
  • 2115 W 18 Avenue in Vancouver: Arbutus Land for sale (Vancouver West) : MLS®# R2821377

    2115 W 18 Avenue Arbutus Vancouver V6L 1A3
    Main Photo: 2115 W 18 Avenue in Vancouver: Arbutus Land for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2821377
    $3,999,999
    Land Only
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2821377
    Attention to Builders and Developers on this vacant land property situated in a desirable Vancouver West Arbutus location. Many options to build an estate home, townhouses, multiplex or multifamily development on this property. This corner building lot is substantial with lane access has Frontage 63.5 ft x Depth 149.6 ft = (9500 sqft) making it one of the larger lots in the area. Building plans are available & permits has been expired. The property's convenient access to UBC, YVR airport & Downtown Vancouver makes it an ideal location for those who need to commute to these destinations regularly. Schools nearby, parks, transportation and shopping centers. The Arbutus Greenway is located across the street. Future Arbutus sky train station only blks away. Act Fast!! More details
    Listed by Sutton Group-West Coast Realty
  • 2793 ALAMEIN Avenue in Vancouver: Arbutus Townhouse for sale in "Westbury" (Vancouver West) : MLS®# R2823645

    2793 ALAMEIN Avenue Arbutus Vancouver V6L 0C2
    Main Photo: 2793 ALAMEIN Avenue in Vancouver: Arbutus Townhouse for sale in "Westbury" (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2823645
    $2,948,000
    Residential Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2823645
    Bedrooms:
    4
    Bathrooms:
    3
    Floor Area:
    1,880 sq. ft.
    One of 6 Luxurious townhome in Arbutus Ridge! 1880sq ft house like 3 level living space. 3 bedrooms up and one at entrance level(good for rental/elderly/guest).High ceiling grand foryer. Chef's dream kitchen with Gaggenau appliances, 3" Quartz countertop, wood-veneer cabinetry & eating area. Over $48,000 upgrades: bright living room with sliding door for privacy & living room wall shelves. Spacious dining room/recreation room. Mountain & city view from private rooftop deck. Engineered oak hardwood flooring, custom shelfing with LED lighting, Control 4 smart home systems, side by side 2 car parkin with EV charging station. One block to Trafalgar Elementary & park. One of a kind. Show & sell. More details
    Listed by Macdonald Realty
  • 2817 OLIVER Crescent in Vancouver: Arbutus House for sale (Vancouver West) : MLS®# R2825034

    2817 OLIVER Crescent Arbutus Vancouver V6L 1T1
    Main Photo: 2817 OLIVER Crescent in Vancouver: Arbutus House for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2825034
    $5,380,000
    Residential Detached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2825034
    Bedrooms:
    6
    Bathrooms:
    8
    Floor Area:
    5,169 sq. ft.
    Elegant home in Quilchena's heart offers stunning views. Tailored with superior craftsmanship, it features three ensuite bedrooms on the upper floor overlooking the Prince of Wales Park and mountains. The landscaped ground highlight a peaceful pond. The modern kitchen showcases a granite island and top-tier Miele appliances, accompanied by a six burner gas cooktop and potent Thermador hood. Interior finishes include premium wall paper, blinds, stone flooring, and a unique entrance pattern. Amenities encompass sensor bathroom lighting, a jacuzzi, radiant heating, advanced ventilation, air conditioning, and a security system. More details
    Listed by RE/MAX Crest Realty
  • 2929 W 24TH Avenue in Vancouver: Arbutus House for sale (Vancouver West) : MLS®# R2838478

    2929 W 24TH Avenue Arbutus Vancouver V6L 1R5
    Main Photo: 2929 W 24TH Avenue in Vancouver: Arbutus House for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2838478
    $3,835,000
    Residential Detached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2838478
    Bedrooms:
    4
    Bathrooms:
    2
    Floor Area:
    2,879 sq. ft.
    This hidden gem and remarkable corner lot is between Dunbar and Arbutus Ridge in the best location in Vancouver Westside. The home is close to city parks, walking and biking trails, public transit and shopping. This 7575-square-foot lot offers the opportunity to build your dream home or to hold it for potential future redevelopment. It's an excellent location for a family home or possibly a multifamily property within the R1-1 new zoning rules The area is fantastic, close to private schools, Arbutus Village, transportation and recreation. School catchment: Trafalgar and Carnarvon Elementary, Prince of Wales Secondary. More details
    Listed by Century 21 In Town Realty
  • 3894 QUESNEL Drive in Vancouver: Arbutus House for sale (Vancouver West) : MLS®# R2850102

    3894 QUESNEL Drive Arbutus Vancouver V6L 2X2
    Main Photo: 3894 QUESNEL Drive in Vancouver: Arbutus House for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2850102
    $5,888,000
    Residential Detached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2850102
    Bedrooms:
    3
    Bathrooms:
    4
    Floor Area:
    3,030 sq. ft.
    Experience breath taking 180-degree ocean, city, and mountain views. Located on an exceptionally quiet and tranquil street. This beautifully taken care of home sits on a 4,100 sqft lot and features 3 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms. The seller has recently changed the roof and added an eye-catching stone wall surrounding the entrance. A recently upgraded kitchen, upstairs flooring, and master bathroom compliment the classic stain glass windows and beautifully finished original hardwood doors. Come experience this home in person and be transported into a world of classic high class living. Close to shopping, top private schools, and UBC. Catchments: Trafalgar Elementary & Prince of Wales Secondary. More details
    Listed by Dracco Pacific Realty
  • 3650 TRAFALGAR Street in Vancouver: Arbutus House for sale in "RS-1" (Vancouver West) : MLS®# R2866077

    3650 TRAFALGAR Street Arbutus Vancouver V6L 2M2
    Main Photo: 3650 TRAFALGAR Street in Vancouver: Arbutus House for sale in "RS-1" (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2866077
    $5,280,000
    Residential Detached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2866077
    Bedrooms:
    6
    Bathrooms:
    6
    Floor Area:
    4,246 sq. ft.
    Well-Maintained custom home on a bright lot. Over 4200sqft of spacious living space, luxurious finishing's, gorgeous contemporary open floor plan and high ceilings. Main floor features large living, dining and an enormous kitchen and family room that overlooks the garden backyard. Custom kitchen cabinets, top-of-the-line S/S appliances and wok kitchen for the chef. Upper floor with 4 bedrooms and a master with spa-like ensuite. Lower level features 2 bedrooms, media room, laundry room, huge Recreation Room. Fully fenced and landscaped. Other features include hardwood floors, HRV, air conditioning, large patio, extensive use of granite and marble throughout. Great location - close to Trafalgar Elementary school ,Prince of Wales Secondary and parks.very motivated seller try your offer. More details
    Listed by LeHomes Realty Premier
  • 4082 MACDONALD Street in Vancouver: Arbutus Townhouse for sale in "Westbury" (Vancouver West) : MLS®# R2866872

    4082 MACDONALD Street Arbutus Vancouver V6L 0C2
    Main Photo: 4082 MACDONALD Street in Vancouver: Arbutus Townhouse for sale in "Westbury" (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2866872
    $2,628,888
    Residential Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2866872
    Bedrooms:
    3
    Bathrooms:
    3
    Floor Area:
    1,642 sq. ft.
    Presenting an exquisite townhome in the sought-after Arbutus neighborhood. This 2020 corner unit is one of the 2 corner units with LOTS of natural light flooding through its oversized windows, boasting 1642 sq.ft interior and 362 sq.ft exterior space. 3 bedrooms & 2.5 bathrooms, this townhouse features a very practical layout with a dining and living room, kitchen on the Main floor, 2 bedrooms on the 2nd floor, and the primary bedroom and balcony privately on the 3rd floor. It also offers a 200 sq.ft rooftop patio and features two dedicated EV parking spaces with a charging station. Nice appliances from Gaggenau, Chevron-patterned oak hardwood floors. Great catchments and beautiful park are within walking distance. Open house: Sat & Sun, April 13 & 14 from 2-4pm More details
    Listed by Prompton Real Estate Services Inc.
  • 3088 W 19TH Avenue in Vancouver: Arbutus House for sale (Vancouver West) : MLS®# R2871269

    3088 W 19TH Avenue Arbutus Vancouver V6L 1E7
    Main Photo: 3088 W 19TH Avenue in Vancouver: Arbutus House for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2871269
    $3,723,000
    Residential Detached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2871269
    Bedrooms:
    4
    Bathrooms:
    4
    Floor Area:
    2,917 sq. ft.
    This amazing family home in the heart of Arbutus is right across from Carnarvon Elementary. Quality crafted & finished by builder JHD Developments, great floor plan with over 2900 sq/ft of living space, 4 beds and 4 baths. Main floor with 10 ft high ceilings and large windows to allow plenty of natural sunlight. Kitchen outfitted with high end appliances including Sub Zero fridge, Wolf cooktop & oven and heating, A/C, HRV System for continuous fresh air. Basement has rental suite with separate entrance with own laundry. Main floor has own laundry. School Catchment: Carnarvon Elementary & Prince of Wales Secondary. More details
    Listed by Royal Pacific Realty (Kingsway) Ltd.
  • 2862 W 22ND Avenue in Vancouver: Arbutus House for sale (Vancouver West) : MLS®# R2874504

    2862 W 22ND Avenue Arbutus Vancouver V6L 1M6
    Main Photo: 2862 W 22ND Avenue in Vancouver: Arbutus House for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2874504
    $3,180,000
    Residential Detached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2874504
    Bedrooms:
    4
    Bathrooms:
    3
    Floor Area:
    2,175 sq. ft.
    CHARMING home in Arbutus! Situated on an oversized 39 X 122 ft south facing lot; this house was completely renovated to the studs in 2005 and raised to provide a full height basement. The open concept main floor is generously proportioned with an entertainment sized living, dining, kitchen & den. Completing this level is a large master bedroom w/ walk in closet and ensuite bathroom, making for convenient one level living. Below you will find a large rec room and three bedrooms. This level can easily be suited if desired. The sunny, south facing back yard with a large deck and lots of grass space is ideal for outdoor entertaining. This location has excellent school catchments - Trafalgar Elementary & Prince of Wales Secondary. Don't miss this one! More details
    Listed by Youlive Realty
  • 2764 W 17TH Avenue in Vancouver: Arbutus House for sale (Vancouver West) : MLS®# R2874835

    2764 W 17TH Avenue Arbutus Vancouver V6L 1A1
    Main Photo: 2764 W 17TH Avenue in Vancouver: Arbutus House for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2874835
    $2,688,000
    Residential Detached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2874835
    Bedrooms:
    6
    Bathrooms:
    4
    Floor Area:
    1,851 sq. ft.
    Exceptional Investment Opportunity – Lowest Priced Starter Home Available in Arbutus ! This bright house on a wide 57 x 77.77 ft lot is located in a beautiful quiet treelined street. 3 Bedroom 2 full Bathroom Up and 3 Bedroom 2 Bathroom Down, both separate entrances, perfect for maximizing rental income or living in one unit while generating steady cash flow from the other. Great investment holding property for future redevelopment potential. Home has recently been updated with new paint, kitchen, bathrooms, windows, landscaping and flooring. Bright South-facing backyard with a detached workshop and greenhouse. CENTRAL LOCATION: Kitsilano Community Centre (2 min), Carnarvon Park (2 min), Carnarvon Elementary (2 min), Prince of Wales Secondary (4 min), Arbutus Club (4 min), York House Private School (4 min). Steps to the restaurants, shops and grocery stores. Open House: Fri Apr 26, 5-7pm; Sat/Sun Apr 27/28, 2-4pm. More details
    Listed by eXp Realty
  • 2728 OLIVER Crescent in Vancouver: Arbutus House for sale (Vancouver West) : MLS®# R2876566

    2728 OLIVER Crescent Arbutus Vancouver V6L 1S9
    Main Photo: 2728 OLIVER Crescent in Vancouver: Arbutus House for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2876566
    $4,250,000
    Residential Detached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2876566
    Bedrooms:
    7
    Bathrooms:
    5
    Floor Area:
    3,944 sq. ft.
    Elevate your family's future in this impeccably maintained home, meticulously designed with a well-thought-out floor plan that promises to be the canvas for countless cherished memories. This residence seamlessly blends form and function, offering spacious, sun-kissed rooms that invite togetherness and individual retreats. From the heartwarming gatherings in the open-concept living spaces to the intimate moments in the thoughtfully appointed bedrooms, this house fosters connection. The kitchen, a culinary haven, beckons family meals and culinary adventures. Step outside to discover an outdoor oasis, perfect for barbecues, playtime, and starlit conversations. This house isn't just a structure; it's a vessel for your family's story, a place where laughter echoes. More details
    Listed by RE/MAX Westcoast
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